Some book club suggestions include Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," Toni Morrison's "Beloved" and Eleanor Catton's "The Luminaries." These complex, award-winning novels make great choices for stimulating book club discussion.
Donna Tartt's epic, Pulitzer Prize winner "The Goldfinch" is a globetrotting adventure through the shadowy world of black market art dealing. As a teenager in New York City, Theo Decker's world is shattered when a terrorist attack on the Metropolitan Museum of Art kills his mother. Theo steals a priceless painting in the resulting confusion, an act that eventually sets him on an odyssey through the world of art. Tartt's energetic, tightly-plotted novel won rave reviews from critics, and "The Goldfinch" has become a popular favorite for book clubs.
"Beloved" is widely considered Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison's masterpiece. Set in rural Ohio in the years following the Civil War, "Beloved" is the story of Sethe, a woman haunted by the legacy of slavery. Morrison's novel is a historical investigation comparable to Faulkner, and the book's climax is among the most shocking in modern literature.
New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize for "The Luminaries," a massive historical novel centered on her country's 19th-century gold mining boom. Catton's riveting, densely-plotted novel includes a murder mystery, disappearances and mysteriously inherited fortunes, all rendered in painstaking historical detail.