Posted on August 2, 2021 at 9:42 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

For different reasons, the novels The Stone Face and My Policeman are gaining new — and positive — attention, some years after they were published.

The former, originally released in 1963, has been reissued.

It tells the story of Simeon, a Black writer like his creator, author William Gardner Smith, who moves to Paris in the 1950s for a freer life.

At first, the French capital is exactly the dream Simeon thought it would be, but later events reveal that it isn’t an egalitarian paradise at all.

You can read a transcript of John Powers’s thoughts on The Stone Face on NPR’s website or listen to his segment below.

Meanwhile, the novel My Policeman is much newer, having come out in 2012.

But US readers hadn’t been able to read this work from Bethan Roberts until news broke that it was becoming a movie starring Harry Styles.

Christopher Bollen, in the New York Times, declares this to be a boon not just for Roberts but also for US readers.

The “stunning” novel tells the story of Tom (the titular character) his wife, and the man who would become Tom’s lover.

Read why Bollen sees it not as a love triangle but rather as a “battle of dueling guitars” in his review of My Policeman for the NY Times.

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