Category: US fiction

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 heritage US family, addressing ethnic and cultural issues ✎ Howard Belsey is one of the central characters in On Beauty. He is a professor,… 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 ✎ Paul O’Rourke is a New York dentist with a troubled mind. Stemming from the suicide of his father, he constantly questions himself, his actions, the state of the world,… 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 reveals the awful truth about her sister who was sent away aged five ✎ This book opens when the main character is a College student, revealing her strained relationships with her mother, father and brother. A return to the… 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. Frankie Addams is an awkward twelve year old out of school for the summer. She lives with… 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 migrants looking for ranch work in Southern California during a time of drought when the land was barren. George is the central character. He’s described… Continue Reading “Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck”

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Lolita is the story of a European scholar named Humbert Humbert who confesses to being obsessed with ‘nymphets’, ie young girls. He travels around America with his new wife and her teenage daughter Lolita and slowly becomes more and… Continue Reading “Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov”