Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ten epic page-turning novels

Brendan Mathews's debut novel is The World of Tomorrow. At Publishers Weekly he tagged ten of his favorite epic page-turners, including:
The World According to Garp by John Irving

The first really big novel that I ever read, Garp taught me in high school that a novel was limited only by the author’s audacity and imagination. This one pulls together wrestling, writing, “gradual” students, parenthood, marriage, infidelity, Ellen Jamesians, trans football players, memoir-writing mothers, and more into a novel with a heart that’s even bigger than its 650 pages. It’s Irving at his most Dickensian.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The World According to Garp is among four books that changed Charlie Lovett, Kathy Reichs's six best books, ten books that changed Sean Beaudoin's life before he could drive, and John Niven's ten best writers in novels.

--Marshal Zeringue