Promising new novels with diverse plotlines and protagonists, the latter ranging from an Irish Catholic schoolboy to a World War I veteran, a retired Boston farm owner to a five-year-old narrator. Brief synopses and links provide detail.
Last year at this time Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" was among the Baker's Dozen of longlisted candidates for the Booker prize she eventually won. This year, who will take the prize? I'm not hearing a buzz yet for one among these 13. Except about "The Slap." Some say it's too offensive to even be listed.