November Books

Barbara Lane Books — By on November 10, 2011 12:58 pm

November’s far-flung recommendations come from Chicago, Dublin and Mumbai, and they’re eclectic in subject matter, as well. Read on!

Peter Orner (Esther Stories, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo) tells the story of three generations of a Chicago Jewish family dealing with love, disillusionment and memory in his new novel, Love and Shame and Love. The characters make their way through World War II, raise children during the turbulent 60s and 70s, and fall in love in the 90s. Orner is a true writer’s writer.The author calls the book “an homage to my family’s obsessions, which were divorce, falling out of love and politics.”
Anne Enright’s (The Gathering) heroine in her new novel, The Forgotten Waltz, is self-involved and “merely awful in entirely ordinary ways,” according to Francine Prose. It’s a testimony to Enright’s gorgeous writing that she can make us care about an unsympathetic main character in this very Irish novel about love and sex, and the way that they are inevitably entwined with family. Anyone who has ever dealt with a stepchild will relate to this book.
Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger tells a compelling story in his new book, Last Man In Tower,  of money and power, and luxury and deprivation that is set in a crumbling apartment building in the booming city of Mumbai. A showdown between a real estate developer and a retired schoolteacher that pits greed against integrity is the focus of this richly told, suspense-fueled story of ordinary people pushed to their limits.


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