I was all set to write down a tidy little answer like “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “White Oleander” when I realized that no tidy answer would really be accurate. I don’t have a favorite novel, I love many different novels for as many different reasons. Can’t give you one, but I can give you my top ten in no particular order:
- To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
- Feed, M.T. Anderson
- White Oleander, Janet Fitch
- Rats Saw God, Rob Thomas
- World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks
- A Separate Peace, John Knowles
- House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
- Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
- The Belly of the Atlantic, Fatou Diome
Looking at this list, it occurs to me that I like novels about people who don’t belong, or those who have a foot in two different worlds without having a place in either.
Edited to add: This list just didn’t look complete without It, by Stephen King. Couldn’t bear to eliminate any of the top ten for It, so I guess it’s top eleven.