May 30, 2013
ArmchairBEA: Literary Fiction
Day 3 of Armchair BEA and the topic is Literary Fiction
I don't read as much Literary Fiction as I once did, but I still enjoy it. I find it to be more difficult to review as I feel I need to talk about literary devices and all that stuff I learned in English class. I think some of it, too, is that the work will be so beautifully crafted that my own lame attempt at writing seems so inadequate. Here's a few works of literary fiction I've enjoyed recently:
Temptation by Douglas Kennedy (read my review). Even his Facebook posts are eloquently written.
In the King's Arms by Sonia Taitz (read my review). After reading it all I could think of was beautiful. I also enjoyed Sonia's memoir The Watchmaker's Daughter for once again it was just so beautifully written.
A Gift for My Sister by Ann Pearlman (read my review) was just a poignant story about love, loss, and family.
Immortal by Gene Doucette (read my review). I'm not sure if this book is technically literary fiction, but if writing style is a key to classifying a book as such then Doucette's Immortal could be.
I just finished listening to Is this Tomorrow? by Caroline Leavitt. It was a great coming of age story for a whole neighborhood.
As you can see my list is short and I'm sure there are a couple of others that could be listed, but these are the ones that come to mind when I think of Literary Fiction.
What do you think about Literary Fiction? Is it more difficult to review than genre fiction? What are some of your favorites?