The Millions previews the most anticipated books of 2010.
There’s something for every lover of fiction coming in 2010, but, oddly enough, the dominant theme may be posthumous publication. Roberto Bolaño’s relentless march into the canon has inured us to the idea of the bestseller from beyond the grave (and of course, for as long as there have been literary executors, this has been nothing new), but beyond the four(!) new books by Bolaño we also have have potentially important works by the likes of Ralph Ellison and Henry Roth, intriguing new books from Robert Walser and Ernst Weiss, a guaranteed bestseller from Stieg Larsson, and, looming in 2011, the final, unfinished novel of David Foster Wallace.
It’s unfortunate to think that there was a time in my life when I was known as the guy who would go to keg parties, have a few drinks and the wander into some strangers room spending the rest of the evening rummaging through said stranger’s magazines and book shelves. Now? Last year I bought four new books and probably read one or two actual books all year.