Category: US fiction

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… Continue Reading “The Sellout – Paul Beatty”

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… Continue Reading “Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton”

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… Continue Reading “The Picture Of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde”

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… Continue Reading “On Beauty – Zadie Smith”

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… Continue Reading “To Rise Again At A Decent Hour – Joshua Harris”

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… Continue Reading “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler”

Crossing To Safety – Wallace Stegner

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A 1987 novel about the friendship between two couples and their entwined journeys through the pleasures and cruelty of life.  ✎ “There is no description that does this book justice. Ultimately it is a character study of two couples who are so expertly written… Continue Reading “Crossing To Safety – Wallace Stegner”

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A 1960 novel in which 6-year-old Scout observes her lawyer father’s defence of a black man accused of raping a white woman. It won the Pulitzer Prize and has been named one of the best novels of all time. ❖ “I thought”… Continue Reading “To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee”

The Member Of The Wedding – Carson McCullers

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia Troubled teen and tomboy Frankie Addams becomes obsessed with her brother’s wedding plans as she seeks to become a member of something important. ❖ “There is a kind of awkwardness to this book which makes it uncomfortable but distinctive, too.… Continue Reading “The Member Of The Wedding – Carson McCullers”

Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A 1937 novella which details the life of George and Lennie, two displaced migrant ranch workers. Now required reading in many schools, it was once a frequent target of censors. © “Of Mice and Men is a tribute to literature… Continue Reading “Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck”