Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Plain-Spoken Fiction Full of Traditional Virtues
Over at The New York Times, reviewer Janet Maslin remarks that books like Hannah Tinti's The Good Thief and David Wroblewski's The Story of Edgar Sawtelle "amount to a kind of novelty right now. " In these books, "the reader can find plain-spoken fiction full of traditional virtues: strong plotting, pure lucidity, visceral momentum and a total absence of writerly mannerisms." I enjoyed The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (my review is here), and I have Tinti's new book on my review shelf. I'm looking forward to reading it.