A new Friday fugue, concluding this week, considering the ways in which our working lives appear on the pages of novels and short stories. (Previous weeks can be viewed here, here and here, if you're keen.) Riverhead, 2013 Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
Nathacha Appanah's The Last Brother Translator Geoffrey Strachan (French) Graywolf Press, 2011 A Graywolf Press publication, a contender for The Tournament of Books, with a gorgeous and haunting cover image: all excellent reasons for picking up a copy of The Last Brother without reading a single word. And then you meet
Teju Cole, Open City Recorded Books, 2011 Reader: Kevin Mambo It was fitting that this was my first audiobook of 2012; I was walking the streets of my own city, listening to this story, while the narrator, Julius, was walking the streets of New York City. He is walking, the birds
You might remember that I was making a reading list when The Morning News announced the 16 titles in their 2012 Tournament of Books. Making the list wasn't very complicated; it amounted to adding the 11 books that I hadn't already read to my TBR list. What can I say?
You've probably already seen the list, but have you started to make reading plans? Here's the announcement (it's bookishly funny) and then you can buy the books at a discount from Powell's (because who can resist shopping indie, let alone at a discount). Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding