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Top Ten contributor Ron Rash has received many glowing reviews. But it would be hard to top the mash note he received from Janet Maslin last week for Something Rich and Strange, “a major short-story anthology that can introduce new readers to this author’s haunting talents and reaffirm what his established following already knows.”
Putting aside small matters such as remembering to eat or pick-up their dry cleaning, great writers never forget anything. Experience to them is pieces of string they gather and save, some of which proves useful someday. So it is with Ha Jin, who already has a National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkners and a Pulitzer nomination under his belt.
Among Stephen King’s gifts is the ability to see horror in the everyday; to imagine unimaginable terrors that could happen tomorrow. Or today (already in Africa), in the ongoing Ebola scare.
Top Ten contributor Francine Prose is not only a wonderful fiction writer, she is also a superb critic and essayist. All of her skills are on display in her review of Paul Theroux’s new story collection, Mr Bones, in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review.
A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence; a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq; a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list; a teenage runaway who is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena; a cabal of dangerous mystics and their enemies – these are some of the characters in David Mitchell’s acclaimed new novel, The Bone Clocks.