Roberta Recommends: Best of 2007, Part One

December 5, 2007 at 6:16 pm (Best of 2007, Book clubs, books)

snowy.jpg It is the first snowy day of the Winter of ’07. And is it ever beautiful out there, white and silent and serene, putting me in mind of Ezra Jack Keats’s classic picture book.

I have no idea how many parts “Best of 2007” will consist of, so here goes:

Favorite Fiction Published in 2007

Well…here’s a surprise: There’s not much of it! Or maybe it’s not a surprise. I started many books that reviewers liked and friends recommended, only to put them down in frustration. The fault may have been with me; I don’t know. Anyway, these made the cut:

dr-moses.jpg The Museum of Dr. Moses, Joyce Carol Oates’s wonderfully creepy story collection;

canasta.jpg Cheating at Canasta, by that master of the short story William Trevor;

elephanta.jpg The Elephanta Suite by Paul Theroux;

chesil.jpg On Chesil Beach by “the Magus of Fitzrovia,” Ian McEwan

And finally, a novel that haunts me still – and may do so forever:

other-side-of-you.jpg The Other Side of You by Salley Vickers.

[Any of the above fiction titles would make an excellent book club selection.]

 

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