A Trifecta of Literary Stars
We're happy to point out that three established authors with many loyal fans have books appearing now, all of which are reviewed in this issue of Shelf Awareness. The trio are Stephen King, Umberto Eco and Don DeLillo.
One of our favorite thriller writers, King is back with 11/22/63, a book that takes several well-visited subjects and weaves them together in new ways. There's time travel, with all the mind-bending fascination it evokes. As one character says in this new book, "But what if you went back and killed your own grandfather?" As is obvious from the title, there's also the Kennedy assassination, which continues to haunt many people. Along the way, King reminds us of how different the country was nearly 50 years ago.
Eco likewise mixes fiction and nonfiction in his new novel, The Prague Cemetery, an account of how the infamous anti-Semitic book hoax Protocols of the Elders of Zion was actually created. (Its proponents claimed that it was written by a group of rabbis in the Prague Cemetery.) From the author of The Name of the Rose, this tale is, we found, "a dark, unsettling voyage into an insane mind filled with the worst kind of evil."
DeLillo's The Angel Esmeralda is a collection of nine stories written during the past 30 years that reflect on our times and include stalkers, criminals, a kidnapping, rumors of a plane crash. Appropriately the stories are "long on atmosphere and short on tidy plot resolutions," we wrote. The title story appeared in different form in DeLillo's Underworld.
For the many King, Eco and DeLillo fans, this is a great week. For those of you who don't know the works of these great authors, we heartily recommend you check them out.