Written by Jan Kline on November 18, 2008

Just out of the Box

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I haven’t listed anything in this category for a while… here are a few from the last couple of weeks:

Something to Tell You, by Hanif Kureishi
Twice nominated for Oscar as a screenwriter in the 80s (for My Beautiful Laundrette and Venus), Kureishi also wrote the novel Buddha in Suburbia. His new novel centers on Jamal, a middle-aged therapist. “Secrets are my currency,” he says. “I deal in them for a living.” He’s also hiding a few of his own, including his decades-long crush on his high school girlfriend.

A Most Wanted Man, by John Le Carre
A “morally complex thriller” involving the intelligence agencies from three countries in a tug of war over a half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat, who claims to be a devout Muslim.

The Widows of Eastwick, by John Updike
The three divorcees from Updike’s 1984 Witches of Eastwick return, now older and widowed.

The Butt, by Will Self
A cigarette butt, tossed by a man who has decided to quit smoking, threatens to set off an international incident.

The Draining Lake, by Arnaldur Indridason
Another genre-transcending Icelandic crime thriller by the author of Voices and Silence of the Grave.

I See You Everywhere, by Julia Glass
An exploration of the bond and conflicts between two very different sisters.

Lulu in Marrakech, by Diane Johnson
A tale of romance and intrique involving a young American CIA agent and her attempt to rekindle her relationship with a worldly Englishman while she investigates Western support of radical Islamic groups.

Devil’s Brood, by Sharon Kay Penman
The final volume in Penman’s trilogy of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Roads to Quoz: an American Mosey, by William Least Heat Moon
By the author of Blue Highways, another “American journey off the beaten path.”

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