A Bookseller Recommends: Erica's Favorite Overlooked Classics
In this installment of A Bookseller Recommends, Erica recommends overlooked and forgotten classics. Also, did you know that she's a published author? Check our her novel The Wet Nurse's Tale.
One of the greatest Japanese novels, this is the story of the high-born Makioka sisters who, in the times just previous to WWII, must slide inevitably into modernity.
The Irish giant comes to England to display his size for coin, while a famed anatomist lusts after the corpse the giant will leave when he dies. Heartbreaking, glorious.
Nobel Prize-winner Le Clezio gives us the story of a young man who lives in luxury, loses one fortune, seeks another, all played against the backdrop of lush Mauritius.
The demise of the Austro-Hungarian empire as experienced through the eyes of a noble family, here's a gorgeous novel about what it means to be at the cusp of change.
This brilliant novel by Prix Goncourt-winning author Chamoiseau, is the story of 150 years of post-slavery Caribbean history--its shantytowns, its rape by Big Oil, its rhythms.
A novel about a mother, Sybilla, her prodigy son, Ludo, her quest to engage his amazing mind, and his for a man heroic enough to be a father. Completely wonderful.
A superb apocalyptic novel by the superb and underknown Crace. If Cormac McCarthy and Margaret Atwood had a baby and swaddled it in Station 11, they'd call it The Pesthouse.
This marvel of a novel, by the great Unsworth, co-won the Booker Prize along with The English Patient. This is the story of the doctor on a slave-ship en route to the New World.
One of this master's less widely-read novels, The Song of the Lark is about a young girl who becomes an artist against the backdrop of the western American landscape. She bursts out. Here's beauty.
Wonderfully strange, these three novels in one volume tell the story of a pair of twins in a war-torn country. The kids age with the novels. Brilliant, not-unviolent (just saying): this is a story about identity and what it means.
Gorgeous slender volume about a nun who sees the most beautiful visions. Is it fervor? Or illness? If it's illness, is that God's will? A gift? Or not? A fascinating look at what faith is.