Notes from An Alien

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Books You Probably Haven’t Heard of That You Might Want to Read


A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists is an off-beat, genre-defying, head-spinning story that defies all the rules of narrative, space and time.”

Books You Haven't Heard of That You Might Want to Read

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That intriguing elevator-pitch is from an article in The Sydney Morning Herald.

A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists is Jane Rawson‘s debut novel.

More from the newspaper article:

A Wrong Turn has won this year’s Most Underrated Book Award, a literary prize sponsored by the Small Press Network, to reward titles that, for whatever reason, have not received fair recognition and the readership they deserved  when first published, following in the tradition of now-famous titles such as F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, overlooked or underestimated on release but which have since been declared classics.”

Other books that were sleepers:

Light Years by James Salter

The Easter Parade by Richard Yates

Stoner by John Williams

And, a book that hasn’t been sleeping long at all—Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You.

From an article in The Guardian:

“She has beaten Hilary Mantel and Stephen King to win Amazon book of the year. Celeste Ng, the biggest writer you’ve never heard of…”

“’Writing is like shouting into the world’, she says. ‘So when someone shouts back, it’s a really big deal. To have people who read hundreds and hundreds of books a year say, “Hey, we thought this was really great”, that’s a huge self-esteem boost. All of this attention means, hopefully, I’ll be able to write another book.’”

“She’s also surprised by the fact that people are so keen to ask her questions about the book, since she’s only just coming to terms with the fact that it’s out in the world and being read. ‘It’s as if you’ve had a very vivid dream and you come down to the breakfast table. Without you saying anything about it, people start asking you questions about what happened in your dream. And you go, “Wait! How did you know what was in my brain?”‘”

Finally, if you’ve heard of these six books or read them, let us know in the comments  ( though, I suspect most folks who’ve read a few books have heard of The Great Gatsby :-)
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