November 2016, In My Reading Log

2016-12-01T16:53:02+00:00

In the wake of my IFOA reading list and the literary prizelists of the season, my November reading felt relatively whimsical. Without duedates attached to the majority of my reading, it was a pleasure to slip into volumes which had sat untouched in recent weeks. Each of these three volumes covers,

November 2016, In My Reading Log 2016-12-01T16:53:02+00:00

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am (2016)

2016-11-10T10:55:29+00:00

In interview with Mark Medley in September, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses his new book, Here I Am, in such a way that it's clear it feels distinct from his other writing for him. Hamish Hamilton - PRH, 2016 Many of the attendees are carrying copies of his earlier

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am (2016) 2016-11-10T10:55:29+00:00

Page-turners and other gripping reads

2016-11-08T09:20:38+00:00

What's interesting about each of these novels is that none fits a traditional model in the suspense genre. Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door is the closest to a conventional thriller. But even her novel spends more time on characterization and atmosphere than many loyal genre readers would tolerate. Nonetheless, she

Page-turners and other gripping reads 2016-11-08T09:20:38+00:00

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Harmless Like You (2016)

2016-10-26T12:35:34+00:00

At the "Modern Families" roundtable at this year's IFOA, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan explained that it only felt natural to build her characters with the seemingly endless details that comprise their lives, their selves. Identity is clearly at the heart of her much-lauded debut, Harmless Like You, and a good part of

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Harmless Like You (2016) 2016-10-26T12:35:34+00:00

Auđur Ava Ólafsdóttir’s Butterflies in November (2003; 2014)

2017-07-24T14:20:42+00:00

Almost ten years after its original publication, Butterflies in November was translated into English from the Icelandic by Brian FitzGibbon. (This was in 2013, by Pushkin Press, though the edition which appears below was published in 2014 by Grove/Atlantic.) 2003; Translated Brian FitzGibbon, 2013 It gained substantial attention

Auđur Ava Ólafsdóttir’s Butterflies in November (2003; 2014) 2017-07-24T14:20:42+00:00