Help a picky reader find more authors
September 3, 2010 3:52 PM Subscribe
I have a very narrow taste in fiction, and I'm running out authors. Overall, I like how
things are written more than what they say. But even given that, I'm terribly picky. Help me find more authors to love!
posted by hopeless romantique to writing & language (48 answers total) 46 users marked this as a favorite
Authors/books I love:
The Bone People
Jonathan Safran Foer
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Joseph Heller, Borges, Burgess, Tolstoy, Dosteovsky, [and other various 19th C Russian authors]: (liked, didn't love these)
If I haven't exhausted the entire oeuvre of each of the above authors, I already plan to. But most of these authors are dead (so I'll catch up with all of their stuff quickly) and I'm having trouble finding others that compare.
As far as I can explain, I care more about how a book is written than how interesting the story is, but not to the point of abstraction or complete surrealism. I hated Gilbert Sorrentino (Mulligan Stew), and the one Robbe-Grillet book I read made me feel empty. Also didn't like (for less specific reasons): Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Christopher Moore, Steig Larsson. I'm striking out on a whole lot of modern authors.
Any suggestions? I'd really love some new authors to fall completely in love with, but individual books are fine too. I read through some similar AskMe posts, and I think I'm going to try out Pynchon and Eggers. But who else?
Also: fiction only, please! I'm much less picky about non-fiction.