If every year has its literary phenomenon, 2014's surely has to be Karl Ove Knausgaard. (If you've not heard of him yet, you can start here.) The third part of Knausgaard's epic novel/memoir My Struggle, which Zadie Smith has compared to "crack", has recently been translated into English as Boyhood Island. It describes Karl Ove's young life on the island of Tromøya (and many other things besides) in infinitesimal detail.
Knausgaard has described the book's style like this:
I wanted to see how far it was possible to take realism before it would be impossible to read. My first book had a strong story, strong narration. Then I would see how far I could take a digression out before I needed to go back to the narration, and I discovered I could go for 30 or 40 pages, and then the digressions took over. So in Min Kamp I’m doing nothing but digressions, no story lines.
There is an excellent review of the book by Anna Goldsworthy here, another on The Quietus site here, and a third, from The New Statesman, praising Knausgaard's 'Nordic existentialism' here. Finally, if you like John Crace's 'digested reads' in The Guardian, you'll appreciate his take on the book here.
A site dedicated to all things 'Knausgaardian' is here, and is well worth exploring, especially if you're debating whether or not to risk diving into the books.