Don’t expect any staff picks from me this month: I’m 200
pages into Middlemarch and predict
that it will take me another couple of weeks to finish. People are put off by
the length of this book; we’re just not in the habit of reading lots and lots of
words in what is sometimes a reiterative style. It helps to remember that the
book was published in installments and that the author got paid by the word. Eliot uses all those words to build her
characters and her story really does flow once you get the rhythm.
If you don’t, however, want to join me in reading Middlemarch, you might want to try Marine Park: Stories due out July 29th.
I read it as an advance and was wowed by this 23-year-old’s acuity. I guess I
lied: I do have a staff pick for July and I think you’ll love these stories. If
you are unfamiliar with this neighborhood on the edge of Brooklyn, you’ll...Hey,
I’m not getting paid by the word!