How rare a thing it is - the succesful novella. But that is what I uncovered - just last week - when sitting down to J.L. Carr's A Month in the Country. Published by NYRB and shortlisted for the Booker, Carr's lean, but endlessly poignant, account of one man's experiences following the First World War left me with a renewed appreciation not only for the novella, but for those with the ability to capture that complex relationship between memory and silence. Carr's work - like a number of NYRB titles - is well worth the afternoon's read. It is, as Rolling Stone said of Joseph Roth's Flight Without End, a "minor masterpiece."