Remember when the novel was dead?
That was just a few months ago. Now, the novel is back.
The marketplace is packed with novels, many of them by young women.
In the age of Twitter, cellphones and Instagram, the novel turns out the main narrative vehicle for the millennial generation. From sexual abuse, the criminal justice system and international intrigue to the political and social games of MFA creative writing programs, the novels cover a range of subjects. Frothy "chick lit" no longer rules.
The latest hot novel is "Fleishman Is In Trouble," by ace New York Times profiles writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
Broadesser-Akner pulled off a noteworthy coup this week in pushing her novel in a Times Insider column.
The Times used to try to avoid any hint of conflict of interest involving books by Times staffers. Looks like that's no longer the case.
While ethically questionable, the piece was interesting. Brodesser-Akner admits to eavesdropping on colleagues' newsroom conversations.
"Fleishman Is In Trouble" examines divorce among young millennial couples.
And I thought divorce was dead too. Like the novel, divorce has come back.