October Books

Barbara Lane Books — By on October 24, 2011 9:12 am

This month I’m recommending three first novels, all of which won me over big-time. I can’t wait to see what these talented writers do next.

The Art Of Fielding by Chad HarbachThis is a book about much more than baseball: friendship and family and love and ambition and much more. A first novel, it’s as compulsively readable as Jonathan Franzen. The October issue of Vanity Fair has a fascinating piece on the story of its publication which was delicious for a book geek like me.
The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott. This debut, from an immensely talented British writer, tells the story of how a carefully constructed life starts to come apart. The writing is gorgeous and even though it will break your heart, especially if you have kids, you won’t be able to put it down.
The Submission by Amy WaldmanWhat would happen if a Muslim architect won the contest to design a Ground Zero Memorial? Amy Waldman explores the wide-ranging repercussions in a novel that reads like the best of Tom Wolfe. This one really makes you think.


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