Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Full English

"Perhaps my opinion here owes much to the fact that I’m Canadian and therefore still subject to excessive colonial reverence for people with cool accents and universities that date to the 13th century who put all the 'u's in the proper places in the words! But people who love books in America are, in my opinion, overly focused on contemporary American authors.
     Contemporary American authors are, in my opinion, not necessarily doing the best and most interesting work in fiction today, if I’m to make generalizations. I’d much prefer picking up just about any living British novelist whose last name is not Amis. But often when I name these folks people haven’t heard of them, because so much of the American book marketing machine is steadily trained on the homegrown.
     Here is my list of the novelists you must read to get up to snuff on British novel-writing. [...]"
— Michelle Dean, Flavorwire

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