October 11, 2020

From Gerald R. Lucas

Novel Considerations covid-19: day 204 | US: GA | info | exit

The bookstore is bothering me. I have to submit my book orders for the spring, and my novel class is holding me up. Here are the shortish, contemporary American and British novels I’m considering so far. The ⭐️ed ones are probably on the syllabus.

I know: most are white men. I figure I can get in seven or eight novels. I guess it would help if I had a focus tighter than “the novel in English after WWII.”

Update: How about “The Mythology of the New West” as a loose theme? What are the narratives that attempt to define us as a collective after World War II? What is the role of religion, capitalism, race, gender, human rights, etc.—and what forces are aligned against them? The second round choices have a ✅. If I keep it to one novel per decade, I can probably come up with a manageable list. I’m going to have to make some hard choices.

Update 2: 💯 indicates a final selection.


  1. I just read this one, and I’d like to do more work on it.
  2. I’m currently reading this one, and it’s great.