You may have heard me talk about how I reread my bookshelves all the time. While I am all about constantly reading new things and seeing what current books I can add to my collection, I thought you may want to hear about some contemporary books that you may have missed when they came out in the past. Some of these are ones I definitely recommend to people when they are looking for books.
1. Richard Russo’s Empire Falls
A Pulitzer Prize winner that weaves together two stories in a beautiful way. Wonderful writing and nostalgia of small time life with depth.
2. A.S. Byatt’s Possession
If you were an english major or find literature sexy, you will love this book. Again, this weaves together a contemporary story with a literary mystery. Someone recommended this to me a few years ago though it was written in 1990 and I could not get over the fact that I never read it. It was that wonderful. It’s part love story, part literary mystery. Right up my alley.
3. Anne Enright’s The Gathering
This book–a Booker Prize winner–cemented Anne Enright as my favorite writer of all time. The book takes place in Ireland as the author is Irish and it can be dark but the writing. Oh my gosh. I am wringing my hands over the beauty of it.
4. Jeffery Eugenides’ Middlesex
Another Pulitzer Prize Winner, I consider to be the literary equivalent to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Tracing generations of a family (and the genes) that led to Callie, unknowingly (to her parents, the doctors, and herself) born a hermaphrodite. It’s probably the book I recommend the most because it’s universally loved.
5. Tea Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife
This is one I would like to reread. The main character is a doctor in eastern Europe trying to figure out the mystery of her grandfather who told her the most fantastic stories while she was growing up. It reads at times like modern day fairy tales.
Do you have any recommendations for me? Have you read any of these? Otherwise, Happy Reading!
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