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(17 Posts)
somefarawaydream Sat 03-Sep-16 18:03:09

Stoner by John Williams, what else might I like? Looking for some inspiration!

Thanks in advance!

MinervaMcG Sat 03-Sep-16 18:05:46

Have you read anything by Kent Haruf?

MinervaMcG Sat 03-Sep-16 18:08:11

I love Stoner too.

My favourite novelists are Patrick Gale, Ann Patchett, Michael Cunningham, William Boyd, Paul Auster, Annie Proulx, Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Shields.

somefarawaydream Sat 03-Sep-16 18:08:13

Minerva no I haven't, anything you would recommend in particular? I'll get browsing now smile

somefarawaydream Sat 03-Sep-16 18:10:26

There's just something about it isn't there, I've read it about 26 times and need something fresh! But the story is just told in such an unremarkable way, you get to the end, and you think the story is unremarkable, but then it really makes you think and leaves you with this odd feeling confused haha it's hard to explain but I love the novel!

BlackIsTheNewBlack Sat 03-Sep-16 18:13:54

It changes daily but my top 5 at this moment are...
1: Jane Eyre
2: 1984
3: Bird Box
4: Yesterday's gone seasons 1-5 (technically 5 books)
5: Wolf Hall.

Tomorrow my list could be different!

mmack Sat 03-Sep-16 20:34:37

John Updike's Rabbit, Run is similar in that it's a simple story but it really stays with you. I'd second MinervaMcG recommendation of Carol Shields also. I rarely re-read a book but I've read Unless several times. The Human Stain by Philip Roth is set in academia and is very thought provoking as well.

bumpetybumpbumpbump Sat 03-Sep-16 21:21:52

Have you read revolutionary road?

SatsukiKusakabe Sat 17-Sep-16 17:22:59

I was going to suggest Richard Yates also (Rev Road, as above)

highlandcoo Sat 17-Sep-16 17:29:13

OP have a look at Literature Map.

You can type in John Williams - or any author - and it will give you suggestions of other writers you may like.

highlandcoo Sat 17-Sep-16 17:31:35

Oh, and meant to add that Minerva has given some great suggestions. Ann Patchett in particular is one of my favourite authors.

You could also look at Sue Gee - particularly Earth and Heaven - and also Barbara Kingsilver.

highlandcoo Sat 17-Sep-16 19:11:59

Or Kingsolver!!

MinervaMcG Mon 19-Sep-16 21:58:20

Thanks highlandcoo

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett is my absolute favourite
Any Human Heart - William Boyd
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
Patrick Gale - any, but I particularly loved his most recent - A Place Called Winter
Moon Palace or The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
Angel by Elizabeth Taylor
The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields.

20th7th16 Tue 20-Sep-16 20:02:31

But the story is just told in such an unremarkable way, you get to the end, and you think the story is unremarkable, but then it really makes you think and leaves you with this odd feeling

Felt similarly about 'Disgrace' - maybe one to try?

SatsukiKusakabe Tue 20-Sep-16 20:08:56

Disgrace is a good shout. Bleak and spare but stays with you.

sarahsarah76 Thu 22-Sep-16 15:43:33

the girl with the dragon tattoo is fantastic but not for the faint hearted

sonnybeaudelaire Thu 22-Sep-16 15:46:12

Try 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter'. It's understated and wonderful, like Stoner.

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