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Best fiction of 2021

The most anticipated, discussed and accessorised novel of the year was Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You (Faber), launched on a tide of tote bags and bucket hats. It’s a book about the accommodations of adulthood, which plays with interiority and narrative distance as Rooney’s characters consider the purpose of friendship, sex and politics – plus the difficulties of fame and novel-writing – in a world on fire.

Klara and the Sun

Rooney’s wasn’t the only eagerly awaited new chapter. Polish Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s magnum opus The Books of Jacob (Fitzcarraldo) reached English-language readers at last, in a mighty feat of translation by Jennifer Croft: a dazzling historical panorama about enlightenment both spiritual and scientific. In 2021 we also saw the returns of Jonathan Franzen, beginning a fine and involving 70s family trilogy with Crossroads (4th Estate); Kazuo Ishiguro, whose Klara and the Sun (Faber) probes the limits of emotion in the story of a sickly girl and her “artificial friend”; and acclaimed US author Gayl Jones, whose epic of liberated slaves in 17th-century Brazil, Palmares (Virago), has been decades in the making.

Whitehead, Harlem Shuffle

Pat Barker’s The Women of Troy (Hamish Hamilton) continued her series reclaiming women’s voices in ancient conflict, while Elizabeth Strout revisited her heroine Lucy Barton in the gently comedic, emotionally acute Oh William! (Viking). Ruth Ozeki’s The Book of Form and Emptiness (Canongate), her first novel since the 2013 Booker-shortlisted A Tale for the Time Being, is a wry, metafictional take on grief, attachment and growing up. Having journeyed into the mind of Henry James in 2004’s The Master, Colm Tóibín created a sweeping overview of Thomas Mann’s life and times in The Magician (Viking). There was a change of tone for Colson Whitehead, with a fizzy heist novel set amid the civil rights movement, Harlem Shuffle (Fleet), while French author Maylis de Kerangal considered art and trompe l’oeil with characteristic style in Painting Time (MacLehose, translated by Jessica Moore).

Treacle Walker (4th Estate), a flinty late-career fable from national treasure Alan Garner, is a marvellous distillation of his visionary work. At the other end of the literary spectrum, Anthony Doerr, best known for his Pulitzer-winning bestseller All the Light We Cannot See, returned with a sweeping page-turner about individual lives caught up in war and conflict, from 15th-century Constantinople to a future spaceship in flight from the dying earth. Cloud Cuckoo Land (4th Estate) is a love letter to books and reading, as well as a chronicle of what has been lost down the centuries, and what is at stake in the climate crisis today: sorrowful, hopeful and utterly transporting. And it was a pleasure to see the return to fiction of Irish author Keith Ridgway, nearly a decade after Hawthorn & Child, with A Shock (Picador), his subtly odd stories of interconnected London lives.

Galgut, The Promise

Damon Galgut’s first novel in seven years won him the Booker. A fertile mix of family saga and satire, The Promise (Chatto) explores broken vows and poisonous inheritances in a changing South Africa. Some excellent British novels were also listed: Nadifa Mohamed’s expert illumination of real-life racial injustice in the cultural melting pot of 1950s Cardiff, The Fortune Men (Viking); Francis Spufford’s profound tracing of lives in flux in postwar London, Light Perpetual (Faber); Sunjeev Sahota’s delicate story of family consequences, China Room (Harvill Secker); and Rachel Cusk’s fearlessly discomfiting investigation into gender politics and creativity, Second Place (Faber).

Lockwood, No One is Talking About This

Also on the Booker shortlist was a blazing tragicomic debut from US author Patricia Lockwood, whose No One Is Talking About This (Bloomsbury) brings her quizzical sensibility and unique style to bear on wildly disparate subjects: the black hole of social media, and the painful wonder of a beloved disabled child. Raven Leilani’s Luster (Picador) introduced a similarly gifted stylist: her story of precarious New York living is full of sentences to savour. Other standout debuts included Natasha Brown’s Assembly (Hamish Hamilton), a brilliantly compressed, existentially daring study of a high-flying Black woman negotiating the British establishment; AK Blakemore’s earthy and exuberant account of 17th-century puritanism, The Manningtree Witches (Granta); and Tice Cin’s fresh, buzzy saga of drug smuggling and female resilience in London’s Turkish Cypriot community, Keeping the House (And Other Stories).

Caleb Azumah Nelson’s Open Water (Viking) is a lyrical love story celebrating Black artistry, while the first novel from poet Salena Godden, Mrs Death Misses Death (Canongate), is a very contemporary allegory about creativity, injustice, and keeping afloat in modern Britain. Further afield, two state-of-the-nation Indian debuts anatomised class, corruption and power: Megha Majumdar’s A Burning (Scribner) in a propulsive thriller, and Rahul Raina’s How to Kidnap the Rich (Little, Brown) in a blackly comic caper. Meanwhile, Robin McLean’s Pity the Beast (And Other Stories), a revenge western with a freewheeling spirit, is a gothic treat.

sorrow and bliss meg mason

When is love not enough? The summer’s word-of-mouth hit was Meg Mason’s Sorrow and Bliss (W&N), a wisecracking black comedy of mental anguish and eccentric family life focused on a woman who should have everything to live for. Another deeply pleasurable read, The Hummingbird by Sandro Veronesi (W&N, translated by Elena Pala), charts one man’s life through his family relationships. An expansive novel that finds the entire world in an individual, its playful structure makes the telling a constantly unfolding surprise.

my phantoms gwendoline riley

There was a colder take on family life in Gwendoline Riley’s My Phantoms (Granta): this honed, painfully witty account of a toxic mother-daughter relationship is her best novel yet.

