Marlon James' new novel, "A Brief History of Seven Killings", is a sweeping look at Jamaican politics, history and pop culture in the 1970s.
Michiko Kakutani gave it a glowing review:
It's like a Tarantino remake of "The Harder They Come" but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It's epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It's also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting -- a testament to Mr. James's vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.