Welcome to Triple Choice Tuesday. This is where I ask some of my favourite bloggers, writers and readers to share the names of three books that mean a lot to them. The idea is that it might raise the profile of certain books and introduce you to new titles, new authors and new bloggers.
Today’s guest is Eric, who blogs at Lonesome Reader.
Eric was born and raised in Maine (Stephen King country), but has lived in London for more than a decade. Since writing the novel Enough, which won the Pearl Street Publishing First Book Prize, he’s published many short stories and been working on a second novel.
He’s been a voracious reader since discovering at a young age that reading a book near the fire is preferable to playing in snow banks. He’s also keen on baking and watching disaster movies.
I’ve been reading and rereading The Waves for well over half my life, yet it still surprises, moves and inspires me. It’s that brilliant! So ingeniously and radically structured. So strangely voiced in some kind of subterranean speech of consciousness. It beautifully captures every stage of life from early childhood to old age, framing it all within the progression of a single day. I read through passages from The Waves early in the morning or listen to an audio recording of the book while walking through London. It’s an ever-pleasurable experience.
Like many keen readers who study literature, I discovered a wider scope of books at university. After reading Mysteries of Winterthurn while doing an MA at the University of East Anglia, my eyes were opened to the possibilities of what literature can really do. It’s a novel of mystery written in a Gothic style, but the search of its hero detective, Xavier Kilgarvan, is more about uncovering the existential mysteries of life. However, this richly entertaining novel isn’t a straightforwardly philosophical doctrine. It abounds with horrific ghosts, racy romance and nerve-tingling chases. Reading this novel also began a continuing love-affair I have with Oates’ seemingly-limitless imagination.
Vestal McIntyre has a tremendous gift for drawing out what’s extraordinary about superficially ordinary characters in this brilliantly realised novel about a fictional small town in Idaho. Each character is funny, thoughtful and prone to being his or her own worst enemy. I was so mesmerised by the story of this book that while reading it on a plane which encountered a disturbing level of turbulence my only concern was that the aircraft would crash before I got to the end. First published by Harper Collins in 2009, Lake Overturn deserves to be known and read by everyone. It’s a tremendous, heart-felt novel.
Thanks, Eric, for taking part in my Triple Choice Tuesday!
Such interesting choices! I’ve not read any of them, but you may have convinced me to try my first Woolf!
What do you think of Eric’s choices? Have you read any of these books?