Also of interest... in unconventional fiction
by Nicole Krauss (Harper, $28)
Nicole Krauss’ “slippery” fourth novel “stages a kind of reverse exodus from civilization back into the wilderness,” said Sam Sacks in The Wall Street Journal. It focuses on two tourists in Israel: a New York lawyer who’s shadowing a charismatic rabbi, and a novelist, named Nicole, who begins investigating a dubious claim about Franz Kafka. Krauss finds space to ruminate eloquently on marriage, storytelling, and memory as her parallel tales “drift and undulate like sand dunes” before vanishing in the desert.
by Matthew McIntosh (Grove, $35)
It’s about time someone created a novel that actually looks like a 21stcentury production, said Steven Moore in The Washington Post. Matthew McIntosh is “a slacker Proust,” and with his 1,600-page follow-up to 2003’s Well, he has sneakily mirrored our fragmented culture by cobbling together a miscellany of phone transcripts, lecture fragments, photos, blank pages, and a loose narrative about a writer trying to produce a literary masterpiece. Reading it, “you feel like Alice in Wonderland.”
by Mike McCormack (Soho, $25)
Don’t be scared off from this awardwinning Irish novel when you learn that it consists of one 200-page-long sentence, said Robert Cremins in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Fundamentally accessible” and almost “structurally flawless,” Solar Bones unfolds in the mind of its narrator across a single hour as he takes stock of his life. He’s a civil engineer from a coastal village, and though he’s most concerned with recent professional and family crises, his musings touch on all of heaven and earth.
The Obama Inheritance
edited by Gary Phillips (Three Rooms, $20)
At a time when America’s political reality feels stranger than fiction, this witty collection “reaffirms the resiliency of the artistic imagination,” said Maureen Corrigan in NPR.org. Fifteen writers invented pulp fiction tales out of existing conspiracy theories about the Obama White House, and the results “pack a punch.” Kate Flora, for example, spins a “truly fabulous” yarn about Michelle Obama leading a cabal of female vigilantes whose tactics are spreading impotence among Big Pharma’s CEOs.
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