Now, suppose a stranger approached me in a bookstore and asked for a recommendation for a novel he or she should read. Aside from any classic or any novel by one of the contemporary authors I listed, what one novel would I recommend? (Though the stranger wouldn’t be disappointed with any number of novels I could offer from those lists, the point of this list is to introduce incredible books by lesser-known contemporary authors.)
For a man, I’d recommend Gates of Fire, by Stephen Pressfield. For a woman, I’d recommend Handyman, by Linda Nichols. But what if those two books aren’t in the store? (Well, order them!) But pretend you’re in a rush. What else would I recommend? Below are some of my recent and long time favorite books with a quick note on why I enjoyed them.