I’m often asked to recommend a contemporary novel that is both gripping and literary. I always suggest the two below, thus far with very contented feedback.
The Children Act (Ian McEwan): Like many other observers I think McEwan is our best living novelist. This recent short novel set in today’s upscale London is a riveting stew of marriage woes, ethical quandary, and career drama.
The Art of Fielding (Chad Harbach): His 2011 acclaimed best seller is one terrific read, a campus novel peopled with marvelously engaging characters in and out of deep friendships and personal crises. “As entertaining as it is affecting”-NY Times.
If as I hope you tackle one or both of these gems, let me know your reaction! firstname.lastname@example.org