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Carol Shields. She’s another terrific Canadian author (along with Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood and Mavis Gallant), and if you’ve read The Stone Diaries, you know how good it is. It won the Pulitzer in 1995. I have her novel Unless on my shelf (sitting next to the aforementioned Norwood and The Dog of the South, of course).
Laurie R. King. I really enjoyed The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, which starts the Mary Russell series. (I think it’s a well-established fact on this blog that I am terrible at reading series.) I loved the way King writes and enjoyed Mary as a heroine, and I’d love to go along on more of her adventures. I also have a copy of The Bones of Paris waiting for me (which I realize is the second in a series, and no, I haven’t read the first one).
Colm Toíbín. I loved Brooklyn—I felt like I was in the hands of a master storyteller who can craft a beautifully simple, artful tale. Lucky me, I have an early copy of his latest novel, Nora Webster (pub. October 7) to read in the next few weeks.
Iain Pears. Stone’s Fall is probably one of my favorite books I’ve read in the past five years. Right after I read it I bought a used copy of An Instance of the Fingerpost, which I still have yet to read. I’m also intrigued by his Jonathan Argyll series—a mystery series involving an art historian! (And yeah, a series.)
A.S. Byatt. I read The Children’s Book several years ago, and have always wanted to read her other well-known work, Possession. Given how long it took me to read The Children’s Book (no fault of the book, I just kept stopping to look up references), I suspect I’ll need to be ready to commit to a long haul. (An a completely unrelated note, The Children’s Book wins my vote for prettiest cover.)
J.G. Farrell. A while back I joined a blogging series called Spotlight Series, where we were given the option to review volumes from the New York Review of Books Classics Series. I chose The Siege of Krishnapur. Of course, that book is part of a series, the Empire Trilogy (told you it was a well-established fact about me and series). I bought the first book, Troubles, sometime last year, and you know the rest.
Ron Rash. I read Serena last year. Rash is a storyteller of dark Appalachian tales. I’ve been dying to pick up his latest short story collection, Nothing Gold Can Stay. I’ve almost bought it several times, but for some reason I’ve managed to show actual restraint.