Natasha Pulley’s ‘The Kingdoms’ a tantalizing time-travel tale


In 1898 England, a man steps off a train from Glasgow and experiences the first memory of his life. The reader is only on page one, but already the world of “The Kingdoms” (Bloomsbury, 448 pp., ★★★ out of four) is out of order: London is called “Londres,” because England […]

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Deep-space human travel is a lose-lose proposition.

If there’s one collective lesson gleaned from the COVID pandemic so far, it may be the shared difficulty of being isolated in one’s own home—whether alone or with family members or roommates. The stresses of quarantine included crushing mundane routines, personal habits hypostatized, and all too familiar views (stove range, […]