For years, book lovers have treated the release of a new Don DeLillo novel as a literary event. This year isn’t any different — fans of the media-shy New York author are waiting for May 3, when his 17th novel, Zero K, will be published by Scribner. The book, about a billionaire and his ailing wife, has already received excellent advance reviews.
DeLillo’s reputation as a master of postmodern fiction can intimidate those who haven’t read his work yet. But there’s no reason to be wary of his novels — his novels are cerebral and complex, sure, but his prose is much more approachable than you might expect. If you’re interested in reading the man sometimes called America’s greatest novelist, here are five great places to start.