There are a ton of books out there to choose from and all the options can really become overwhelming. With multiple websites offering books lists and recommendations, finding a book you’ll love is easy. The trouble is, there are often books by amazing authors that are absolutely fantastic, yet they still fall through the cracks. Some books are just underappreciated and underrated. Here are five of my favorite lesser known works:
1. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell
It may be easy to recommend a classic and amazing author, but recommending a lesser known piece by the same author isn’t always as common. Perhaps Orwell’s most undervalued work, A Clergyman’s Daughter revolves around Dorothy, who is an all-around good person until a series of unexpected events changes everything.
2. A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
Once considered too sensational to be published during Alcott’s lifetime, A Long Fatal Love Chase was written in 1866 and buried amongst the author’s things for over a century. Regardless, this novel is timeless. The boldness of the story revolves around dark love and passionate obsession as the main character, Rosamond Vivian, is seduced with promises of love and freedom.
3. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Do you love dogs? Have you ever wondered exactly what your dog is thinking when they stare off into nothingness for hours on end? If so, then this book is for you. Although banned by many schools, the book still contains many important life lessons. Enzo, a lovable furry friend, tells the story of his life as man’s best friend. The best part is that Enzo is not only an amateur racer’s best friend, though he also shows the importance of compassion and helping others.
4. The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary
The third volume of Cary’s First Trilogy, The Horse’s Mouth is about a painter who has an insatiable eye for creation, but also a knack for destruction. He travels across London hoping to find money and inspiration in the world around him. Many people think Cary wrote the novel to depict the British Abstract Expressionist artist, Gerald Wilde’s, life.
5. Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
Is there one person in your life that helped you discover the truth of who you are? Inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell, this novel is an imagination of what else could have happened in the relationship. After Frances and Bernard meet during the summer of 1957, they become best friends quickly. They move to New York City, a place that holds immense promise for young adults with huge dreams, as Bauer asks the question of whether or not we can love another person so much that we lose sight of our own aspirations.
Do you have any other favorite underrated novels you feel should be on this list?
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