Jane Austen's first and shortest novel is also one of her funniest. This hilarious send-up of gothic horror conventions tells the story of naive young Catherine Morland, who so badly hopes that something mysterious and dreadful will happen to her.
The epic saga of the Karamazov family -- father Fyodor and his three sons -- is an enthralling read. The titular brothers, all very different from one another, engage in a passionate debate about free will, morality, and other deep philosophical questions facing the rapidly modernizing Russia of the late 19th century.
Sylvia Plath's semi-autobiographical novel is a profound and darkly comic look at a young woman's struggle with depression and suicidal feelings. In Esther Greenwood, Plath creates one of fiction's most memorable and relatable protagonists.
During World War II, British officer Charles Ryder reflects back on his transformative acquaintance with the wealthy, eccentric Flyte family, particularly his intense relationships with the two middle children -- Sebastian, a sensitive young man with whom Charles shared an intimate friendship at Oxford, and Julia, with whom Charles had an affair some years later. An elegy for a changing society, as well as a powerful meditation on love, class, and religion.