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Sylvia Brownrigg has been writing reviews and essays for over ten years in a wide range of English and American newspapers and journals. Here you can read a sampling of some of recent and notable pieces. She also has contributed entries to The Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English (ed Lorna Sage); The Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors (ed Laura Miller and Adam Begley); and Books: Over a Century of the Greatest Books, Writers, Characters, Passages and Events that Rocked the Literary World (ed Lucy Daniel). She has also written occasional pieces on family life, including a piece on being a stepmother, included below.

The Wangs vs the World by Jade Chang review – a richly entertaining debut
November 18, 2016
The Guardian

“The Good Life” by Marian Thurm
May 6, 2016
New York Times

‘All That Man Is,’ by David Szalay
November 27, 2016
The San Francisco Chronicle

Hermione Lee: A Profile
Fall 2014
Narrative magazine

“Accident Prone” (Thunderstruck and Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken)
June 8, 2014
New York Times

Book review: Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
May 15, 2011
Los Angeles Times

Of Pulse by Julian Barnes
May 8, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle

“Ireland is still the heart and soul of Edna O’Brien’s work”(Saints and Sinners by Edna O’Brien)
March 5, 2011
The Guardian

“Misery Loves Company”
(The Old Romantic by Louise Dean)
February 18, 2011
The New York Times

Of The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon
April 17, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle

“The Widow in Winter”
(February by Lisa Moore)
February 16, 2010
The New York Times

“The Pianist”
(Appassionata by Eva Hoffman)
June 24, 2009
The New York Times

“Everyone Has Called in Sick”
(A Better Angel: Stories by Chris Adrian)
September 26, 2008
The New York Times

“What Used to Be”
(The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt)
April 6, 2008
The New York Times

“Infinite Jest”
(Darkmans by Nicola Barker)
January 13, 2008
The New York Times

“Ground Zero”
(A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus)
September 10, 2006
The New York Times

“Witness for the Prosecution”
(The Essential Gore Vidal edited by Fred Kaplan)
April 30, 1999
Times Literary Supplement

“Cut to the Chaste”
(On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan)
June 3, 2007
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Emotional geography”
(Jigsaw: an unsentimental education and A Legacy by Sybille Bedford)
March 27, 2000
The New Statesman

“Jay McInerney’s Spoilt New York Lives: Guilt, Desire and Ambition”
(The Good Life by Jay McInerney)
March 8, 2006
Times Literary Supplement

“Your Ad Here”
(The Bulgari Connection by Fay Weldon)
November 4, 2001
The New York Times

“High Infidelity: An Interview with Hanif Kureishi”
April/May 1999
The Village Voice

“What is Truth? A Portrait of a Powerful, Driven, Womanizing Artist is Told, After His Death, by the Women in his Life”
(The Great Man: A Novel by Kate Christensen)
August 26, 2007
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Geography is Destiny”
(The Bostons by Carolyn Cooke)
July 15, 2001
The New York Times

“How Did We Miss These? Part 2”
(Why Did I Ever by Mary Robison)
September 7, 2007
The Guardian

“The Joys of Being a Stepmother”
July 12, 2008
The Guardian