Category: US fiction

No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A woman with new online prominence grapples with the reality of the cyber world and real life ⫸ “The internet, referred to as ‘the portal’, is given a life of itself in this novel, a place where the unnamed protagonist is… Continue Reading “No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood”

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie A successful young woman’s life spirals into a depressive breakdown. ⫸ “Esther Greenwood’s story is remarkably similar to Sylvia Plath’s own life and struggles and is considered autobiographical fiction, despite being written under a pseudonym. “Esther is an… Continue Reading “The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath”

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

Chosen by Jodie A group of Greek mythology students attempt to experience a higher level of being and in doing so carry out an evil act. ⫸ “There were many reasons why the The Secret History was such a hit with us all in… Continue Reading “The Secret History – Donna Tartt”

Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks A family’s road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border. ✚ “Lost Children Archive is not purely about immigrants crossing borders. More, it reflects on the histories of immigrants that have been lost… Continue Reading “Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli”

Rules of Civility – Amor Towles

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Katey Kontent tells the story of when, in 1937, she and friend Eve met Tinker Grey in a New York jazz bar ✚ “It may have been written in 2011 but Rules of Civility has all the atmosphere… Continue Reading “Rules of Civility – Amor Towles”

American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins

READ FOR BOOCKLUB Chosen by Becks Mexican Lydia and her son Luca are on the run from Cartel hitmen. ✚ “The interesting part of American Dirt is not only the content, but how the content was received. “Before it was finished several publishing houses… Continue Reading “American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins”

Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie A marshland recluse becomes tied up in a 1960s murder mystery, set in North Carolina  ⚑ “In the isolated marshlands of North Carolina, a young orphan named Kya lives alone, with only the local flora and fauna from… Continue Reading “Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens”

Sing Unburied Sing – Jesmyn Ward

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle; the archetypal road novel is transformed for twenty-first-century America ⚑ “Sing Unburied Sing was the first novel I have read featuring ghosts and Southern… Continue Reading “Sing Unburied Sing – Jesmyn Ward”

The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel After five Peruvians perish in a bridge collapse, a friar attempts to determine why it was those individuals who should die. ➽ “The Bridge of San Luis Rey appealed to me for its philosophical exploration, asking, but never answering: are… Continue Reading “The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder”

The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A study on institutional living, via prison inmate Romy Hall who is serving two life sentences. ➽ “There has been a LOT of hype about The Mars Room so I went in with high expectations. Having just binge-watched the latest series… Continue Reading “The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner”