Recommendation requested for some contemporary literary fiction

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Recommendation requested for some contemporary literary fiction

1Heights_Woodhouse
apr 6, 10:59pm

Hi Book Lovers!

The wife and I have hit a lull in our writing schedule, and we decided to pick up some recent novels on the "hot" list in contemporary / literary fiction. We've been busy writing our own novel, and we haven't kept up with what's going on in the literary market.

I snagged a copy of Fredrik Backman's _Anxious People_, and I rather like it. It's got a quirky plot (bank robber fails to rob a bank, forced into a hostage situation, but goes missing when the situation is resolved) and multiple characters with devoted storylines that are intertwined into the main plot. The story mixes funny moments with tragic events and the narrator weaves it together with a dry wit about the foibles of the characters. Love the quirky plot; multiple, intertwining storylines; and wide spectrum of tone! The wife has cracked the book open, and she likes it, too!

On the other hand, my wife got Gail Honeyman's _Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine_. It is very well written, and Eleanor's character is a great mix of sympathetic and infuriating. However, my wife has a bit of pet peeve about 1st person narratives (Eleanor is the narrator)--they're not my favorite either.

I want to surprise the wife with a suggestion of a recent-ish novel that is similar to Backman's (quirky plot; multiple, intertwining storylines; and wide spectrum of tone, AND uses a 3rd person narrator). Secretly, I think she just wants a Jane Austen story with a contemporary setting! So, any recommendations that involve a woman writer would be a bonus.

Hopefully, this isn't too much of an ask. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

3susanbooks
Redigerat: apr 7, 10:55am

Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed might be enjoyable, especially if you brush up on the plot of Shakespeare's The Tempest first, though that's probably not necessary to enjoy it. Multiple p-o-vs, quirky, twists galore, literary as all get out.

4Heights_Woodhouse
apr 9, 12:18am

Thanks for the recommendations!

If anyone else has another--man or woman writer--definitely share!

My wife's opinion on _Eleanor Oliphant_ has not improved as she has progressed... She'll want another read, I think.

5megbmore
apr 9, 9:05am

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia has a great cast of characters, multiple POVs, and a mystery to boot.

62wonderY
apr 9, 9:14am

Touchstoning the titles mentioned by the OP

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Anxious People

7tardis
apr 9, 11:09am

>5 megbmore: I second that - I loved Tuesday Mooney.

8Ifland
Redigerat: apr 17, 7:52am

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9Ifland
apr 17, 7:53am

So, I am new here after an absence of many years, and saw that my message has been flagged. I assume it's because I recommended my own book, I wasn't aware one shouldn't do that. I thought that if people asked for recommendations, that is acceptable. My apologies.

10carriehh
apr 19, 10:40am

The Jane Austen Society: A Novel - full of fun quirky characters
Still Life Louise Penny -murder mystery series with a great bunch of background characters maybe sometimes not so fun though...