The March Pile

By | on March 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

August, and Then SomeThe mountain grows. It’s ripe for picking, certainly.

At the Norton booth last week I picked up the much-anticipated August and Then Some, by David Prete. It sounds good, but I know I won’t read it before it goes on sale in April.

Harper keeps me well oiled with books, recent trade paper releases that I missed in cloth, This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman, and The Sisters Brothers. I know Patrick Dewitt will read this and wonder why I haven’t read his Man Booker Prize nominated second novel, seeing as I loved his breakout debut, Ablutions.

I finally got my hands on the much talked about Other People We Married by Emma Straub, and it sits quietly on my desk like a coiled snake. She’s everywhere, and seems to be more plugged in with what’s going on in the book world than almost anyone I know. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read this collection yet.

Beautiful RuinsBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is glimmering, a brand new novel from the guy who wrote The Zero and the much-loved The Financial Lives of Poets, which JE adored. 

We Only Know So Much by Elizabeth Crane is following me around my apartment, and making me read it. I started the Richard Ford on the plane, and can’t believe how good it is.

A late entry into the pile is The Last Trade, the debut novel by James Conway, who is a friend of the blog under another name. The book is a cold cock to the head, really ass- kicking and entertaining. I’m sure you’ll see and hear lots about it in the coming weeks and everywhere at BEA.

I can’t go another day without mentioning that I have The Patrick Melrose novels in my possession, not that it’s a great surprise, but it is to me as this writing feels like a gunshot in a dark room.

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2 Responses to “The March Pile”

  1. March 26, 2012

    Johnny Reply

     . . . reading beautiful ruins right now in my hotel room, JR, and it seriously rules! . . . walter is the man . . .
     

  2. March 26, 2012

    Johnny Reply

     . . . oh, and i read the last trade, too, and i literally COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN– sorta’ pissed me off, since it was the only sunny day in three weeks and i wanted to be hiking!
     

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