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5: Fiction Readings

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    For an extensive list of American fiction, ordered chronologically, please refer to Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865- present by Berke, Bleil, & Cofer, sourced from University of North Georgia Press, CC-BY-SA.


    Supplemental Readings

    (links to external websites)

    Short Stories

    Atwood, Margaret. "Lusus Naturae." (2014)

    Baldwin, James. "Sonny's Blues." (1954)

    Erdrich, Louise. "Matchimanito." (1988)

    Faulkner, William "A Rose for Emily." (1930)

    Henríquez, Cristina. "Everything is Far From Here." (2017)

    Johnson, Denis. "Emergency." (1992)

    Kincaid, Jamaica. "Girl." (1978)

    Lahiri, Jhumpa "A Temporary Matter." (1999)

    Lorde, Audre. "The Fourth of July."

    Márquez, Gabriel García. "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings." (1955)

    O'Brien, Tim. "The Things They Carried." (1990)

    Orange, Tommy. "The State." (2018)

    Wallace, David Foster. "Good People." (2007)

    Woolf, Tobias. "Bullet in the Brain." (1995)


    To conserve space in this textbook and keep it printable, there are not any novels included in the textbook. Students are recommended to use online resources or their library to find novels to read. Below are a few recommendations.

    Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. (1813)

    Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. (1899)

    Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. (1983)

    Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. (1880)

    Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick. (1851)

    Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. (1970)

    Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. (1831)

    Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. (1989)

    Toomer, Jean. Cane. (1923)

    Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. (1890)

    Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. (1927)

    This page titled 5: Fiction Readings is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Heather Ringo & Athena Kashyap (ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative) .