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Index of Course Books

Below are the novels, story collections, and anthologies my students and I have read and discussed in my classes since 2003.
(* indicates writers who have visited SBC)


*Chimamanda Adichie, Purple Hibiscus
*Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah
*Hanan al-Shaykh, The Occasional Virgin
Bernardo Atxaga, Obabakoak
Bernardo Atxaga, Two Brothers
Jay Cantor & James Romberger, Aaron and Ahmed
Kate Chopin, The Awakening
Sijie Dai, Balzac and The Little Chines Mistress
Don Delillo, Falling Man
Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
*Nuruddin Farah, Links
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
*Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuba
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther
Myla Goldberg, Bee Season
Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Moses Isegawa, Snakepit
Moses Isegawa, Abyssinian Chronicles
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
*Ha Jin, Waiting
Han Kang, The Vegetarian
Yasunari Kawabata, Thousand Cranes
Yasmina Khadra, The Swallows of Kabul
Uzma Aslam Khan, The Geometry of God
Leila Marouane, The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris
*Elizabeth McCracken, The Giant’s House
*Zakes Mda, Ways of Dying
*Zakes Mda, Cion
Yukio Mishima, Spring Snow
Steven Milhauser, Martin Dressler
Tierno Monénembo, The Oldest Orphan
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police
Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
*Caryl Phillips, Higher Ground
*Tom Piazza, My Cold War
*Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
*Salman Rushdie, Fury
José Saramago, Blindness
Ken Saro-Wiwa, A Forest of Flowers
*Edward Schwarzschild, Responsible Men
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
*Manil Suri, The Death of Vishnu
*Manil Suri, The Age of Shiva
Yoko Tawada, The Emissary
*Hannah Tinti, The Good Thief
Yvonne Vera, The Stone Virgins
Yvonne Vera, Butterfly Burning
Amy Waldman, The Submission
Jess Walter, The Zero

Short Story Collections

*Hanan al-Shaykh, I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops
Elisa Albert, How This Night Is Different
Julia Armfield, Salt Slow
Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
Megan Mayhew Bergman, Birds of a Lesser Paradise
Belle Boggs, Mattaponi Queen
Jorge Luis Borges, Collected Fictions
*Robert Olen Butler, A Good Scent from A Strange Mountain
*Robert Olen Butler, Tabloid Dreams
Ethan Canin, Emperor of the Air
Ethan Canin, The Palace Thief
Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Raymond Carver, Where I’m Calling From
Georges-Olivier Château-Reynaud, A Life on Paper
Emma Donoghue, The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits
*Deborah Eisenberg, The Collected Stories
*Richard Ford, Rock Springs
Amy Hempel, Collected Stories
Karl Iagnemma, On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction
Michael Jaime-Becerra, Every Night Is Ladies’ Night
*Ha Jin, The Bridegroom
Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son
Yasunari Kawabata, House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories
Etgar Keret, The Nimrod Flipout
Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves
*Yiyun Li, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
*Yiyun Li, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Sightseeing
Kelly Link, Magic For Beginners
*Elizabeth McCracken, Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?
Stephen Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter
Haruki Murakami, The Elephant Vanishes
Haruki Murakami, After the Quake
Julie Orringer, How To Breathe Underwater
Ron Rash, Burning Bright
ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Suzanne Rivecca, Death Is Not an Option
Mary Robison, Tell Me: Thirty Stories
*Salman Rushdie, East, West
Karen Russell, Vampires in the Lemon Grove
George Saunders, Tenth of December
*Edward Schwarzschild, The Family Diamond
*Lee Smith, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger
Joan Silber, Ideas of Heaven
*Hannah Tinti, Animal Crackers
Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
Frederic Tuten, Self Portraits
Kristin Valdez Quade, Night at the Fiestas
Stephanie Vaughn, Sweet Talk
Tobias Wolff, Collected Stories

Short Story Anthologies

*Richard Ford, ed., The Granta Book of the American Short Story, Vol. 2
Daniel Halpern, ed., The Art of the Story
Joyce Carol Oates, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction
Tobias Wolff, ed., The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories


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