With "best of" season upon us, I wanted to post briefly about the best adult literary fiction I read in 2013: Alice McDermott's SOMEONE. It's a quiet, rich story about one woman's life--realism done so well. Here's Leah Hager Cohen's NYT review, if you'd like to find out more.
Relatedly, in November, I heard Colum McCann read from TRANSATLANTIC at Hopkins. (I haven't yet read this new book, but LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN is another huge favorite of mine.) During Q&A, he named SOMEONE as the best book he'd read in the past few years, which seemed right somehow.
Here's how he signed my book, by the way. He was delightful--full of anecdotes. For instance, he said that being on a book tour was making him so bleary-eyed, he'd almost brushed his teeth with Ben-Gay one morning.
Oh, and if I had to name a favorite short story of 2013, I'd choose the title story from George Saunders' TENTH OF DECEMBER collection. I loved how the old man's story intersected with the boy's.
Happy 2014 to all!