Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Underrated writers 2006

at Syntax of Things. My picks (it actually wasn't hard, there are a lot of other writers too that I wish more people would read but these two jumped out at me in particular): Charlie Williams and Heather Lewis.


  1. Holy moly--so many names I don't know. For 2005, Stephen Dixon was THE name for me, and for 2006, Halldor Laxness, Richard Powers (surprise--he just won a major award) and Geo Pelecanos. Heather Lewis I knew thru your blog but really I am making my way thru your noir picks every other book I read. Daniel Woodrell is sometimes astonishing and sometimes only good--Winter's Bone is his latest and best imo. Really love your blog Jenny and all the wonderful links. You are my personal treasure/book goddess even tho I don't read lots of light except crime, spies, noir. Ti-i-i-ime is not on my side. Have a lovely term break.

  2. Thanks again for all your support for this year's list.

  3. good hello !
    i discovered your blog by way of a Michael Chabon link. pleased to discover someone else talking about Heather Lewis. House Rules i finally read a couple years ago (it had sat on a shelf since the mid.90's). devastating, sad, and beautiful. curious about the author, i was shocked (though in the back of my mind not *terribly* surprised) by her (relatively) recent passing.