If you're a fan of Margaret Atwood's retelling,of The Odyssey, The Penelopiad, you've probably already got a copy of Hag-Seed on your stack. Knopf - PRH, 2016 Ditto if you're following the Hogarth Shakespeare retellings. Already published this year are Jeanette Winterson's The Gap of Time (The Winter's Tale), Howard
Read it? I hadn't even heard of it. Despite having read all of Curtis Sittenfeld's other books. Ah, well, it all made sense when I recognized that it was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. See, not REALLY a Curtis Sittenfeld novel. Merely Curtis Sittenfeld in Jane Austen's clothing. But, then, this
Browsing with a bookish friend in Type Books the other day, I literally gasped when she gestured to Eligible; I had missed the news that Curtis Sittenfeld had something new on the shelves. Random House, 2016 There aren't that many authors who'll make me gasp (but it also
What I was not carrying in my bookbag this month: David Mitchell's Ghostwritten, Shauna Singh Baldwin's The Tiger Claw and the third volume in G.R.R. Martin's Ice and Fire series. These hefty volumes stayied at home, but these slimmer books were travelling this month. And there was more to-ing and fro-ing this month
I pulled André Alexis' Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa (1994) off my shelf when Fifteen Dogs was nominated for the Toronto Book Award (since then, FD has also been nominated for the Giller Prize and the Rogers' Writers' Trust Fiction Award). There aren't any notable four-legged characters, but the collection is fascinating.