Articles by Jackie Thomas-Kennedy

April 25, 2017

Tiny Shudders: On Elizabeth Strout’s ‘Anything Is Possible’ 1

Strout’s genius is her ability to wring deeply moving stories from ungenerous sources; to reveal, through hurried gestures and single syllables, the welter of feeling the Lydias and Olives of the world are trying to conceal.

November 17, 2016

Stealing from the Library: On April Ayers Lawson’s ‘Virgin and Other Stories’ 0

So which art is the good art? Who are the real artists? Who cares? Lawson’s stories seem to ask, rather gleefully. You paint and you play to distract yourself from pain. You are whatever you say you are.