15 Worthwhile Books You Might Have Missed in 2015


Because She Never Asked, Enrique Vila-Matas  (trans. Valerie Miles) (New Directions) 

This year was something of an American coming-out party for Vila-Matas, whose A Brief History of Portable Literature I wrote about here. In that book, the author reshapes literary history and identity to suggest that some of his favorite writers belonged to a secret society. In this book, Vila-Matas’ narrator, a woman who very much wants to be the artist Sophie Calle, likewise plays with identity and allows him to fictionalize reality.  — Jonathon Sturgeon