I’m not a huge fan of Michiko Kakutani, but this review deserves notice mostly because it’s the only place I’ve heard of Craig Brown’s book, which sounds quite interesting. Hello Goodbye Hello is British parodist Brown’s collection of essays about meetings between famous people. There are 101 such meetings, like the one between Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot (who both loved cats and puns), or the one where Marilyn Monroe tries to commission a house from Frank Lloyd Wright. Each of Brown’s accounts of these meetings uses 1001 words, so the book comes out to eactly 101,101 words. This is a fully bizarre concept, but if Brown’s style is as entertaining as Kakutani claims (which it might or might not be, hence the trouble with Kakutani’s reviews), then this could be a winner. Find this book at Goodreads.
This Indie Next pick is yet another novel about the post-apocalypse. This one documents the aftermath of a flu pandemic, and focuses on two survivors living in an airport. I’m about full up on post-apocalypse fiction, but this one has as good a chance (or better) at success as any other during this neverending trend. Find this book at Goodreads.
Joyce’s odd novel follows Harold Fry, obviously, as he impulsively attempts to hand-deliver a letter to a dying friend, walking the length of England in his yacht shoes. Minzesheimer liked it, as did the Booker prize judges: it was longlisted for this year’s award. Find this book at Goodreads.