This post will be a bit different only because I was away tonight and unable to polish off a review. However, I was away on official book enjoyment business, so I think a brief post about my delayed review is appropriate.
Those of you who read my blog during this year’s Booker Prize probably already know that my favorite book on the longlist was Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, a nuanced look at post-9/11 New York City in which O’Neill recasts the American Dream. I’m still pushing for O’Neill to win a major literary award for this book. Maybe this weekend we’ll see his name on the NBCC shortlist. Maybe he’ll even be a finalist if not the winner of the Pulitzer in April.
Anyway, tonight Joseph O’Neill came to the Barnes & Noble in Tribeca to meet on a panel with Senior Editor of the New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus, and reviewers Liesl Schillinger and Dwight Garner (who loved Netherland). The official discussion was supposed to be about the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2008, but mostly O’Neill was asked about his book and the reviewers were asked about the pracitice of reviewing.
And I got to speak for a brief minute with Joseph O’Neill. It was, after all, his book I took with me to the hospital when my second son was born – whom we named Holland, but not after this book, its narrator, or O’Neill’s adolescence. So here’s my copy of Netherland now.
My review will be up tomorrow.