Books Reviewed in The Economist of 13 August 2011

Here are the books (The Economist doesn’t publish the names of the reviewers):

  • Julie Salamon’s “engaging new biography” about American playwright Wendy Wasserstein, Wendy and the Lost Boys:  The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein
  • Belinda McKeon’s Solace, about a young couple who meet and fall in love “at a Dublin house party . . .  in the shadow of an old family feud” (The reviewer describes their meeting as “a Romeo and Juliet attraction.”)
  • Sebastian Barry’s newest novel, On Canaan’s Side, which is on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction:  “For Sebastian Barry, an Irish novelist and playwright, history is not passive but an active force that pursues his characters and clouts them over the head.”
  • Matthew Parker’s The Sugar Barons:  Family, Corruption, Empire and War in the West Indies, “a tumultuous roller coaster of a book.”
  • Jamil Ahmad’s first novel, The Wandering Falcon, “about the Pushtun and Baluchi tribes that make up Pakistan’s wild west.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.