Rubel, David

Rubel, David (ed.). The Reading List: Contemporary Fiction (1998)

Henry Holt and Company, 368 pages, $15.95 trade paperback 

ISBN 0-8050-5527-4

This book's further subtitle is "A Critical Guide to the Complete Works of 110 Authors." In the "Introduction" Rubel explains the criteria used to decide what authors would be included: "Each person had to be living and currently writing, the author of more than one book, and not associated with a particular genre"; the list was further narrowed down by "taking into account the critical reception that each author had received, including prizes that the author had won" (p. 7).

The emphasis is on literary fiction. You won't find Sandra Brown, Robin Cook, John Grisham, Sidney Sheldon, or Danielle Steel included here, but you will find Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Philip Roth, and John Updike. The entry for each author includes a complete list of the writer's fictional works, with the major works starred; a brief biography; and a sampling of critical commentary from major sources.

Book groups looking to beef up their reading lists will find ample material here, as will individuals interested in finding new authors to explore or wondering which work of a particular author to read first.

© 1998 by Mary Daniels Brown

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