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by Paul Harding
What was clearly intended as a series of artsy-smartsy essays examining the state of play in literary America too often comes off as an extended moan of self-pity from a once-cosseted corner of Brownstone Brooklyn.
In April 2010, Harding's debut won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – such a surprising selection that The New York Times headlined its profile of Harding after the prize "Mr. Cinderella."
At 9,000 words strong and encompassing 86 titles, this is the only second-half 2013 book preview you will ever need.
At 7,900 words strong and encompassing 79 titles, this is the only 2013 book preview you will ever need.
Women dominate the fiction finalists again, and small presses are well represented.
The story that surrounds Johanna Skibsrud’s first novel is captivating. The Sentimentalists, published by Canada’s tiny Gaspereau Press in an initial print run of 800, was the surprise winner of the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize. And yet hype, of course, is a double-edged sword.
There are always two book lists winding their way through my life.
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.
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.
Tinkers debuts and The Corrections graduates. Plus, a controversial new number one.
Franzen stays on top. Sebald to the Hall of Fame. Tolstoy debuts.
This year's Pulitzer winner for fiction has gone to a book from Bellevue Literary Press, an "unlikely" operation that runs out of Bellevue, the famous New York psych hospital.