Tag: novel

Us Conductors

Added on September 11, 2015

Us Conductors Sean Michaels Random House, Canada, 2014 Us Conductors, winner of the 2014 Giller Prize, is a fictional account of the life of Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Termen, known as Leon Theremin in the United States, was a Russian engineer and inventor of the theremin, an unusual musical instrument that uses electrical current to create [...]

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Life & Times of Michael K

Added on August 17, 2015

Life & Times of Michael K J. M. Coetzee Viking, U.S.A. 1984 This Booker Prize winning novel by J.M. Coetzee follows Michael K, a simple black gardener¬†with a cleft palette, through civil war-torn urban South Africa to his mother’s rural farm. It takes place at the height of apartheid in the late 1970′s and early [...]

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The Sound of Things Falling

Added on July 2, 2015

The Sound of Things Falling Juan Gabriel Vasquez Riverhead Press, New York, 2013 Vasquez won the 2014 IMPAC Award for this quietly intense study on the effects of post traumatic stress disorder in the era of Pablo Escobar and the viciousness surrounding the Colombian drug cartels. The Sound of Things Falling received starred reviews from [...]

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The Master

Added on June 1, 2015

The Master Colm Toibin Picador, U.K. 2004 Colm Toibin, one of Ireland’s greatest writers, one of the greatest gay writers anywhere, won many awards for this brilliant novel about five prolific years in the life of writer Henry James, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Lambda Literary Award, The Los Angeles Times Book [...]

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The Garden of Eden – Easton Press

Added on May 21, 2015

The Garden of Eden Ernest Hemingway Easton Press, U.S.A., 1990 Hemingway worked on this novel off and on for over fifteen years, while simultaneously publishing four other novels. It remained unpublished at the time of his death in 1961. According to Wikipedia, Scribner’s edited the unfinished manuscript heavily, cutting 18 chapters and 130,000 words, along [...]

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October Ferry to Gabriola

Added on April 25, 2015

October Ferry to Gabriola Malcolm Lowry World Publishing, New York, 1970 This is such an interesting book for a number of reasons. For one thing, it includes a somewhat shocking history of Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood in the decade between 1937 and 1947. For another, it was published by World Publishing, and as you can [...]

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That Old Ace in the Hole

Added on April 7, 2015

That Old Ace in the Hole Annie Proulx Scribner, U.S.A. 2002 This is a true first edition of what could end up being Annie Proulx’s last novel. In essence, it is a very entertaining history of the doomed Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. The main character’s uncle owns a thrift store and collects early plastics, like [...]

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Lost for Words

Added on March 30, 2015

Lost for Words Edward St. Aubyn Picador, London, 2014 Edward St. Aubyn won the 2014 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction for this hilarious send-up of the major literary awards. Before the award ceremony, St. Aubyn said, “The only thing I was sure of when I was writing this satire on literary prizes was [...]

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Waiting

Added on March 16, 2015

Waiting Ha Jin Pantheon, New York, 1999 Ha Jin was going to school on a scholarship at Brandeis University in Massachusetts during the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. The Chinese Government’s widespread use of violence and repression to put down this protest hastened Jin’s emigration plans and shaped his choice to write in English. He [...]

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Added on March 3, 2015

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz Riverhead Press, New York, 2007 This stellar debut novel appeared on thirty-five best of the year book lists, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize and the Dayton Peace Prize. Time Magazine and New York Magazine [...]

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