Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Texas Book Festival: A Brief History of Seven Killings

You won't read anything like A Brief History of Seven Killings, the new Marlon James novel, this year (or anytime soon).  It is both epic and lyrical. Search the blog; I can't imagine that we've used those words often. The novel requires your full attention and offers several narrators as it sweeps through the modern history of Jamaica. 

Marlon James
James wastes little time as this 700 page book opens with the narrator describing his own murder, then leaps into the failed assassination attempt on Bob Marley. The novel continues with different narrators through decades of Jamaican violence, change, more violence, and more change. It's what we call a holy shit novel. It's not really a fast read and it's not really an easy read. It is, however, a must read. I know I've said many things that may make the casual reader run the other way, 700 pages being one of them, but don't. This will be a novel you will be talking about, raving about, talking people into reading for years. 

A big thank you to Penguin Random House rep Eric Buscher (Blue Shirt Guy) for recommending this fantastic book. 

Don't miss the opportunity to meet Marlon James on Saturday in the Kirkus Review Tent at 12:45pm-1:30Pm 

Check out the full Book Festival Schedule

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