A Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensRead the complete interview.
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett
The Great Code: The Bible and Literature by Northrop Frye
Grimms' Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Peru by Gordon Lish
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The above are my favorites because they are so beautifully written, because of the intelligence that shines from the stories, because of the urgency behind their presentation, and because of the authors' conviction that the story being told matters deeply. Grimms' Fairy Tales, of course, are not by any one author. They are like an open window into an ancient and probably ageless part of our minds that lusts for stories.
Stormy Weather is Paulette Jiles's second novel. Her first novel, Enemy Women, was published in 2002. A national bestseller, it was hailed as "a delight from start to finish" by author Tracy Chevalier, and praised as a "book with backbone, written with a tough, haunting eloquence" by Janet Maslin in the New York Times.