Today I would like to tell you about 3 very short books (under 150 pages!) that I have recently read. I’m hoping that this article will be useful to those of you who don’t have much time to read and don’t dare starting a long book. These three books can be read in no time and are pretty good.
Today I’d like to tell you about A Little Life, a novel by Hanya Yanagihara. I had heard a lot about this novel: it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015 and for the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016. Of course Booktube was all about this novel a few months ago, with reviews from people who absolutely loved it and reviews from people who hated it. This was very intriguing, and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about, so I had got this novel a few months ago, and I finally started reading it a few weeks ago – who said I was late?
So many things happened last week that I am really excited to present you this News of the week’s article.
I’d like to start with the winner of the Man Booker Prize. Yes, I know, all the newspapers have been talking about it for the whole week but as I have followed from close this year’s Man Booker Prize process (the longlist and then the shortlist), mainly thanks to this year’s Man Booker Vloggers (the wonderful Jen Campbell, Leena Normington, Jean Menzies, Lauren Whitehead and Ariel Bissett), I really feel like telling you how I feel about its conclusion. As you all know by now, the 2015 Man Booker Prize was awarded to Marlon James for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, published by Oneworld.
It’s time for the publishing news of the week!
And, unsurprisingly, let’s start with a new twist in the Go Set a Watchman affair. This time, it is not related to the circumstances of its publication (phew!) but to a very surprising decision made by an independent bookstore in the United States. Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Michigan, is offering a refund of the purchase price of the book to every customer who is disappointed in Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. The reason? The bookstore blames the shameful way Go Set a Watchman was marketed by the publishing industry. In a statement published on their website, Brilliant Books’ owners claim that Go Set a Watchman should have been presented to the public as an “academic insight” of Harper Lee’s development as an author rather than as a “nice summer novel” and a “new book”. “We at Brilliant Books want to be sure that our customers are aware that Go Set a Watchman is not a sequel or prequel to To Kill a Mockingbird.