Books Like Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf | Suggesting Reading

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Dubliners (1914), by James Joyce, includes short pieces that shed light on different people living in Dublin. Many stories focus on seemingly ordinary experiences that the characters struggle ineffectively to idealize. Joyce challenges his reader to read subtle cues to understand the implications of his characters' observations.

The Garden Party and Other Stories (1922), by Katherine Mansfield, includes stories that utilize varied tones to illustrate people in their daily lives. Sketching the different impressions and perspectives of family members or solitary characters, Mansfield's prose can be fresh, stark, and haunting.

Jacob's Room (1922), by Virginia Woolf, tells the story of Jacob Flanders who, like Woolf's beloved older brother, Thoby, died as a young man. Jacob is killed in World War I and the story is told through the perspective of those who interact with Jacob as family, friends, lovers, or mere acquaintances. Like "Kew Gardens," the novel employs...

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