NPR/Fresh Air’s book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends a few titles for troubled times: ‘The Women in Black,’ ‘The Colossus of New York,’ ‘Last Night at the Lobster,’ ‘Are You An Echo?’ and ‘Everything Is Under Control.’ (~45 minutes in)
Update: from NPR Fresh Air – What It’s Like To Be An Elderly Widow, All ‘Alone’
The Joy Of The Mundane In ‘Emily, Alone’
by Maureen Corrigan
It takes a deft hand to do justice to the ordinary. Most novelists don’t even bother to try, which is why most novels are about a rip in the fabric of the routine. It’s tough to find fiction ambitious enough to tackle the story of a run-of-the-mill job, a hum-drum family; but, if the mundane matters to you, then Stewart O’Nan is your man.