Category Archives: fiction

Reservoir 13 and My Booker Shortlist

Last night I finished the final book I’ll manage to read before the Man Booker shortlist is announced Wednesday morning, and I loved it. Sunita said that Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13 is a kind of “structural inverse” of Solar Bones:  Whereas Reservoir 13 takes a … Continue reading

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Solar Bones, by Mike McCormack

when I opened Solar Bones by Mike McCormack and I saw the way it begins the bell the bell as hearing the bell as hearing the bell as standing here the bell being heard standing here I remembered someone had said it … Continue reading

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Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid

Now that I’ve read (or listened to) eight and a bit of the Booker longlist, I can see patterns emerging in the choices: like Autumn and Home Fire, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West deals with contemporary conflicts, the migrations they cause, and the subsequent fractures in Western … Continue reading

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Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie

I want to catch up on my Booker blogging this long weekend, so here goes: I loved Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire. If I were a Booker judge, I’d have a hard time choosing between this and Autumn, both books that deal with the divisions … Continue reading

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Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

I want to write something about this but I’m short on time and inspiration. Publisher’s blurb: Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and … Continue reading

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