Which fiction title should we read for August?

14Jul10

Thanks to everyone who came out last week to Teaism to discuss Invisible!  I truly enjoyed everyone’s insightful comments.  It is now time to choose the book that we will read for our next meeting in August.

This poll will close at 5:00 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday, July 15.  Please vote only once!

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Out Stealing Horses, by Per Patterson, translated by Anne Born.  258 pages.  In this short yet spacious Norwegian novel, an Oslo professional hopes to cure his loneliness with a plunge into solitude.  The novel offers ”a gripping account of such originality as to expand the reader’s own experience of life.”

Out Stealing Horses was one of New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2007.  Per Petterson is a Norwegian novelist who has won numerous awards for his novels in Scandinavia.  The New York Times review of his book is here.  The Amazon page for the book is here.

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Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris.  387 pages.  Layoff notices fly in this “dark and entertaining,” “expansive, great-hearted, and acidly funny” first novel, set in a marketing firm in the wake of the dot-com debacle.  Like the paper-pushers of the British and American versions of “The Office,” Ferris’s admen amuse themselves with tiny, absurd rebellions.

Then We Came to the End was a National Book Award finalist and one of New York Time’s 10 best books of 2007.   Ferris once worked in a Chicago ad agency.  The New York Times review of the book is here.  The Amazon page for the book is here.

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The Master, by Colm Toibin. 338 pages.  A novel about Henry James, his life and art — beautifully written, deeply pondered, startlingly un-Jamesian.  In the New Yorker, John Updike commented that: “Tóibín’s subject is the inward James, the master of literary creation and a vast hushed arena of dreams and memories and hoarded observations”.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the book was lauded by critics and won several literary prizes, including one of the New York Times‘s 10 Best Book of 2004 and LA Times‘s Novel of the Year.   The New York Times review of the book is here.  The Amazon page of the book is here.

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