Mary's Library

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

PW's Best Books of 2006 – Part II

Publisher's Weekly has listed their Books of the Year, many of which I don’t find very interesting (Sci Fi / Fantasy / Horror) or enjoyable (comics.) But there are some fine books on the list. Here are a few more of them.

Theft by Peter Carey. “A fallen-from-grace Aussie artist and his mentally handicapped brother are drawn into a counterfeit art conspiracy in Carey’s heartbreaking novel.” Booker longlisted.

The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai. “Love, politics and revolution drive this evocative ensemble novel that moves swiftly between Himalayan India and New York – and between comedy and changing consciousness.” Booker winner.

The Night Gardener, by George Pelecanos. “Set in Washington, DC, Pelecanos’ dignified, character-driven thriller emphasizes the fallacy of ‘solving’ a murder and explores the ripple effects of violent crime on society.” I have been a fan of this author for a decade. Forget "West Wing"; Pelecanos captures the real DC.


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