What are you reading now?

 

“After reading Ruth Ozeki’s fabulous A Tale for the Time Being, I asked her for a book recommendation. As a result, I’m currently reading Chang-rae Lee’s A Gesture Life. (I have this idea that I can play a sort of game of telephone with my reading; that next I’ll manage somehow to get a recommendation from Lee and so on.) A Gesture Life produces an instantaneous but increasing sense of unease for the reader as it moves from surface to depth, from the performance of a life to the history hidden in that performance. Sometimes I am afraid to keep going, but it is impossible to put down. A beautiful, beautiful book.”

Karen Jay Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and The Jane Austen Book Club

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