“Capital,” by John Lanchester, Truly Pays O– Oh, I’m too tired to find a pun; just BUY IT; it’s great

Posted by Lizzie on 06/08/12

CapitalEngland has always reveled in its drawing-room dramas, from Jane Austen’s social minefields to E.M. Forster’s Howards End to Upstairs, Downstairs — and yes, the blockbuster Downton Abbey.

John Lanchester’s brilliant Capital, set on a once-ordinary London block whose housing prices have skyrocketed, has the distinction of being the first brick-and-mortar novel set squarely in our current times.

CAPITAL is just a truly terrific novel. Buy it right away. And when you have a chance, listen to My Review of It At All Things Considered: Right On The Money: A ‘Capital’ Book For Our Times : NPR.

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Posted by Lizzie on 12/29/07

Just a note to let you know that the Fine Lines column at Jezebel has been proceeding apace, moving on with Little House in the Big Woods, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and All-of-a-Kind Family. If you wish, you can also hear me reading some light verse included in Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks of the Wild Web, out from Vintage soon–now?–on Morning Edition here. It aired Christmas morning, which might or might not be good for the Jews.

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