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by Tom Rachman
One prize winner graduates to our Hall of Fame, another debuts.
There are many ways to measure a year, but the reader is likely to measure it in books.
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 four books heading to the Hall of Fame, that means we have four new books landing on the list, ranging from hard-boiled Scandinavian thrillers to historical fiction in 18th century Japan to a 12-year-old literary biography with a twist.
Rachman wields prose that is fittingly functional, dispensing, for the most part, with unnecessary flourishes, efficiently doling out pertinent particulars with a simplicity that is so striking as to be deliberate.