Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chris Bohjalian's 2010 Favorites (Plus a Glimpse of His Own New Novel)

Chris Bohjalian is the author of thirteen books, including his most recent novel, Secrets of Eden, which debuted at # 6 on both the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

His other novels include the New York Times bestsellers, Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, Before You Know Kindness, The Law of Similars, and Midwives.

Chris won the New England Book Award in 2002, and his novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah's Book Club, a Publishers Weekly "Best Book," and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. His work has been translated into over 25 languages and twice become movies ("Midwives" and "Past the Bleachers").

He has written for a wide variety of magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and has been a Sunday columnist for Gannett's Burlington Free Press since 1992.

We may indeed be in the midst of a profound transformation in how we read – and how that will affect the novel in the frighteningly imminent future – but certainly I enjoyed a lot of absolutely terrific books in 2010.

Among my favorites? In no specific order, the list of new books would include:

The Blasphemer

The Wave

Authentic Patriotism

Union Atlantic


The Last Stand

A Taste of Honey

The Passages of H.M.

Great House


House Rules

Walking to Gatlinburg

The Gendarme

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden


Yes, the list has three Vermonters. Call this geographic nepotism. Also, it will make drinks with my pals a lot less awkward this coming month.

My next novel, The Night Strangers, arrives on October 3, 2011 and focuses on my two current literary obsessions: Commercial aviation disasters and. . .witchcraft.

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