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Books I have read, re-read, am reading and will read in the course of a fiction-crammed summer.  It will be obvious that I am writing about Nicholson Baker, and about ghosts in fiction.

A Box of Matches, Nicholson Baker
U and I, Nicholson Baker
The Everlasting Story of Nory, Nicholson Baker
The Anthologist, Nicholson Baker

(Also re-looked-at The Mezzanine, Vox and Room Temperature.)

The Love We Share Without Knowing, Christopher Barzak
Beyond Black, Hilary Mantel
Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst
Asleep, Banana Yoshimoto
Stories by Haruki Murakami
Midnight Picnic, Nick Antosca
In Persuasion Nation, George Saunders, and other stories
Intro and selections from The Norton Book of Ghost Stories, ed. Brad Leithauser
Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
Magic for Beginners, Stranger Things Happen, Kelley Link

Waiting for the Straub-edited antho mentioned above.

This is more fiction than I have ingested in any summer since... I don't know when, sometime in the late sixties or early seventies probably, consuming John Barth and Thomas Pynchon and the Ballantine fantasy novels and Ada and and...


Aug. 10th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know, it's been a while since I read it, but I thought Beyond Black was a wonderful novel all the way through. Considering the subject matter, the tone seemed amazingly intimate, knowledgeable, tuned-in.
Aug. 11th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Yes, it was the general frankness and commonplace quality of all the spiritual shenanigans, and the way all of it could be seen from the other side -- that is, by non-participants -- as totally non-spiritual: fakery or coincidence or the vapors. Brilliant. And how horridly underworld her England seemed.
Aug. 11th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
That was me, just above
Aug. 11th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
I wonder if you've read Jonathan Carrell. I am hoping to read his The Ghost In Love this summer.