Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub is a regular contributor to NPR and the Los Angeles Times. He was born and raised in San Antonio and now lives in Austin.
From Edmund White, a bold and sweeping new novel that traces the extraordinary fates of twin sisters, one destined for Parisian nobility and the other for Catholic sainthood.

‘A Saint From Texas’ Gets the Lone Star State Right

Edmund White chronicles the coming-of-age stories of two Texas sisters in a vivid new novel.

When we first meet Yvonne and Yvette, the twin sisters at the heart of Edmund White’s A Saint From Texas, they seem straight out of The Last Picture Show. They’re growing up in the 1950s in the fading oil town … Read More

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In ‘Barn 8,’ an Unsparing Look at the Industrial Chicken Industry

Deb Olin Unferth’s darkly comic novel imagines a chicken heist gone wrong—and takes on the factory farming industry.

The average American eats about 279 eggs each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and that’s no surprise. Eggs are cheap and available everywhere, and sandwiches featuring them are a staple of fast-food restaurant value menus. They also … Read More

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In This Twisted Coming-of-Age Tale, the Monsters in the Closet Are Real

Set in a creepier version of North Texas, Shaun Hamill's debut novel is equal parts beautiful and terrifying.

“My family is spectacularly bad at endings,” admits Noah Turner, the narrator of Shaun Hamill’s A Cosmology of Monsters. “We never handle them with grace. But we’re not great with beginnings, either.” This, it turns out, is a bit of … Read More


Beasts of the Border

Fernando A. Flores’ debut novel paints a vivid, if cynical, portrait of life on the U.S.-Mexico border.

It’s the near future in South Texas, and things haven’t gotten any better. A global food shortage has killed 20 percent of the world’s population and spawned riots in American cities. The legalization of drugs has failed to stop the … Read More