Literature > Suburbia

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    Soft Touch by John D. MacDonald

Jerry Jamison wants out: out of a sloppy marriage, a dull job and the empty suburban rat race. Once Jerry had a beautiful bride and a good salary at her old man's successful business - that was before his wife turned into a lush. When Vince Biskay, an old army buddy, rings his doorbell and makes an intriguing proposition. Vince promises to bring excitement into Jerry's life - and money - but this is a plan that leaves only death and destruction in its wake.

Year: 1958
Genre: Noir FictionSuburbia

    The Deceivers by John D. MacDonald

Her name was Cindy, and she was his neighbour's wife - the woman next door in the kind of suburbia that didn't make headlines. These were real people, nice people like Cindy and Carl who fought with the desperation of the damned to keep from wanting each other.

Year: 1958
Genre: Suburbia

    Reinhart in Love by Thomas Berger

The Pulitzer Prize–nominated author of Little Big Man proves that sometimes war doesn’t change a person, but the world he lives in. Carlo Reinhart returns home from his service in Germany expecting the Ohio he left not too long ago. What he finds instead is new technology, old attitudes, and people he’s not sure he can relate to anymore.

Year: 1962
Genre: Suburbia

    Vital Parts by Thomas Berger

The third novel in Thomas Berger’s acclaimed Carlo Reinhart Series, Vital Parts is a stingingly hilarious swipe at twentieth-century culture and mores. Unrestrained and unapologetic, it is a tour de force from a master satirist that stands alongside Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, and the novels of Kurt Vonnegut as a trenchant and funny comment on American life.

Year: 1970
Genre: HumorSatireSuburbia

    Neighbors by Thomas Berger

Suburban regular guy Earl Keese confronts the yawning pit of chaos in the persons of Harry and Ramona, a younger couple who have just moved into the only other house on their dead-end street. Literally overnight, Earl's painstakingly controlled world is turned upside down. Soon he is engaged in guerilla warfare with his new neighbors, who seem to threaten the very fabric of his carefully constructed reality.

Year: 1980
Genre: Suburbia

    Reinhart's Women by Thomas Berger

Thomas Berger’s modern hero Carlo Reinhart is thrust into the strangest chapter of his life yet. With Reinhart, Berger has created one of the great comic characters of the twentieth century—a man who beautifully represents, and parodies, his moment.

Year: 1981
Genre: HumorSatireSuburbia

    Meeting Evil by Thomas Berger

The author of the Pulitzer Prize–finalist The Feud blurs reality in this breakneck thriller following one man’s encounter with pure evil in high tops. John Felton is a creature of habit. His job in real estate comes with no surprises; it’s respectable work he can be proud of. Routine has been kind to him, but when a normal Monday of looking after the kids gets interrupted by a ringing of his doorbell, John may have to kiss his uneventful life goodbye . . .

Year: 1992
Genre: SuburbiaThriller




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1958Soft Touch by John D. MacDonald Noir Fiction, Suburbia
1958The Deceivers by John D. MacDonald Suburbia
1962Reinhart in Love by Thomas Berger Suburbia, Carlo Reinhart
1970Vital Parts by Thomas Berger Humor, Satire, Suburbia, Carlo Reinhart
1980Neighbors by Thomas Berger Suburbia
1981Reinhart's Women by Thomas Berger Humor, Satire, Suburbia, Carlo Reinhart
1992Meeting Evil by Thomas Berger Suburbia, Thriller





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