The Best Novels of the Nineties: A Reader's Guide

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This reader’s guide provides uniquely organized and up-to-date information on the most important and enjoyable contemporary English-language novels. Offering critically substantiated reading recommendations, careful cross-referencing, and extensive indexing, this book is appropriate for both the weekend reader looking for the best new mystery and the full-time graduate student hoping to survey the latest in magical realism. More than 1,000 titles are included, each entry citing major reviews and giving a brief ...
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Overview

This reader’s guide provides uniquely organized and up-to-date information on the most important and enjoyable contemporary English-language novels. Offering critically substantiated reading recommendations, careful cross-referencing, and extensive indexing, this book is appropriate for both the weekend reader looking for the best new mystery and the full-time graduate student hoping to survey the latest in magical realism. More than 1,000 titles are included, each entry citing major reviews and giving a brief description for each book.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Voya Reviews
This reader's guide to approximately one thousand novels written between 1990 and 1998 is an excellent foundation for collection development at the high school level, as well as a resource to share with the young adult reader who has moved beyond the mass-market adult novel. More than one hundred review sources were examined to compile the list of titles, most of which had been reviewed positively in the three or more sources that are cited with each entry. The seven hundred-plus international novelists, whose novels were in print in the United States at the time this resource was written, range from Michael Morris to Salman Rushdie. Each title entry includes a short summary, as well as excerpts from the novels and/or reviews, and clearly indicates if the main character is a young adult. The titles are arranged in eight categories spanning different themes, such as "The Ties that Bind"--books with "the bedrock themes of love, friendship, family, and community"--to "The Innovators"--novels that push the boundaries of narrative style. Other titles are divided by "Geographical Identifiers," from the American South to international regions such as New Zealand and Australia. A majority of the novels included in this reader's guide will not be found in a high school library media center or the YA section in a public library. Having this resource available, however, will help open the door to adult titles for those YA readers who want a more challenging read than the latest Grisham novel. Index. Appendix. 2000, McFarland, Ages Adult, 488p, $39.95 Oversize pb. Reviewer: Ruth E. Cox
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In order to bring some of the best lesser-known novels of the past decade to the attention of the "book professional" and the public, Lesher, a writer, editor, and "lifelong bibliophile," offers this highly browsable book containing plot summaries and review information for 1,033 fiction titles by 710 novelists. The novels, selected from an included list of over 100 review sources, were all published in English between 1990 and the end of 1998. They are divided into eight thematic categories ranging from "The Ties That Bind" (love, family, friendship, and community) to "Unique Perspectives" (race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation); these categories are sometimes broken down further. Traditional genres are also included along with the more inventive categories such as magical realism, geographical identification, and family sagas. The concise, well-written entries, arranged alphabetically by author within each thematic category and then numerically (i.e., books are numbered consecutively), contain paragraph summaries of both the plot and published reviews along with a comprehensive list of the latter. Audio versions, film adaptations, and reading group guides are also noted in each entry and listed in separate appendixes. Superbly detailed author, title, and subject indexes complete this winning reference work. A comparable book, The Reading List: Contemporary Fiction (Holt, 1998. ed. by David Rubel), is not as comprehensive or date-specific as Lesher's and does not contain the useful list of reviews or the thematic breakdown. Lesher's book will assist librarians with readers' advisory, book group discussions, and the creation of book displays. Recommended for all publiclibraries.--Leah J. Sparks, Bowie P.L., MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
Writer, editor, and lifelong bibliophile Linda Lescher provides guidance on choosing from the many novels published from 1990 through 1998 and available from US publishers. Each of the 1,000 entries by 710 novelists includes a brief plot description, critical commentary, recognition received, cross-referencing, and extensive indexing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786407422
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Parent Lesher, writer, editor, book discussion group member, and lifelong bibliophile, has more than 20 years' experience in scientific research and database management. She holds degrees from Fordham University and from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Review Media and Abbreviation 3
1 The Ties That Bind: Love, family, friendship and community 5
2 Unique Perspectives: Race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation 39
3 Innovators 61
Pushing the Boundaries: Magical realists, fabulists, postmodernists and others 62
One Step Further: The provocateurs 112
4 Geographical Identification 122
The American South 122
Britain and Ireland 135
The Former British Empire or Commonwealth 150
Australia and New Zealand 151
Africa and the Caribbean 160
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka 172
5 Time after Time: Fictional biographies, family sagas, historical fiction 183
6 More Than Meets the Eye: Mystery, thriller, suspense or gothic elements 254
7 Humor: Gentle, mannered, off-beat, outre, dark, satirical, or picaresque 326
8 Literary Extensions: Drawing on or borrowing from the Bible, Shakespeare, Milton, classics, Greek myths, folktales and fairy tales 371
App. I Audiocassette Recordings 389
App. II Film Adaptations 394
App. III Reading Group Guides 395
Bio-Bibliography 397
Author and Title Index 457
Subject Index 467
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