A post by Peter Jordens.
Each November, Publishers Weekly‘s book-review editors look back at all the titles they have reviewed over the course of the year and pick favorites in several categories. From those longlists, the editors choose an overall top 10, including five each of the year’s best fiction and nonfiction titles. This year, Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings is on the list and he appears on the cover of the November 3 PW edition that announces the best books of 2014. PW calls James’s epic novel “a virtuosic performance detailing three turbulent decades in Jamaican history, centering on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. The voices of government agents, gang members, ex-girlfriends, and ghosts all contribute, and the result is shocking, cerebral, and exhilarating.” For the full PW review, go to http://www.publishersweekly.com/9781594486005. For the full list of PW’s best books of 2014, go to http://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2014.
Additional reviews of A Brief History of Seven Killings:
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, review: “vivid and powerful”
Nicholas Blincoe, The Telegraph, October 14, 2014
Fiction review: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Elizabeth Hoover, Dallas Morning News, November 12, 2014
Roots, rage and reggae: Marlon James pens a tour de force about Jamaica
Carlo Wolff, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 9, 2014
A Dizzying, Fictional ‘History’ Draws on Bob Marley’s Life
Rosecrans Baldwin, NPR, November 5, 2014
A Brief History of Seven Killings was an Editors’ Choice (Recent Books of Particular Interest) of the New York Times Sunday Book Review, November 2, 2014.
A Jamaican civil war, with cameos from Bob Marley
Louis Amis, The Spectator magazine, November 1, 2014
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James: “epic novel about modern Jamaica”
Theo Tailt, Sunday Times, October 26, 2014
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, book review: Jamaica’s violent underbelly
Hannah McGill, The Independent, October 23, 2014
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James: “mesmerizing”
Zachary Lazar, New York Times, October 23, 2014
Macalester’s Marlon James writes Jamaican epic
Rohan Preston, Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 20, 2014
http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/books/279500062.html [includes 8 pictures of Marlon James who lives in Minneapolis and teaches at Macalester College]
NYT Reviews Marlon James’ ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ (review by Larry Rohter, New York Times, October 1, 2014 (October 10, 2014 RepeatingIslands post)