6 Coming of Age Books Every Adult Should Read
The journey from childhood into adulthood is often a memorable one. For all its haziness, this transitional stage makes us rather impressionable. This half adult half child transition has been a subject of keen interest to many writers. In telling the stories of this phase, some of them tap into their own lived sense experience; others create an alternative history, while others find some middle ground for this and fuse both their lived experiences and re-imagined utopias. Whatever the case, what’s for sure is that the best of them will always provide a semblance of comfort for those in the middle of this transitionary turbulence and maybe even offer up answers, for those whose younger days are long gone.
Here are some coming-of-age novels we feel are essential to both ahere there are dejected and slightly misguided teenagers, novelists and their pens are not far behind.
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Life of Bees draws attention to the intricate filial bonds that bind mother and child, but most importantly, it draws us to the realization that home is not always geographical, sometimes, it’s a person.[Buy Online]
A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby
Four strangers going through their versions of hell happen to meet on the roof of a high building called Toppers’ House in London on New Year’s Eve,each hoping to end their lives. But as fate would have it, their plans for death in solitude are ruined when they meet. The book takes us though the distinct reasons that somehow make them want to come down from the roof ad try at life again.[Buy Online]
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami
This novel takes us through the life of Tsukuru Tazaki, a man on a quest to understand what in his past informed the current state of his life. Growing up, he seemed to have a seemingly genial childhood. He had a close band of childhood friends with whom he always spent time with. One day in college, without reason or forewarning, his friends suddenly want nothing to do with him. This later renders him prone to suicidal thoughts littered with feelings of alienation.
He decides to seek out his former friends in a bid to make whole that which is now broken,and so he travels the world, to seek them out individually ”on a quest for truth and a pilgrimage for happiness.”[Buy Online]
Lord of The Flies, William Golding
A group of plain, well meaning is boys marooned on an island, and at first, it seems like such great fun, until the fun, like most things in life, comes to an end, and they are forced to find a means to survive on this island of endless panic and imminent death.[Buy Online]
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus -three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.
We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo
We Need New Names follows ten-year-old Darling from Zimbabwe under Mugabe’s repressive regime to her aunt’s house in Detroit, where she comes to live when her prospects at home-in Zimbabwe grow slim. Bulawayo’s language reveals the contrast between landscapes, as well as Darling’s sense of displacement and search for her own identity across continents. If you’ve ever felt an overwhelming loss in your sense of self, this book might help lead you back home. [Buy Online]
All the books mentioned above are available at Text Book Centre.