Journeyman by Marc Bojanowski and a new issue of Shiny New Books

Shiny New Books logo It’s time for a new issue of Shiny New Books, packed with features, competitions, book news and reviews.  With lots of contributions from a wide variety of bloggers and authors, it’s well worth a look and if you haven’t come across it yet I suggest you get yourself on over there.  My own contribution to this issue is a review of Marc Bojanowski’s  Journeyman, a state of the nation novel which manages to pack a clear-eyed view of America in 2007 – teetering on the brink of the financial crash – into just over one hundred and seventy pages. Here’s a little taster: Cover image

There’s something very attractive about a state of the nation novel. It offers the chance to examine a snapshot of a country, taking in the many forces at play that make up its society at a particular point in its history. Recent events have provoked a rash of them – John Lanchester’s Capital, Jonathan Coe’s Number 11, Justin Cartwright’s Other People’s Money, Blake Morrison’s South of the River – to name but a few. Nothing new, of course: George Eliot’s Middlemarch is perhaps one of the finest ‘state of the nation’ novels in British fiction. Marc Bojanaowski’s Journeyman follows in that long literary tradition offering us a portrait of the USA through the eyes of Nolan Jackson, an itinerant carpenter and self-styled modern cowboy…

If you’d like to read more you’ll find the full review here.

6 thoughts on “Journeyman by Marc Bojanowski and a new issue of Shiny New Books”

    1. Susan Osborne

      Very pleased that you found the blog, Debbie, and I hope you discovered lots of other things to enjoy over at Shiny!

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