Recommended books from my last workshop class

Five of the books I’ve read so far this year came off a list of works we were given in my spring workshop class this year: This Is How You Lose Her, Train Dreams, The Vegetarian, The Diving Pool, and The Underground Railroad.  All five books were a hit with me, so I thought I’d post the full list in case someone is looking for some recent fiction worth reading.

Story collections

  • Ramona Ausubel, A Guide to Being Born
  • Jensen Beach, Swallowed By the Cold
  • Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her
  • Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
  • Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies
  • Edward P. Jones, All Aunt Hagar’s Children
  • Maryse Meijer, Heartbreaker
  • Dorthe Nors, Karate Chop
  • Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
  • Thomas Pierce, Hall of Small Mammals
  • Karen Russell, Vampires in the Lemon Grove
  • Claire Vaye Watkins, Battleborn
  • Tower Wells, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Novellas, novella collections

  • Denis Johnson, Train Dreams
  • Han Kang, The Vegetarian (arguably a novel)
  • Yoko Ogawa, The Diving Pool
  • Adania Shibli, Touch
  • Josh Weil, The New Valley


  • Amelia Gray, Threats
  • Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs
  • Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
  • Alissa Nutting, Tampa
  • Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation
  • Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic
  • Justin Torres, We the Animals
  • Colson Whitehead, The Underground

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