'Real' coming of age books.

Author:LaForge, Michele
Position:Letter to the editor

Thanks for your outstanding magazine. In your opening letter, you mentioned that "Anonymous" in the letters section "argues that we love coming-of-age novels because we read them when we ourselves were coming of age ... then I missed the boat at the time. ... Most of the coming-of-age novels I was required to read sent me scurrying back to The Lord of the Rings and Dune."

I was the same. Always a strong reader, I appreciated, even at the time, that I read A Tale of Two Cities in school. My graduate degree is in Russian Literature. That said, the books that form the basis of my literary coming-of-age did not include most, if any, of the books I read in school...

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