Genre Archive : contemporary fiction

(Genres are usual for categorising stuff but apart from that they mean very little to me, so you might not agree with what I have listed where)

Italian shoes
Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell

Translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson Fredrik Welin, our first person narrator, lives alone on an island he inherited […]

The son
The Son by Michel Rostain

translated from French by Adriana Hunter It is eleven days since our first person narrator has died. He was just […]

Light in August
Light in August by William Faulkner

Lena Grove is looking for her man. The father of her unborn child. He told her that he’d go ahead, […]

Disgrace
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

David Lurie lives a very contained and well-run life. He is a professor in Cape Town, mostly he lectures in […]

The Ice Palace
ice palace

Siss is on her way through the dark evening to meet Unn. They have been going to school together ever […]

This side of brightness
This side of brightness - Colum McCann

In the early 1900s New York’s subway was in the process of being excavated. Working as sandhog was decent enough […]

To the lighthouse
to_the_lighthouse

Ramsay wants to go to the lighthouse. His mother says that yes, of course they can go tomorrow, weather permitting. His father disagrees. The weather will not permit it, he asserts, they will not go to the lighthouse.

Much of this novel revolves around the one afternoon and evening before this proposed trip to the lighthouse. The Ramsay family, maternal and magnificent mother, needy professor father and all eight children are staying in their holiday home in the Isle of Skye. With them are a number of other guests, Lily Briscoe the painter. William Banks, Augustus Carmichael, and Charles Tansey.

Jane Eyre
jane eyre

Jane Eyre’s parents die when she is an infant, and she is taken in by her uncle. Her uncle also […]

Manon Lescaut
manon lescaut

Read online – Gutenberg This is a book I would never have picked up if not for the fact that […]

A town like Alice
a-town-like-alice

In post World War II England Jean Paget is tracked down by a solicitor. She is the only surviving member […]

The crane wife
The crane wife - Patrick Ness

Part of my Once Upon a Time reading. George is an American ex-pat living in England. He has been there […]

A week in winter
week in winter

Chicky left her home on the west coast of Ireland and headed off to America after a whirl-wind romance. Full […]