Also Published: US novels
- Brian Donaldson
- 15 October 2009
Brian Donaldson rounds up the best of the books reaching us from the US this autumn
Dave Eggers The Wild Things
The cult kids classic by Maurice Sendak is given a thorough redoing at the hands of Mr McSweeney’s as we follow the journey of Max who escapes a tricky home life only to wander into a very different world.
Hamish Hamilton, 29 Oct.
Eric Schlosser Command and Control
Robert Redford’s son-in-law follows up his investigative journo scribblings which have dissected the fast food and dope industries with a tract discussing we need to get shot of nuclear weapons.
Allen Lane, 29 Oct.
James Ellroy Blood’s A Rover
A fevered, nightmarish political noir completes the Underworld USA trilogy which kicked off in 1995 with American Tabloid. Spanning the epoch-making years of 68-72, the likes of Howard Hughes and Richard Nixon are thrust into all-new sticky situations.
Century, 5 Nov.
Gin Phillips The Well and the Mine
Featuring an introduction by Fannie Flagg, this Depression-set debut focuses on a tight-knit Alabama miner’s family struggling against poverty and racism. Virago, 5 Nov.
Paul Auster Invisible Everyone’s favourite populist postmodernist scripts his 15th novel with four interlocking tales stretching across the decades (from 1967 to 2007) and nations (from a Caribbean island to Paris’ Left Bank).
Faber, 5 Nov.
Ryan David Jahn Acts of Violence
The story of a murder victim whose death is just around the corner and the tale of those who did nothing to stop it. Shocking, angry and a bit cinematic.
Macmillan, 6 Nov.
Attica Locke Black Water Rising
A debut thriller about ethics, race and personal conviction as we trace the path of lawyer Jay Porter whose dark past forces him to make a brand new start in early 80s Texas. But when he saves a woman from drowning, he unwittingly opens up some fresh wounds.
Serpent's Tail, 12 Nov.