Friday, April 29, 2011
So here are some of the new books on my list. You won't be too surprised by the choices.
The Lonely Polygamist, by Brady Udall. Another fat book that is nonetheless a relatively quick read. I compare it a lot to Middlesex, not because it reads like it, but because it is trying to tell a broad history within the context of a very personal story. They are also both funny, and also normalize the other. But I hope Eugenides doesn't get too mad at me about the comparison, just in case I run into him.
Publishers don't tend to play addiction and recovery up in novels, but it is clear that there are many great writers tackling the subject. And it's not the same story over and over. If I was going to theme a year, here are some books I would include:
Father of the Rain, by Lily King
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow
I Thought You Were Dead, by Pete Nelson
Blame, by Michelle Huneven
Don't forget that we are hosting Nelson on Thursday, June 2, with Josh Wilker (Cardboard Gods) and David Anthony (Something for Nothing) at Sugar Maple. Neither Pete nor I will be drinking. There may be a band. Stacie's working on it. More on this later.