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Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries) by Karen Russell
Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries)

Elliott, January 1, 2012

Of all the books I read this year, Swamplandia was the one that stood out in my mind from all the others. Karen Russell's vivid writing and all of the details she used to create the world of this book, along with the character of the narrator, Ava Bigtree, are what made this my favorite read of 2011. Two of my favorite authors are Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers and I would add Russell to their company.
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Wise Children by Angela Carter
Wise Children

Elliott, September 2, 2011

Angela Carter is a brilliant writer and this is one of my favorite books by her. Narrated by Dora Chance, this novel tells the story of she and twin her sister Nora. Dora tells their story on the eve of their seventy-fifth birthday. It follows them from their illegitimate births, to their time treading the boards as the Chance Sisters, to their brief stint in early Hollywood. Like Carter's other novels, this one is smartly written and is often hilarious. It also abounds with references to Shakespeare. An intelligent, witty, and delightful read.
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The Idiot (Vintage Classics) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Idiot (Vintage Classics)

Elliott, June 28, 2011

This is one of the most important novels and strongest influences in my reading life. Dostoevsky writes such amazing scenes in this book, like when Nastasya lights a fire to burn the bank notes in front of Ganya, or the end when Rogozhin and Prince Myshkin's knees are touching under the table (I won't explain the significance of this without spoiling the end). Prince Myshkin is one of the greatest literary characters. This novel is a must read.
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Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams
Watership Down: A Novel

Elliott, February 1, 2011

This was one of those classic books that had somehow escaped me having read it in school but I kept seeing it pop up different places and decided to finally read it. And boy am I glad I did! This is an amazing story that Richard Adams made up for his daughters while on a road trip. How incredible is that? My dad certainly never did or maybe my sister and I would have enjoyed road trips more. I'm amazed at how intricate these stories within a story are, especially with all of its rich mythology for the rabbits.
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Flight: A Novel by Sherman Alexie
Flight: A Novel

Elliott, January 24, 2011

Sherman Alexie has written a heartbreakingly beautiful book. He writes in a style that is plain and poetic at the same time. Like his other books, Alexie writes riffs off Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five but makes the story uniquely his own. With a first line that is funny and sad, as well as a recollection of the first line from Moby Dick, Sherman Alexie introduces us to the protagonist with: Call me Zits.From there he crafts a darkly observant story of a displaced outsider who finds himself careening through foster homes and time. At first the time travel element struck me as merely a literary conceit but by the end of the novel it became evident that Alexie used all of the different settings and people that Zits inhabits throughout American history, including Zits' own father who abandoned him, to reveal the undercurrent of sorrow and violence that comes with alienation.
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