Thoughts on the MFA Reading List

When I took my masters exam at SJSU, I couldn’t help but think of all the books that are not on “the list.”  I know that no list can have everything, but in a perfect world here are some novels I would add:

Allison, Dorothy — Bastard Out of Carolina

Atwood, Margaret — The Handmaid’s Tale

Baker, Russell — Growing Up

Banks, Russell — Affliction

Barker, Pat — Border Crossing

Boyle, T.C. — Tortilla Curtain

Boyle, T.C. — Stories

Capote, Truman — The Complete Stories

Chabon, Michael — The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Cunningham, Michael — The Hours

Dexter, Pete — Paris Trout

Diaz, Junot — The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao

Dostoevsky, Fyodor — The Brothers Karamazov

Ellison, Ralph — Invisible Man

Fante, John — The John Fante Reader (stories)

Hamilton, Jane — The Book of Ruth

Faulkner, William — As I Lay Dying

Kingsolver, Barbara — The Poisonwood Bible

Kipling, Rudyard — Kim

McCarthy, Cormac — Blood Meridian

McMurtry, Larry — Lonesome Dove

Morrison, Toni — Song of Solomon

Pancake, Breece D’J — The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake

Proulx, Annie — The Shipping News

Proulx, Annie — Close Range (stories)

Roth, Philip — American Pastoral

Rhys, Jean — Wide Sargasso Sea

Smiley, Jane — A Thousand Acres

Stegner, Wallace — Angle of Repose

Stoker, Bram — Dracula

Styron, William — Sophie’s Choice

Vonnegut, Kurt — Slaughterhouse-Five

Yates, Richard — The Collected Stories of Richard Yates