I am a relatively recent (post-college) convert to the love of reading in general and the love of fiction in particular. I love to lose myself in a book. Sometimes I choose a book that I would be proud to leave out on the coffee table to impress friends. Other times, I choose a guilty pleasure – the written equivalent of a chick flick or suspense movie. I confess that the week I read the Hunger Games trilogy was not my best parenting. “Sure kids, three cartoons is fine today…just keep the volume low so mommy can read her book.”
I agree with John Green that made-up stories matter. Here are two made-up stories I read in recent weeks that I think matter:
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
In this award-winning portrait of two families caught up in the blind hatred of a small Southern town, prejudice takes many forms – some subtle, some ruthless. Mudbound is the saga of the McAllan family, who struggle to survive on a remote ramshackle farm, and the Jacksons, their sharecroppers. When two sons return from World War II to work the land, the unlikely friendship between these brothers-in-arms – one white, one black – arouses the passions of their neighbors. As the men and women of each family tell their version of events we are drawn into their lives. Striving for love and honor in a brutal time and place, they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale and find redemption where they least expect it. [from the dust jacket]
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at a Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning –author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. [from the dust jacket]
Please add your recommendations for other made-up stories that matter in the comments.