Conversations, VOLUME 8

Unconventional Novels – Some of our Favorites

Though the goal of most literature is to tell a good story, it is not always the only thing that the author sets out to do. Sometimes, what is equally important is innovation, a blending with the unusual to tease readers into a new way of thinking.

Here’s a list of favorite post-modern, experimental, or otherwise unconventional novels for your enjoyment.

Compiled by Sarah Lyons.

 

These are novels of unusual voice, whether they sport a first-person plural as the first two on the list, or are written, in some part or in their entirety, in the second person.

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Julie Otsuka

Anchor Books, 2012
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Joshua Ferris

Back Bay Books, 2008
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Jocelyne Allen
The Workhorsery, 2009
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Italo Calvino

HBJ Books, 1982
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One Comment

  1. I just started reading People of Paper the morning before I saw this article. I was hoping it would appear on this list. Such a fascinating story so far.