I recently turned 25 and realized that there are a lot of things that I don’t know about that I would like to know more about. One of them is fiction. I rarely, rarely read fiction. Part of the reason is that I feel guilty reading fiction, like I am cheating on my non-fiction partner. I say to myself, “If I am going to be reading, I should be reading non-fiction.” However, like any good 19th c. Mormon knows, there is enough of me to go around. So I am looking for you all to set me up by recommending a few books in each of the following categories:
1. Mormon Literature. I really have only read The Backslider, which I loved. Are there other “classics” or future classics out there?
2. Latin American Literature. I haven’t really read anything here.
3. Indian Literature. I know that there have been a ton of highly acclaimed novels coming out of India and Indian diaspora in recent years, but I don’t really know where to start.
4. African American Literature. I haven’t even read Beloved even though I bought it many years ago. It’s that bad.
I’d also take open suggestions either for other categories of literature or other novels that are particularly good. Please explain your choices to help me figure out what I want to start with!