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CRAZY by Jane Feaver (Corsair £ 16.99, 320 pp)


By Jane Feaver (Corsair £ 16.99, 320 pp)

There has been a vogue for autobiographical fiction in recent years, fueled by Karl Ove Knausgaard’s hoo-ha on My Struggle, drawn in great detail from the author’s own life.

It’s a navel-like genre, yes, but Feaver’s superb fourth book is among the most successful experiments in form.

Crazy follows a creative writing teacher, Jane (you guessed it), whose past is headlong into her present.

At the start of the book, she visits Scotland with her adult daughter from a failed marriage to a manipulative alcoholic whom she first met while she was shy in Oxford.

Student flashbacks intersect with scenes from her first job in publishing as well as passages from middle-aged college life as she tries to teach while in undiagnosed pain.

Attacking with sex, writing, and office politics, Jane artfully looks at her youthful naivety in a rich, complex narrative that rings so deeply true to life that it almost sounds transgressive.

EARLY MORNING RISER by Katherine Heiny (4th Estate £ 14.99, 336 pp)

EARLY MORNING RISER by Katherine Heiny (4th Estate £ 14.99, 336 pp)


By Katherine Heiny (4th domain £ 14.99, 336 pp)

Heiny’s extremely sympathetic novels portray everyday relationships with the warm spirit and wisdom we expect from Anne Tyler.

Her new book takes us through two decades in the life of an elementary school teacher, Jane, who recently moved to a small town in Michigan, when the story begins in 2002.

She is dating Duncan, a soft-spoken carpenter, but calls it a day when he humiliatingly shatters her marriage hopes while flirting with a client.

Yet her subsequent engagement to a more stable man also falls into disarray when increasingly difficult marriage plans lead to a fatal accident that leaves Jimmy, Duncan’s disabled apprentice employee, without his mother and his only one. caregiver.

Like in her previous book, Standard Deviation, about a couple navigating their son’s Asperger’s diagnosis, Heiny has some smart and serious things to say about care and responsibility, though she keeps things bubbly with a constant flow. of comedy provided by the novel’s gossip. -knitted community.

THIS ONE SKY DAY by Leone Ross (Faber £ 16.99, 480 pp)

THIS ONE SKY DAY by Leone Ross (Faber £ 16.99, 480 pp)


By Léone Ross (Faber £ 16.99, 480 pages)

How to sum up this torrid and sprawling magical-realistic odyssey, which takes place over 24 hours in a fictional archipelago of the Caribbean?

A sort of X-rated fairy tale told in pungent Jamaican-influenced slang, it follows two would-be lovers on crossover quests.

Xavier is a widowed chef whose super power (everyone here has one) allows him to flavor dishes with his bare hands.

Responsible for preparing a feast for the ruler of the archipelago, he travels the islands in search of ingredients while lusting for Anise, a healer on the journey for herself, in search of a womanizer husband.

There is a hint of real-world politics in a subplot about government corruption and colonial history, but the atmosphere of the novel is primarily defined by its bizarre happenings, especially when the female body parts of the island begin to fall and take on a life of their own.

Loud, sexy, profusely inventive, Ross’s narration crashes into the reader like an invigorating ocean wave.



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