On Fiction

Contemporary Fiction (and a bit of non-fiction)

Best of Novel Readings 2007

Best of Novel Readings 2008

Best of Novel Readings 2009

Best of Novel Readings 2010

Best of Novel Readings 2011

Best of Novel Readings 2012

Best of Novel Readings 2013

Al Aswany, Alaa. The Yacoubian Building (May 31, 2012)
Ali, Monica. Brick Lane (July 28, 2007)
Aslam, Nadeem. Moral Tourism: The Wasted Vigil (July 26, 2009)
Athill, Diana. Stet (April 2, 2013)

Bennett, Alan. The Uncommon Reader (April 3o, 2011)
Bowen, Elizabeth. The Heat of the Day (June 1, 2011)
Bowen, Elizabeth. The Last September. (August 11, 2011)
Boyd, William. Any Human Heart (October 10, 2009)
Brittain, Vera. The Dark Tide. (August 21, 2011)
Brittain, Vera. Honourable Estate (April 19, 2012; July 1, 2012)
Brittain, Vera. Testament of Youth (March 27, 2011; March 30, 2011; April 1, 2011)
Brittain, Vera. Testament of Experience. (December 18, 2011)
Brittain, Vera, and Winifred Holtby. Testament of a Generation: The Journalism of VB and WH. (July 10, 2011)
Brookner, Anita. Hotel du Lac (June 7, 2009)
Byatt, A. S. The Children’s Book (November 20, 2010)

Callaghan, Morley. Such is My Beloved (November 25, 2010)
Capote, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (January 12, 2013)
Castle, Terry. The Professor (May 25, 2011)
Cather, Willa. My Mortal Enemy (March 31, 2012)
Chevalier, Tracy. Remarkable Creatures (February 25, 2010)
Chiaverini, Jennifer. The Quilter’s Apprentice (October 29, 2008)
Cohen, Paula Marantz. Jane Austen in BocaJane Austen in Scarsdale (May 11, 2012)
Colford, Ian. Evidence (August 15, 2009)
Conroy, Frank. Body and Soul (July 9, 2012)
Cossé, Laurence. A Novel Bookstore (October 6, 2013)
Cotter, John. Under the Small Lights (July 9, 2010)
Crusie, Jennifer. Anyone But You (October 10, 2011)
Cusk, Rachel. Rachel Cusk, Arlington Park (October 29, 2008)

Darwin, Emma. The Mathematics of Love (June 7, 2009)
Darwin, Emma. A Secret Alchemy (April 25, 2010)
de Lampedusa, Giuseppe. The Leopard (June 9, 2013)
Deraniyagala, Sonali. Wave (February 4, 2014)
DeWitt, Helen. The Last Samurai (October 16, 2011)
DeWitt Helen. Lightning Rods (March 5, 2012)
Donoghue, Emma. Room (May 11, 2012)
Du Maurier, Daphne. Frenchman’s Creek (July 28, 2010)
Du Maurier, Daphne. Jamaica Inn (January 14, 2014)
Du Maurier, Daphne. The Scapegoat (December 12, 2013)

Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad (May 19, 2011)
El Saadawi, Nawal. Woman at Point Zero (June 7, 2009)

Farrell, J. G. Troubles (July 31, 2011)
Farrell, J. G. The Siege of Krishnapur (May 9, 2012)
Fitzgerald, Penelope. The Bookshop (June 5, 2010)
Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary (May 16, 2012; May 22, 2012)
Ford, Ford Madox. The Good Soldier (February 11, 2012)
Francis, Dick. The Top 10! (June 18, 2013)
Franklin, Ariana. Mistress of the Art of Death (February 3, 2011)

Gardam, Jane. Old Filth (July 14, 2011)
Gilbert, Elizabeth. Eat, Pray, Love (March 16, 2011)
Gilbert, Elizabeth. Committed. (April 3, 2011)
Goldstein, Rebecca. 36 Arguments for the Existence of God (April 25, 2010)
Graves, Robert. I, Claudius (July 16, 2011)
Graves, Robert. Goodbye to All That. (January 7, 2012; January 10, 2012)
Greene, Graham. The Power and the Glory. (January 18, 2011>

Hazzard, Shirley. The Evening of the Holiday (September 3, 2010)
Hazzard, Shirley. The Transit of Venus (April 4, 2011)
Heilbrun, Carolyn. The Last Gift of Time. (February 13, 2011)
Hellenga, Robert. The Sixteen Pleasures (July 28, 2013)
Heyer, Georgette. The Grand Sophy. (January 30, 2013)
Heyer, Georgette. Cotillion (August 5, 2013)

Highsmith, Patricia. The Talented Mr. Ripley (October 30, 2013)
Hill, Susan. The Woman in Black (October 21, 2011)
Holtby, Winifred. The Land of Green Ginger (October 30, 2012)
Holtby, Winifred. South Riding (April 27, 2011)
Holtby, Winifred. The Crowded Street (April 3, 2012)
Holtby, Winifred. Virginia Woolf: A Critical Memoir (July 6, 2012)
Hosseini, Khaled.  A Thousand Splendid Suns (April 5, 2009)
Huth, Angela. Wanting. (December 12, 2010)

