Writers choosing writers
What happens when you ask a handful of writers to name their favorite book of 2012, and then the authors of those books pick their favorites? The unexpected. Follow the trail for a wonderful daisy-chain of eclectic reading recommendations to last through next year.
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TRAIL 8( Farrar Straus Giroux, Europa Editions )
Ellen Ullman ("By Blood") picks...
In 1785, an engineer — who believes in Voltaire and the civic virtues of public works projects — is caught between the decadence of Versailles and the madness of the ensuing French Revolution. The writing is simple yet exquisite. The narrative pacing is brilliant. I read it in three sittings and wish I'd had the time to do it in one.