The LBC is excited to announce the Summer 2007 Read This! title - Jamestown by Matthew Sharpe, published by Soft Skull Press, and nominated by Megan, aka Bookdwarf. A few words about her nomination from Megan:
"When I learned that I had to pick a book to nominate for this round, I immediately picked Jamestown by Matthew Sharpe. I’m probably not going to do this book justice, but I’ll go on record saying that this is one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Set sometime in the future, this book chronicles a group of settlers from Manhattan traveling South in a large bus/tank to establish an outpost in southern Virginia. The book features historical figures like John Smith, Pocahantas and others. Each chapter tells the story from a different character’s perspective. The settlers are led by John Ratliff, whose mother’s boyfriend is the CEO of the Manhattan Company, who are enemies of the Brooklyn Company. The Indians, who speak English (which they try to conceal to the visitors), aren’t technically Indians. They just try to live like them and are “red” because they’re not using strong enough sunscreen. Powhatan leads them with the help of his advisor Sidney Feingold. Pocahantas falls in love with greasy haired communications officer Johnny Rolfe and saves the life of Jack Smith. Like I said, this book is hard to explain without sounding like a nut. It’s wonderfully imaginative and Sharpe uses language to play with the future and the past in a way that made me giggle and fall in love with the book. Suffice it to say that Sharpe’s masterful writing goes beyond just verbal pyrotechnics into a deeper metalanguage of misunderstandings and what happens when two groups who speak the same language still cannot understand one another.
It's different from most other books I've read and while it may sound gimmicky, the book works. I'm so excited that the LBC members welcomed it with open arms and I can't wait for the discussion to begin."
That discussion will begin three weeks from today, August 20, and will include posts, interviews, a podcast, and even some guest blogging from Mr. Sharpe himself. So mark that week on your calender and come back the next two days to see what other fine titles were nominated this time around.