Novels recommended to high school - adult readers:
Seveneves by Neil Stephenson
What would happen if the world were ending?
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.
Milkman: A Novel by Anna Burns
Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive.
“Brutally intelligent. . . . At its core, Milkman is [a] wildly good and true novel of how living in fear limits people.”―NPR.org
In the Land of the Feathered Serpent by Richard C. Brusca
The story of a bright but naïve young marine biologist, with an outsized libido and a hypersensitive nose, who finds himself on a Homeric journey of discovery in Central America and Mexico during the decades of dictatorial rule by despots propped up by the U.S. government.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma, becomes a botanist of considerable gifts. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical.