Books: Love-Sick

The L word is immune to a Nobel's treatment

It's prize-giving season again in the land of literature: the Nobel and the Booker both dropped this month, and the National Book Award finalists have been announced. (With neither Jhumpa Lahiri nor Jonathan Lethem in the mix, Edward Jones' magisterial The Known World is the favorite to sweep a weak field.) Which reminds us that there are only two living Americans who own a Nobel Prize for Literature. One is Saul Bellow, and the other is Toni Morrison, whose first novel in five years is called Love (Knopf; 202 pages). With a title like that, you'd better have a big hunk...

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