The Great American Novel: Unsung Heroes
Jonathan Franzen's Freedom is the latest candidate for that elusive accolade, the Great American Novel. It's certainly the novel that got everyone talking, but we think there are a lot more great US writers who've remained stubbornly beneath the radar this side of the pond. So here are some of our favourites, including EL Doctorow's magical evocation of the era of Henry Ford and Harry Houdini and Walter Percy's discovery of spirituality in movies.
Small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior gave up his day-job and gambled everything on setting up a website offering financial advice. Then he woke up one day in the middle of...
Moving seamlessly between the glamorous and gritty '80s, when beauty and style gave licence to excess and the broken world of the decade's survivors twenty years after, this book looks...
Misha is an American impounded in a Russian's body and the only place he feels at home is New York; he just wants to live in the South Bronx with...
Elizabeth Hardwick; Geoffrey O'Brien
E. L. Doctorow; Al Alvarez
Welcome to America at the turn of the twentieth century, where the rhythms of ragtime set the beat. Harry Houdini astonishes audiences with magical feats of escape, the mighty J...
Oakley Hall; Robert Stone
A novel from an American writer.
Theodore Dreiser; Larzer Ziff
Frank Cowperwood, a fiercely ambitious businessman, emerges as the very embodiment of greed as he relentlessly seeks satisfaction in wealth, women, and power. As Cowperwood deals and double-deals, betrays and...
The much-anticipated first novel from the Guardian First Book Award-winning Chinese writer.
A dark, indelible epic about the other side of the American Dream
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Lady Macbeth rewritten in this novel of passion and revenge set in the USA
Wallace Stegner; Jackson J. Benson
Tells the story of Lyman Ward, a retired professor of history and author of books about the Western frontier, who returns to his ancestral home in the Sierra Nevada. Wheelchair-bound...
In 1851 Bishop Latour and his friend Father Valliant are despatched to New Mexico to reawaken its slumbering Catholicism. Moving along the endless prairies, Latour spreads his faith the only...
T. Coraghessan Boyle
Presents a saga in which scandalous affairs rage behind closed doors, broken hearts are tossed aside, fires rip through the wings of the house and paparazzi lie in wait outside...
James Agee; Blake Morrison
On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, who he believes is dying. The summons turns out to...