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The Reading List Contemporary Fiction

A Critical Guide to the Complete Works of 110 Authors

by David Rubel

The Reading List Contemporary Fiction
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Illuminates the work of 125 current novelists who have captured the imagination of the modern reader. Each entry includes critical commentary on the author's published fiction by prominent reviewers, as well as thematic and plot synopses, and a short biography.

A Critical Guide to the Complete Works of 125 Authors

Perfect for reading groups and all book lovers.

Here, at last, is the book to which the more than a quarter-million reading groups and book clubs in this country can turn for the answer to that pressing question: What should we read next?

The Reading List illuminates the work of current novelists who have captured the imagination of the modern reader. Each entry includes critical commentary on the author's published fiction by prominent reviewers, as well as thematic and plot synopses, and a short biography.

The Reading List features a broad spectrum of writers from our shores and abroad whose works are available in English. Stylistically, the authors run the gamut from Cormac McCarthy to Cristina Garcia, from Naguib Mahfouz to Barbara Kingsolver, from Jane Smiley to Salman Rushdie. Now reading groups and independent bookworms alike have a comprehensive, discriminating resource to guide them through their next literary foray.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Isabel Allende
  • Dorothy Allison
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Jorge Amado
  • Martin Amis
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Paul Auster
  • Beryl Bainbridge
  • Russell Banks
  • Pat Barker
  • Andrea Barrett
  • Ann Beattie
  • Madison Smartt Bell
  • Amy Bloom
  • T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Anita Brookner
  • Larry Brown
  • Robert Olen Butler
  • A. S. Byatt
  • Bebe Moore Campbell
  • Sandra Cisneros
  • Pat Conroy
  • Harry Crews
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Louis de Bernieres
  • Don DeLillo
  • Pete Dexter
  • Joan Didion
  • Stephen Dixon
  • E. L. Doctorow
  • Ivan Doig
  • Roddy Doyle
  • Umberto Eco
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Laura Esquivel
  • Richard Ford
  • Carlos Fuentes
  • Mary Gaitskill
  • Cristina Garcia
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Kaye Gibbons
  • Ellen Gilchrist
  • Gail Godwin
  • Francisco Goldman
  • Nadine Gordimer
  • David Guterson
  • Jane Hamilton
  • Jim Harrison
  • ...

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