The genre classification of Contemporary literature represents certain texts written during and after 1960. There are also other requirements for a text to classify as Contemporary literature; the text should be of a class distinguishable by a high standard of writing; be it beauty, composition, style, significance.
In Swansea, Wales, a nightclub burns down. A seemingly small incident, but inflaming a section of the community keen on white pride and general bigotry. Word flies while the club burns and Dom, his girlfriend Caroline and flatmate Richard, Richard's sort-of-friend Rutti, and their friends are all drawn to the flames. To each of them, the destruction seems to portent a significant shift in their lives. Can each of these friends weather the coming storm?
Germanville in the 1940s is rife with segregation and inequality. For Missy Sara, daughter of wealthy plantation owners, this inequality is incomprehensible, and her coming of age story is her struggle to understand the world around her through her own kind of magic.
Larry doesn’t know what he wants, but it wasn’t corporate law in Boston and it doesn’t seem like it’s lecturing in an American college in London either. He’s chasing his truth, and looking for it in all the wrong girls. But is a relationship what he needs to make himself whole?
Rebecca Wilding has it all – a great job, a handsome husband, and two successfully grown up kids. Her husband, Stephen, has been acting a little odd, but hopefully their holiday to Europe will cure any small ills in the relationship. However, Rebecca's problems can't be written off as small ills, and by the time she figures out how deep they are it might be too late...
Howard W Campbell Jr. sits in an Israeli jail, an American-born German national waiting to be tried as a Nazi war criminal in 1961. This is his story.
While the US considers itself permanently at war, the devastating effects of conflict so close to home often go unremarked. Straw Writes is the brutal and fractured account of a veteran, haunted by what he has seen.
A young girl is found naked and dead in one of Melbourne's newest, most secure residential buildings on top of a casino. The players are powerful, and nobody's talking. Three bodies are found tortured to death in a house in Oakleigh, there are no breaks in the case, or the the stifling Melbourne bushfire summer. For the head of homicide, it's a matter of keeping on.
A serial-killer-thriller all twisted up in Allende's very distinctive style? How could I pass this reading opportunity up? Well, I couldn't.
Not your average love story.
Book review: The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai
Some houses have a history. People believe the Devohr mansion is haunted, but nobody knows the whole ghost story...
If this was a house, it would be the one Curtis Holland lives in - a classy little Queenslander with a studio out the back in a granny flat, a great record collection and clean sheets for visitors.
If this was any less erotic, grandparents would be involved. (The fact that the author failed to include any was most likely an accident.)
If this was as good as it could potentially have been, plus featured a giant walking robot, then Pinol would be my new favourite author.
If this was a bar, it would be one you stopped in out of desperation in a town you've never been to and to which you'll never return, that just happens to have the best fucking jukebox you've ever seen, frighteningly cheap drinks, and provides a blurry night you'll be retelling for years.
If this was a stand-up comedian, it would be that transfixingly terrible lounge singer Andy Kaufman used to inhabit. Only better.
Modern Shanghai is a city that chews you up and spits you out. A city where starry-eyed hopefuls gather to make it, where sad people run to escape for anonymity. But when you think you're getting somewhere, Shanghai will take everything from you. Five Star Billionaire is a story about the intersections of several lives in a city teeming with people, and their successes.
If this was an alcoholic drink, it would be a sweet and surprisingly potent plum wine, brewed to an old family recipe.
A haunting and beautiful weave of stories, tying two generations over twenty years to the tragic city of Tehran.
A heartbreaking coming-of-age story, where growing up is tough and the shaping of a boy into a man is fused with tragedy.