The only theme tying together my Winter Picks this year is the theme of “no theme.” Really, there is something for everyone here: A psychological thriller, an experimental meditation on female identity, a big masculine American novel, a complex speculative tale, and a mystical medieval quest. Here is what will be on my nightstand for the next few months:
This is being hyped as the next big Gone Girl-type psychological thriller. I’m “on board!” (Ba-dum-dum).
Entertainment Weekly gave this novel, about a novelist who’s spending a week in Athens teaching a writing course, an A-, saying “Cusk’s restrained, almost experimental prose is really not so much a novel as a meditation on identity, illusion, and the erasure of self that can occur during a marriage.”
Described as “a novel about the way we live now: a sweeping, genre-busting tale of money, morality, and the American Dream and the men and monsters who profit in its pursuit set in New York, London, and the Canadian wilderness.”
This speculative novel looks complex, theoretical, and wildly entertaining. Here’s a description from the publishers: “A kaleidoscopic novel both heartbreaking and dazzling, Reif Larsen’s I Am Radar begins with Radar’s perplexing birth but rapidly explodes outward, carrying readers across the globe and throughout history, as well as to unknown regions where radio waves and subatomic particles dance to their own design. Spanning this extraordinary range with grace and empathy, humor and courage, I Am Radar is the vessel where a century of conflict and art unite in a mesmerizing narrative whole.” Whoa.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s stunning novels The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go are two of my favourite books of all time, but a few of his others have let me down. So I am cautiously optimistic about this one, described as a historic novel set in medieval Britain about “a couple (who) set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years.” Intriguing!
Okay, now your turn. What are you excited to read this Winter?