r at the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, they have released the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Nominees. Here they are along with the 3G1B coverage of each book.
National Book Award
Reimringer outdoes himself poking into the rough underside of working-class St. Paul and the Irish-German family he joined the priesthood to escape. His mother is a headcase, his father a violent bruiser, his war-hero grandfather wasting away in a nursing home, lost in his own mind. James finds himself injected back into their daily lives. As family sagas go, it’s as if Jonathan Franzen became suddenly interested in the working class.
Let me be clear: I’m a writer. I’m at home when I’m alone, writing. But I likened it to my children. I’ll do just about anything for my kids. I don’t remember specifics, but I do know that among other efforts, I joined Facebook and mailed 64 copies of Drift. The only thing that remains is the box.
On the new release list this week are a few tp reprints, including Matterhorn and Ann Beattie’s New Yorker Stories. Also, if you were paying attention last week, you’ve already gotten a dose of Mark Safranko. You know what to do to get more. There’s also the new Patrick Somerville from our friends at Featherproof books – look for a review later this week.
Zenyatta would have no place at Indian Mound Downs racetrack in West Virginia. IMD is a home for has-beens and never-weres, the drifters and the longshots, the schemers and the hangers-on in Lord of Misrule. Jaimy Gordon loves this riff-raff – men, women, and horses alike.