My summer reading list: Kourtnie McKenzie

Kourtnie McKenzie
Fiction, 2nd year

I wanted to study books about memory more. I just finished Life of Pi, and now I’m moving on to these:

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman — So Izzy’s mother shot her father and wound up in prison. Then Izzy’s foster parents brought her to their workplace, which is—hold your breath for this—a museum. (I like museums.) While Izzy’s helping them catalog items from a closed-down asylum, she finds letters that reveal more about her past. This book is like the cupcake that I get to enjoy after I finish grading papers.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger — Lots of people have recommended I read this—people who don’t even know each other. That’s usually a good sign. But reading it feels kind of like watching a popular television show several years after it has aired. I’m on the wake of the hype.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov — I’m not sure if this is memory-related, but it’s on the MFA fiction reading list; and really, I should’ve read this as an undergrad.

Actually, I’m reading a lot of the MFA fiction reading list this summer. Also, I have a couple Murakami novels.


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