Friday, 21 January 2011

"Skippy Dies" in Time Magazine’s top ten fiction books of 2010

Skippy Dies by Paul MurrayTwo books set in Dublin have been chosen by Time Magazine among their top ten fiction books of 2010. Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies has been listed at number 3 with Tana French’s Faithful Place in the number 10 position. Skippy Dies, which opens with the death of a fourteen-year-old student at Dublin’s venerable Seabrook College on the floor of the local doughnut shop, is described by Time as "one of the liveliest and most poignant books of the year". Faithful Place is a psychological and emotional thriller which follows an undercover cop as he returns to his childhood Dublin neighbourhood to investigate the disappearance of his girlfriend 22 years earlier. French’s previous novels In the Woods and The Likeness, were both New York Times bestsellers.

Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom topped the list which also included A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan; The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell; Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon; Wilson by Daniel Clowes; Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes; How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu and The Passage by Justin Cronin. Freedom - which details the tribulations of a Midwestern family, the Berglunds, whose successes, failures and appetite for self-invention reflect the larger story of millennial America - and A Visit from the Goon Squad - a rock ’n’ roll novel about a cynical record producer and the people who intersect his world - also featured on the New York Times list of the best 5 fiction books of 2010. They were joined by Room by Emma Donoghue, Selected Stories by William Trevor and The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie.

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