TCW's Fiction Reading List

22 editorial picks to add to your summer reading list


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Wilder Publications, March 2009)

Jane Eyre is a small, intelligent, and passionate English orphan abused by her aunt and cousin. Though the charity school she attends treats her harshly, she is determined to rise above the cruelty of others as she embarks on a quest for love and freedom.

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (Washington Square Press, September 2004)

Set in rural China during the last reigning dynasty, this story about a peasant farmer and his wife transcends its cultural and historical context with potency that earned it the 1932 Pulitzer Prize.

Inspiring Allegories

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Multnoma Books, May 1997)

This historical romance novel is an allegory for the book of Hosea. It tells the story of God's redemption, and takes place during the 1850s where a girl named Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal after she is sold into prostitution as a child. She marries a man who obeys God's call to love her unconditionally, but soon falls back into her old pattern of fear and runs away before learning her healing needs to come from God.

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis (Harcourt Brace & Company, July 1980)

In one of C.S. Lewis's great allegories, he takes inspiration from Greek mythology to construct a story that deals with everything from the familiar issues of family, gender, and faith to abstractions on love and ultimate meaning. Though the plot follows the mythological characters of Cupid and Psyche, you may be surprised by how much of yourself you find in this thoughtful work.

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