As part of our Best Books of 2010 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.
I'll say it: I think Lionel Shriver should have won the National Book Award. The smart, unsentimental expat's 10th novel, So Much for That, asks the type of questions about health care that few legislatures are brave enough to face. Such as, whether an extra three months of life for a cancer patient—spent in and out of hospitals, enduring painful treatments—is worth the sacrifice of a life's savings.
But despite the serious topic, the book isn't dry: humor, dark or otherwise, lurks on almost every page. So Much for That does what a good novel should: manages to entertain you and make you think at the same time.
Read our full review of So Much for That here.