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by Jonathan Franzen
One prize winner graduates to our Hall of Fame, another debuts.
This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year list is out. Sticking with the fiction exclusively, it appears that we touched upon a few of these books as well.
I loved the idea of getting together to discuss a big book, one that people across the nation were also buying, and reading, and meeting to talk about. It felt like we were participating in a cultural moment--it was like getting a Cabbage Patch Kid in the 1980s. Plus, there would be snacks
Not much action on the list last month, but a pair of favorites are pushing higher.
A financial meltdown post-mortem graduates to the Hall of Fame and a Booker shortlister debuts.
A mini-boom in big books would seem to complicate our assumptions about the Incredible Shrinking Attention Span.
You know who grabbed the top spot, but which other two literary superstars made a splash on The Millions' list in August?
With 2001's The Corrections, Franzen would seem to have perfected his maximalist method. What might it mean to say that his new novel, Freedom, finds him maturing?
A look at Time's 83 literary coverboys and -girls reveals a waffling between reaching out and selling out that, today, we'd describe as Franzean.
Dozens of books that you'll want to be reading for the rest of the year and into the next. Dig in!
Tinkers debuts and The Corrections graduates. Plus, a controversial new number one.
Franzen stays on top. Sebald to the Hall of Fame. Tolstoy debuts.
David Mitchell graduates to the Hall of Fame, Michael Lewis debuts, and we have a new number one.
We learned recently that Jonthan Franzen's long-awaited follow-up to The Corrections, a new novel called Freedom, will arrive at the end of August.