American historical fiction writer E.L. Doctorow died this month, at 84. His award-winning novels include Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and The March.
From the New York Times: “[H]e consistently upended expectations with a cocktail of fiction and fact, remixed in book after book; with clever and substantive manipulations of popular genres like the Western and the detective story; and with his myriad storytelling strategies. Deploying, in different books, the unreliable narrator, the stream-of-consciousness narrator, the omniscient narrator and multiple narrators, Mr. Doctorow was one of contemporary fiction’s most restless experimenters.”
Borrow his books via interlibrary loan.
– July 23, 2015