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  •  I've read three of those: Ages since I read (4+ / 0-)

    Madeleine L'Engle, but loved her when I did.

    I think highly of Jhumpa Lahiri. But you know that already.

    "High-brow" is a dangerous concept: All that really counts is the quality of the writing. Okay, that may have many aspects - storytelling, character, construction, craft . . .

    J. K. Rowling got millions of kids reading, wrote a young adult series that appealed to the young adult in all of us, and stretched "literature" for its own good (as so many of the most powerful authors did before her). She certainly has a lot of arrows in her quiver.

    The other authors you mention, I hear well of, but haven't met yet.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:09:35 AM PDT

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    •  diana wynn jones (3+ / 0-)
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      she is a pre-jk rowling like author, successful not so amazingly successful like rowling. i thought jk rowling 'stole' some of her ideas and characters from her but i think jk rowling took inspiration from many sources and created her own.

      wynn-jones' stories are for pre-adults, at least the ones I've read. they are silly and whimsical. one of her books inspired Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle. honestly, i'm actually not serious about her as a 'best' but luv luv luv her heart and creativity.  i think she enjoyed writing.

      another i like is cornelia funke, who also writes amazing 'pre adult' books. Inkheart was made into a movie, which i thought was 'just ok' but i thought the book was more successful. she is passionate about writing as well. i went to hear her talk and she said give her a pen and something to write on, she'll even write on her hand,  and she's happy.

      olive kitteridge is the book i found most satisfying by elizabeth strout. although it is a series of short stories, nearly all are interrelated with each other. i have yet to read her latest though the reviews on it is mixed. i'm still on the library wait list.

      •  Thank you, shari, for taking the time to point me (3+ / 0-)
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        to good starting points, and offer me a taste of their quiddities.

        I think we were talking briefly about Wynn-Jones in Bookflurries. I enjoyed Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle - as I enjoy all of his (I like Spirited Away most).

        My friend's teen daughters, eager readers, were loving Inkheart, last time I saw them.

        I like "silly and whimsical", and subtlety and meta-fiction. These all sound like interesting books to explore.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 02:41:54 PM PDT

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        •  Brecht, Diana Wynne-Jones (2+ / 0-)
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          has long had a terrific reputation as a novelist among the adults who vote for Hugos and Nebulas. Not sure whether she's ever won any (I THINK she has, and not in a YA category either, but don't remember for certain).

          So she certainly has an adult crossover appeal along the lines of (although not as huge as) Rowling's.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:40:36 PM PDT

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