In Lucy Marsden, the 99-year-old widow referred to in the novel's title, Gurganus created one of my all-time favorite characters. The woman, as we say in the South, has a mouth on her. Today, I consider the book to be one of the most underrated novels of the eighties, and I still recommend it to friends every so often. And, at least to this point, everyone who has taken my advice has love Confederate Widow as much as I do. This 718-page whopper is quite the reading experience.
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- The stories of Anton Chekhov
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
- A Death in the Family by James Agee
- Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
- The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
- Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
- Emma by Jane Austen
- The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
And, do read Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All if you enjoy Southern humor and irreverent historical fiction - don't be put off by the Civil War focus - and let me know what you think of it.