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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) First published: 1884, by Chatto & Windus (U.K.) Huckleberry Finn is a liar! Yes, that’s what he is, there’s no getting around it. But is there such a thing as a good lie? A “good” liar? A justified lie? One of Twain’s main assertions in Huckleberry Finn is that there is. […]

The Keepers of the House

Author: Shirley Ann Grau First published: 1964, by Alfred A. Knopf I feel like this novel doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves. Before a few months ago I had never even heard of it, and now, having read it, I can only place it in my personal pantheon of Great American Novels. The Keepers of the House […]

Beloved

Author: Toni Morrison First published: 1987, by Alfred A. Knopf Sixty million, and more. It’s very difficult for me to write about this novel, for what can one say about something that renders horror so beautifully? Any words I might conjure up about Beloved can only stand weakly in the shadow of its awesome power. […]