Category: US fiction

On The Road – Jack Kerouac

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks On the Road is an early example of the stream of consciousness style and chronicles Kerouac’s years traveling through North American with his friend Neal Cassidy. ➽ “I love stories about people’s travels and adventures so I was excited about reading… Continue Reading “On The Road – Jack Kerouac”

Lincoln In The Bardo – George Saunders

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Abraham Lincoln spends a night in his son’s tomb, a place populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead. ◉ “Told through footnoted attribution derived from various texts, speeches or dialogue, Lincoln In The Bardo can be difficult… Continue Reading “Lincoln In The Bardo – George Saunders”

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… Continue Reading “Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh”

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”