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Laughing Boy by Oliver LaFarge

I’m slowly making my way through all of the Pulitzer Prize winners. My library happened to have this one on the shelf.

Published: 1929

Genre: fiction

Length: 302 pages

Setting: New Mexico, 1910s Continue reading

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The World According to Garp by John Irving

I’m still trying to finish my Reading the Alphabet Challenge for this year, although it’s looking less and less likely that will actually happen. I do have all the books planned out to finish the letters I need. This fills in an I author. I pulled it off the BBC’s The Big Read list that I’m working my way through.

Published: 1978

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 688 pages (long books like this don’t help me finish my challenges – what was I thinking!)

Setting: mostly New Hampshire, 1940s-1970s Continue reading

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Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

I’m still focusing on trying to finish my Alphabet Reading Challenge, and this one fills a hole at the J title. I pulled the title off the BBC’s The Big Read list. This makes two Hardy novels in one year – and I’m not sure I’ve read another one before this year!

Published: 1895

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 397 pages

Setting: Wessex (Hardy’s imaginary county in England), 1880s Continue reading

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Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Published: 1874

Genre: fiction

Length: 431 pages of text, 468 pages with footnotes

Setting: Wessex, England, 1870s

Font: Janson

Interest: It was one of the BBC’s Big Reads Continue reading

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Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

Published: 1937

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 304 pages

Setting: 1930s England and the fictional country of Ishmalia

Interest: It was one of the Time Top 100 books Continue reading

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The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor

A review of the last book I read of the year, posted on the last day of the year. How appropriate!

Published: 1961

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 460 pages

Setting: New England, 1960s

Interest: It was a Pulitzer Prize winner and an O author – the last I needed for my alphabet challenge Continue reading

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A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor

Published: 1986

Genre: southern literary fiction

Length: 209 pages

Setting: NYC and Memphis, 1980s

Interest: It won the Pulitzer Prize Continue reading

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