Jansson, Tove. The Summer Book (January 31, 2011)
Johnson, Adam. The Orphan Master’s Son (September 2, 2013)
Johnson, Diane. Persian Nights (August 9, 2010)
Jones, Lloyd. Mister Pip (July 3, 2009)

Keene, Carolyn. The Secret of the Old Clock (May 6,2010)
Kennedy, Margaret. The Ladies of Lyndon (January 30, 2011)
Kennedy, Margaret. The Outlaws on Parnassus (November 1, 2012)
Kinsella, Sophie. Confessions of a Shopaholic (January 28, 2008)
Kress, Susan. Carolyn Heilbrun: Feminist in a Tenured Position (May 26, 2013)

Lalami, Laila. Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. (August 29, 2010)
Lehmann, Rosamond. The Weather in the Streets (July 22, 2011)
Levi, Primo. Survival in Auschwitz (April 14, 2012)
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow. Gift from the Sea (July 17, 2013)
Lively, Penelope. Perfect Happiness (October 29, 2008)
Lively, Penelope. Cleopatra’s Sister. (August 24, 2009)
Lively, Penelope. How It All Began (April 28, 2013)
Lodge, David. Deaf Sentence(August 24, 2009)

Macaulay, Rose. Crewe Train (November 11, 2012)
Mahfouz, Naguib. Palace Walk (February 14, 2009)
Mankell, Henning. Faceless Killers. (February 8, 2011)
Manning, Olivia. The Fortunes of War (May 10, 2008)
Mantel, Hilary. A Place of Greater Safety (April 13, 2010)
Mantel, Hilary. Eight Months on Gazzah Street (April 25, 2010)
Mantel, Hilary. Beyond Black (June 23, 2010)
Mantel, Hilary. The Giant, O’Brien (July 7, 2010)<
Mantel, Hilary. Bring Up the Bodies (July 14, 2012)
Maugham, W. Somerset. Cakes and Ale (June 30, 2011)
McBain, Ed. Cop Hater. (February 14, 2011)
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road (February 16, 2013)
McCarthy, Cormac. No Country for Old Men (March 30, 2013)
McEwan, Ian. Atonement (March 26, 2010)
McEwan, Ian. Solar (May 2, 2010)
Meno, Joe. “People are becoming clouds” (September 1, 2010)
Messer, Susan. Grand River and Joy. (April 7, 2012)
Messud, Claire. The Woman Upstairs (August 25, 2013)
Mina, Denise. Field of Blood (July 7, 2010)
Mitchell, David. Black Swan Green (August 5, 2012)
Montgomery, L.M., The Blue Castle (April 23, 2013)
Moore, Brian. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (March 25, 2011)
Mosley, Walter. Devil in a Blue Dress (April 11, 2011)

Niffenegger, Audrey. Her Fearful Symmetry. (January 16, 2010)

Parker, Robert B. The Godwulf Manuscript (May 21, 2011)
Patchett, Ann. Bel Canto (July 10, 2008)
Peacock, Molly. The Paper Garden (June 17, 2012)
Peyton, K. M. Flambards (July 23, 2012)
Peyton, K. M. The Edge of the Cloud (July 28, 2012)
Pullinger, Kate. The Mistress of Nothing (December 20, 2009)
Pym, Barbara. Excellent Women (August 25, 2013)

Rankin, Ian. Standing in Another Man’s Grave (January 19, 2013)
Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front (September 2, 2012)
Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. (November 26, 2012)

St. Aubyn, Edward. The Patrick Melrose Novels (July 31, 2012)
St. Aubyn, Edward. At Last (August 14, 2012)
Sand, George. Indiana (September 16, 2012)
Sarton, May. The Educaton of Harriet Hatfield. (February 21, 2011)
Sarton, May. The Small Room (October 31, 2010)
Sarton, May. Plant Dreaming Deep (May 22, 2013)
Sarton, May. The Journal of a Solitude (September 8, 2013)
Sayers, Dorothy L. Murder Must Advertise. (August 4, 2011)
Schwartz, Lynne Sharon. Leaving Brooklyn (August 26, 2010)
Schwartz, Lynne Sharon. Disturbances in the Field (The Second Pass, March 10, 2011)
Scott, Paul. The Jewel in the Crown (August 21, 2012)
Seraji, Mahbod. Rooftops of Tehran (May 31, 2009)
Seth, Vikram. An Equal Music (June 5, 2007)
Seth, Vikram. A Suitable Boy (Part 1, January 30, 2010; Part 2, February 12, 2010)
Sjowall and Wahloo, The Martin Beck Mysteries (February 24, 2011)
Sjowall and Wahloo, The Terrorists (April 16, 2011)
Shields, Carol. Unless (July 9, 2007)
Smiley, Jane. Private Life. (August 7, 2011)
Smith, Zadie. White Teeth (January 18, 2007)
Smith, Zadie. On Beauty (April 16, 2007)
Soderberg, Hjalmar, Doctor Glas (January 22, 2013)
Solow, Harrison, Felicity and Barbara Pym (June 24, 2013)
Soueif, Ahdaf. The Map of Love (May 23, 2007)
Soueif, Ahdaf. In the Eye of the Sun (“Why Always George Eliot? Ahdaf Soueif’s In the Eye of the Sun and Middlemarch,” May 26, 2009)
Spark, Muriel. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (June 23, 2013)
Spark, Muriel. A Far Cry From Kensington (September 17, 2013)
Spark, Muriel. Curriculum Vitae (September 22, 2013)
Speller, Elizabeth. The Return of Captain John Emmett (September 27, 2012)

