Thursday, December 04, 2008

Post and Toni Morrison talk Obama and books

Toni Morrison talks about Barack Obama and her new novel, A Mercy, in an interview with The Washington Post.

A Mercy also happens to be one of The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2008. The other fiction works selected as the year's best: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri, 2666 by Roberto Bolano, Netherland by Joseph O'Neill and Dangerous Laughter, a collection of short stories by Steven Millhauser.

As I've said before, I didn't much care for Netherland, but Unaccustomed Earth is terrific. I haven't read 2666. It's on my short list. I liked A Mercy, but not certain it is in my top five. I will be attending Morrison's appearance in Washington, D.C. tonight.

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