Last week, we highlighted some brilliant books that grab you from page one. We like surprising endings, too—we don’t skip to the end just to know in advance how it’s going to turn out. Ian McEwan appears twice on this week’s list; maybe he’s the master of the modern literary shocker ending. So sit back and read a book from this week’s list—then you can tense up for its final pages.
"Britain's foremost living novelist has written a book—often as drily funny as it is thoughtful—that somehow both subverts and fulfills every expectation its protagonist has for fiction."
A subtly and sweetly subversive novel which seems more characteristic of its author as it becomes increasingly multilayered and labyrinthine in its masterful manipulation of the relationship(s) between fiction and truth. Read full book review >