Tag: novel

I Refuse

Added on April 26, 2016

I Refuse Per Petterson Harvill Secker, London, 2014 Here is another masterful work by Norwegian author Per Petterson. I Refuse came out to rave reviews. Here are a few: “Petterson’s signature technique lies in drawing the most zigzag line imaginable through narrative chronology but the effect is not of confusion, rather of a dense, layered [...]

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His Illegal Self

Added on March 7, 2016

His Illegal Self Peter Carey Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A. 2008 His Illegal Self was published simultaneously in Britain, Australia and America. Of note, even though he now lives and teaches in New York, because Carey is Australian, the first edition put out by Random House Australia sells for a little more than the others. The [...]

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Added on February 20, 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee J.B. Lippincott, U.S.A. 1960 This book is one of the gems of my collection. Although this is a first book club edition, it came out at the same time as the true first edition. The value of this book has risen since the controversial release of Lee’s Go Set [...]

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Nora Webster

Added on February 18, 2016

Nora Webster Colm Toibin Scribner, New York, 2014 In his newest work of fiction, Colm Toibin gives us the gift of this beautifully nuanced and layered story of a woman coming to terms with the death of her spouse amid the turmoil of the Catholic struggle for human rights in Ireland. “Nora Webster is an [...]

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Snow

Added on December 12, 2015

Snow Orhan Pamuk Knopf, U.S.A. 2004 Snow was Pamuk’s last work of fiction to come out before he won the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature. His previous novel, My Name is Red, won the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The true first English language edition of this book is the British Faber and Faber publication, and [...]

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Alias Grace

Added on November 19, 2015

Alias Grace Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 1996 Margaret Atwood is one of the names Canadians bring up whenever there is talk of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her ninth novel, Alias Grace, is a compelling and well-researched work of historical fiction. It tells the story of Canadian Grace Marks, who was convicted of murder [...]

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The Corrections

Added on September 30, 2015

The Corrections Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, U.S.A. 2001 The Corrections won the 2001 National Book Award and the 2002 James Tait Black Memorial Prize. It was runner-up for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, the 2002 Pen/Faulkner Award, and the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was named one [...]

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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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