10:04, Ben Lerner: Lerner, a poet, has written some of the most wonderfully interesting WMFU novels of late. When a novel takes it title from Back to the Future, it’s probably impossible for me not to like it. (Buy)
Paris, Marcos Giralt Torrentes: I have a review of this novel forthcoming in Necessary Fiction, so I’ll save most of my thoughts for it there. But this deep psychological novel was in parts exasperating but also revelatory. I’m glad Torrentes’ work is finally appearing in English. (Buy)
Other wonderful 2014 fiction: Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offil; Tough Day for the Army, John Warner.
A Place in the Country, W.G. Sebald: Another book I reviewed early on in the year, the essays that make up Sebald’s last volume to appear in English. Worth it for the essays on Rousseau and Walser alone. (Review) (Buy)
Books I loved but weren’t published in 2014: Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; The Silence and the Roar, Nihad Sirees; Fire Season, Philip Conners; Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson.