In this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, President Obama mentions that he’s reading Netherland by Joseph O’Neill. Earlier this year, Netherland was named winner of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
“New York is not what most people imagine it to be. Just as marriage, family, friendship and manhood are not. Netherland is suspenseful, artful, psychologically pitch-perfect, and a wonderful read. But more than any of that, it’s revelatory. Joseph O’Neill has managed to paint the most famous city in the world, and the most familiar concept in the world (love) in an entirely new way.”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated