I’ve spent a fair amount of time recently thinking about college. Specifically these two questions: Why did Beverly Hills, 90210 (the original, people) get so dreadfully dull when the gang went to college? And why are there so many novels about academics but so few about college students?
While I’m still contemplating the 90210 question, I’m happy to report that this has been a banner year of reading for me, with my two favorite novels of the year (The Art of Fielding and The Marriage Plot) having campus settings. And not the standard run-of-the-mill publish-or-perish or associate-professor-denied-tenure set up; but real college novels, with undergraduates and roommates and dining halls, as well as professors. If you’re looking for a grown-up novel that takes you back to school, try one of these: