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Johanna Thomas-Corr is a literary critic and a New Statesman contributing writer
Midway through Jenny Kleeman’s entertaining survey of the latest advances in life sciences, I began to worry.
In this short novel, Lacey takes the idea of the passive protagonist to an extreme.
The questions that keep you reading are hypotheticals: will they wind up together? Will they make it to the White House – and, if so, in what order?
Stories of an “improbable gatekeeper”: a young female editor in an age of great male narcissists.
This novel based in fact spans the divide of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In his third novel, Thayil turns his attention to the “New India” of Hindu nationalism and high-rise luxury apartments.
Offill’s third novel zooms from the micro to the macro, taking the form of musings, jokes, trivia, confessions, facts, tick-box surveys, Q&As and snatches of memory.
Obioma’s second novel is a shaggy dog story about a hapless young poultry farmer.
There is a delicious irony in Coe taking aim at the past. The meta-joke of his fiction is that it cautions against nostalgia while simultaneously serving it up in great helpings.
It’s hard to understand how the Man Booker judges could have deemed Snap to be of sufficient depth or imagination to merit its inclusion.