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    Marlon James

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    Marlon James is the author behind the novels John Crow’s Devil, The Book of Night WomenA Brief History of Seven Killings, which was awarded the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2015, and Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a mesmerizing fantasy that includes necromancers, river witches, conjoined twins, shape-shifting hyenas, eaters of human flesh, trolls, a “very smart” buffalo, a deranged killer monkey and Ekoiye, a “whore who loves civet musk.” Shortly after publication, Michael B. Jordan’s production company Outlier Society and Warner Bros. snatched up the film rights to Black Leopard, the first in a projected three-novel cycle. “Literature should be sensual and endlessly sensory,” says James. “I like books that make me feel like I’m emerging from a fever, like Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomonor Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red. You’re hearing it, smelling it and touching it."

    Below are Marlon James’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.

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    Jay McInerney


    The Great Gatsby

    F.Scott Fitzgerald

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    John Berendt


    The Earl of Louisiana

    A.J. Liebling

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    Gary Shteyngart


    Remembrance of Things Past

    Marcel Proust

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    Garth Greenwell


    The Small Backs of Children

    Lidia Yuknavitch

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    Sloane Crosley


    Birds of America

    Lorrie Moore

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    Djuna Barnes

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    Daniel Pinchbeck


    Minor Characters

    Joyce Johnson

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    Michael Cunningham


    To The Lighthouse

    Virginia Woolf

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    Alison Bechdel


    Harriet the Spy

    Louise Fitzhugh

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