Have you ever read a great book, only to find out that none of your friends have heard of it? Oprah will probably never recommend the book and Ron Howard will certainly not turn it into a film. In other words, your great discovery is underrated.
It’s frustrating to see great books wilt under the overgrown shade of overrated best-sellers. For every book that has sold a million copies, there are dozens of underrated books that barely caught the attention of the reading public. I would like to shine a light on some of them.
Underrated Literary Novels
All of the novels listed below are literary. “Origin” and “The Goodlife” are also considered suspense. “Kapitoil” and “Personal Days” have two things in common. They are set in a New York workplace and they are both hilarious. I’m partial to historical fiction—five out of these 10 books are historical novels.
These books received great reviews when they were first released and they deserve a wider audience. If you like literary fiction, you should check them out.
#1 The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason, Vintage, 2003
#2 The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti, Random House, 2009
# 3 Origin by Diana Abu Jaber, Norton, 2007
#4 Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne, HarperCollins, 2010
#5 Personal Days by Ed Park, Random House, 2008
#6 The Cradle by Patrick Sommervile, Little, Brown & Co., 2010
# 7 Woodsburner by John Pipkin, Knopf Doubleday, 2010
# 8 The Goodlife by Keith Scribner, Penguin Group, 2000
# 9 The Typist by Michael Knight, Grove/Atlantic, 2011