In light of the robust conversation happening over at #1book140 about commenting, voting, and community (and also limiting monthly suggestions to five options—point taken!), May’s vote is going to be a bit of a grab bag of military fiction, books with maternal themes, books suggested ironically, and books that people just felt like reading.
Please cast your vote by 12 p.m. this Friday, and join us in reading one of the following:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Full points to @twindy5, who nominated Anthony Doerr’s novel before Monday’s announcement that it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The jury called the story of a blind French girl and a German boy “an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.”
Crabwalk by Gunter Grass
In tribute to the Nobel prize-winning author Günter Grass, who died earlier this month, we’re including Crabwalk, one of his more recent novels. The book centers around the deadliest maritime disaster ever recorded—the sinking of a German refugee ship by the Soviets in 1945—and the ramifications for the Pokriefke family. As The New York Times Book Review wrote, “In his best book in a long while, Günter Grass once again dazzlingly analyzes Germany’s past and present, while hinting soberly at its future.”