Which fiction title should we read for November?

10Oct10

This poll will close Tuesday October 12, at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced on Wednesday. Please vote only once!

One Good Turn (cover)One Good Turn. By Kate Atkinson. 418 pp. An Edinburgh road-rage incident sets off a string of murders in this deft thriller. This was Atkinson’s second Jackson Brodie detective novel; a fourth installment was published earlier this year.

Kate Atkinson lives in Edinburgh. After failing the oral examination for a doctorate in American Literature in the late ’70s, she worked a series of service jobs, from home help to legal secretary to teacher, before achieving success in 1995 with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. ☞ The New York Times review ☞ Google Books page ☞ Amazon.com page.

Then We Came to the End (cover)Then We Came to the End. By Joshua Ferris. 387 pp. Layoff notices fly in Ferris’s first novel, set in a Chicago ad agency office in the wake of the dot-com debacle. Mad Men meets The Office near the Millenium, minus Don Draper and Michael Scott. Most of the story is narrated in the first person plural, from the perspective of the line employees, although the individuals comprising the collective emerge distinctly in the course of the book.

Before turning to fiction, Joshua Ferris worked in a Chicago ad agency for several years. Earlier this year, The New Yorker named him one of their “20 under 40.” Ferris now lives in New York. ☞ The New York Times review ☞ Google Books page ☞ Amazon.com page.

A Short History of Women (cover)A Short History of Women. By Kate Walbert. 239 pp. Improbably, this spare and wrenching novel lives up to its name, hopscotching through time and alternating among the lives of a British suffragist and her descendants.

A Short History of Women was named one of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2009. Kate Walbert has written several novels, a collection of short stories and several plays. She currently lives in New York City. ☞ The New York Times review ☞ Google Books page ☞ Amazon.com page.



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