Books by Jonathan Coe
NPR stories about Jonathan Coe
Stay-at-home fathers, missionaries who love their charges, women who make the first move: characters who would have been controversial in previous generations came to the forefront in the Jazz era. Author Ursula DeYoung recommends three books that, after 90 years, still seem fresh in their revolutionary treatment of all kinds of love.
Tea Obreht makes her sparkling debut with the folkloric Tiger's Wife, and another new author, Cara Hoffman, holds her own with the creepy but elegant So Much Pretty. A Jay-Z biography falls short, but Jonathan Coe's humorous novel about Internet loneliness is an acerbic glimpse of modern times.
Jonathan Coe's The House of Sleep is a powerful tale of loss and renewal rooted in a world of sleep disorders. Narcoleptics and insomniacs contend with obsessive dreamers and a scientist who thinks sleep is a socialist disease that robs humans of a third of their lives.
Book critic David Kipen reviews a new biography of B.S. Johnson. The book Like a Fiery Elephant, by Jonathan Coe, depicts Johnson as a tortured writer, who seemed to hate the traditional novel.