Pandemic Fiction: Autumn Books Includes Virus Stories | Job
New York (AP) – Towards the end of 2020, the pandemic was long enough for writer Jodi Picoult to try something novelists couldn’t think of at first – fiction. I changed.
“At the start of the pandemic, I couldn’t even read, let alone write,” explains Picault, who started the novel “Wish You Were Here” last November. The fall outing will take place in New York and the Galapagos Islands during the first two months of the pandemic, from March through May of last year.
“I couldn’t find myself in my life. Writing this book was therapeutic, ”she added. And all the while I was talking to my friend and saying, “I don’t know if this will work. However, I feel very positive and unlike most other subjects, I wrote a book about this experience that everyone has had on the planet. “
From the war to the plague to the terrorist attacks of September 11, the literary reaction to historical tragedy has been the process of absorbing trauma. It often started with poetry and non-fiction, and spread to narrative fiction months or years later. The pandemic now continues into the second fall season for publication, with more writers working on the latest books, including Picour, Louise Erdrich, Gary Shteyngart, and Hilma Waritzer.
Shtyengart’s “Our Country Friends” features the story of eight friends, Chekhov and other Russian writers, and Boccaccio’s 14th-century classic, “The Decameron,” who congregate in isolated homes as the virus heats up. propagates. .. Amitava Kumar’s “A Time Outside This Time” is about President Donald Trump, the 24-hour media and an Indo-American writer trying to figure out an equally unrelenting virus, working in an artist’s hiding place . It turns out that this fits well with the existing wave of fake news, “fake news,” from the United States to her native India.
“The Indian Prime Minister has asked people to knock the dishes and pots at certain times. His conservatives praised the power of cow dung and cow urine, ”he said. to augment. “The Minister of Health said that the sun’s rays boost immunity, so I was wondering exactly what a novel could do in the era of the novel coronavirus.
“I’m telling you all of this because I had undoubtedly mentioned a pandemic – I didn’t think it was preventable.”
For the first time since Pulitzer Prize-winning Night Watchman, Ardrick’s Sentence focuses on the 2020 Minneapolis Bookstore and the city’s various crises, from pandemics to the murder of George Floyd. Like Kumar, Erdrich had the original idea, a haunted bookstore, long before the virus spread.
“In the end, you might want to forget part of 2020, but I realized I shouldn’t,” she wrote in a recent email. “Obviously, we can’t forget. We must use what we have learned.
Waritzer’s “The Great Escape” is a new story in his “Today a Woman Gone Mad at the Supermarket” collection and includes a preface to Elizabeth Strout, author of “Olive Kitteridge”. “Great Escape” is the first short story in a few years from Waritzer, known for his novels such as “The Doctor’s Daughter” and “The Available Man”. The 91-year-old writer lost her husband to the virus and used his grief to update his previous story, the characters of Howard and Paulette, the couple.
“I felt like it was catharsis,” says Waritzer. “I wrote it in a week, and I couldn’t stop writing about it. The images of what happened to us came out one after the other and I had to use them, I felt that was not the case. “
This fall’s fiction features works by Jonathan Franzen, Sally Rooney, Laurenglov, Colmutbean and Strout, as well as four of the last six Fiction Prize winners Pulitzer, Eldrich, Richard Powers, Colson Whitehead and Anthony Doerr. Works are also included. “Silver View” is a posthumous release by John le Carré, who passed away last year. Gail Jones’ “Palmares” is her first novel in over 20 years, and “Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest Peoples in the World” by Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright. The first novel in almost 50 years.
Fiction includes Percival Everett, Anita Copats, Atticus Riche, Amore Taures, and the already famous Hillary Clinton with Louise Penny in the thriller “State of Terror”, Honore Fanon Jeffers and Wanda. ・ She is also expected from early novelists such as Mr. Morris. .. “
“We have a very comprehensive list of upcoming books. So far we have had very good sales and I think they only get stronger in the fall, ”said James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble.
First poet Amanda Gorman published two books this fall. The “Change Sings” picture book and the “Call Us What We Carry” poetry book. Louise Glück’s “Winter Recipes from Collectives” is her first collection of poems since last year’s Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon, Frank Vidart, Tracy K. Smith, Kevin Young, Amanda. New work is also expected. Moore and my De Avant.
Muldoon also backed one of the most anticipated fall memoir, “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present” by Paul McCartney. These are two volumes at $ 79 that the Irish poet helped edit. Huma Abedin, the ex-wife of longtime Hillary Clinton aide and former lawmaker Anthony Weiner, wrote “Both / And” and #MeToo pioneer Tarana Burke shared her “Unbound” story. I’m talking.
Katie Couric, Jamie Foxx, James Ivory, Steve Van Zandt, Dave Grohl, Robby Krieger and two basketball giants Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony will be releasing their memoir.
The summer bestseller list included works related to Trump such as “I Alone Can Fix It”. This fall, new work by Bob Woodward and his Washington Post colleague Robert Costa (“Danger”) will test the continued appeal of the former president’s story. ), And ABC News correspondent Jon Karl (“Betrayal”).
“There is nothing here,” said Fiona Hill, a former national security official who pressured Ukrainian leaders to investigate then-candidate Joe Biden in the first trial in impeachment of Trump. I’m talking about her. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “Republican Rescue” is an attack on his party’s conspiracy theories, including Trump’s election theft. According to Regnery Publishing, Mollie Hemingway’s “Rigged” claims that “Democrats, big tech and the media have built machines to ensure that Trump’s victory is impossible.”
A political genre rarely exists: a book against the incumbent president, a lucrative affair between several previous administrations. Conservative books have many readers. Right-wing commentator Mark R. Levin’s “American Marxism” has sold hundreds of thousands of copies this summer, but publishers and bookstores are naming future works centered on President Biden’s critiques. I had a hard time.
“The focus remains on Trump,” says Mark Laframboise, buyer at Politics & Prorose bookstore in Washington, DC.
Thomas Spence, editor of curator Regnery Publishing, said his company had taken full advantage of books on President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, but hadn’t even seen a proposal for Biden.
“The Conservatives do not have to worry about him personally. They are concerned about the policies he is pursuing, ”Spence said. “And that’s a big difference from the Clinton and Obama years, where Legnery sold a stack of books that criticized the two presidents.”
A discussion of the implications of the founding of the country can be found in the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Gordon Wood and Joseph Ellis, Woody Holton’s 700 pages “Freedom is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution” (Wood and) . (Approved by the author) continues. Other than that, I don’t agree with Nicole Hannah Jones, the creator of Project 1619.
The 1619 Project edition is an extension of the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times report as a necessary correction to mainstream history by placing slavery at the center of the American narrative. Celebrated or accused of lack of patriotism. To the point that he is banned from certain schools.
Hannah Jones quotes Holton in The 1619 Project book, which includes essays, poetry, and fiction, with contributors Jessmin Ward, Terry McMillan, Terence Hayes, and Jason Reynolds. In a note to readers, OneWorld editor Chris Jackson calls the book a quest for a “double pedigree” of slavery and resistance. This conflict is reflected in the subtitle of Ellis’ book, “The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents.” “
“Project 1619 was not meant to be a mere academic, or worse, partisan, political debate,” Jackson wrote. .. It is a clear and often fascinating epic of struggle, of which we all have the consequences in writing. “