To the Lighthouse
This 1927 novel by Virginia Woolf tells the story of the Ramsay family and their vacation to the Isle of Sky to escape the turmoil of living in London. While the plot appears seemingly simplistic from the outset, the novel is widely considered to be some of Woolf’s best writing, as it effectively captures the power and poignancy of life’s “little moments,” and how they come together to help shape a life’s purpose. If you’ve read all the best sellers, these small-press gems should be next on your reading list.
Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison won both the National Book Award and the 1977 Nobel Prize in literature for this masterpiece, which explores the life of Macon “Milkman” Dead, as well as his coming-of-age as a black man in Michigan during the mid-20th century. This novel provides an insightful look at a person’s striving for identity, acceptance, and most of all—love.
The Joy Luck Club
This 1989 debut novel by Amy Tan tells the story of four immigrant Chinese women and the delicate relationships they foster with their American-born daughters. In the novel, which was a finalist for a National Book Award, Tan addresses universal themes of family, love, femininity, and forgiveness, while never losing sight of the fundamental struggles that mothers and daughter encounter. Check out the 18 classic books you can read in one day!