The Blue Bookcase hosts a "Literary Blog Hop" for blogs "that primarily feature reviews of literary fiction, classic literature, and general literary discussion."
Each week, in addition to hopping around and visiting some terrific book blogs, participants answer a bookish question. This week's question comes from Lisa at bibliophiliac:
What literary title (fiction or non-fiction) do you love that has been under-appreciated? We all know about the latest Dan Brown, and James Patterson isn't hurting for publicity. What quiet masterpiece do you want more readers to know?There are plenty of books I've read that I think deserve a wider audience. David Lodge's How Far Can You Go? (reviewed here), The Assistant by Bernard Malamud (reviewed here), and Play It As It Laysby Joan Didion (reviewed here) are just three I can think of off the top of my head.
But if I had to choose one "quiet masterpiece" to champion, it would be The Road Home by Jim Harrison. In general, Harrison is an under-appreciated American treasure, which he has made a career out of. A good part of his memoir, Off to the Side, is his telling of his life on the fringes of literary society.
The Road Home is a sweeping, multi-generational story in "The Great American Novel" tradition. Set in the sandhills of Nebraska, the book takes up where Harrison's prior novel, Dalva, left off, filling in the story of Dalva's family, the formidable Northridges. There are pioneers, farmers, Indians, artists, lovers, and birdwatchers. There is art, literature, food, wine, love, and death. It is wonderful.
My Top 10 list will always include The Road Home. I've read it twice, including reading it out loud to my husband on a long road trip. I will read it again, for sure.
Not an author I've heard of, so thanks for the polite introduction, surely the real aim of this hop.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing. The Road Home sound very interesting. :)ReplyDelete
Yeah, this sounds great, I definitely will check it out!ReplyDelete
This is exactly the kind of book that I love. I've just added Road Home to my Amazon wishlist.ReplyDelete
Here's my post: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/12/quiet-masterpieces.html
I've just added this to my wishlist too, thanks!ReplyDelete
Adding this to my TBR pile! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a wonderful time with them!
Here is my Literary Blog Hop post!
You have convinced me! Thanks for this post.ReplyDelete
Thanks for all the comments. Sorry for no individual responses -- Christmas swallowed me whole this weekend. But I plan to hop around in the next couple of days to see other answers.ReplyDelete
More great authors and books....loving it. I have visited your blog before, but not on this blog hop. Nice to be able to stop back.ReplyDelete
I am new to this blog hop...glad I found it.