Grateful American Book Prize

Patriotic Pick for November 2019

Patriotic Picks

The Winds of War: A Novel, The Joy Luck Club: A Novel and Watergate: A Novel

The Winds of War: A Novel by Herman Wouk; The Joy Luck Club: A Novel by Amy Tan; Watergate: A Novel by Thomas Mallon

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here are three such titles, suggested by David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American™ Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

  • The Winds of War: A Novel by Herman Wouk. This sweeping narrative — along with its sequel, War and Remembrance — chronicles the trauma, glory, and sacrifice experienced by one American family during and after WWII.
  • The Joy Luck Club: A Novel by Amy Tan. The author’s warm, witty debut tells the story of four Chinese immigrant women and their complex, sometimes fraught relationships with their American-born daughters.
  • Watergate: A Novel by Thomas Mallon. Although set in the 1970s, this darkly comic, fictionalized account of the Nixon debacle — and some of the major and minor players caught up in it — feels positively timely.

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