First off: thanks to all who came out to the reading at Skylight last night. It was filled with friends and colleagues and even some new faces and I'm so grateful for the support.
And now...Thursday Marginalia, which will not be a roundup of news from the world of literary fiction, but will be a round-up of my bookshelves. Here, I submit a very brief, not-in-any-way exhaustive list of some books I really like. I've left out most of the big contemporary guns (DeLillo, Roth, Mahfouz, Calvino etc.etc and etc.) and the obviously great classics, the ones you all know about already, Remember, it's random, it's incomplete, it's only based on what's currently on my shelf, it's Thursday.
Pat Barker - The Regeneration Trilogy
Dan Chaon - anything by him.
Justin Cronin - Mary and O'Neil
Anothony Doerr - The Shell Collector
Pete Dexter - The Paperboy
Every single story by Deborah Eisenberg
Penelope Fitzgerald - The Blue Flower
Judith Freeman - Red Water
Elizabeth Bowen - The Death of the Heart
Gina Barriault - Girls in their Beds
Jim Crace - Being Dead
Peter Taylor - A Summons To Memphis, Old Forest and Other Stories
Graham Swift - Waterland
Rachel Kushner - Telex from Cuba
Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things
Geoff Dyer - But Beautiful
John Williams - Stoner
Paul Yoon - Once the Shore
Peter Orner - Esther Stories
and a couple of obvious ones I can't pass up...
Mme. Bovary - Flaubert
Graham Greene - most of them
William Trevor, all of them, over and over again.