Some new books that are getting lots of praise, and some excerpts from those books:
- Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis — review, excerpt
- Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt — review, excerpt
- You Remind Me of Me by Dan Chaon — review, excerpt
- Crossing California by Adam Langer — review
Also of note: the creation of the Man Booker International Prize has been announced. From the press release, “Worth £60,000 to the winner, the prize will be awarded once every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. The first winner will be announced in mid 2005.” Now Americans will finally be able to get their hands on a Booker.