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THE BOOK YOU HAVE TO READ

This week, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY inaugurates a feature in which we turn the tables on the writers we usually review and ask them to tell us what’s at the top of their current reading lists. We begin with Jane Hamilton, best-selling author of A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth, whose most recent novel, Disobedience, was published in October.

Ghostwritten, by David Mitchell (Random House, $24.95) The book is beautifully narrated by nine different characters, including a transmigrating spirit in Mongolia, a cult-controlled terrorist in Okinawa, a disc jockey in New York, a jazz aficionado in Tokyo – all of whom are ultimately related. I wouldn’t ordinarily be drawn to what might sound like global magical realism, but I could not put the book down, and am still, months afterward, thinking about it and admiring it.