Monday, April 15, 2019

Six novels that upend conventions

Susan Choi's new novel is Trust Exercise.

At The Week magazine she tagged six favorite books that overturn conventions, including:
How to Be Both by Ali Smith (2014).

Smith tells the stories of Italian Renaissance painter Francesco del Cossa and present-day Cambridge teenager George as two halves of a fiction that can be read either Francesco first or George first. As critic Laura Miller noted, once you choose which way to read it, you'll never know how it would have read in reverse, which she called a bit sad but "worth it."
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue