You can assume we've already considered Of Mice & Men.
September 13, 2012 9:26 AM Subscribe
Looking for novels about or by authors from the Central Valley of California.
posted by psoas to writing & language (21 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
It's my home territory. A few years ago I moved out to the heathen lands of the Eastern Seaboard, and more recently I joined a book club of young professionals here. Each month, the host picks three books and everyone votes on one to read. For my turn, I've decided to go with the Central Valley as my theme to show a little hometown pride but I'm stuck for specifics.
(1) We generally go with novels since they're easiest to discuss, but engaging nonfiction or linked short stories might be OK. An essay collection, not so much. (I'd gravitate to Joan Didion for one option, but I've heard her novels aren't great.)
(2) Please, nothing about World War II. We are sick to death of that era. (This might bounce William Saroyan.)
(3) Minority voices would be awesome.