Congrats to Northwesterners Anthony Doerr and Karl Marlantes, whose novels made the New York Times’ “100 Notable Books of 2010” list. The list will appear in the Dec. 5 print edition of the New York Times Book Review. Both books also appear on a 2010 Shortlist of the Best Books from Northwest Authors, which were chosen by a committee of NW indie booksellers last week.
Doerr, who talks about his novel Memory Wall here, lives in Boise. Marlantes, who grew up in Seaside, OR and now lives in an undisclosed location in rural Washington, talks about Matterhorn, his 30-years- in-the-making Vietnam novel, here.
Of Matterhorn, the NYT list’s description says: “In this tale, 30 years in the creation, bloody folly envelops a Marine company’s construction, abandonment and retaking of a remote hilltop outpost.”
Of Memory Wall: “These strange, beautiful stories all ask: What, if anything, will be spared time’s depredations?”