Sunday, December 27, 2015

Robin Coste Lewis' 6 favorite books

Robin Coste Lewis' debut poetry collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus, won a 2015 National Book Award. One of the poet's six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
Jazz by Toni Morrison

It would be enough that Jazz brilliantly explores a significant moment from the past through the story of a love triangle in Harlem, and that Morrison layers various histories so that each steps up then recedes — yes! — like jazz improvisation. But on top of all that, she draws and redraws the frame of narration, ever so subtly, so that one begins to wonder about the narrator's identity in the way one wonders about God's.
Read about another entry on the list.

Toni Morrison's Jazz is Mohsin Hamid's most influential book and one of Reggie Nadelson's top ten jazz books.

--Marshal Zeringue