American literature holds an ongoing fascination for many readers, giving an insight into the culture, society, history and politics of one of the most powerful countries in the world. From the hollow heart of glittering Jazz Age New York to stories of the Deep South that broke boundaries and challenged gender norms, let us take you on a literary road trip of the very best classic American novels.

 

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison’s unnamed narrator migrates from his home in the south to 1930s Harlem, encountering startling hardship along the way. This is the memoir of his life, written from his home underground the streets of New York, hiding from a world that refuses to see him.

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Beloved

Sethe and her daughter Denver have escaped to Cincinnati from a life of slavery in Kentucky. Their new home, however, is haunted by the ghosts of their past and present. Exploring love and pain, beauty and trauma, Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a modern classic masterpiece.

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