Critical Linking: December 5, 2012


Readers who know only Petterson’s most successful (also more straightforward and less interesting) novel, “Out Stealing Horses,” which won many prizes when it appeared in English translation, in 2005, might be surprised to encounter these run-on sentences, tripping over their own dropped clauses, pricked with intermittence, properly punctuated but curiously unpunctual.

James Wood gives Per Petterson, one of my favorite living writers, the full New Yorker treatment.


Announcing the winners of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year!

Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy in the top spot for fiction. You’d call that a win for her “adult” effort, no?


The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.

Is this YA novel the best fiction of the year, period? Certainly the most beloved.

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