Novel Novels

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Books, reading and authors figure prominently in these novels.

The Book Thief
Marcus Zusak


Narrated by Death, this is the story of Liesel who steals books in Nazi Germany.


Summer Reading
Hilma Wolitzer
Three friends form a book club, and find the books influencing the choices each makes in life.

Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield
Hired to write the biography of famous author Vida Winter, Margaret uncovers the story of the Angelfield family which includes murder, insanity, feral twins, a ghost and a fire.

The Reading Group
Elizabeth Noble
Dissects the relationships, desires and discoveries of five English women.

Jane Austen Book Club
Karen Joy Fowler
Five women and one man meet periodically to discuss the novels of Jane Austen. Their meetings reveal much about their own lives – first loves, youthful identity crises and miple-aged angst.

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Michael Chabon
A Czech artist who needs money to bring his family out of Nazi-occupied Prague collaborates with his American cousin to create a comic book hero called The Escapist.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Sijie Dai
Two city boys sent to a remote mountain village during the Cultural Revolution discover a forbipen cache of Western literature that changes their lives.

An Angel for Emily
Jude Deveraux
Librarian Emily, while driving her car, hits a man who claims to be her guardian angel.

I’ll Be Watching You
Victoria Gotti
Novelist and wife of a politically active man, Rose Miller has a stalker who sends her blood red roses and threatening notes that hint at her secret past.

Stones from the River
Ursula Hegi
Trudi Montag is a dwarf librarian living in Germany during the war, who finds that being different is a secret that all humans share.

The List
Steve Martini
A female lawyer-turned-novelist concocts a scheme to outwit the biggest names in Hollywood and New York when she pretends to be a male authopr and hires an actor to portray her.

The Novel
James Michener
When tragedy strikes his town, Lukas Yoder, a successful author who had thought he had written his last novel, becomes determined to turn tragedy into another book.

The Reader
Bernard Schlink
When Michael Berg was 15, he began a long, obsessive love affair with a much older woman in post-war Germany. Many years later, Michael meets her again when she is a defendant in a trial related to Germany’s past.