A Fall to Look Forward to

After Newsweek‘s rather dispiriting look at the fall season in books, it’s good to read New York magazine’s upbeat take (thank heaven; not one complaint about too many pages). 

The featured debut novel is The Good Thief  by Hannah Tinti (it is also reviewed in Entertainment Weekly, with an “A-“; it’s unclear why the “-” since they say this book “secures [Tinti’s] place as one of the sharpest, slyest young American novelists.”)

The Publishers Weekly review gave a different impression, calling it “Disney-ready.”

Sarah Weinman, on her blog Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, features it as one of her “Picks of the Week.” She agrees it has crossover appeal and calls it “a delightful fusion of Victorian principles and literary quality that, above all, is good fun and good reading.”

Library ordering is light; this is one to watch.

The book with “a shot at becoming the Infinite Jest–style Strangely Popular Giant Novel of the Year.” is 2666 by Roberto Bolaño (it was also mentioned in Newsweek‘s piece, where they pointed out, TWICE, that it is 900 pages).

Ordering for it is also light.

Watch for our Fall Preview Mashup, like the one we did for the summer picks.


Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

  • Hardcover: $26; 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Dial Press (August 26, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385337450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385337458
2666 by Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
  • Hardcover: $30; 912 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 11, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0374100144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374100148

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