Time’s Arrow, by Martin Amis
“This is a page-turner that begins with a magical premise—a mind born new right at the moment of a body’s death. We begin with death and move backward through a life, as seen through the ‘eyes’ of this new mind, and we track the actions of the character’s body through everything it did before it died. This is curious enough, but the mind telling the story understands the world backward, as if on ‘rewind.’ Does this make any sense? It does in Amis’s hands and has a bizarrely profound impact.”
—Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake) will publish a new story collection, The Color Master ($26, amazon.com), in August.
To buy: $14, amazon.com.