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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