A few overdrawn passages but the beautiful build-ups and conversational motifs are incredible. YOUR FACE TOMORROW by Javiar Marias.
Takes me back to my adolescence, car-trips, being stuck with parents and being happy. “CHURCH CANCELS COW” by Amy Hempel.
Summer! Anecdotes re acclimating to France are pitch-perfect. Back, before he become serious. ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris.
Born storyteller.Intelligent, insanely perceptive.Sometimes you don’t want pyrotechnics.Just pure story.ANY HUMAN HEART by William Boyd
It is always better/to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning./For every one of us…BEOWULF: NEW TRANSLATION by Seamus Heaney.
Sparkling, incisive dialogue. None of that oblique mysterious crap at the end of her stories. NOTHING RIGHT: STORIES by Antonya Nelson.
Modern London. Subtle & hilarious, the proper use of flashback. The immigrant novel to end all such novels. WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith