Posted by Jen B.
The 2014 Summer edition of Staff Favorites is now available at our favorite branch! Here, in their own words, Library staff members share some great literary fiction for your summer reading list.
The Plague by Albert Camus
The plague is quiet. Is there misguided hope that there is some civility in suffering? Though scenes of panic and disorder appear in this work, there is no overall anarchy, which is often presented as the norm of behavior in times of strife. Instead, the population, after the initial shock, withdraws. And despite the camaraderie of a shared condition, the only reality is that we are all in the end “alone” in our own mortality. –Diane, West Seattle
The Privileges by Jonathan Dee
Dee does a great job with characters that you don’t necessarily like, but care about, and The Privileges is no different. The story is about Adam and Cynthia, a young, attractive, wealthy couple who—literally—have it all, but are still unsatisfied. With any other author I would say, “Who cares!” But with Dee’s novel I wanted to see it through and find out if the characters who “have it all” find happiness as well. –Frank, Central
The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne
The husband has had too much to drink, it is the dark of night, and the location is remote. What transpires during the drive and the days-long party, and especially between the characters, raises questions about ethics, morality, religion and cultural differences. This sumptuous tale melds serious subjects with lavish descriptions of character and place. –Tracy, Central
Blindness by José Saramago
Suddenly you’re blind… That’s the premise of Nobel Prize-winning author Saramago’s classic novel Blindness. One by one, people are losing their sight and nobody understands why. Government official isolate the first victims, but soon the posted guards go blind and disappear. Reading this book made me feel an almost voyeuristic sightlessness, often seeing no more than Saramago’s desperate characters see. Blindness is bleak, but ultimately an uplifting reading experience I’ll never forget. –Richard, Capitol Hill