and if there is one, which is it?
Is it To Kill A Mockingbird, Huck Finn, Invisible Man or Beloved for exploring race relations and the fallout from slavery, which is the ultimate American crime and eternal blot on our history?
The House of Mirth or The Great Gatsby for revealing the insider/outsider dynamic and the downside to American obsession with class mobility?
The Scarlet Letter or the Age of Innocence for plumbing the depths of Puritan prudery?
The Grapes of Wrath? The Sound and the Fury? My Antonia? Moby Dick?
If I had to vote I'd probably pick Beloved, Gatsby and the Scarlet Letter because I think they hit at three essential American themes and they're fairly accessible despite their genius, but I can totally see arguments for any of the above, plus a host of others. What do you think?
And which great American novels do you want to read, or which couldn't you care less about?
[Note: moved up from Friday]
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