Tag Archive: National Book Award

Nov 11

Who Will Win The National Book Award?

Click on the link for my review of each of the finalists: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel Lila by Marilynne Robinson An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine Redeployment by Phil Klay While I’d love to see Station Eleven win, I can’t see it happening.  For …

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Nov 10

Book Review – Redeployment by Phil Klay

Of the novels that were nominated for the National Book Award, Phil Klay’s Redeployment was the only one I was aware of.  My recognition of the book came from two sources: a February 2014 review from Michiko Kakutani who called the collection “gritty, unsparing and fiercely observed,” and an interview in March with Pamela Paul from Inside the New York …

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Nov 06

Book Review: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Rabih Alameddine’s National Book Award nominated novel, An Unnecessary Woman, begins with a beguiling opening sentence: You could say I was thinking of other things when I shampooed my hair blue, and two glasses of red wine didn’t help my concentration. Blue hair and two glasses of wine hints at comedy shenanigans and New York style neuroses.  What …

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Nov 02

Book Review: Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Lila is the third novel in a trilogy of books that began with Gilead and was followed by Home. The previous two novels were lavished with awards, nominations and appeared in best of lists in their respective years. So it’s probably no surprise that Lila has also been honored with a nomination on the National …

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Oct 30

Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Toward the end of his second decade in the airport, Clark was thinking about how lucky he’d been. Not just the mere fact of survival, which was of course remarkable in and of itself, but to have seen one world end and another begin. And not just to have seen the remembered splendors of the …

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Oct 24

Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Since its publication, Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See has, for the most part, received adulation and praise from readers and critics.  The novel has been described as textured, intricate, mythic and haunting with Amanda Vaill of the Washington Post describing the book as “enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears.” …

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Oct 16

National Book Awards Finalists for Fiction

The National Book Award finalists have been announced. They are: Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press/ Grove/Atlantic) Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See (Scribner/ Simon & Schuster) Phil Klay, Redeployment (The Penguin Press/ Penguin Group (USA)) Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House) Marilynne Robinson, Lila (Farrar, Straus …

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Oct 11

Book Review: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

There’s a scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar nominated film Django Unchained where slave owner Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo Di Caprio, cuts open the skull of a slave named Old Ben to prove, though phrenology, that people of colour are more submissive than the white man. Phrenology aside, the scene is problematic because the rest …

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