Mike Thorn’s favorite first reads of 2022

  • Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe (1722)
  • Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (1847)
  • David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens (1850)
  • The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot (1860)
  • Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy (1895)
  • The Ambassadors, by Henry James (1903)
  • Light in August, by William Faulkner (1932)
  • The Day of the Locust, by Nathanael West (1939)
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison (1952)
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories, by Flannery O’Connor (1955)
  • How It Is, by Samuel Beckett (1961)
  • Pop. 1280, by Jim Thompson (1964)
  • The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence (1964)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, by Hunter S. Thompson (1971)
  • Yonnondio, by Tillie Olsen (1974)
  • Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko (1977)
  • If You Could See Me Now, by Peter Straub (1977)
  • Who Do You Think You Are?, by Alice Munro (1977)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (1985)
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison (1987)
  • Bastard Out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison (1992)
  • Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, by Michael Moynihan & Didrik Søderlind (1998)
  • Ordinary Affects, by Kathleen Stewart (2007)
  • Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward (2011)
  • Tenth of December, by George Saunders (2013)
  • Suicide Stitch, by Sarah L. Johnson (2016)
  • Christopher Wild, by Kathe Koja (2017)
  • The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (2019)
  • The Low, Low Woods, by Carmen Maria Machado & DaNi (2020)

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