American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
For more unhinged narrators with disturbing stories to tell, try these…
Tampa by Alissa Nutting for the bold, unflinching portrait of a young female teacher bent on seducing a 14-year old boy.
The Deep Whatsis by Peter Mattei for a dark satire that does for the modern marketing agency what American Psycho did for ‘80s Wall Street.
The Death of Bunny Monro by Nick Cave for the twisted, hilarious, sex-fueled adventures of a door-to-door salesman in the South of England.
The Room by Hubert Selby Jr. for a journey into the mind of a killer, and the sick fantasies of heroism and murder he imagines.
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The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger (Jan 1, 1919 - Jan 27, 2010)
Happy birthday, Mr. Salinger! For more unique teen characters fighting the phoniness of the adult world, try these…
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer for a real-life Holden who went in search of adventure and a meaningful life, and the decisions that led to his death
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis for a teen struggling not to lose himself in the nihilism, excess, and emptiness of 1980s Los Angeles
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes for two witty female characters at odds with vapid ‘90s culture, who drift apart as they transition into adulthood
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre for a hapless teen swept up in a Texas school massacre - a satirical, blackly comic critique of modern America
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A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
If you loved Egan’s Pulitzer prize winner, these should be up your street…
The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis for more interconnected shorts
Runaway by Alice Munro for lost girls trying to find their place
Pastoralia by George Saunders for hilarious tales of an alternate America
The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck for poignant humour