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1928/The story of several interrelated people who die in the collapse of an Incan rope bridge in PeruThornton Wilder
2003/ Cal (Calliope) recounts how 5-alpha-reductase deficiency, a recessive condition, causes him to be born with female characteristicsJeffry Eugenides
1932/ The story begins on Wang Lung's wedding day and follows the rise and fall of his fortunesPearl S. Buck (Sai Zhenzhu)
1994/ Chronicles the life of Quoyle and his journey back to his home of Newfoundland after his wife dies in a car accidentAnnie Proulx
1979/Colectioin of stories/The Enormous Radio/Goodbye, My Brother/The SwimmerJohn Cheever
2007/ An unnamed father and his young son journey across a grim post-apocalyptic landscape, some years after a major unexplained cataclysm has destroyed civilization and most lifeCormac McCarthy
1976/Addresses Bellow's friendship with the poet Delmore Schwartz. Conrasts two authors Von ____ Fleisher and Charlie CitrineSaul Bellow
1993/Collection of stories told by Vietnamese immigrants living in Louisianna/Stories Salem and Missing were later addedRobert Olen Butler
2002/ Set in ______, Maine, recounts the story of Miles Roby and how his life is controlled by the rich Whitings family Richard Russo
1952/Willie Keith is a midshipman aboard the USS Caine/Maryk creates a mutiny over cap'n Queeg during typhoon/Court martialed/Willie saves Caine from typhoon and becomes cap'nHerman Wouk
2001/Jewish cousins Joe _____ and Sam _____ become prominent figures in the comic industry/Persecuted for their heritage causing Sam to leave in the endMichael Chabon
1921/ Centers around Newland Archers marriage to May Welland and his affair with her cousin, EllenEdith Wharton
1953/ Santiago is an old Cuban fisherman who, after a long string of not catching anything, catches a massive fish and helplessly watches the sharks eat itErnest Hemingway
1937/ Adapted into a famous movie/ Follows the story of the young woman Scarlet and her struggles during the Civil WarMargaret Mitchell
1984/ Set during the Great Depression, it tells the story of Francis Phelan, an alcoholic vagrant who left his family after accidentally killing his son while drunkWilliam Kennedy
1996/ Sequel to Ford's 1986 novel The Sportswriter/ follows Frank Bascombe, a New Jersey real estate agent, through the titular holiday weekend as he visits his ex-wifeRichard Ford
2009/ 13 connected short stories about the title woman and her immediate family and friends in the town of Crosby in coastal Maine. It is also known as On the Coast of MaineElizabeth Strout
1992/Retelling of King Lear/Larry Cook attempts to leave his farm to his daughters Ginny, Rose, and Caroline/Revealed that the father has sexually abused his two oldest daughtersJane Smiley
1918/ First prize awarded/ The story of a middle-class family in New York City in the 1910s. Widower Roger Gale, struggles to deal with the way his daughter react to the war.Earnest Poole
1961/ Scout watches the court trial of a black man falsely accused of rapeHarper Lee
1991/ Part of a series that follows the exploits of Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom from 1960–1990. Focuses on the years 1988-1989John Updike
1940/Joad family leaves Oklahoma for California b/c of Dust Bowl/Tom Joad and Rose of Sharon Rivers are main charactersJohn Steinbeck
2006/ It is a parallel novel that retells Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women from the point of view of Alcott's protagonists' absent fatherGeraldine Brooks
1988/ Sethe escapes from slavery in KY to OH but when a posse comes to return her, she kills her daughter/years later a woman presumed to be the dead daughter comes to haunt herToni Morrison
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1956/Interweaves stories of real and fictional characters/Henry Wirz/William Collins/Based on prison memoirsMckinlay Kantor
2005/ The memories and legacy of John Ames as he remembers his experiences of his father and grandfather to share with his son. His family is separated by segregation. He grows to Marilynne Robinson
2008/ Chronicles the life of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy and the curse on his familyJunot Diaz
2004/ Examines the issues regarding the ownership of black slaves by both white and black AmericansEdward P. Jones
1945/Fascists took title object to make weapons/when Joppolo is given command of town they want it returnedJohn Hersey
1973/Laurel's father, Judge McCleva dies, leaving her with her shrewish stepmother, Fay/Transports body back to MississippiEudora Welty
1943/ Lanny helps spring the other son from Nazi arrest and jail, and gets caught up in the Blood Purge from June 30 to July 2, 1934 in GermanyUpton Sinclair
1995/ The fictional autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a woman whose life is marked by death and loss from the beginning, when her mother dies during childbirthCarol Shields
1998/ Levov's happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined by the domestic social and political turmoil of the 1960s during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson Phillip Roth
1939/ Jody Baxter lives with his parents, Ora and Ezra 'Penny' Baxter, in the animal-filled central Florida backwoods at the end of the 19th CenturyMarjorie Rawlings
2010/ Tells the stories of George Washington Crosby, an elderly clock repairman and his father Howard. On his deathbed, George remembers his father, who was a ______ selling househPaul Harding
2013/ The two parts of the book are titled “The Biography of Jun Do,” and “The Confessions of Commander Ga.” Part 1 details Jun Do’s upbringing in a state orphanageAdam Johnson
1982/ First of two prizes won/ This third novel of Updike's Rabbit series examines the life of Harry 'Rabbit' AngstromJohn Updike
1963/ Faulkner's last novel/ Lucius Priest steals his grandfather's car to travel to the title location where he races horses to raise money to help his familyWilliam Faulkner
1983/ Celie (an African American) is raped by her stepfather, marries an abusive husband, forms a romantic attachment with his mistress, and finds her lost sister Nettie at the endAlice Walker
1923/The life of Claude Wheeler, his temporary education, failed marriage, and enlisment in WWIWilla Cather
2014/Theo steals the title painting after an explosion at an art museum/Holds on to the painting for many years/Stolen by Boris/Follows relationship with PippaDonna Tartt
1975/ The story of the four days of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil WarMichael Shaara
1972/Wheelchair-using historian, Lyman Ward, who has lost connection with his son and living family and decides to write about his frontier-era grandparents/Gives up in the endWallace Stegner
1980/New Journalism/The story of Gary Gilmore's childhood deliquency and murder through interview and court proceedings/He is eventially condemned to die by the state of UtahNorman Mailer
1947/ Portrays the dramatic political rise and governorship of Willie Stark, a cynical populist in the American South during the 1930s. The novel is narrated by Jack BurdenRobert Penn Warren
1955/ The novel takes place in France during World War I and stretches through the course of one week. It tells the stories of 'Corporal Stephan'William Faulkner
1958/ Based on author's childhood/his father went out of town to see his grandfather but dies in a car wreck on the way home/shows how loss of father affects wife and children James Agee
1926/ The story of bright and scientifically minded Martin ______ as he makes his way from a small town in the Midwest to the upper echelons of the scientific communitySinclair Lewis

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