A VIEW FROM ATOP THE ANTHILL
Best Novellas of 2022
With the year drawing to an end, I thought my fiftieth review might be a nice place to close off 2022. Thanks to everyone who has got on board this silly little folly of mine - can’t say I expected to find so many fellow novella tragics out there.
2022 has been a great year for novellas. I’ve loved so many of the ones I picked up, often on a whim, and only because of the size of their spines. My ten favourites, in no particular order, included:
Hex by Jenni Fagan
Saint Sebastian’s Abyss by Mark Haber
Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au
Canzone di Guerra by Daša Drndić
Mercia’s Take by Daniel Wiles
The Longcut by Emily Hall
Canción by Eduardo Halfon
The Twilight World by Werner Herzog
Paradais by Fernanda Melchor
A Mountain to the North, a Lake to the South, Paths to the West, a River to the East by László Krasznahorkai (review to come next year).
Special shout outs also to my five favourite novellas not published in 2022:
Rizzio by Denise Mina
La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono
The Dark Meadow by Andrea Maria Schenkel
That Time of Year by Marie Ndiaye
A Sunday in Ville-D’Avray by Dominique Barbéris
I’m going to take a couple of weeks off now but look forward to hitting the ground running again sometime in January.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy new year full of amazing little reads!