Last week, I asked you about your favorite poets. So, this week, it seemed like a good idea to ask:
Who are your favorite novelists?
Here are a few of mine. Note: to limit my list, Iâ€™ve left off a few writers who seem to be on everyoneâ€™s favorite novelist list. Iâ€™ve also tried to identify writers whom I will read, no matter what they write. That is, if they have a new book out, Iâ€™m buying it and reading it, no questions asked.
Michael Chabon: If youâ€™ve only read his famously precocious debut novel, Wonder Boys, youâ€™ve really missed his remarkable development as a writer. Chabon has embraced two aspects of his own personal identity â€“ his Jewishness and his love for â€œgenreâ€ fiction â€“ to create a series of novels that delve into the experience of American life through the lens of various genres. See my review of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union for more.
Wallce Stegner: Iâ€™m not sure if someone with the literary pedigree of Stegner can really be called â€œunderrated,â€ but I hear his name mentioned much less often than other writers of his generation when great American novelists are being named off. In terms of pure writing, Iâ€™ve not encountered anyone who can write character and setting like Stegner.
Ursula K. Le Guin: Le Guinâ€™s â€œsoftâ€ science fiction gets to the very reasons I enjoy science fiction & fantasy â€“ she uses speculation to explore what it means to be human. Only in the past couple of years have a realized how much I enjoy her novels.
Robert V. S. Redick: A new writer, with only three published novels so far, Redick has written what Iâ€™ve called my favorite contemporary fantasy series. (Since then, Game of Thrones may have displaced it, but itâ€™s still number two.) Redickâ€™s writing is good, and he avoids many of the common tropes one finds in fantasy.
Enough about my tastes. Who are YOUR favorite novelists?