Modern Classics

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano: Set over several decades all around the world, the novel tells the story of an elusive Mexican poetry group called the Visceral Realists–and those just as eager to find its origins.

Gilead  by Marilynne Robinson: As Father Ames faces his final days, he recounts his family’s past all the way back to the civil war. A meditation upon death and a subtle examination of daily American life, Robinson seems to be searching for the roots of spiritual transcendence in the ordinary.

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem: Two boys growing up in 1960′s New York City receive a magical ring from a drunk that allows them to fly and be invisible in this mad-cap, postmodern tale about childhood in a tough place.

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