Book Through Thursday: Author No One Is Reading

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Who’s your favorite author that other people are NOT reading? The one you want to evangelize for, the one you would run popularity campaigns for? The author that, so far as you’re concerned, everyone should be reading–but that nobody seems to have heard of. You know, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen, not Hemingway–everybody’s heard of them. The author that you think should be that famous and can’t understand why they’re not…

Right now, I’d have to say it’s probably Jonathan Tropper.  I discovered him via the library e-reads audio book of “How to Talk to a Widower” and went out and found several other books by Trooper as soon as I could.  Tropper writes in a similar style to Nick Hornby.   But unlike a lot of books I’ve read with a first-person male protagonist who seems stuck at a certain age and maturity level, facing a crisis, Tropper is able to really take the style and make it his own.  You’ll feel like he’s channeling the same spirit as Hornby without copying Hornby, if that makes sense.

And his latest novel, “This Is Where I Leave You” was one of my favorite books from last year.  It’s a good entry point and his strongest work I’ve read.

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