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A year of reading

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Jan. 2nd, 2012 | 07:00 pm

Under the cut, the final list of all I read in 2011. It was my year of intense, nearly obsessive reading, my year of literary Ireland and the literary American South. High points: deep dives into Faulkner, Welty, Nabokov, the various Irish writers especially John McGahern and Eugene McCabe, and a reread of The Chateau by William Maxwell.

Writers new to me who particularly stood out: Seamus Deane, Edward St Aubyn, Jim Shepard, Maile Meloy, David Vann.

A few real gems: Denis Johnson's Train Dreams: A Novella; The Springs of Affection by Maeve Brennan; One DOA, One On The Way by Mary Robison.

This year I finally read The Ambassadors by Henry James in its entirety, after a history of false starts over the years, and best of all, read a good deal of it, which is set in Paris, IN Paris.


Nothing Right Antonya Nelson
The Curse of the Appropriate Man Lynn Freed
The Pornographer John McGahern
Troubles J.G. Farrell
Notes From No Man’s Land: American Essays Eula Biss
Amexica: War Along the Borderlines Ed Vuilliamy
The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead
Varieties of Exile Mavis Gallant
Love Among the Greats And Other Stories Edith Pearlman
Caribou Island David Vann
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
Citrus County John Brandon
Travels in Siberia Ian Frazier
The Legend of a Suicide David Vann
The All Of It Jeannette Haien
Bound Antonya Nelson
Death and Nightingales Eugene McCabe
The Wings of the Dove Henry James
Female Troubles: Short Stories Antonya Nelson
Mildred Pierce James M. Cain
The Postman Always Rings Twice James M. Cain
Double Indemnity James M. Cain
Open City Teju Cole
The Collected Stories John McGahern
One DOA, One On The Way Mary Robison
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
The Ambassadors Henry James
Iphigenia in Forest Hills Janet Malcolm
Benito Cerano Herman Melville
The Tiger’s Wife Téa Obeht
You Think That’s Bad: Stories Jim Shepard
Kiss of the Wolf Jim Shepard
Broken Glass Park Alina Bronsky
Memoir John McGahern
Nosferatu Jim Shepard
The Last of the Duchess Caroline Blackwood
Poor George Paula Fox
Selected Stories William Trevor
Liars and Saints Maile Meloy
A Family Daughter Maile Meloy
Paper Doll Jim Shepard
Some Hope Edward St. Aubyn
Borrowed Finery Paula Fox
Saints and Sinners Edna O’Brien
Yesterday’s Weather (short stories) Anne Enright
Mother’s Milk Edward St. Aubyn
Light in August William Faulkner
The Robber Bridegroom Eudora Welty
Delta Wedding Eudora Welty
The Optimist’s Daughter Eudora Welty
Losing Battles Eudora Welty
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
By the Lake John McGahern
Go Down Moses William Faulkner
Cannery Row John Steinbeck
The Hamlet William Faulkner
Flags in the Dust William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
Amongst Women John McGahern
The Wig My Father Wore Anne Enright
The Unvanquished William Faulkner
Love of Sisters Eugene McCabe
Sanctuary William Faulkner
The Barracks John McGahern
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner
One With Others [a little book of her days] C.D. Wright
The Town William Faulkner
The God of Nightmares Paula Fox
The Saint and Mary Kate Frank O’Connor
Intruder in the Dust William Faulkner
The Leavetaking John McGahern
The Dark John McGahern
The Empty Family Colm Toibin
Charlotte and Emily: A Novel of the Brontes Jude Morgan
Fair Play Tove Jansson
A Spirit Rises Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Chateau William Maxwell
Barren Ground Ellen Glasgow
Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s Frederick Lewis Allen
Home From the Hill William Humphrey
The Damnation of Theron Ware Harold Frederic
The News from Paraguay Lily Tuck
The Power of the Dog Thomas Savage
Be Near Me Andrew O’Hagan
The Cut George Pelecanos
I Married You For Happiness Lily Tuck
Stone Arabia Dana Spiotta
The Dog of the South Charles Portis
Memoirs of Hecate County Edmund Wilson
Childish Loves Benjamin Markovits
The Stranger’s Child Allan Hollinghurst
Train Dreams: A Novella Denis Johnson
Shadow Country Peter Matthiessen
Knockemstiff Donald Ray Pollock
Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov
Lost Memory of Skin Russell Banks
Pnin Vladimir Nabokov
The Springs of Affection Maeve Brennan
Speak, Memory Vladimir Nabokov
The Forgotten Waltz Anne Enright
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Reading in the Dark Seamus Deane
Charles Dickens: A Life Claire Tomalin
The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov: A Novel Paul Russell

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