Coming of Age

A coming-of-age story focuses on the growth of a protagonist from youth to adulthood, exploring themes of maturation, loss of innocence, wisdom or acumen, and worldliness.

Number9Dream

Number9Dream

Ambition can sometimes get the best of you. Thus is the fate of David Mitchell's second novel. Meant to be a sort of metaphysical coming of age story, it turns ...
Black Swan Green

Black Swan Green

David Mitchell is usually the master of the weird postmodern mindfuck. He somehow melds traditional storytelling with sci-fi and mystery. It's like a nerdy read...
Call It Sleep

Call It Sleep

I've had a pretty bad track record of late in terms of enjoying "classic" pieces of literature. I often find them dated and stifling--and just can't seem to rel...
The Fortress of Solitude

The Fortress of Solitude

To call this book vaguely racist would be a stretch, but it does seem that our author writes about being a white kid growing up in 1970s and 80s Brooklyn in an ...
Crossing California

Crossing California

Despite the mystique of California in both songs and movies, the love affair hasn't made its way to books in the same way. It's trendy and somewhat hipsterish t...
The Neon Bible

The Neon Bible

Yeah, I'm just not feeling this one. I mean, I get it and all, but it feels too much like one of the twelve Tupac albums that his mother has put out since his d...
Vernon God Little

Vernon God Little

Now, I don't claim to know great literature. I'll read anything that looks remotely interesting and isn't written by John Grisham. A friend recommended this boo...
How Soon Is Never?

How Soon is Never?

Is that Gilbert Gottfried on the cover? An odd choice, to be sure, but somehow appropriate given the first act of this book, which is filled with angst, anger a...
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Michael Chabon likes themes. He likes the outsider surrounded by outsiders. I read Wonder Boys a while ago, skipping Chabon's first novel to concentrate on what...