Books: Best Of 1980

FICTION. Neighbors by Thomas Berger. A surreal, slapstick comedy about life in exurbia. Joshua Then and Now by Mordecai Richler. The literary life, the shenanigans of the rich and newly rich, the pains of middle age and the importance of family loyalties, by Canada's most engaging novelist. Loon Lake by E.L. Doctorow. The author of Ragtime plays intricate and haunting blues variations on the American dream during the Great Depression. Italian Folktales, selected and retold by Italo Calvino. One of Italy's best novelists takes time out from his own fiction to become the...

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