This week, we interview Meg Wolitzer, a respected, prolific writer who’s had a best-selling novel. But her new novel, The Interestings, is her best yet. There’s a palpable thrill we get when we come across a writer’s most electric prose, when we can tell they’re firing on all pistons and we’re gleefully along for the ride. Here are 10 books that we think are these writers’ most thoughtful, memorable works. In some cases, we’ve chosen books that aren’t the most obvious choice (you Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy fans might argue with us about our choices for those writers’ best books, but what fun is it to recommend, say, Beloved when everybody already knows it’s a great book?).
"But then however much the latter may have been strained, one must pay tribute to Pynchon's plastic imagination, his stunning creative energy, and here and there the transcendent prose: "It was one of those great iron afternoons in London: the yellow sun being teased apart by a thousand chimneys breathing, fawning upward without shame" — all marvelously descriptive of the world in which we live and are sure to die."
Between V., Pynchon's maverick if disorderly first novel, and Gravity's Rainbow, which is still more unstrung and far denser while lacking the narrative encroachment of the earlier book, there is even a direct line of extension. Read full book review >