I have been a reading multi-tasker recently. This is a new thing for me since I typically read only one book at a time, but since I've got books in a variety of formats, I've switched up my reading habits. So here's a look at what I'm currently reading and a sneak peak of some upcoming reviews.
I've already mentioned this book once and now that I'm a bit over a hundred pages into it, I can confirm that it's pretty good. It's essentially about a group of people that climb into a car and end up hitting and killing a young girl. The rest of the book is about how these people get on with the rest of their lives. The prose is excellent and it's both funny and sad at the same time. If the rest of the book is as good as this first third then I think this one may end up on a lot of top ten lists at the end of 2012. Published by Simon & Schuster and available March 6th.
The Devil All The Time
Donald Ray Pollock
This one is part of the 2012 Tournament of Books. I don't even know what to say about this. It's really, really dark and full of twisted backwoods people. At the same time it has a lot of heart and I think that's what keeps me from putting it aside. There is so much brutality and violence and sadness but there's also a sliver of humor and some of these characters are so tragic. Most of the book takes places in the 1960's in rural Ohio and Pollock does a fantastic job creating a distinct sense of place. Published by Doubleday back in July 2011. Read an excerpt here.
These next two books are queued up to be reviewed next:
Flatscreen is about Eli Schwartz, a young man who seems to have dropped out of life. Eli is adrift among drug addicts, his divorced parents, various women and his older brother. This is Adam Wilson's debut novel and will be published February 21, 2012 by Harper Perennial.
The Bee-Loud Glade
A man named Finch is hired by a man called Crane to be a full-time hermit in Crane's garden. Kind of a modern Walden, but not. The Bee-Loud Glade was published in 2011 by Atticus Books