Booker short list.


The Sense of an Ending

By Julian Barnes

Tony Webster met Adrian Finn at school, but their friendship took a turn toward the tragic. Now middleaged and amicably divorced, Tony must deal with a past--including his old friendships--that forces him to reevaluate the imperfections of memory and seek out the truth.

Jamrach's Menagerie

By Carol Birch

In 1853 London, street urchin Jaffy Brown finds himself in the jaws of an escaped tiger--and there begins his adventure with a famed exotic animal importer and an ill-fated three-year whaling expedition to capture a fabled dragon. The novel is part seafaring adventure, part coming-of-age story, and part story of survival, with supernatural elements thrown in.

The Sisters Brothers

By Patrick deWitt

In this comic, revisionist frontier saga that captures the spirit of the Old West, a baron orders gunslingers Charlie and Eli Sisters to kill a Western prospector. As the brothers travel to the gold-filled Sierra foothills, they encounter a witch, a bear, violent fur trappers, and other ne'er-do-wells as they start to question their own career paths. ([EXCELLENT] Sept/Oct 2011)

Half Blood Blues

By Esi Edugyan

When 20-year-old Hieronymous Falk--black, German, and a talented musician--disappears at the start of World War I, he is...

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