Mark Sarvas, of "The Elegant Variation" Sarvases, has a paired review (with Daniel Green) of The News From Paraguay:
And despite Tuck's fine, restrained prose style, that sensation never fully departs as Ella progresses from her poverty in Paris, to mistress of the heir apparent, to mother of the children of the president (bastard children though they may be), to her final poverty back in Paris. It's the familiar arc of many a bodice-ripper, in which the plucky, self-assured, stylish heroine faces the dangers of the wild.He also comments on the National Book Awards. And, he is going to be on anti-corporate radio this afternoon at 4:30pm. It's an action-packed post.