Old School, featuring literature and loss of innocence, is set in a New England prep school in the 1960's.
Next: This Boy's Life, a memoir, or a short story collection. Wolff is probably best known for his stories.
Colm Toibin is my most recent discovery. I just finished listening to Brooklyn and was totally captivated!
Next: I've heard good things about The Blackwater Lightship and The Master. Both are on my tbr list.
W. Somerset Maugham
The Painted Veil was one of my favorite books of 2008. The character of Kitty Fane is not easily forgotten.
Next: Of Human Bondage? The Razor's Edge?
Therese Raquin will surely be on my list of favorites this year. It paints a fascinating psychological portrait of lovers who commit a horrible crime in order to be together.
Next: ??? I don't know much about Zola's work and welcome any suggestions.
Next: The Clothes They Stood Up In - I've decided to try the audio version.
The Tortilla Curtain was another favorite of 2008. Set in California, this novel put very real faces on both sides of the illegal immigrant question.
Next: The Road to Wellville, a short story collection, or his new novel The Women
The Wapshot Chronicle, the saga of the Wapshot family of New England, won the National Book Award in 1958.
Next: The Wapshot Scandal or his collected stories
I posted about "Everyday Use" a couple of weeks ago for Short Story Monday.
Next: The Color Purple, of course
I stumbled across Olsen's story "I Stand Here Ironing" in the Norton Book of American Short Stories and wrote a Short Story Monday post about it.
Next: Tell Me A Riddle
I read her story, "The Shawl", in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. It was a very short, brutal story set in a Nazi concentration camp.
Next: I brought The Shawl home from the library last week. It pairs the title story with a novella that picks up the same character living in Florida thirty years later. Her novel, Heir to the Glimmering World is near the top of my tbr pile.
I'll also mention Sebastian Barry here. I've recently started The Secret Scripture and, after just 50 pages, I know this an an author I will come back to.
So, there you have it - my new authors of the school year. Of course, there are countless others 'discovered' earlier that I've yet to get back to. And the many authors still on my tbr list? We won't even go there...
What authors have you discovered this year?