Fiction Review


This is an absolutely stunning book that I just got around to reading. It has language that will fully engage your senses and intrigue your intellectual appetite. Usually, I’m a fan of concise writing, to the point, Hemingway-esque. But, Donna Tartt does something pretty cool here, she writes a stylized Greek Tragedy about Greek Tragedies. It’s not a murder mystery in the sense of ‘whodunit’ but a murder mystery in the sense of ‘whydunit’. I have to say, I was skeptical at first, and it is a long read, but you’ll lose yourself in it.

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the stranger albert camus

Definitely one of Albert Camus’ most famous novels, The Stranger is an amazing insight into humanity and the absurdness that surrounds us all. Don’t read this book at the beach. It’s best to be read in the dim light of your boarded room in the muggy nights of summer, wine nearby. It’s short enough to easily read twice, back-to-back, and I would recommend doing just that.

I would also recommend reading Camus’ L’Hôte first. The translation can be either ‘The Guest’ or ‘The Host’. It just depends on what you make of the story.


1962 novel by  Kōbō Abe.

The entire time I was reading this I was confused. When you finish it however, you come to a consensus that this is a powerful book. It holds a lot about what makes us humans and not bugs. (You’ll get that joke when you read it.)

This is something you’ll have to devote yourself to in order to understand it fully, but it’s absolutely worth it when you come to the climax and conclusion of the novel.


Ron Rash’s 2006 novel immerses the reader and let’s them know upfront what it means to be from Appalachia. The ties he holds dear are shattered when something out of the ordinary comes across Travis Shelton’s path. The consequences of learning what your family truly was causes Travis to reevaluate all that he has ever known.

A novel that is not for the faint of heart. It’s a moving book that I have to reread every chance I get.


I know this is a bit older (1997), but I really enjoyed reading it for my contemporary Latino lit class. Díaz is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

Díaz forces you to consider what it means to be a man, an immigrant, a son, a friend, and all the rest. It’s a short story collection, I think it’s best read in pieces so you aren’t overwhelmed, or confused. It’s a pretty good read if you want a short story that will make you think for the whole day. Díaz writes in a minimalist style that leaves you (the reader) to fill in the blanks. A neopicaresque that you need to own.