“A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan: A challenging collection of narratives from the lives of two people involved in the music industry, “A Visit from the Goon Squad” will appeal to McDaniel students who have “an interest in the indie music scene,” said Dr. Mangan
“Room” by Emma Donoghue: “A compelling story filtered through the eyes of a little boy,” said Mangan about the claustrophobic tale of a mother and son who are locked in a shed and forced to ignore the outside world. “As a literature teacher, point of view can be difficult…Donoghue masters the voice of the little boy.”
“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving: This reflective narrative of the childhood of John Wheelwright deals with the accidental death of his mother at the hands of a young childhood friend. The story contemplates issues of faith and predestination as the child feels that he was an instrument of God and killed the woman on purpose.
“The Inn at Lake Devine” by Elinor Lipman: This “sweet little romantic novel,” according to Dr. Mangan, is an easy yet satisfying read. With the upcoming feel-good weather and blooming trees, this is a great choice to take outside and read while enjoying the day. The story of the Marx’s family vacation is jovial and fun. While the novel also hits on more serious subjects, such as anti-Semitism, it remains lighthearted and enjoyable.