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A favorite author of The Millions returns to the top ten. Plus two new Hall of Famers!
Two debuts (including an e-book original) and a YA bestseller returns.
People's protective urges extend beyond the body of the mother-to-be, and into her reading life. If literature is clogged with unhappy marriages, it's certainly also darkened with dead babies and the complex melancholy of mothers.
Why so much genius? Why now?
The fiction list includes four books that have gotten quite a lot of attention over the last year
The number of novelists with a claim to having published major work this year forms a kind of alphabet: Aira, Amis, Bolaño, Boyd, Carey, Cohen, Cunningam, Donoghue...
2010 was a great year in books! This was a hard list to assemble!
There are many ways to measure a year, but the reader is likely to measure it in books.
Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies is a soaring ode to teenage dreams, every paradise and nightmare, and far and away the best book I’ve read in years.
With the unveiling of the Booker Prize longlist, the 2010 literary Prize season is officially underway. As is typically the case, the list offers a mix of exciting new names, relative unknowns and beloved favorites. Notable names include David Mitchell and Tom McCarthy.