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Beyond The God of Small Things: A Reader's Guide to Arundhati Roy

Beyond The God of Small Things: A Reader's Guide to Arundhati Roy | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
As we await the June release of Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, we're taking a look back at her works of fiction and nonfiction.
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Free: Denis Johnson's Classic Short Story 'Car Crash While Hitchhiking' From His Famous Collection 'Jesus' Son'

Free: Denis Johnson's Classic Short Story 'Car Crash While Hitchhiking' From His Famous Collection 'Jesus' Son' | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.
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Fiction: An exclusive extract from Arundhati Roy’s new novel 'The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness'

Fiction: An exclusive extract from Arundhati Roy’s new novel 'The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness' | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Where do old birds go to die?
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Classic Appreciation: Denis Johnson's Debut Novel 'Angels' (1983) - originally reviewed in The New York Times by novelist Alice Hoffman, which she calls "a dazzling and savage first novel"

Classic Appreciation: Denis Johnson's Debut Novel 'Angels' (1983) - originally reviewed in The New York Times by novelist Alice Hoffman, which she calls "a dazzling and savage first novel" | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
''Angels'' is a terrifying book, a mixture of poetry and obscenity. Some readers may be put off by its melodrama and nearly overwhelming sense of desperation. But whether the characters are conversing with a dark angel or ordering a platter of french fries, they are people who can't be ignored. Mr. Johnson has written a dazzling and savage first novel.
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Fiction: 'The Resuscitation of a Hanged Man' by Denis Johnson - While it's easy to be amused by Johnson's deft narrative talents, readers will also be moved by this burdened, melancholy tale

Fiction: 'The Resuscitation of a Hanged Man' by Denis Johnson - While it's easy to be amused by Johnson's deft narrative talents, readers will also be moved by this burdened, melancholy tale | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Johnson ( Angels ; Fiskadoro ) is a writer whose grace and style are frequently highlighted by the incongruity of his plot twists and character development. The hero of this novel, Leonard English, ha
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Essay: 'Station Eleven' and the Invasion of Literary Novelists Into Science Fiction

Essay: 'Station Eleven' and the Invasion of Literary Novelists Into Science Fiction | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Science fiction writers have long resented incursions like these, especially when they come with a disavowal of the genre itself.
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Fiction: 'Already Dead: A California Gothic' by Denis Johnson - Renders memorable characters, each with his own unique--usually part mad, part inspired--set of beliefs, each a refugee from the center

Fiction: 'Already Dead: A California Gothic' by Denis Johnson - Renders memorable characters, each with his own unique--usually part mad, part inspired--set of beliefs, each a refugee from the center | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Pop-mystical mumbo-jumbo freely and funnily coexists with the classics of Western philosophy in this ruminative, atmospheric tale of severed connections, lost souls, witches, demons, drugs and murder
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Fiction: 'The Name of the World' by Denis Johnson - Spare, introspective and arresting

Fiction: 'The Name of the World' by Denis Johnson - Spare, introspective and arresting | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Spare, introspective and arresting, Johnson's (Jesus' Son; Already Dead) new novel explores a middle-aged college professor's attempts to come to terms with the gruesome twist of fate that has robbed
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Free Short Story: Denis Johnson's 'The Largesse of the Sea Maiden' (2014)

Free Short Story: Denis Johnson's 'The Largesse of the Sea Maiden' (2014) | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
After dinner, nobody went home right away. We sat around in the living room describing the loudest sounds we’d ever heard. One said it was his wife’s …
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Classic Appreciation: On Denis Johnson's 'Jesus' Son' (1992) - His Most Famous Collection of Short Stories

Classic Appreciation: On Denis Johnson's 'Jesus' Son' (1992) - His Most Famous Collection of Short Stories | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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The 10 Best Haruki Murakami Books (Recommended by Publishers Weekly)

The 10 Best Haruki Murakami Books (Recommended by Publishers Weekly) | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The best of the best from one of the greatest contemporary writers.
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It's About Time We Revisit the Story of Clytemnestra, Wife of Agamemnon

It's About Time We Revisit the Story of Clytemnestra, Wife of Agamemnon | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In his new novel, House of Names, Colm Toibin revisits the story of Clytemnestra, wife of Agamemnon, heroine for the ages.
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Denis Johnson, 'Writer's Writer's Writer,' Dead at 67

