Some of My Favorite Books

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The New Republic by Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver is one of the smartest writers I know. That's also one reason I like her books but feel like I'm swimming upstream against the current in deep water when I read them. I take a breath when I'm done and say to myself, "Whew. That was fun, but I'm glad I survived that!"

The New Republic did not disappoint. Lionel Shriver (she's a woman, by the way, in case this is your first introduction to this writer) delves deep in her characters and the plot. This one was set in the fictional setting of Barba, a penisula off the lower tip of Portugal. She even includes a map with it visible, right there. There it is. Clever, clever.

A lawyer turned journalist, Edgar Kellogg takes a freelance journalist post in the windblown hell hole that is Barba. He replaces a mysterious missing journalist who comes to play a mighty big role in the terrorism claims that hound the contingent of journalists braving the new republic.

Read it. I think you'll like it. Have you read any of Lionel Shriver's books?

Book Read: The New Republic
Author: Lionel Shriver
ISBN: 978-0-06-210332-1

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