If you're looking for profound and reflective contemporary novels to read, then you've come to the right place. Here are ten books that will leave you pondering life and its meaning long after you've turned the last page:
1. "Normal People" by Sally Rooney - This book follows the complex relationship between Marianne and Connell, who come from very different backgrounds but are drawn to each other in ways they can't explain. "Normal People" is a beautiful exploration of love, class, and the ways in which our past shapes us.
2. "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath - This classic novel is a must-read for anyone who wants to dive deep into the human psyche. The story follows Esther Greenwood, a young woman who is struggling with her mental health and the expectations society has placed on her.
3. "The Immortalists" by Chloe Benjamin - This novel follows four siblings who, as children, visit a fortune teller who tells them the exact date of their deaths. The book explores how this knowledge shapes their lives and their relationships with each other.
4. "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel - This post-apocalyptic novel follows a group of actors and musicians who travel the Great Lakes region performing Shakespeare after a flu pandemic wipes out most of humanity. "Station Eleven" is a beautiful meditation on art, humanity, and the power of connection.
5. "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah - This World War II novel follows two sisters in Nazi-occupied France who must navigate the horrors of war and find a way to survive. "The Nightingale" is a poignant reminder of the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.
6. "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara - This novel follows four friends from college as they navigate the ups and downs of adulthood. At its heart, "A Little Life" is a deeply moving exploration of trauma, love, and the power of friendship.
7. "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai - This novel follows two intertwining stories: one set in 1980s Chicago during the AIDS crisis and the other set in modern-day Paris. "The Great Believers" is a powerful reminder of the devastating impact of loss and the importance of community.
8. "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen - This novel follows a communist spy during the Vietnam War who is forced to flee to America after the fall of Saigon. "The Sympathizer" is a searing critique of American imperialism and a powerful exploration of identity and loyalty.
9. "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - This novel follows Ifemelu, a young woman from Nigeria who moves to America for college and must navigate the complexities of race and identity. "Americanah" is a powerful reminder of the importance of finding our place in the world.
10. "The Overstory" by Richard Powers - This novel weaves together the stories of nine characters whose lives are all connected by their love of trees. "The Overstory" is a powerful meditation on the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of preserving the natural world.
These books will leave you reflecting on life, romance, and the human experience long after you’ve flipped the last page. So, curl up with a latte and get reading!
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