title: In Red [support an independent bookseller and purchase at Strand]
author: Magdalena Tulli
genre: literary fiction
published: November 2011
source: New York Public Library
Translated from Polish by Bill Johnson, the main character in Tulli’s In Red is the fictional town of Stitchings. Part portrait, part magical realism, Tulli creates a town from which there may be no escape, chronicling the life and death of an ensemble of the town’s figureheads. Chaotic, claustrophobic, and intensely lyrical, Tulli’s strength lies in her insane command of language to create the mood and atmosphere of the piece.
Rubric rating: 7