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Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Angle of Repose by Wallace StegnerAfter being introduced to the late Wallace Stegner’s work last year with his 1987 novel Crossing to Safety, I was immensely looking forward to delving into my next selection from his books – Angle of Repose. This is arguably Stegner’s most widely acclaimed novel, and it earned him the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. They are obviously two very different novels, but having enjoyed Crossing to Safety so much, could Angle of Repose possibly meet my high expectations?

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The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerAudrey Niffenegger received widespread acclaim for The Time Traveler’s Wife following its publication back in 2003 and it subsequently spent many months at the top of bestseller lists all over the world. Whether it is because of this success that I avoided reading it for so long I’m not sure; I suppose I may be guilty of dismissing it as just another mass market romance. I’m so glad that I finally got around to finding out what all the fuss was about, because when I did read it I was hooked immediately and enjoyed it from start to finish.

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Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Survivor by Chuck PalahniukChuck Palahniuk’s inexorable rise to cult status has continued unabated since the widespread success of his first published novel Fight Club, which was later made into an equally widely acclaimed film.

Published in 1996, Survivor followed up this success and also cemented Palahniuk’s growing reputation for originality and sharp satire.

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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt VonnegutI think it’s fair to say that Kurt Vonnegut’s writing tends to polarise people, you either love his work or hate it. Always quirky and full of the unexpected, he has a knack of exposing the madness of the everyday world and laying it bare in a way that is often highly amusing.

Breakfast of Champions which was first published in 1973, certainly continues in this theme, having many of those all too rare “laugh out loud” moments.

Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007, several weeks after a fall at his home in which he suffered brain injuries. I would say genius is a much over-used word, but certainly one that is safe to use when referring to the late Vonnegut.

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