From NPR's Weekend Edition story on "The Sense of an Ending": "If we can't even reconcile our individual pasts, what does it say about our ability to settle on national narratives? As Tony ruminates in the book, "The history that happens underneath our noses ought to be the clearest. And yet, it's the most deliquescent." Book Club, Worth Reading, Booker Prizes, Man Booker, Book Worth, 2011, Novels, Sense, Julian Barns
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What is next on my list (Because we all loved middlesex) - Strip away the semiotics and intertextuality, and The Marriage Plot is a simple, old-fashioned story, almost a curio: a book that hinges on whom a woman decides to marry. With Brown University as a backdrop and graduation looming, the bright, rather jumpy Madeleine is torn between the charismatic Leonard and earnest, lovelorn Mitchell.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett: A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
Have you ever read a novel that is so propulsive you don't want to put it down (not even to play with your new kitten), and so well-plotted that it doesn't reveal itself to you until its 288th page — which just happens to be the book's final page as well? Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh is that kind of a novel.