Tag Archives: American literature

The Overstory — Richard Powers

I’ve made little secret of the fact that this is the book I shall be rooting for tomorrow. I think in many respects, it’s the most ambitious on the list, as well as being very well crafted and, in places, … Continue reading

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The Mars Room — Rachel Kushner

OK, I realise I’m starting to sound like a broken record. I disliked Milkman but from then on my opinion on the shortlisted books I’ve talked about has pretty much been “yeah… they’re good, but could have been better”. I’m … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

Lincoln in the Bardo. Thoroughly deserved.

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Lincoln in the Bardo — George Saunders

My word. This book was made for my dual projects! A Man Booker shortlisted book about the president I probably hold highest in my estimation and, even better, it’s amazing. Just under a year into the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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4 3 2 1 — Paul Auster

4 3 2 1 is a masterpiece. The back of the book told me so. And, having read it, I’m inclined to agree. Auster has managed something remarkable: he has taken a character (New Jersey-born Archibald Isaac Ferguson) and told … Continue reading

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History of Wolves — Emily Fridlund

I got so excited when I finished reading History of Wolves. I was maybe halfway through the longlist and it was increasingly clear that 2017 was a strong year. So when I’d picked up a first-time novel, I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

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The Sellout — Paul Beatty

I don’t know if this is because more are being written, or if it’s simply that more are coming across my radar, but I am increasingly seeing books (and very good ones at that) explicitly dealing with issues of race … Continue reading

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Eileen — Ottessa Moshfegh

Eileen is a 24 year old secretary in a prison for juvenile offenders who lives at home with her abusive alcoholic father. Struggling to care for him and deeply bitter towards the world in general, she not only dislikes almost … Continue reading

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The Stone Diaries — Carol Shields

The Stone Diaries is (are?) an account in diary-like format of the life of the fictional Daisy Goodwill Flett, from her birth up until her death. She is born in 1905 and lives into her 90s, and the book therefore … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood

It has been a good decade since I was first recommended The Handmaid’s Tale by both my mother and my English teacher. Since then, at university and later, I have been told I should read it by multiple people. But … Continue reading

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