The Rumpus Weekly Review of Books


Intricately woven poems about female community fill Éireann Lorsung’s second collection of poems, Her Book. Lisa Williams gives us a thorough depiction.

Poetry for the public defender seems to be the best caption for George Higgins’ debut book, There There. Heather Dobbins reviews it with both an analytical and considerate eye.

Belén Gopegui explores the romanticism of cartography in her novel The Scale of Maps. John Yargo delves into the intimate geography of this convoluted-sounding tale.

A desperate lawyer from Georgia (the country) visits San Francisco, and gains a deeper appreciation for his homeland in Christina Nichol‘s debut novel Waiting for the Electricity. Kelsey Osgood calls it “the most seamlessly inventive and enchanting debut novel since White Teeth.”

W.S. Merwin, a sort of quieter, more serene Hemingway, has come out with his latest collection of poems, The Moon Before Morning. Camden Avery gives these nature-centered poems a warm review.

In Arctic Summer, Damon Galgut chronicles E.M. Forster’s trip to India, where he cultivated a series of romantic relationships. Jeffrey Zuckerman demonstrates his affections in his review.

Jessica Anya Blau discusses family and writing with fellow writer Dylan Landis in regards to her latest work of fiction, Rainey Royal.

Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16. More from this author →