Reporter-turned-novelist Gene Kerrigan sets his story in Ireland after the 2008 financial crisis. The Rage is a boundlessly readable portrait of a country in which ordinary citizens have been hit the hardest and all the old certainties have vanished.
Commentator Maureen Corrigan has a holiday round-up of some of her favorite books of the year, including two newly published books, "Inspector Imanishi Investigates" by Seicho Matsumoto, and "The Folding Star" by Alan Hollinghurst.
Commentator Maureen Corrigan reviews "Criminal Convictions" by Nicholas Freeling and "Skin" by Dorothy Allison. Corrigan says that, with their vastly different perspectives, reading them together was "exhilarating."