Category: US fiction

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…

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”…

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….

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…

White Noise – Don DeLillo

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia A satirical post-modern story in which Jack Gladney, his fourth wife Babette and his four children  endure an ‘airborne toxic event’ after an industrial accident.  ☁ “Thoughts” – Sophia ☁ “Thoughts” – Suzy ☁ “Thoughts” – Jo ☁…

Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre

READ FOR BOOKCLUB: Chosen by Rachel A 2003 novel that explores the world’s obsession with America. This black comedy details the aftermath of a school yard shooting and is written in a contemporary vernacular. ⚈ “Startling satirical comments regarding a school yard mass murder was initially a…