Friday, January 21, 2011
Upcoming releases 2011
Looking for some goods reads in 2011? The Millions has released its list of new books to look out for this year: The Great 2011 Book Preview. There are 76 recommendations so you should find something of interest among them.
I'm thinking I might venture into Geoff Dyer's Otherwise Known as the Human Condition. I wasn't a huge fan of his much vaunted novel Jeff in Venice Death in Varanasi but perhaps this compilation of essays and reviews will restore him in my favour.
Have been wanting to read some David Foster Wallace so his novel The Pale King, to be released posthumously in April, is on my list. After Wallace died in 2008, the fragmented manuscript he'd been working on was pulled together by his editor Michael Pietsch and may go someway towards satisfying the insatiable appetite of Wallace's widespread fan base for previously unseen work. Nice cover art too.
And having devoured Bel Canto when it was first published in 2001, I can't go past Ann Patchett's upcoming novel State of Wonder, set in the heart of the South American jungle and centred around 'an inspiring student-teacher relationship similar to the bond she had with her own writing teachers, Allan Gurganas and the late Grace Paley.'
What are you thinking?