Literary Fiction

Literary fiction is a term that has come into common usage in the early 1960s. The term is principally used to distinguish “serious fiction” which is a work that claims to hold literary merit, in comparison from genre fiction and popular fiction.

Yellow Dog

Yellow Dog

I’ve pissed off more than one person recommending Martin Amis books. They’re not for everyone–and at times they honestly aren’t for me. Yellow Dog…

Tinkers

Tinkers

Tinkers is what they (or I) call a small book. In stature. In scope. In just about everything. From the very first sentence it…

Theft

Theft

Peter Carey is quickly becoming one of my favorite storytellers. The guy can spin a yarn with the best of them, without stooping to…

Strong Motion

Strong Motion

I think I went one book too deep into Franzen’s catalog. Granted, this is the second of his three novels, but it certainly felt…

The Sportswriter

The Sportswriter

I should have known after reading the sequel to this book, Independence Day, that this book was going to be nearly as much of…

Seven Types of Ambuguity

Seven Types of Ambiguity

Ambiguity is one of those words that I only understand in context. As a stand-alone word, it’s slippery and ever-morphing. I’d be hard-pressed to…

The Sea

The Sea

There’s something about the way that Banville writes that just kind of casts a pall over everything. I guess the best adjective I can…

Rabbit, Run

Rabbit, Run

I’ve avoided reading this classic for years. There is something about committing myself to a whole series of books without knowing what I’m getting…

Purple America

Purple America

This book should come with a warning to stay away from razor blades, open windows and stores of narcotics. Trust me, you’ll want to…

The Pale King

The Pale King

Nobody ever said David Foster Wallace was an easy read. Granted, some of his books are easier than others. I got through Infinite Jest,…

The Moviegoer

The Moviegoer

For a novel called The Moviegoer, there ain’t a whole lot of movie watching going on. I guess Percy was just stuck for a…

The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine

In college we did some pretty nerdy stuff. For instance, we named all of the rooms in our fraternity based on that semester’s occupants…

The Lay of the Land

The Lay of the Land

Having read both The Sportswriter and Independence Day (although not in the correct order) it only made sense for me to read this, the…

Humboldt's Gift

Humboldt’s Gift

Sometimes I feel stupid. Sometimes I feel like books are written with academics in mind, and I’m on the outside looking in. Sometimes I…

Disgrace

Disgrace

Every time I talk to a friend going to Africa on safari I worry whether or not he or she will come home alive….

Black Dogs

Black Dogs

I’m not even really sure where to begin with this one. To call it a throw-away would be to demean the author’s obvious talents….

Being Dead

Being Dead

Narrated much in the same way as the movie Memento, Being Dead starts off with the murder of its protagonists. We then flash back…

2666

2666

An epic, 900-page novel made up of five books and loosely centered around hundreds of murders of young women in Mexico sounds like just…