Top 10 Novels About Novelists | fiction

Wwriters writing about writers: The fact that there are a lot of them should perhaps come as no surprise. From Jack Torrance in The Shining to Paul Morris in Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant, fiction writers are often confused: slick, stranded, downcast creatures who will receive their reward – or salvation – in one way or another. .

At Novelry, we, greenhouse writers, from the spark of an idea to a novel ready for publication with our online writing courses. We are blessed with holy writers, but we love an author horror story. In the books below, you’ll find tales of literary thefts and fake paternity, washed-up novelists fading into college campuses, and a nice array of oversized egos. But you will also find hope: people discovering their place in the world through writing and that happiest ending – a sparkling book offering.

1. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
Grady Tripp is a professor at a University in Pittsburgh, with a predilection for alcohol, drugs and extramarital affairs. He’s also a struggling novelist, who failed to complete the long-awaited – and currently just enormously long – following his latest award-winning book. As Grady puts it, “I had the depressing thought, certainly not for the first time, that my novel might just outlive me unfinished. When Grady’s flamboyant editor, Terry Crabtree, comes to town for WordFest weekend, throw a caper that is as funny as it is poignant.

2. The plot of Jean Hanff Korelitz
When hapless author Jacob Finch Bonnet takes on a new role as a teacher at a Vermont college, he’s under-prepared, indifferent, and feels impostor syndrome right in his bones. He soon encounters his worst nightmare: an extravagant and confident student possessed such a remarkable novel idea that even Jake desperately admits, “the worst writer on the planet could not spoil a plot like this.” Before too long, the stars align for Jake to make his ill-advised move. The murderous plot is now his, and a smash hit soon follows. But will it last? Spoiler: no.

3. Mona Awad’s Rabbit
Warren University’s Master of Fine Arts program is known for its “experimental approach to storytelling.” Her first all-female fictional cohort consists of Samantha, a self-proclaimed foreigner, and four “Bunnies,” a tight-knit group of wealthy and sickly girls. When the rabbits extend their paw of friendship to Samantha, she can’t tell if it’s genuine or with cruel intentions; after all, they are quick to present their peer review, calling his work “willfully twisted” and “aggressively dark.” Soon, Samantha was invited to the Bunnies extracurricular “workshops”, where the lines between reality and fiction, nightmare and reality blur.

4. Meg’s wife Wolitzer
When creative writing tutor and decidedly average writer Joe Castleman tells his student Joan, “You have no idea how talented you are,” it’s a perfect time to foreshadow a novel that is as much about sex politics as it is about sex politics. writer’s life. When we meet Joan, 64, she accompanies her husband, now famous writer, to win “the Helsinki Prize” – and she is finally tired of him. As the novel traces their past together, readers will wish Joan had come to this realization sooner.

5. The truth about the Harry Quebert affair by Joël Dicker
Marcus Goldman’s debut novel was a stratospheric success and since then he’s enjoyed every minute of it, with adoring readers everywhere he goes. The only problem is that there wasn’t a lot of time to write up the follow-up, and deadlines after deadlines have passed. But now his editors are getting angry, there are threats of legal action, and the only person who might be able to help him get out of this awkward place is his former college writing professor Harry Quebert. Quebert invites Goldman to stay at his oceanfront home in New Hampshire to complete this novel. But Goldman’s word count plans go awry when the corpse of a teenage girl is discovered on Harry’s property, buried next to the manuscript of Quebert’s famous novel, The Origin of Evil. Goldman bears the onus of clearing his teacher’s name – motivated, perhaps in part, by the promise of a million-dollar advance for the resulting book. Murder and Megabucks: Now there is a cure for writer’s block.

Strong words … Saoirse Ronan in the 2019 film of Little Women. Photograph: Columbia Pictures / Allstar

6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Jo, the second oldest of the March sisters – and Alcott’s alter ego – is intelligent, independent, and the happiest when she’s at her desk, dressed in her ink-stained “scribble costume”. Enduring a first setback on her road to author publication (take a despised sister, add a precious manuscript and roaring fire), Jo ends up going pro, earning real money for his “sensational” stories. But when she is humiliated by an authoritarian intellectual – reader, she married him; Alcott, what were you thinking? – Jo struggles to find her voice, first giving up her gothic chills for moralizing stories, before playing with children’s fiction, then declaring herself temporarily out of the game until she accumulates more experience of life. “I love good strong words that mean something,” says Jo, and generations of readers have loved his.

7. Dear committee members by Julie Schumacher
As a professor of creative writing at an underdog liberal arts college, Jason Fitger is frequently asked to write letters of recommendation for his students and various colleagues. A year of such letters makes for an epistolary novel that provides a brilliantly comedic glimpse into politics, the occasional frustrations and joys of academia, as well as a teasing study of a man on the ropes. His very first letter signature captures the tone of a novel that manages to be uplifting, despite the disappointments its hero faces: “In sadness but looking to the future.”

8. Mark Edwards’ retirement
Cash strapped and lonely, mourning the loss of her husband and daughter, Julia Marsh opens her rural home as a writing retreat. Enter Lucas Radcliffe, a successful horror writer with a tragic past and a severe case of writer’s block. As Lucas and Julia forge a bond, he becomes determined to solve the mystery of his missing daughter. But this deepest, darkest corner of Wales holds its own secrets, leading Lucas to delve into local folklore, and a sequence of bizarre events increases the fear factor. This will leave you thinking twice before booking your own writing retreat.

9. Skip the Monkey Hill by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
One of 12 stories from Adichie’s 2009 collection, The Thing Around Your Neck, here we meet Ujunwa, a Nigerian woman who won a retreat spot for the Lipton African Writers Fictional Prize. The organizer is Edward Campbell, who calls himself an “Oxford-educated Africanist”. Ujunwa’s alarm bells are already ringing as she arrives at a resort for affluent foreign tourists – all white. During the retreat, she confronts not only Campbell’s lasciviousness, but also his absurd claims about what “authentic African” writing should – and shouldn’t – be. Ujunwa, whose writing we are confronted with throughout the story, makes her a luminous heroine.

10. The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
23-year-old Nathan Zuckerman arrives at the home of his literary hero, the famous recluse EI Lonoff. Initially struck by the stars, the ambitious Nathan – an alter ego for Roth who would appear in eight other novels – does not want to learn only from the man who embodies creative integrity, “a giant of patience, courage and altruism ”, but to become his“ spiritual son ”. ”. Luck is on Nathan’s side as a snowstorm means his visit is extended. He is fascinated and enchanted, especially by the figure of Lonoff’s assistant, Amy Bellette, a Jewish immigrant whose enigmatic identity gives The Ghost Writer the propulsive energy of a detective novel, as well as a tender and tender story. comedy of mentor and mentee.

Louise Dean is the founder of Novelry. It provides courses and advice to writers of any moral standing, with or without current novels. Dean faithfully promises not to put you in his novels. Find out more here.