Friday, March 2, 2007

Lionel Shriver's book list

Lionel Shriver’s latest novel, The Post-Birthday World, will be published this month.

She named a short list of favorite books for The Week magazine which included these two titles:
English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

This novel follows the hapless mid-19th-century journey of a ship bound for Tasmania in search of the original Garden of Eden. It’s wonderfully wicked about religion, and it’s hilarious.

Paris Trout by Pete Dexter

Dexter writes about race and bigotry without the moral obviousness that this subject matter often elicits. His tone is terse and muscular, but not pose-y and tough-guy.
Read about all six titles on Shriver's list.

Shriver's last novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, was the winner of the 2005 Orange Prize.

--Marshal Zeringue