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Community Reading List: 2016 Fiction

Each year the library compiles reading recommendations for the Winter Break.


Barbara Alfano

The story is set in 18th-century Sicily and narrates the life of a silent Duchess who, because of her inability to speak or hear, was granted more freedom than women usually were in her times, although she was fully a victim of the men who surrounded her. A historical novel written from a feminist point of view. Marianna Ucría was an ancestor of Mariani's. She has been a major author in Italy since the 1960s.

John Bullock

I've been binge-reading Graham Greene novels. His fascinating character studies are combined with political intrigue and vivid portrayals of life in post-colonial locales. I particularly recommend:

Annabel Davis-Goff

Janet Foley

Dina Janis

Well written, mystery folktale-like prose

A powerful and poetic look at two black men, brothers in their search for love.

Thrilling, disturbing, not easy to put down - by one of my favorite writers.

Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly

A retelling of Albert Camus' 1942 novel, L'Etranger/The Stranger

Mark Wunderlich

Donald Sherefkin

Benjamin Anastas

From Benjamin Anastas:

Pairing Ferrante's first novel (published in Italian in 1993) with the first book in her Neapolitan Novels tetralogy shows how her urgency as a literary artist has only deepened with time.

Akiko Busch

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels:

Marguerite Feitlowitz

Dan Hofstadter

Jean Randich

From Jean Randich:

Ferrante tracks a fierce friendship of two imaginative girls, growing up in hardscrabble, post-war Naples through to today, and how they refuse to conform to docility, but struggle to find their freedom and power. Unforgettable page-turners.

Ann Pibal

Josh Blackwell

Noah Coburn

From Noah Coburn:

Sprawling, elegant, and entertaining.

From Noah Coburn:

Sparse and just as elegant and entertaining.

Ron Cohen

Camille Guthrie

Kate Purdie

Susan Sgorbati

Lydia Brassard

Michael Cohen

Kathleen Dimmick

Sarah Harris

Mary Lum

Mirka Prazak

Sue Rees

Stephen Shapiro

Betsy Sherman