Eavesdropping: Salon Book Awards 2008

Salon.com just announced their 2008 Book Awards.  Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 is on it, of course.

Here are the books self is interested in reading after perusing Salon’s list of five fiction and five non-fiction winners:

  • Tana French’s The Likeness:  “Ostensibly a detective novel, French’s follow-up to her 2007 novel, In the Woods is, like that earlier book, wilfully disobedient to the dictates of genre . . . “
  • Rivka Galchen’s Atmospheric Disturbances:   “In Galchen’s wryly elegant tale, Leo Liebenstein, a New York psychiatrist, suddenly decides that his beloved wife, Rema, has been replaced by a near-perfect impostor.”
  • Philip Hensher’s The Northern Clemency:  “This sprawling, satirical novel of intersecting suburban families is set in Sheffield, England, from 1974 to the mid-90s, and its author is firmly committed to reproducing the textures of that world, from the pretentious hors d’oeuvres served by an aspiring middle-class housewife (“mushroom vol-au-vents”) to the white formica and smoked brown glass of a neighbor’s furniture “unit.”
  • Kate Summerscale’s The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher:  A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective:   “Part true-crime narrative, part cultural history, Summerscale’s exploration of a notorious case of child-murder in 1860 is above all an inquiry into our lasting fascination with detectives and detective stories.”

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