I read embarrasingly little that was *new* in 2008. But I did get lots read – thanks, bus commuting and baby-enforced early nights. My best were:
– East of Eden, with a surprising amount of sex and violence for a book written in 1952 and set at the turn of last century.
– In Cold Blood, Truman Capote’s journalism / novel crossover. Mind bogglingly detailed and chilling.
Best of the rest were James Ellroy’s The Cold Six Thousand that made me. Want to. Write short sentances, Emily Perkins‘ Novel About My Wife made me want to live in London again, and I’m revisiting an old favorite in my holiday reading, Boy and Going Solo.