How Not to Write a Book Review
The New Republic -

Lauren Groff’s review of American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins’s new novel about a mother and son fleeing cartel violence in Mexico, is one of the odder articles that The New York Times Book Review has published in recent memory. It is less a work of criticism than a lengthy self-examination, with Groff, who is white, agonizing at length whether it is even appropriate for her to review the book: I was sure I was the wrong person to review this book. I could never speak to the accuracy of the book’s...

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