[Just another tidbit of wit (?)]
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
Worth reading (pardon the pun), the list, that is.
FICTION & POETRY
ALL OUR NAMES. By Dinaw Mengestu. (Knopf, $25.95.) With great sadness and much hard truth, Mengestu’s novel looks at a relationship of shared dependencies between a Midwestern social worker and a bereft African immigrant.
ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING. By Evie Wyld. (Pantheon, $24.95.) Wyld’s emotionally wrenching novel traces a solitary sheep farmer’s attempt to outrun her past on a remote British island.
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. By Anthony Doerr. (Scribner, $27.) The paths of a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy converge in this novel, set around the time of World War II.
AMERICAN INNOVATIONS. By Rivka Galchen. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24.) Most of these stories offer variations on a particular sort of woman: in her 30s, urban, emotionally adrift.
Etcetera! And so on. And on and on.
Note that few were bestsellers. Commerce and literature are like oil and water. Or something … both congenitally highly suspicious of each other. They’d never date or share a taxi.