"The Cloister" is a book of gravity and consequence that makes you need to turn and turn the page."
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Early in his writing career, James Carroll was welcomed by the critic Allen Tate as “a new original talent.” Twenty years later, the critic Martin Green wrote in The Atlantic, “Carroll has become one of the writers who shape our sense of ourselves.”
James Carroll is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Cloister, and eight works of non-fiction, most recently Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age. Other books include the National Book Award winning An American Requiem; the New York Times bestselling Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which won the first PEN-John Kenneth Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. He lectures widely, both in the United States and abroad, and contributes occasional essays to NEWYORKER.COM He lives in Boston with his wife, the writer Alexandra Marshall.
James Carroll’s Boston Globe columns won the 2012 Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary. The Judges’ comment: "James Carroll's elegant style and historical depth of knowledge combine with his thoughtful, moral point of view to consistently provide his readers with a unique voice.”Read “Jesus and the Modern Man,” from the New York Times
Jerusalem in the history of religious violence - and in the American imagination. “I dare you to read this book and see Jerusalem, or yourself, the same way.”
- Bernard Avishai, author of The Hebrew Republic
A Personal history of the Pentagon. “There is only one writer in America with the historical depth, elegance of style, and moral complexity to have taken the full measure of this most central of American institutions.”
- Bill McKibben, author of The End Of Nature