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.