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Lynn Coady: Hellgoing

In 2011, Lynn Coady's novel The Antagonist was shortlisted for the Giller Prize (my thoughts here), and it was one of my favorites of that year. Looking back on my post, I see I almost had it in my first-place spot. I was excited, then, to see that she made the shortlist again this year with a collection of short [...]

By | October 22nd, 2013|Categories: 2013 Giller Prize, Lynn Coady|4 Comments

Haruki Murakami: “Samsa in Love”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Haruki Murakami’s “Samsa in Love” (tr. from the Japanese by Ted Goossen) was originally published in the October 28, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. I've never liked anything I've read of Murakami (which has been little), but obviously this [...]

By | October 21st, 2013|Categories: Haruki Murakami, New Yorker Fiction|12 Comments

2013 National Book Award Finalists

Today they announced the five finalists for each category of the National Book Awards. Fiction: The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon Tenth of December, by George Saunders Nonfiction: Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore Hitler's Furies: German [...]

By | October 16th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|6 Comments

2013 Man Booker Prize Winner

This year's winner is: The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton And for those of you in the United States, Little, Brown just published the book today. I have had a copy for a while, but so far I haven't been able to bring myself to read the large (848 pages) book, but I am looking forward to it. Over at the [...]

By | October 15th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|3 Comments

Sherwood Anderson: “Respectability”

This post is part of a series dedicated to Sherwood Anderson: Collected Stories, from The Library of America. “Respectability” comes from Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. For an introduction to this series and for links to the other posts, please click here. We feel pity and care about many of the subjects in Winesburg, Ohio, but I doubt many people lose [...]

By | October 15th, 2013|Categories: Sherwood Anderson|Comments Off on Sherwood Anderson: “Respectability”

Alice Munro: “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”

Trevor and Betsy review Alice Munro's "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," republished in this weeks issue of The New Yorker on the occasion of Munro's winning the Nobel Prize! Read the full post.

By | October 14th, 2013|Categories: Alice Munro, New Yorker Fiction|11 Comments
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