Tag Archive: Karen E. Bender

Jan 01

My Top 14 Books for 2015

This year I read 104 novel, 4 of which I didn’t finish.  My two favourite novels of the year – that is two books you should read immediately if you haven’t already, were: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (the book that won this year’s Man Booker Prize); and Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson …

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Nov 25

Who Should Have Won This Year’s National Book Award

As a reminder here is a list of the nominees with a helpful link to my reviews: Karen E. Bender, “Refund” Angela Flournoy, “The Turner House” Lauren Groff, “Fates and Furies” Adam Johnson, “Fortune Smiles” Hanya Yanagihara, “A Little Life” If you’ve read my reviews you’ll know that my favorite book on this ballot was …

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Nov 19

Book Review: Refund by Karen E. Bender

Bottom Line If there’s any justice, this collection will win this year’s National Book Award.  It’s that good. [Note: I wrote this review, including the Bottom Line, before the winner, Adam Johnson’s Fortune Smiles, was announced.  So I suppose there is no justice…!  (Though Fortune Smiles is also a great collection – review forthcoming). Representative Paragraph  I love …

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Oct 15

The Nominees for the National Book Award for fiction have been announced…

… and they are as follows: Karen E. Bender, “Refund” Angela Flournoy, “The Turner House” Lauren Groff, “Fates and Furies” Adam Johnson, “Fortune Smiles” Hanya Yanagihara, “A Little Life” No surprise at all to see A Little Life appear as a finalist.  It’s a novel that I’m sure I’ll be seeing allot more of next year and …

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