It’s election season, the time of year when we’re reminded of the impact a single individual can make on an entire community—or nation. It’s the time of year when groupthink proclamations are more common than pumpkin spice lattes.
Whether you recognize the name Christopher Priest or not, you’ve probably “seen” one of his novels. The British writer’s 1995 historical, epistolary novel about two rival magicians, The Prestige, was adapted for film by Christopher Nolan in 2006.
The catalyst for Derek Palacio’s debut novel, The Mortifications, is granted on page one: despite being impoverished, family patriarch and flagging political insurgent Uxbal Encarnación refuses to leave Cuba.
The 2016 National Book Awards shortlist for nonfiction was just announced this morning (along with the other categories), and this year, it’s dominated by titles that bring the dark underbelly of American history to light.