Author, The Underground Railroad
I’m a news junkie, so my attention span is shot in these days of the constant D.C. horror show. Over the last few months, I’ve discovered that I can only handle novellas and short novels — 200 pages, then it’s back to cable news for the latest atrocity. Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Exit West and Ethan Frome were good discoveries this spring. This summer, I have re-reads for (Toni Morrison’s) Sula, (Chinua Achebe’s) Things Fall Apart and (J. M. Coetzee’s) Waiting for the Barbarian lined up — short and sweet. I’d like to get to Elena Ferrante’s books if possible too.
— The Washington Post