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The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
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Though this was a Man Booker longlist title and therefore not part of my self-propelled assignment, it sounded too compelling to pass up. Though at times somewhat convoluted, this is an astounding feat of concept and imagination. Hustvedt’s character ...more
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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
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Where to begin with this strange book? It was funny, odd, annoying, and in the end, surprisingly satisfying. The protaginist of this Philip Roth-like novel is a somewhat anti-social dentist named Paul O’Rourke who is at odds with the world most of th ...more
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The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
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The Lives of Others, Neel MukherjeeIt was hard to read this without comparing it to one of last year’s Man Booker shortlist titles, The Lowland by Jumpa Lahiri. Both novels deal with political and social unrest in India and the resultant unraveling o ...more
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The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
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This is probably not a book I would have chosen to read, had it not been on the Man Booker shortlist. It would have been a loss to miss this one. The easy way to describe this book is to say that it’s about the experience of an Australian doctor as a ...more
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Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
Little Failure
by Gary Shteyngart (Goodreads Author)
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Tragic, funny, heart-rending, insightful. Especially if you know from asthma, the immigrant experience, or going to high school in NYC. In this wonderful memoir, Shteyngart chronicles his early childhood in the Soviet Union, and then his childhood, a ...more
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
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Not a book I would have read on my own but a friend whose taste I trust told me that a) I had to read it, and b) I couldn't read any reviews of it ahead of time because there's critically important information that gets revealed only partway through. ...more
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The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
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This is another one longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for 2014, as well as a National Book Award finalist and one of the Top Ten Books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review. Kushner present a compelling female protagonist, Reno ...more
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All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
All the Birds, Singing
by Evie Wyld (Goodreads Author)
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It is an odd book, and a difficult one, but rewardingly so. Wyld quickly thrusts her readers out of the comfort zone of linear narrative, a smart move for a tale that is itself disorienting and unsettling. The main character, Jake Whyte, is a cipher. ...more
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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Let me start with this: This novel is exceptional. If it wasn't for the fact that this novel was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for 2014, I probably would not have bothered with it. I didn't know much about Gilbert beyond her po ...more
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