Linn Ullmann’s The Cold Song and Joachim Fest’s Not I have been named in the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2014!
The New York Times Book Review raved that
Ullmann’s voice on the page is a lean, tough-minded thing, scrubbed and scoured of sentimentality straight through to the final, Carveresque pages, in which she pulls off an 11th-hour radiance, a tonal shift from minor to major key. The novel’s charm lies in these idiosyncratic glints, these glimmers of queer wit, uncensored scorn or sudden, unstinting sympathy. Ullmann can’t be depended upon to comply neatly with form…[and] you trust her all the more for it.
and noted that
Joachim Fest’s fascinating memoir about what it was like to come of age during the years of the Third Reich is unusual because its central character is not the author but the author’s remarkable father.
The New York Times praised Not I as being:
[F]ascinating…Quietly compelling, elegantly expressed… Not I shrinks the Wagnerian scale of German history in the 1930s and 1940s to chamber music dimensions. It is intensely personal, clear-eyed and absolutely riveting.
You can read the reviews in full and see the rest of the list here.