On the 2017 Man Booker Prize

Merritt Moseley

Winter 2018

One might imagine that a book in which every character except the president is dead would be static, but in fact it is lively and moving and sometimes hilarious. There are plot developments, in ways that ramify beyond the death of Lincoln’s son to some of the more important moments in American history. The dead learn something.

Merritt Moseley is an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has covered the Man Booker Prize for the Sewanee Review since 1993.

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