Welcome to an occasional feature on Book Club Mom called Book Talk, home to quick previews of books that catch my eye.
Looking for a different kind of novel? An epistolary novel is a story written as a series of documents, often in the form of letters, diary entries, or newspaper articles. More recent formats have introduced emails and blog posts and even Post-It Notes! All offer realistic views into the narrators’ lives and stories.
Here are some I’ve read and recommend:
The Color Purple by Alice Walker – I read this years ago and would like to read it again.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank– have read several times.
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – here’s a new book and this is the one with Post-It Notes!
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – recently read this, then watched the movie. The movie was a little dated, but still interesting.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – I wasn’t sure I’d like this, but in the end thought it was excellent. Read it when my son was reading it for a high school class.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – read this a long time ago and remember liking it.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos – read this in French class in college and had a hard time with the vocabulary, but then read it for an English class and finally understood what was going on!
The Martian by Andy Weir – liked this book a lot and the movie too, maybe even a little better because there’s a lot of math in the book. Still recommend.
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – recently read this for my Whodunits book group. It was excellent.
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – read this for a required college class called “Images of Modern Man” – I raced through it, it was that good.
And here are some I want to read:
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – hadn’t heard of this one, until today.
Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman – I actually read this in junior high school and remember liking it., but I don’t remember much, so I want to re-read it.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – been trying to get to this one for a while.
A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey – this was also a TV series with Sally Fields back in the 1970s.
Looking for more? Here are some additional lists:
Do you like the epistolary format? Do you have favorites?
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