10 Must-Read Books For November

the laughing monsters

Denis Johnson, The Laughing Monsters (November 4)

Prior to publication, Denis Johnson told Jonathan Galassi, his editor at FSG: “I’m not trying to be Graham Greene. I think I actually am Graham Greene.” Well, well. But Graham Green has his proper novels as well as his “entertainments.” Only, in my opinion, his entertainments are better. Where will Johnson’s The Laughing Monster fall on this spectrum? — Jonathon Sturgeon