First of all, Ghost Notes has been discounted 10% at Amazon.
Why? I don't know, but I like it.
So, I'm finishing In Search of Lost Time this month.
What's In Search of Lost Time?
It's a seven-part novel written by a Frenchman named Marcel Proust.
Marcel was kind of a freak boy. He grew up in what we might call the upper-middle class as the 19th turned into the 20th century, had a lot of leisure time, spent a lot of time in "society," was most likely gay, and spent the second half of his short, unhappy life in a cork-lined room writing a seven-part novel.
A hard novel to navigate, In Search of Lost Time. It spans something like 3,500 pages, which at times feels like 350,000, but the rewards therein are manifold.
It took me the better part of four years to complete it, but I loved it. The guy's now one of my all-time favs.
This is kind of the top of the mountain of literature for me, and now I'm looking for new authors to give a try on my casual descent.
In spending so much time delving into authors of Christmas Past, I've acquired a certain amount of guilt for neglecting authors of Christmas Present.
Especially since I am an author of Christmas Present.
So, I'm asking you for your recommendations. Can you tell me what to read?
Here's what I like:
Novels; not NF or memoirs.
My taste leans literary, but I'd be happy to read a genre novel with good use of language.
Anything with a rock 'n' roll backdrop is good, but hardly necessary.
The male perspective is a plus, but again, hardly necessary.
Last requirement: I need it to be from the 21st century; in other words, I'd like to support current novelists. Nothing could make me happier than for you to point me toward a contemporary fiction writer whose work I could fall in love with.
A few hints: I've liked at least some of the work of the following contemporaries:
This list is very American, but your recommendation need not be.
So, something literary is a pretty good guess with me, but if you love a genre writer who can craft language, I'd love to know of it.
Feel free to include your recommendations as a comment, or you can email me, if that suits you. I'll report my findings here.
Yours in laying down the blog,
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