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The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors
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A provocative and compulsively readable guide to the best and worst in contemporary fiction

If you love a book and want to find out more about the author, if you're wondering what critics think of a writer you admire (or despise), or if you've got a free weekend and are looking for a novel that won't waste your time, The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors is for you. An all-original, A-to-Z guide to 225 of the most fascinating writers of our time, penned by an international cast of talented young critics and reviewers, The Salon.com Reader's Guide contains profiles, reviews, and bibliographies of the authors who matter most now -- from Margaret Atwood to Tobias Wolff and from Paul Auster to Alice Walker. Also included are essays and recommended reading lists from the authors themselves, such as Dorothy Allison on the books that shaped her, A. S. Byatt on her five favorite historical novels, Ian McEwan on the best fiction about work, Rick Moody on postmodern fiction, and Robert Stone on the greatest war novels.

Peppered throughout with marvelously witty illustrations, The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors will reflect the intensity of your best (and worst) reading experience -- it will inform, captivate, delight, and stir debate. Most importantly, it will answer the question close to the heart of any fiction lover holding a novel in his or her hands: Why should I read this?

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