Hilary Mantel took home the coveted Man Booker Prize this week for her novel, “Wolf Hall,” a detailed look at the contemptuous court of Henry VIII during the English Reformation.
It’s December 2001 and a young midwestern college student named Tassie Keltjin is about to get a more worldly education when she accepts a part-time job as a nanny to the adopted child of a sophisticated Middle-aged couple. What happens over the next year is told in the new novel, “A Gate at the Stairs.”
For his book “Netherland,” author Joseph O’Neill had a unique vantage point to explore the now-familiar literary terrain of post-9/11 New York. Not well known to most American readers, New York City’s cricket-playing community is certainly well known to O’Neill, who was born in Ireland and educated in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
John Updike, one of the most prolific and popular American authors of his generation who chronicled the drama of everyday suburban life, died Tuesday, his publisher said. Writer Nicholas Delbanco, a former student of Updike’s, remembers his friend and mentor. Continue reading