Denis Johnson, 'Writer's Writer's Writer,' Dead at 67 | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The award-winning fiction writer, poet, and playwright, whose best-known and most influential work, the story collection 'Jesus' Son,' turned 25 this year, has died.
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Philip Pullman reveals title, main character of His Dark Materials 'equel'

Philip Pullman reveals title, main character of His Dark Materials 'equel' | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Philip Pullman's next novel, a book he cald an 'equel' to his acclaimed His Dark Materials trilogy, will be called La Belle Sauvage.
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Interview/Profile: Arundhati Roy, winner of the Booker Prize for her first novel 'The God of Small Things'

Interview/Profile: Arundhati Roy, winner of the Booker Prize for her first novel 'The God of Small Things' | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The author of The God Of Small Things talks about political activism – and why she fled India to finish her new book
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Fiction: 'Tree of Smoke' by Denis Johnson - which went on to win the National Book Award for 2007 - "it’s the product of an extraordinary writer in full stride"

Fiction: 'Tree of Smoke' by Denis Johnson - which went on to win the National Book Award for 2007 - "it’s the product of an extraordinary writer in full stride" | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Denis Johnson’s new novel is a massive thing and something like a masterpiece; it’s the product of an extraordinary writer in full stride.
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Fiction: 'Nobody Move' by Denis Johnson -  A stark, darkly funny chronicle of a four-way race to the bottom, and a testament to Johnson's sublime sympathy for lowlifes

Fiction: 'Nobody Move' by Denis Johnson -  A stark, darkly funny chronicle of a four-way race to the bottom, and a testament to Johnson's sublime sympathy for lowlifes | Writers & Books | Scoop.it

A testament to Johnson's sublime sympathy for lowlifes. National Book Award–winner Johnson (Tree of Smoke) goes lean and mean in this slick noir, with crackling dialogue and a mercilessly bleak worldview.

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Teen reads that changed our lives

Teen reads that changed our lives | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
From the hapless heroics of characters such as Adrian Mole to the gritty realism of To Kill A Mockingbird and Judy Blume's brilliant Forever, these are the teenage books that we grew up with and that formed part of who we are today.
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Essays & Investigative Journalism: 'SEEK: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond' by Denis Johnson, National Book Award-Winning Novelist

Essays & Investigative Journalism: 'SEEK: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond' by Denis Johnson, National Book Award-Winning Novelist | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
As a fiction writer and poet, Johnson is known for his surreal portraits of the dispossessed lurking at the fringes of American life: the drifters, the jobless, the junkies and midnight DJ's. I
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Fiction: ‘The Laughing Monsters,’ by Denis Johnson - A novel review by Joy Williams, award-winning short story writer and novelist

Fiction: ‘The Laughing Monsters,’ by Denis Johnson - A novel review by Joy Williams, award-winning short story writer and novelist | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In Denis Johnson’s new novel, set in Africa, a spy and his ne’er-do-well friend plan to become rich by exploiting post-9/11 politics.
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Denis Johnson discusses his short story 'The Largesse of the Sea Maiden'

Denis Johnson discusses his short story 'The Largesse of the Sea Maiden' | Writers & Books | Scoop.it

Denis Johnson discusses his short story in this week’s issue, “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden.”

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Award-winning Denis Johnson, Author Who Wrote Of The 'Painfully Beautiful,' Dies At 67

Award-winning Denis Johnson, Author Who Wrote Of The 'Painfully Beautiful,' Dies At 67 | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Wednesday.
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Fantasy Fiction: 'Wizard's Holiday' by Diane Duane — The seventh book in the 'Young Wizard's' series

Fantasy Fiction: 'Wizard's Holiday' by Diane Duane — The seventh book in the 'Young Wizard's' series | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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Fantasy Fiction: 'Assassin's Fate' by Robin Hobb — The final book in 'The Fitz and the Fool' trilogy

Fantasy Fiction: 'Assassin's Fate' by Robin Hobb — The final book in 'The Fitz and the Fool' trilogy | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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Title Revealed for Volume One of Pullman’s ‘The Book of Dust’

Title Revealed for Volume One of Pullman’s ‘The Book of Dust’ | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Knopf has revealed the title of the first volume in Philip Pullman’s highly anticipated new trilogy, The Book of Dust, along with an excerpt.
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