Looking for a page-turner that doesn't depress me
January 24, 2013 11:08 AM Subscribe
Can you recommend me a book with interesting, well-drawn characters and a page-turning plot that is not horribly depressing? Maybe (but not necessarily) something of the chick-lit variety?
posted by lunasol to media & arts (38 answers total) 100 users marked this as a favorite
I seem to be on a kick lately of reading books that are gripping, plot-wise, and populated by really interesting characters, but those interesting characters do horrible things to each other, or have horrible things happen to them almost constantly, and it's starting to bum me out. I would love to read a book with interesting characters and a great plot that keeps me hooked, but where it's not all so bleak.
For reference, the great-but-bleak books have beeen:
The Song of Fire and Ice books by George RR Martin
Summerland (that was my attempt at light, slightly trashy chick lit ...)
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (and half of Winter of the World before I just couldn't take the grimness anymore)
I'm in the middle of The Passage right now, and seriously, this is it.
It's fine if bad things happen to people in the books, even really awful things, but if they do, I'd like them to overcome them.
Any genre is fine, though I'd previously burnt myself out on mystery novels, so I'd rather not go there. I prefer stuff that's not too floridly "literary," but I also really can't stand obviously bad writing or clunky exposition (so no Fifty Shades of Grey).
Other authors I like and who I think often fall into this category: Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, (sometimes) Michael Chabon, Marge Piercy, (sometimes) Stephen King, Jennifer Weiner, Curtis Sittenfeld.