Bob Blaisdell struggles with Tolstoy and Knausgaard.
Megan Pietz reviews May-Lan Tan's "Things to Make and Break."
Shannon Draucker examines the role classical music plays in two recent novels, Aja Gabel's "The Ensemble" and R. O. Kwon's "The Incendiaries."
Nathan Scott McNamara reviews Virginie Despentes's "Pretty Things," translated by Emma Ramadan.
Nichole LeFebvre reviews Sarah Weinman's haunting work of nonficiton, "The Real Lolita."
Sheila Heti's new book, "Motherhood," draws upon a Talmudic textual tradition in its interpretation of Jewish female identity.
Robert Wood interviews Michael Mohammed Ahmad, founder and director of Sweatshop, and author of "The Lebs."