Fall 2017 class reading list

Last semester the instructor for my workshop class gave us a list of books and instructions: choose one, read it, and then present on it and its author in class.  There were 26 books on the list, and I ended up reading–and (for the most part) enjoying–six of the books.  So the list was a good list.  Well, this semester we’ve got the same assignment, so I thought I’d post the new list.  So here it is:

Story collections

  • Daniel Alcaron, The King Is Always Above the People
  • Karen Bender, Refund
  • Octavia Butler, Bloodchild
  • Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles
  • Edward P. Jones, All Aunt Hagar’s Children
  • Elizabeth McCracken, Thunderstruck
  • Carmen Machado, Her Body and Other Parties [pubs. Oct. 3]
  • Dorthe Nors, Karate Chop
  • Gunnhild Oyehaug, Knots
  • Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
  • Thomas Pierce, Hall of Small Mammals
  • Karen Russell, Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Novellas, novella collections

  • Josh Weil, The New Valley
  • Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn


  • Rachel Cusk, Outline
  • Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach [pubs. Oct. 3]
  • Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
  • Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings
  • Patrick Modiano, Paris Nocturne
  • Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere
  • Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation
  • George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo
  • Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

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