Paul Murray's Skippy Dies, out in paperback today, is our September Top Pick for Book Clubs—no surprise for a novel that ranked #20 on our Best Books of 2010 list. The novel, Murray's second, took seven years to write and was published six years after his debut, An Evening of Long Goodbyes. An interview with Murray by his editor at Faber & Faber hints at a work-in-progress that, given its timely topic, we hope will see the light of day a bit sooner:
I’m working on a novel set in the world of banking in Dublin. It’s about a banker and an author and is loosely based on Oscar Wilde’s aphorism that when bankers dine they talk about art, and when artists dine they talk about money. I guess the conceit is that this particular banker is more soulful and poetic than the author.
Murray goes on to explain his interest in the "sheer abstractedness" of the world of investment:
Is there authenticity to be found in the world of banking? Is there significance to found in the world of banking? And if there isn’t, what does that mean? This huge, inauthentic, virtual factory is right at the center of the world. Does that make any sense at all?
Even though I've been re-reading a lot for my book club lately, I'm considering launching a campaign for selecting Skippy Dies (this theme idea should be a selling point!). I've been dying to talk to someone who's read it ever since I picked it up last fall. Any other Murray fans out there who will be looking forward to this new book? Would you suggest Skippy Dies to your book club?