I adore character-driven novels, so it was really hard to limit this post to ten titles! Here’s what I came up with, in no particular order:
Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton – All of Thornton’s novels are character-driven (and fantastic), but this is my favorite of them.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – Humbert Humbert might not be a likable character, but he’s still the impetus for this novel…
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I debated which of Rowell’s novels to choose, but in the end, decided this is the one I wanted to feature.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin – One of the best character-studies I’ve ever read.
The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti – Another author who excels in character, though I think this one is the best of many of hers I’ve read.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Slide into darkness with the narrator, and claw your way back out again. Brilliantly executed.
The Untelling by Tayari Jones – Again, all of Jones’ novels are character driven, so it was hard to pick just one. The character in this one was so rich.
The Leftovers by Tom Perotta – And again. I could have chosen any, but as this one follows the psychological developments of many characters in reaction to an event, I chose it as the most character-driven.
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