The Man Booker Prize Shortlist was announced this week, and we’re lucky to carry all of the wonderful titles but one (Sunjeev Sahota’s book, The Year of the Runaways, which won’t be available to US bookstores until March of 2016.)
A Spool of Blue Thread is one of Bookseller Jill’s favorite recent novels, and Chigozie Obioma is a friend of the bookstore and recent graduate of the Zell Writers’ Program here at the University of Michigan. We hear from readers that Tom McCarthy’s book contains a superbly smart dystopia, and we are working on an event with Marlon James–look for it in upcoming bookstore newsletters.
And of nominee A Little Life, bookseller Kelsey writes:
All I can say about this novel is that it is pure emotion on paper. On the surface, A Little Life follows the lives of four close college friends as they grow into adulthood. It is impossible to reduce this novel to a plotline, though – the experience of the novel takes precedence over the story itself. For me, this book is about the power of the past and of human relationships, and is ultimately an exploration of the deep struggle of being a human being. Equal parts beautiful and heartwrenching, this is one of the most extraordinary books that I have ever read. -K