I've also been reading a good deal of short fiction. Willow's work keeps me engaged there, and the New Yorker's fiction issue has kept me well stocked for a few days. I quite liked Jonathan Safran Foer's short piece there, enjoyed Rivka Galchen's and Philipp Meyer's pieces, too. Last week's fiction from Nicole Krauss was beutiful, but ended on a bit of a baffling note, and I'm eager to read Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's story "The Erlking" in the issue that arrived today. Her novel Madeline is Sleeping is a pure unadulterated joy.
But for my birthday, I got a big ol' Barnes and Noble gift certificate, and purchased five books that I've been looking at for some time, reviews I've read, Amazon recommendations, etc. And then, last evening, I ran my fingers along my bookshelves to pull another dozen or so possibilities.
So here are several novels on the short(ish) list for next thing to read. Happy to take votes of confidence. There's no rhyme or reason to the order.
- David Markson, Wittgenstein's Mistress
- Zadie Smith, On Beauty
- W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz
- Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (I know, can you believe it?)
- David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
- Lev Grossman, The Magicians
- Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods
- Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End
- Jesse Ball, The Way through Doors
- Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
- Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy
- Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
- Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children
- J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello
- Kathy Acker, Don Quixote
- Don Delillo, Libra
- Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia
- Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior