25 contemporary american novels you should read right now

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What are modern classic books?

The term “modern classic” gets thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean? I’ve sầu seen lists of modern classics that include books from as far bachồng as the nineteenth century và from as recently as five years ago. But aren’t books from the nineteenth century just straightforward classics? And aren’t books from five years ago too recent khổng lồ điện thoại tư vấn a classic at all?

Part of the problem is that we don’t know what a classic is to lớn begin with, và throwing the word “modern” in front of it only makes things more confusing. But the term seems lớn mean something lượt thích “books that we think are great và will probably become classics someday but it’s too soon khổng lồ tell, so we’ll just make a good guess và maybe by giving them that label we can help them stay popular & keep people reading them so they stick around long enough to lớn be classics in their own right.”

Literary classifications are arbitrary, in other words. And in that spirit, here are my arbitrary rules for what a modern classic is: all the books below were published after 1950 but are at least 20 years old, so nothing after 1997.

The best modern classic books

This modern classics book danh mục is my best guess about the books that matter from a period of not-quite 50 years in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Somebody toàn thân else could do their own danh sách of 100 must-read modern classics that has absolutely no overlap with mine, and it would probably be a good list too. So kiểm tra out my choices và tell me what you would add or take away!



Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1952): “Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman’s daughter và a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s Engl&. She is one of those ‘excellent women,’ the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted.”

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952): “For not only does Ralph Ellison’s nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry & its effects on the minds of both victims và perpetrators, it gives us an entirely new Model of what a novel can be.”

The Crucible by Arthur Miller (1953): “Arthur Miller’s classic play about the witch-hunts & trials in 17th century Salem is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria.”

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953): “The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic trương mục of Western civilization’s enslavement by the truyền thông, drugs and conformity.”

A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin (1953): “Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing–not even murder–to get where he wants lớn go.”

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1953): “Vladimir và Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, và nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible tìm kiếm for meaning.”


Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns (1954): “This is the story of the Willoweed family & the English village in which they live. It begins mid-flood, ducks swimming in the drawing-room windows, ‘quacking their approval’ as they sail around the room.”

A Good Man is Hard lớn Find by Flannery O’Connor (1955): “This now classic book revealed Flannery O’Connor as one of the most original & provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation.”

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955): “Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists và filmmakers. In this first novel, we are introduced lớn suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattung in the 1950s.”

The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West (1956): “This is an unvarnished but affectionate picture of an extraordinary family, in which a remarkable stymenu and powerful intelligence surveys the elusive boundaries of childhood và adulthood, freedom and dependency, the ordinary & the occult.”

Night by Elie Wiesel (1956): “Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, & deeply poignant autobiographical tài khoản of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.”

Palace Walk by Naguib Mafouz (1956): “Volume I of the masterful Cairo Trilogy. A national best-seller in both hardcover and paperback, it introduces the engrossing saga of a Muslyên family in Cairo during Egypt’s occupation by British forces in the early 1900s.”


The Assistant by Bernard Malamud (1957): “Like Malamud’s best stories, this novel unerringly evokes an immigrant world of cramped circumstances and great expectations. Malamud defined the immigrant experience in a way that has proven vital for several generations of writers.”

Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy (1957): “Blending memories và family myths, Mary McCarthy takes us bachồng to the twenties, when she was orphaned in a world of relations as colourful, potent and mysterious as the Catholic religion.”

On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957): “On the Road chronicles Jachồng Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, ‘a sideburned hero of the snowy West.’ As ‘Sal Paradise’ & ‘Dean Moriarty,’ the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge & experience.”

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958): “Things Fall Apart tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a ‘svào man’ of an Ibo village in Nigeria.”

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959): “It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a ‘haunting’; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; và Luke, the future heir of Hill House.”

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959): “Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams và conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis và matriarch Lena, called Mama.”

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960): “The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town & the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960.”

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller: (1961): “At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a nhân vật endlessly inventive sầu in his schemes lớn save his skin from the horrible chances of war.”


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961): “The elegantly styled classic story of a young, unorthodox teacher & her special – và ultimately dangerous – relationship with six of her students.”

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (1961): “In the hopeful 1950s, Frank and April Wheeler appear lớn be a Model couple: bright, beautiful, talented, with two young children and a starter home in the suburbs. Perhaps they married too young và started a family too early … Yet they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner.”

Cassandra Stavrou at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker (1962): “Dorothy Baker’s entrancing tragicomic novella follows an unpredictable course of events in which her heroine appears variously as conniving, self-aware, pitiful, frenzied, absurd, và heartbroken—at once utterly impossible & tremendously sympathetic.”

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing (1962): “Bold & illuminating, fusing sex, politics, madness and motherhood, The Golden Notebook is at once a wry and perceptive sầu portrait of the intellectual and moral climate of the 1950s — a society on the brink of feminism — and a powerful and revealing account of a woman searching for her own personal và political identity.”

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962): “An ingeniously constructed parody of detective fiction & learned commentary, Pale Fire offers a cornucopia of deceptive sầu pleasures, at the center of which is a 999-line poem written by the literary genius John Shade just before his death.”

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1963): “Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into lớn the grip of insanity. Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, & successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time.”

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963): “At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem và a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal và provocative sầu document.”

Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar (1963): “Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his miáp lực, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who Gọi themselves ‘the Club.’ Hopscotch is the dazzling, freewheeling trương mục of Oliveira’s astonishing adventures.”


The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima (1963): “The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea tells the tale of a bvà of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical & sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they Gọi ‘objectivity."”

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré (1963): “With unsurpassed knowledge culled from his years in British Intelligence, le Carre brings to light the shadowy dealings of international espionage in the tale of a British agent who longs to lớn kết thúc his career but undertakes one final, bone-chilling assignment.”

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe (1964): “A Personal Matter is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing marriage whose utopian dream is shattered when his wife gives birth lớn a brain-damaged child.”

The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe (1964): “After missing the last bus home following a day trip khổng lồ the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast svà pit. But when he attempts to lớn leave the next morning, he quickly discovers that the locals have other plans.”

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley (1965): “In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Musllặng leader, firebr&, & anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Blaông chồng Muslyên movement to lớn veteran writer và journacác mục Alex Haley.”

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1965): “The highly original satire about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in a worldwide conspiracy, meets some extremely interesting characters, & attains a not inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.”

Stoner by John Williams (1965): “William Stoner is born at the kết thúc of the nineteenth century into lớn a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university lớn study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature và embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known.”

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1966): “On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces … As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led khổng lồ the capture, trial, & execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense & astonishing empathy.”


Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (1966): “This mesmerizing work introduces us to lớn Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage lớn the prideful Mr. Rochester. Rhys portrays Cosway amidst a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.”

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967): “The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Maconbởi through the history of the family. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Maconvì, one sees all of Latin America.”

A Sport & a Pastime by James Salter (1967): “Set in provincial France in the 1960s, <A Thể Thao và a Pastime> is the intensely carnal story—part shocking reality, part feverish dream —of a love affair between a footloose Yale dropout & a young French girl.”

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (1968): “It was January 2021, and Riông chồng Deckard had a license to lớn kill. Somewhere amuốn the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard’s assignment–find them and then…’retire’ them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn’t want to be found!”

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion (1968): “<Slouching Towards Bethlehem> focuses on such subjects as John Wayne và Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in California, ruminating on the nature of good và evil in a Death Valley motel room, và, especially, the essence of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture.”


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (1969): “Here is a book as joyous & painful, as mysterious & memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, & the wonder of words that can make the world right.”

The Left Hvà of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969): “A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left H& of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to lớn Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose -và change – their gender.”

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969): “In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgryên simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (& Vonnegut’s) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.”

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (1970): “It all began with a letter inquiring about second-h& books, written by Helene Hanff in Thủ đô New York, và posted khổng lồ a bookcửa hàng at 84, Charing Cross Road in London.”

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro (1971): “Through these unwitting mentors & in her own encounters with sex, birth, & death, Del explores the dark and bright sides of womanhood. All along she remains a wise, witty obhệ thống và recorder of truths in small-town life. The result is a powerful, moving, and humorous demonstration of Alice Munro’s unparalleled awareness of the lives of girls and women.”

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (1972): “Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to lớn stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will test the bonds that tie him khổng lồ his people, & discover himself in the pagan past, in his father’s wisdom, and in his mother’s Catholicism.”

The Summer Book by Tove sầu Jansson (1972): “An elderly artist & her six-year-old granddaughter while away a summer together on a tiny islvà in the gulf of Finlvà. Gradually, the two learn to lớn adjust to lớn each other’s fears, whims & yearnings for independence, and a fierce yet understated love sầu emerges.”

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.. D. James (1972): “Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the nechồng with a faint trace of lipstiông chồng on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray lớn find out what led hyên to self-destruction.”

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1973): “Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression — the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully.”


Pilgryên at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (1974): “An exhilarating meditation on nature và its seasons—a personal narrative highlighting one year’s exploration on foot in the author’s own neighborhood in Tinker Creek, Virginia.”

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston (1976): “A Chinese American woman tells of the Chinese myths, family stories and events of her California childhood that have sầu shaped her identity. It is a sensitive trương mục of growing up female and Chinese-American in a California laundry.”

Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal (1976): “Too Loud a Solitude is a tender & funny story of Hant’a – a man who has lived in a Czech police state – for 35 years, working as compactor of wastepaper and books.”

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (1977): “Tayo, a young Native sầu American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, và the horrors of captivity have sầu almost eroded his will to lớn survive. His return to the Lagumãng cầu Pueblo reservation only increases his feeling of estrangement & alienation.”

The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lespector (1977): “Narrated by the cosmopolitung Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, & haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life’s unfortunates.”

The Shining by Stephen King (1977): “Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.”

The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch (1978): “First published in 1978, this is the story of Charles Arrowby who, retiring from his glittering London world in order to lớn abjure magic & become a hermit turns to lớn the sea: turbulent and leaden, transparent and opaque, magician & mother.”

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino (1979): “Italo Calvino’s masterpiece combines a love story & a detective story inkhổng lồ an exhilarating allegory of reading, in which the reader of the book becomes the book’s central character.”


Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979): “Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Damãng cầu, an African-American woman, is suddenly và inexplicably wrenched through time into lớn antebellum Marylvà.”

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (1979): “Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants lớn become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew và a beautiful Polish woman; & of an awful wound in that woman’s past–one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.”

Clear Light of Day by Anita Dekhông đúng (1980): “Set in India’s Old Delhi, Clear Light of Day is Anita Desai’s tender, warm, và compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, & the trials & tribulations of familial love.”

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (1980): “Housekeeping is the story of Ruth & her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, và finally of Sylvie, their eccentric & remote aunt.”

The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard: (1980): “Caroline and Grace Bell, two beautiful orphan sisters eager to lớn begin their lives in a new l&, journey to lớn England from Australia.”


Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (1981): “Born at the stroke of midnight, at the precise moment of India’s independence, Saleem Sinai is destined from birth khổng lồ be special. For he is one of 1,001 children born in the midnight hour, children who all have special gifts, children with whom Saleem is telepathically linked.”

So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ (1981): “This novel is a perceptive testimony lớn the plight of articulate women who live sầu in social milieux dominated by attitudes & values that deny them their proper place. It is a sequence of reminiscences, some wistful, some bitter, recounted by a recently widowed Senegalese school teacher.”

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (1981): “In his second collection, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love sầu, loss, và companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.”

The màu sắc Purple by Alice Walker (1982): “Celie is a poor blachồng woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father & attempting to lớn protect her sister from the same fate, & continuing over the course of her marriage to ‘Mister,’ a brutal man who terrorizes her.”

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (1982): “In one of the most important và beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Truecha family, revealing both triumphs & tragedies.”

Look at Me by Anita Brookner (1983): “A lonely art historian absorbed in her retìm kiếm seizes the opportunity to lớn cốt truyện in the joys và pleasures of the lives of a glittering couple, only to lớn find her hopes of companionship and happiness shattered.”

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (1983): “The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, và Brother William of Baskerville arrives khổng lồ investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective sầu.”

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984): “Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become.”


Love sầu Medicine by Louise Erdrich (1984): “Written in Erdrich’s uniquely poetic, powerful style, it is a multigenerational portrait of svào men and women caught in an unforgettable drama of anger, desire, và the healing power that is love medicine.”

The Lover by Marguerite Duras (1984): “Set in the prewar Indochimãng cầu of Marguerite Duras’s childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl & her Chinese lover.”

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter (1984): “Is Sophie Fevvers, toast of Europe’s capitals, part swan…or all fake? Courted by the Prince of Wales và painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, she is an aerialiste extraordinaire và star of Colonel Kearney’s circus.”

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (1984): “In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love sầu with a man torn between his love for her và his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses & her humbly faithful lover.”

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (1985): “An epic novel of the violence & depravity that attended America’s westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel & the mythology of the ‘wild west."”

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985): “In the Republic of Gilead, we see a world devastated by toxic chemicals và nuclear fallout và dominated by a repressive Christian fundamentalism.”

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985): “This startling novel describes the adolescence of a ferociously bright và rebellious orphan adopted into a Pentecostal household in the dour, industrial Midlands and her coming lớn terms with her unorthodox sexuality.”

Anagrams by Lorrie Moore (1986): “Disillusioned and loveless, a chain-smoking art history professor who spends her spare time singing in nightclubs và tending lớn her young daughter finds herself pursued by an erratic, would-be librettist.”


Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987): “Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet trang chủ, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened.”

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa (1987): “Anzaldúa, a Chicana native of Texas, explores in prose and poetry the murky, precarious existence of those living on the frontier between cultures & languages.”

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (1988): “Jamaica Kincaid’s expansive essay candidly appraises the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up, and makes palpable the impact of European colonization & tourism.”

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (1989): “In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to lớn San Francisco, begin meeting lớn eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared loss & hope, they gọi themselves the Joy Luck Club.”

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989): “In 1956, Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country. The six-day excursion becomes a journey inkhổng lồ the past of Stevens and Englvà, a past that takes in fascism, two world wars, và an unrealised love between the butler and his housekeeper.”

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver (1990): “Blending flashbacks, dreams, & Native sầu American legends, Animal Dreams is a suspenseful love story and a moving exploration of life’s largest commitments.”

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (1990): “Since its first publication, The Things They Carried has become an unparalleled Vietphái mạnh testament, a classic work of American literature, và a profound study of men at war that illuminates the capađô thị, và the limits, of the human heart & soul.”


Possession by A. S. Byatt (1990): “Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit và romance, at once an intellectual mystery & triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets.”

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez (1991): “Uprooted from their family home page in the Dominican Republic, the four Garcia sisters – Carla, Sandra, Yolandomain authority, & Sofia – arrive sầu in New York City in 1960 khổng lồ find a life far different from the genteel existence of maids, manicures, và extended family they left behind.”

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (1992): “Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the kết thúc of World War II.”

Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson (1992): “In their intensity of perception, their neon-lit evocation of a strange world brought uncomfortably cthua kém lớn our own, the stories in Jesus’ Son offer a disturbing yet eerily beautiful portrayal of American loneliness and hope.”

The Secret History by Donmãng cầu Tartt (1992): “Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New Engl& college discover a way of thinking & living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries.”

The Lone Ranger and Tonkhổng lồ Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (1993): “In this darkly comic short story collection, Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, và stark realism to lớn paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in và around the Spoke Indian Reservation.”

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (1993): “A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multi ethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy remains the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice và reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette & the most appalling violence.”

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticát (1994): “At the age of twelve sầu, Sophie Cateo is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to Thành Phố New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers.”


Blindness by José Saramago (1995): “As Blindness reclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid & trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that’s bound both by weakness và exhilarating strength.”

The Rings of Saturn by W. G Sebald (1995): “In August 1992, W.G. Sebald set off on a walking tour of Suffolk, one of England’s least populated và most striking counties … The Rings of Saturn is his record of these travels, a phantasmagoria of fragments & memories, fraught with dizzying knowledge & desperation và shadowed by mortality.”

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996): “Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is và why it has come to lớn so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need lớn connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.”

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997): “Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love sầu story, & piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969.”

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus (1997): “I Love Dick is a manifesto for a new kind of feminist who isn’t afraid to burn through her own narcissism in order to assume responsibility for herself và for the injustice in the world, and it’s a book you won’t put down until the author’s final, heroic acts of self-revelation & transformation.”

Underworld by Don Delillo (1997): “Through fragments & interlaced stories—including those of highway killers, artists, celebrities, conspiracists, gangsters, nuns, và sundry others—DeLillo creates a fragile web of connected experience, a communal Zeitgeist that encompasses the messy whole of five sầu decades of American life, wonderfully distilled.”

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