Eleanor Catton has a new book out. Unlike the sprawling The Luminaries, Birnam Wood is a taut little eco-thriller of a book. Whittled down to a fine point, this book is about what happens in a town that is cut off from the rest of the world after a tragic landslide. Naturally, everyone’s culpability and intentions are distorted, falsified, and twisted back on themselves over the course of 432 pages, all of which lead up to an ending that will knock your slippers clean off your feet. You might want to position yourself accordingly on the couch as you finish.
–-A Good Book, Sumner, WA