Paris Trout (Recommended, if you can stand brutality)


Paris Trout by Pete Dexter

Despicable, brutal lunatic does horrible things in revolting southern town.

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Year of Wonders (Recommended)

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Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

If Shonda Rhimes wrote historical fiction.  Scandal: The Plague Years.

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Good Kings Bad Kings (Highly Recommended)

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Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum

You’ll care by first paragraph. Despair, joy, fear, outrage follows.

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Here I Am

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Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

Alternately profound, profane, impenetrable, tedious. Scattershot, nonlinear, melancholy, ruminative dialogue.

Safety Tip: If you’re ever tempted to read two 600 page books back to back – don’t.

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American Gods (Recommended)

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Placid, well-intentioned ex-con’s dangerous, hallucinatory road trip encountering down-at-heels gods.

 

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The Underground Railroad (Recommended)

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Runaway slave’s ordeals expose roots of American racism. Quasi-historical fable.

Update: 4/10/17 Named Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. 

 

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Turbo Twenty-Three

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Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

Disappointing. Usual characters appear, but story is DOA. Janet’s MIA.

 

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