Taylor, Elizabeth. Angel. (March 23, 2013)
Taylor, Elizabeth. A Game of Hide and Seek (June 12, 2013)
Taylor, Elizabeth. Palladian (October 22. 2013)
Tey, Josephine. Brat Farrar (November 9, 2013)
Tey, Josephine. Miss Pym Disposes (January 5, 2014)
Tey, Josephine. The Franchise Affair (December 27, 2014)
Thornton, Rosy. The Tapestry of Love. (February 19, 2011)
Toibin, Colm. Brooklyn. (August 29, 2011)
Tolstoy, Leo. “The Death of Ivan Ilych” (April 17, 2010)
Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina (December 6, 2012; December 9, 2012; December 29, 2012; December 30, 2012)

Tremain, Rose. Restoration (August 29, 2013)
Trollope, Joanna. A Village Affair (June 15, 2007)
Tyler, Anne. Noah’s Compass (April 6, 2011)
Tyler, Anne. Ladder of Years. (February 2, 2012)

Vickers, Salley. Dancing Backwards (May 2, 2011)

Walter, Jess. Beautiful Ruins (November 6, 2013)
Waters, Sarah. The Little Stranger (January 16, 2010)
Watson, Winnifred. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (December 23, 2010)
Weisgall, Deborah, The World Before Her (May 12, 2013)
West, Rebecca. The Return of the Soldier (January 16, 2012)
West, Rebecca. The Fountain Overflows (November 14, 2013)
West, Rebecca. This Real Night (December 3, 2013)
West, Rebecca. Writings: 1911-1917 (December 21, 2013)
White, T. H. The Once and Future King (June 27, 2012)
Williams, John. Stoner. (September 24, 2011 September 26, 2011)
Wolf, Inger Ashe. The Calling (September 1, 2008)
Woolf, Virginia. Three Guineas. (May 14, 2012)

And one movie:

Sex and the City 2 (January 11, 2011)

And two TV shows:

Friday Night Lights (June 12, 2011)

Foyle’s War (January 26, 2014)

4 Comments to On Fiction

  1. Susan Toth's Gravatar Susan Toth
    February 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I”m not quite sure where to leave my posts, Rohan. I’m figuring you’ll pick them up wherever, right? I just wanted to add another mystery writer–Elly Griffiths–who has a female sleuth, an archaeologist named Ruth Galloway. Griffiths endeared herself to me by writing about a single, slightly overweight woman who feels frumpy–and who (in “The Janus Stone”) discovers she is pregnant. (I won’t reveal who or why here.) I’ve just ordered the newest in this series–only three so far–”The House At Sea’s End”–in which I’ll find out how Ruth is handling single parenthood and academic career. (I have a personal interest in this topic, now, thank heavens, in the past.)

    The Ruth Galloway novels are rather short and not always as surprising as I’d like, but I think you’d like her descriptions of the bleak but beautiful Norfolk landscape–and you’ll approve of Ruth’s stubborn character. Anyway, I do.

  2. Susan Toth's Gravatar Susan Toth
    February 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Have you written somewhere about e-books, Rohan? If so, don’t repeat yourself, just guide me to your essay. I have not been able to bring myself to abandon the “real” book yet, despite urging from many book-loving friends, and so of course I tote or mail books whenever I travel–not so much travel these days, but I did ship a carton out to La Jolla for my winter here. On the other hand, I discovered a fabulous used-book section in the local library, with new and recent hardcovers, plus some classics, selling for $1 to $4, so I could have just used that. How do you feel about e-books? Have you learned to love them?

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Summer Reading 2014

1. Julie James, It Happened One Wedding
2. Dorothy Dunnett, King Hereafter
3. Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows
4. Elizabeth George, Just One Evil Act
5. Dorothy Dunnett, Niccolo Rising
6. Elena Ferrante, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
7. Zoe Ferraris, Finding Nouf
8. Georgette Heyer, Friday's Child
9. Ellis Peters, A Morbid Taste for Bones
10. Charlotte Bronte, Villette
11. Sue Grafton, W is for Wasted
In progress: Tremain, Music and Silence

1. Judy Blume, Forever
2. Rob Thomas, Veronica Mars, an original mystery
3. John Green, Paper Towns
4. Judy Blume, Then Again Maybe I Won't
5. Sarah Dessen, Dreamland
In progress: Wilson, Diamond

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