5 Books Local Authors Consider The New Classics


We asked a few local authors, “What book, written in the last 25 years, should be considered a ‘new classic’?”

This Is Where I Leave You author Jonathan Tropper: “Wonder Boys, by Michael Chabon. It’s a fantastic character study and manages to be both highly literate and incredibly entertaining.”

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Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins: “The beautiful and witty novels by Penelope Fitzgerald: The Gate of Angels, The Blue Flower, and [older work] The Bookshop. Ideal for appreciators of perfect sentences.” 


One Mile Under author Andrew Gross: “The Son, by Philipp Meyer. It’s about three generations of a Texas family rising from a boy kidnapped by the Apaches to oil barons. It’s like Larry McMurtry crossed with Thomas Mann.”  

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