Art Comes from the Place You Dream: An evening with Robert Olen Butler

  Not heavy on literary events, 2016, though I'm rather proud of the lengths I went to in order to see Stephen King. It involved ten hours of driving, then five hours broiling on a sidewalk in the Louisville heat like a toad in a frying pan, dehydrated to the point I was near-hallucinating by …

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How well do we know authors? How well should we?: Elena Ferrante Unmasked

  Rather than being acclaimed as masterpiece of sleuthing, there was a decidedly negative reaction to Gatti’s investigation. Most people felt that Ferrante’s multi-decade anonymity had been unnecessarily violated, and crucially without her consent. - David O'Dwyer, Irish Times   I was reading a brief article in the Irish Times this morning on the topic …

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The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Hogarth (July 19, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 0553418874 ISBN-13: 978-0553418873   The Sunlight Pilgrims is Fagan's second novel, following her much-lauded The Panopticon, a novel about a teenage girl named Anais who, following a childhood spent bouncing between dozens of foster families, is sent to a live in a home for chronic …

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A Sunday Commonplace

Books mentioned in this post: Review copies: The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan - finished Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres The Past by Tessa Hadley The Marches: A Borderland Journey between England and Scotland by Rory Stewart Mercury by Margot Livesey The Black Notebook by Patrick Modiano (transl: Mark Polizzotti) Purchases: Victorian Bloomsbury by Rosemary Ashton Every Single …

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The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe by D.G. Compton

  Series: New York Review Books Classics Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: NYRB Classics (July 5, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 1590179714 ISBN-13: 978-1590179710   In an ambiguous future when death has become all but extinct - save for accident and old age - Katherine Mortenhoe is dying. She has weeks to live, her doctor's estimate about four …

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Booker Shortlist 2016: the blood-letting of Coetzee and Strout

  Once more unto the breach. The Shortlist is upon us. I protest I have not the time read them, yet I've never let this stop me from opining with gusto. I opine because literature is my life - qualification enough. What's interesting about this year's shortlist isn't only the titles that made it through, …

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