Monday, May 18, 2020

Stay-at-home shelfie #53

At last, we return to the alphabetical-by-author fiction, which we paused with shelfie #25 back on April 21. These last 1½ shelves take us from O through Z. I guess that's a little bit of a surprise, being able to finish up with so little space. But I have a dearth of R's, S's and T's — popular letters! — in this category.

After leading off with the wonderful Flannery O'Connor, authors here include Tommy Orange and Helen Oyeyemi (Whose Goodreads bio is: "Helen Oyeyemi is a British novelist. She lives in Prague with an ever-increasing number of teapots, and has written eight books so far."). There's The Overstory by Richard Powers, which I'm anxious to get to. Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country has been adapted into an HBO series that will debut this summer.

Other authors here (some of whose works have been translated) include Iraq's Ahmed Saadawi, South Korea's Ha Seong-nan, Sweden's Karin Tidbeck, China's Can Xue, Chile's Alejandro Zambra, Serbia's Zoran Živković, and Pittsburgh's Anjali Sachdeva.

Alison C. Rollins' powerful poetry volume Library of Small Catastrophes is described this way on Goodreads: "Drawing from Jorge Luis Borges’ fascination with the library, Rollins uses the concept of the archive to offer a lyric history of the ways in which we process loss."

Partially obscured at the end of the first shelf is Lucy Woods' unsettling collection of short stories, Diving Belles.

Leslie Jamison's well-reviewed 2019 book of essays, Make It Scream, Make It Burn, doesn't belong with the fiction, of course. I guess you can call it a preview of what's coming next...

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