Nice to see Arundhati Roy’s The God Of Small Things in your list.
Mrinal Bose

No no, not forgotten. I haven’t read either yet, though they’re on my list. You should see my list, it’s ridiculous and I think I add something every day.

It’s an interesting comment you make about Lahiri being ‘MFAish’ — I know what you mean, but there’s such humanity in her writing and her language is often so gorgeous, I couldn’t leave her out. I’ve really enjoyed her books.

And Arundhati is amazing, I’ve read much of her political and nonfiction stuff and heard her speak and I just love her. I wish she’d write another novel.

Knausgaard is absolute magic — I’ve read the first 3 volumes, as well, the 4th is sitting on my bedside table waiting for me. As Zadie Smith said, ‘I need the next volume like crack.’ I recognize, though, that it may not be for everyone. He does go on. But in a magical way.

This list was tough for me, already things are popping up in my head that I’ve forgotten. For instance, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing by Lydia Peelle is a wonderful collection of stories (with possibly the best title ever) that includes Mule Killers, which may be one of the most perfect short stories. I still think about it and it’s been at least 6 years since I read it.

And don’t get me started on nonfiction/essay/memoir — there’s so much, it’s daunting.

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