Collected Works: Literature
Short introductions to books published between 1965 and 2016.
A Victorian media sensation convicted of murder tells her story in this historical novel by Margaret Atwood.
A narcissistic doctor understands brain surgery but not people in this visceral novel by Joyce Carol Oates.
A dysfunctional family relocates to the craggy expanse of a Canadian island in this novel by Annie Proulx.
A woman attempts to escape from ennui by taking to the freeway in this blistering novel by Joan Didion.
Contemporary London is depicted in all of its cultural complexities in this sprawling novel by Zadie Smith.
An elderly composer becomes a fugitive suspected of bioterrorism in this lively novel by Richard Powers.
The horrors of the Holocaust become a cat-and-mouse metaphor in this graphic novel by Art Spiegelman.
An ageing narrator revisits a coastal village from his childhood in this melancholic novel by John Banville.
Pot roasts, potatoes, and humble pie are stuffed into the pages of this side-splitting novel by Nora Ephron.
Microscopic monkey gods fight tentacled beasts in Daljit Nagra's vibrant retelling of an ancient poem.
A Sudanese woman adjusts to life in Aberdeen in this touching novel about exile and friendship by Leila Aboulela.