Help figuring out this novel by a poet that just came out
November 8, 2010 10:49 PM   Subscribe

Help figuring out this novel by a poet that just came out

A shot in the dark, but it's been bothering me: just read a snippet of a glowing review in a recent Sunday New York Times Books Review or New York Review of Books (I'm pretty sure it was the NYTBR)... It was a review of a novel by a youngish male poet (I think this might have been his first or second novel, he's had a number of poetry books out already). I read it last week, but I tend to be way behind on keeping up with this stuff, so the review may have come out anywhere up to a month ago (I doubt it could have been from before then). I didn't recognize the guy's name, but then again I'm not a big poetry guy. The first couple paragraphs had a bunch of beautiful quotes from the book. Told myself I should remember the name of the book, but obviously have forgotten. Trolled through the Times site to no avail. Help? Thanks thanks thanks.
posted by jng to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
maybe James Franco ?
Looks like those are short stories, though
posted by KogeLiz at 12:23 AM on November 9, 2010

Nick Flynn recently published a second memoir. And his writing is beautiful.
posted by Ideal Impulse at 7:52 AM on November 9, 2010

Response by poster: No, someone more established but less well-know than James Franco. And much more respected.
posted by jng at 7:53 AM on November 9, 2010

Response by poster: Sorry, not Nick Flynn, though that's a pretty good stab. I think the book I'm thinking of came out more recently. And novel, not memoir. But Flynn fits the profile of the guy.
posted by jng at 8:14 AM on November 9, 2010

Best answer: Adam Foulds's The Quickening Maze? It doesn't look like it was reviewed in the NYTBR but they rarely review anything worthwhile anymore. Maybe you read James Wood's review in the New Yorker?
posted by otio at 11:41 AM on November 9, 2010

Response by poster: Ah, you've made my day! Thanks so much otio, that's exactly it. Ha, I'm going to make a preemptive New Years Resolution strike and dump everything I have that's older than a month. My brain can't keep processing it all anymore. Thanks again, can't wait to read it.
posted by jng at 11:48 AM on November 9, 2010

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