Two debut story collections pushed formal and linguistic boundaries. Dark Neighbourhood by Vanessa Onwuemezi (Fitzcarraldo) announced a surreal and inventive new voice, while in English Magic (Galley Beggar) Uschi Gatward proved a master of leaving things unsaid. Also breaking boundaries was Isabel Waidner, whose Sterling Karat Gold (Peninsula), a carnivalesque shout against repression, won the Goldsmiths prize for innovative fiction.

It will take time for Covid-19 to bleed through into fiction, but the first responses are already beginning to appear. Sarah Hall’s Burntcoat (Faber) is a bravura exploration of art, love, sex and ego pressed up against the threat of contagion. In Hall’s version of the pandemic, a loner sculptor who usually expresses herself through monumental works is forced into high-stakes intimacy with a new lover, while pitting her sense of her own creativity against the power of the virus.

A fascinating historical rediscovery shed light on the closing borders and rising prejudices of current times. In The Passenger byUlrich Alexander Boschwitz (Pushkin, translated by Philip Boehm), written in 1938, a Jewish businessman tries to flee the Nazi regime. The J stamped on his passport ensures that he is met with impassive bureaucratic refusal and chilly indifference from fellow passengers in a tense, rising nightmare that’s timelessly relevant.

Finally, a novel to transport the reader out of the present. Inspired by the life of Marie de France, Matrix by Lauren Groff (Hutchinson Heinemann) is set in a 12th-century English abbey and tells the story of an awkward, passionate teenager, the gifted leader she grows into, and the community of women she builds around herself. Full of sharp sensory detail, with an emotional reach that leaps across the centuries, it’s balm and nourishment for brain, heart and soul.

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Art Of Black Aims To Showcase Diversity In The Arts During Art Week

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Le Art Noir: Diversity of Color, on at The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, is one of the many and arguably the most eye-catching exhibits in the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau’s program called Art of Black.

It is aimed at showcasing diversity in the arts during Art Week.

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Former Miami Dolphin’s player Louis Oliver is the managing partner.

“We have 21 artists here in three different galleries,” said Oliver.

“We’ve got some great talent and we had a great showing last night for the VIP event,” he added.

Johnathan Schultz is the headliner of the exhibit with his collection called ‘Out of the Darkness.’

He is a South African artist who has dedicated his work to the life of the late Nelson Mandela.

This piece called ‘Refraction of a Legacy’ is a diamond chandelier.

It is constructed from metal fencing recovered from Robben Island, the maximum-security prison used in the Apartheid years.

“There’s a lot of history and meaning behind the fence,” said Shultz.

“As you can see there are diamonds on here and what I’ve done with the diamonds is because of Nelson and all those prisoners back then, never gave up hope. I wanted to bring that into the piece.”

It took him a full year to make the 10-foot tall piece. 

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All the diamonds are from the United States with the help of investors.

It’s priced at $32 million

Around the corner is Nelson Mandela’s fingerprint. 

Shultz used  9,225 real diamonds to create this reflective piece.

“I wanted to make a piece that we can relate to the fingerprint to show Nelson’s legacy and something that we can create our own legacies as well,” Shultz said.

“This one is valued at 40,000,000,”  said Schultz.

“40 million. Let me write you a check!, said CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo, laughing.

Andrew Chabers is a new artist exhibiting 12 paintings.

He is also an educator and is inspired by mentors, as with his piece called “More Than Just An Athlete”. It features LeBron James,  Mohammed  Ali, and a child.

He said he is just honored to be here.

“I think it’s a beautiful thing culturally just to highlight black artists and see the talents from all over the world. I’m just blessed to be here.” Chabers said.

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The Le Art Noir is in on now through Sunday at The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center.

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Alfred Davis, Montclair BOE member, chiropractor, African American foundation founder, dies

Alfred Davis, a member of Montclair’s Board of Education and chiropractor in the town’s South End for 40 years, died recently, according to a statement from the district superintendent and board president.

A native of the township, he opened his chiropractic practice, Davis Integrated Medicine, in 1981. He also served as chair of the state chiropractic board, the first Black person to hold the position.

In an email to district parents, Superintendent Jonathan Ponds and Board President Latifah Jannah stated, “We will personally and professionally miss his sage advice, quiet and confident manner, and gracious nature.

“We lost a dear friend, a consummate and astute professional and a champion for public education. He was a gentle, thoughtful man and highly respected by the community and his fellow Board Members.”

Master of Ceremonies Dr. Alfred Davis rides down Wildwood Avenue in a 1941 Buick during the 23rd annual African American Heritage Parade, Saturday morning, June 2, 2012.

They did not provide the cause and date of his death. 

Davis also co-founded the Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation, including the organization’s annual parade and festival. He was the BOE’s liaison to the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship breakfast

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Davis served on the BOE since 2019, with his term set to expire next year.

Councilor Bob Russo said he’s known Davis for 30 years, as a chiropractic patient and someone who supported and advised him during Russo’s years as mayor and councilor.

“i will miss him dearly for his volunteer service to Montclair through the MLK scholarship fund breakfasts and  the BOE, as well as his years chairing the state chiropractic board. Al Davis is irreplaceable.”

Davis attended Seton Hall University and Bloomfield College before earning his chiropractic degree from Northeast College of Health Sciences, according to his LinkedIn profile. He had served as adjunct professor at Bloomfield College since 2017. 

He is survived by a son, Alfred Davis III, who graduated from Montclair High School in June.

A funeral service will be held Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at Christ Church Rockaway, in Rockaway.

Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

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