Emma Cline’s Recommended Reading List
Emma Cline, the author of The Guest – Service95 Book Club’s January Monthly Read – shares the books that inspired her disconcertingly glamorous novel about a young woman trying to survive in the brutally affluent world of Long Island.
Montauk follows the story of a protagonist who stumbles upon a diary in an abandoned attic of a beach house. The diary unveils a haunting love story that spans generations. The protagonist sets out to uncover the truth behind the tale, encountering eccentric locals and discovering forgotten stories that are intricately woven into the idyllic landscapes of Montauk. A compelling narrative that urges readers to explore the complexities of the human experience.
Embark on a thrilling journey with Tom Ripley as he navigates a world of wealth and deceit, where lies and murder intertwine. Patricia Highsmith’s masterful exploration of the dark depths of deception and social class is a formidable counterpart to the works of Fitzgerald. In this suspenseful tale, the boundaries between truth and fiction blur, creating a captivating narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Experience the power of Highsmith’s words as she weaves together a story of murder, deceit, and social class that rivals the great works of literature.
Sharma’s masterful storytelling takes us on a journey through addiction, turbulent relationships, and self-discovery, ultimately highlighting the profound resilience of the human spirit. The emotional depth and keen observations shared in this tale inspire us to find hope and strength in the face of life’s most challenging obstacles.
This semi-autobiographical novel by Duras is a captivating exploration of forbidden love in French colonial Vietnam. The author presents a nuanced portrayal of human emotions and societal constraints through poetic language and insightful, emotional observations. The novel’s transcendent love story lingers in the reader’s mind long after finishing the book, inspiring us to reflect on the complexities of the human experience and the power of love to overcome even the most daunting obstacles.
In this exploration of suburban life, Cheever tells the story of Neddy Merril’s transformative journey towards resilience and redemption. As he wades through the water, he faces life’s complexities and uses them as a catalyst for change. The abandoned pool becomes a symbol of his resilience, redemption and the profound impact of confronting the challenges of suburban life. The ripples on the water serve as a lasting metaphor for the changes that can occur when we face our struggles with courage and determination.
Camus delves into the challenges of societal norms and reflects upon the absurdity of existence in Algeria. His protagonist, Meursault, is indifferent to his own life, his mother’s death, and even his own act of committing murder. Camus weaves a narrative that has left an indelible impression on the minds and hearts of philosophers to this day, invoking the complexity of existence. He invites readers into the brilliantly absurd world of The Stranger to question the purpose of everything.
When Bianca starts to sleep with men to survive, she becomes dissatisfied and even contemplates death. Through her story, readers are encouraged to reflect on their experiences of tragedy and identity, finding hope in the protagonist’s quest for meaning. Against a captivating backdrop, Bolaño’s narrative weaves a moving tale that inspires us to believe in the power of the human spirit to overcome even the toughest challenges.
Amidst the harsh terrain of a post-apocalyptic frozen world, a man embarks on a quest to pursue a mysterious woman, braving the icy winds and treacherous unknowns ahead. With her deft storytelling, Kavan artfully blurs the boundaries between what is real and what is imagined, immersing readers in a world where the line between the two is constantly shifting. Her writing forces readers to question their own understanding of reality and experience the unsettling sensation of their perceptions slowly unravelling.Read More About The Guest