Category: US fiction

Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A character study of a lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s and her harrowing story of obsession. ➤ “Eileen is unexceptional, unfulfilled and unhappy. She leads a boring and monotonous life, however is one…

The Sellout – Paul Beatty

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In a bid to reinstate his hometown on the map, the narrator in this American satire initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school. ➤ “I honestly started this book with an open mind. It’s…

Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Through the eyes of a visitor the reader observes Ethan Frome falling in love with wife’s niece while stuck on a desolate farm in a harsh New England winter. ❍ “Thwarted dreams, transformation and confinement are some of the themes that…

The Picture Of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An 1891 philosophical novel where the portrait of Dorian Gray ages instead of the man himself. ❍ “Talk about the book with a thousand morals – this is it. With impressive characterisation in a minimum of words, Wilde had produced…

On Beauty – Zadie Smith

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia Based on E M Forster’s Howards End, this book follows the lives of a mixed race US family, addressing ethnic and cultural differences. ✎ “While a fantastic book in its own regard, On Beauty‘s nod to E M Forster’s classic provides…

To Rise Again At A Decent Hour – Joshua Harris

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A New York dentist has his identity stolen via social media, and discovers the online Paul may be a better version of himself. ✎ “This is one of two American novels shortlisted, now that writers from the US are eligible for the…

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Rosemary Cooke discovers the awful truth about her sister who was sent away aged five. A difficult book to summarise without giving away the plot! ✎ “This is not what I expected from Fowler at all, and it really is impossible to talk…