Tom LeClair's reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The Nation. He is the author of In the Loop: Don DeLillo and the Systems Novel, The Art of Excess: Mastery in Contemporary American Fiction, and seven novels--Well-Founded Fear, Passing On, Passing Off, Passing Through, Passing Away, Lincoln's Billy, and The Liquidators. His essays are included in What to Read (and Not) and Harpooning Donald Trump.

OVER?

What’s a novelist to do after winning literature’s greatest laurel? In his new ‘A Strangeness in My Mind’ and other works, it seems the Turkish prodigy is edging into early retirement.

Purity

The novelist’s new mega-tome is a strangely needy book, chock full of autobiography, from a domineering mother to a friendship-rivalry mirroring his own relationship with David Foster Wallace.