Five Good Reads: Genevieve Gagne-Hawes

This week’s list of Five Good Reads was submitted by book editor Genevieve Gagne-Hawes, who recently returned to her hometown of Juneau. In her spare time, she’s reading all the novels that have won Britain’s Man Booker Prize. Here are her Booker picks (so far).


• “Possession,” by A.S. Byatt

Heartbreaking epistolary romance, thrilling mystery; improbably but delightfully paints English grad students as literary Indiana Jones-es.

• “The Remains of the Day,” by Kazuo Ishiguro

Better than the movie (and I love the movie). Reading this is the most beautiful way to break your heart.

• “Midnight’s Children,” by Salman Rushdie:

I haven’t liked a Rushdie book in a decade, but this one holds up. The first section, tracing a family’s history via India’s rush to Independence, is jaw dropping.

• “The Siege of Krishnapur,” by J.G. Farrell

A Booker winner that’s legitimately funny! Whodathunk. A sly satire of Empire via a Monty Python-esque depiction of the 1857 Indian Mutiny.

• “The Blind Assassin,” by Margaret Atwood

A book that’s as literary as it is readable, with engaging sci-fi elements and a gorgeous story of two sisters who’ll do anything for one another.

• To submit your own list of Five Good Reads, email Arts Editor Amy Fletcher at


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