Some Recommended Novels

A list of recommended novels to read, in no particular order.

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude–Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2. A Fan’s Notes–Frederick Exley
3. Invisible Man–Ralph Ellison
4. Invisible Cities–Italo Calvino
5. The Folded Leaf–William Maxwell
6. Winter in the Blood–James Welch
7. Lolita–Vladimir Nabokov
8. Lives of Girls and Women–Alice Munro
9. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man–James Joyce
10. Three Lives–Gertrude Stein
11. The True Detective–Theodore Weesner
12. Lithium for Medea–Kate Braverman
13. Sula–Toni Morrison
14. End Zone–Don DeLillo
15. Slaughterhouse-Five–Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
16. Ceremony–Leslie Marmon Silko
17. Absalom, Absalom!–William Faulkner
18. The Bell Jar–Sylvia Plath
19. Dog Soldiers–Robert Stone
20. Museum Pieces–Elizabeth Tallent
21. Wise Blood–Flannery O’Connor
22. The Postman Always Rings Twice–James M. Cain
23. Things Fall Apart–Chinua Achebe
24. The Beans of Egypt, Maine–Carolyn Chute
25. Blood Meridian–Cormac McCarthy
26. Going After Cacciato–Tim O’Brien
27. Native Son–Richard Wright
28. House Made of Dawn–N. Scott Momaday
29. A Passage to India–E.M. Forster
30. The Stranger–Albert Camus
31. The Universal Baseball Association–Robert Coover
32. Naked Lunch–William S. Burroughs
33. Three Novels–Samuel Beckett
34. Sent For You Yesterday–John Edgar Wideman
35. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn–Mark Twain
36. Journey to the End of the Night–Louis-Ferdinand Celie
37. The Wapshot Chronicle–John Cheever
38. A Sport and a Pastime–James Salter
39. Housekeeping–Marilynne Robinson
40. The Sun Also Rises–Ernest Hemingway
41. Anna Karenina–Leo Tolstoy
42. Blood and Guts in High School–Kathy Acker
43. Lie Down in Darkness–William Styron
44. To the Lighthouse–Virginia Woolf
45. The Mezzanine–Nicholson Baker
46. The Easter Parade–Richard Yates
47. Under the Volcano–Malcolm Lowry
48. Anywhere But Here–Mona Simpson
49. Sometimes a Great Notion–Ken Kesey
50. A Death in the Family–James Agee
51. Middlemarch–George Eliot
52. The Human Comedy–William Saroyan
53. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter–Carson McCullers
54. The Unbearable Lightness of Being–Milan Kundera
55. Among the Dead–Michael Tolkin
56. Court of Memory–James McConkey
57. Bastard Out of Carolina–Dorothy Allison
58. Mrs. Bridge–Evan S. Connell
59. The Cannibal–John Hawkes
60. Fat City–Leonard Gardner
61. Beyond the Bedroom Wall–Larry Woiwode
62. Hopscotch–Julio Cortazar
63. Platitudes–Trey Ellis
64. Go Tell It on the Mountain–James Baldwin
65. Revolutionary Road–Richard Yates
66. Surfacing–Margaret Atwood
67. Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit is Rich; Rabbit at Rest–John Updike
68. You Know Me, Al–Ring Lardner
69. The Moviegoer–Walker Percy
70. Wide Sargasso Sea–Jean Rhys
71. The Red and the Black–Stendhal
72. The Executioner’s Song–Norman Mailer
73. Ironweed–William Kennedy
74. The Optimist’s Daughter–Eudora Welty
75. A Clockwork Orange–Anthony Burgess
76. Annie John–Jamaica Kincaid
77. Light in August–William Faulkner
78. Nausea–Jean-Paul Sartre
79. Angels–Denis Johnson
80. The Ice Storm–Rick Moody
81. Jalousie–Alain Robbe-Grillet
82. The Great Gatsby–F. Scott Fitzgerald
83. Heart of Darkness–Joseph Conrad
84. Nickel Mountain–John Gardner
85. Time Will Darken It–William Maxwell
86. Ordinary Love & Good Will–Jane Smiley
87. The Trial–Franz Kafka
88. Mobile–Michel Butor
89. The House of Mirth–Edith Wharton
90. The Catcher in the Rye–J.D. Salinger
91. War and Peace–Leo Tolstoy
92. Moby-Dick–Herman Melville
93. The Turn of the Screw–Henry James
94. The Stand–Stephen King
95. Fahrenheit 451–Ray Bradbury
96. Crooked Hearts–Robert Boswell
97. Edisto–Padgett Powell
98. Portnoy’s Complaint–Philip Roth
99. My Antonia–Willa Cather
100. The Sound and the Fury–William Faulkner

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