Certified Educator According to the famous playwright Arthur Miller: The American Dream is the largely unacknowledged screen in front of which all American writing plays itself out.
Genre distinctions are tricky or downright odious, to some authorsso let me explain what I mean. This is the kind of work coming out of Iowa, especiallyand Boston and New York. What can I say? I want a page-turner.
Compulsively Readable Literary Fiction Author: Kent Haruf I've been working my way through Kent Haruf's back catalog and enjoying it so much—if that's the right word.
In this small-town Colorado story, Haruf weaves three families together in surprising ways. All are dealing with their own private tragedies, and everything is about to get worse, for all of them. This was a National Book Award finalist, and it's one of those books that begs to be discussed: Donna Tartt The joke in publishing is that it takes Tartt ten years to write her novels—and if you spend a decade writing something, it had better be good, right?
This story begins with a murder, and the lonely, introspective narrator devotes the rest of the novel to telling the reader about his role in it, and how he seemingly got away with it. The setting is a small Vermont college, the characters members of an isolated, eccentric circle of classics majors, who murder one of their own.
Chris Cleave Cleave knows how to tell a good story, and in his sophomore novel, he weaves together the lives of his narrator Little Bee, an illegal Nigerian refugee who has renamed herself to evade pursuit by the Nigerian militia, and a recently widowed Londoner.
John Mandel I love stories that bring together seemingly unrelated plot lines in interesting ways, and Mandel delivers with her post-apocalyptic tale of a global pandemic, a traveling Shakespeare troupe, and a graphic novel. Her spare writing and numerous strong moments heighten the story's impact.
When I first picked this up, I was afraid it would be depressing, but I found it striking, sympathetic, and hopeful. A National Book Award finalist. Yaa Gyasi By exploring the stories of two sisters, who met different fates in Ghana more than years ago, Gyasi traces subtle lines of cause and effect through the centuries, illuminating how the deeds of ages past still haunt all of us today.
Her debut named NPR's Debut Novel of the Year follows the generations of one family over a period of years, showing the devastating effects of racism from multiple perspectives, in multiple settings.
For the first hundred pages I didn't quite grasp what the author was up to, but when it hit me it was powerful. A brilliant concept, beautifully executed.
Amor Towles I recently enjoyed reading this for the third timefinding it every bit as good as I remembered. In his debut, Towles plunges you into the streets of the glittering streets of Manhattan, circaand into a circle of unlikely friends whose lives turn on one impulsive decision.
I love the craft here: Towles sets his scenes so well, and the opening and closing scenes frame the story beautifully.
This Gatsby-esque novel keeps surprises with shocking plot twists, including the unforgettable ending. Ayobami Adebayo Adebayo's debut is a powerful, emotional story about love, family, and fidelity set against the backdrop of the turbulent political climate of Nigeria. Named one of the 10 best books of the year by the New York Public Library.
Kamila Shamsie This modern retelling of Antigone was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and powerfully probes themes of love, political allegiance, and terrorism. Tayari Jones Opening line: That is, until the secret of their father's second marriage starts to force its way into the open.
Brit Bennett Bennett's debut isn't an easy read, but it's so good—and one that I still think about even though I read it many moons ago.
This coming-of-age story depicts how grief predictably consumes a year old girl growing up in a tight-knit African-American community in Southern California, and how two friends get pulled into the tangled aftermath. Mohsin Hamid In Hamid's latest novel, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, two young people meet and find love during a time of great political unrest in an unnamed Middle Eastern country.
As violence simmers and then explodes into war, they survey their options and make the difficult decision to flee the city, perhaps taking advantage of the rumored doors that open almost magically into other lands, like Syria or San Francisco. An evocative story improved by the restrained element of magical realism, and strongly reminiscent of The Underground Railroad.
Karen Joy Fowler This is the story of a family in middle America, two parents and three kids, completely normal—with one major exception.Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin Oscar Wilde's simple, seven worded sentence, "Ambition is the last refuge of failure" perfectly articulates basic ideas of both The Great Gatsby by F.
Scott Fitzgerald and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (“Oscar wilde quotes”, ). Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone; The idea for the poem came as she was travelling to attend a ball. On her way to the celebration, there was a young woman dressed in black sitting across the aisle from her.
In the novels ‘The Great Gatsby’ by Scott Fitzgerald and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck, the authors present similar ideas, but use different methods to portray them. Similarities in themes can be made between the two texts; these include the pursuit of .
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