For Thanksgiving Instead of Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Books

By Zara Alexis D. Garcia-Alvarez

The #literaryturducken combines not one, not two, but three classic works in the spirit of turkey + duck + chicken Creole classic.

These are the ones I came up with:

The French Lieutenant’s Wife, The Soldier’s Wife, The Pilot’s Wife: Polygamy in Uniform

We So Seldom Look on Love: The Helpless Romantic

The Weight of Oranges, Sexing the Cherry, and the Grapes of Wrath: How to Make a Fruit Ballad

The Body Artist to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Body Remembers, Don’t Move

Unless You Find Kafka on the Shore, He’s a Nowhere Man

Cloudsplitter: A Student of the Weather After the Quake

A Prayer for Owen Meany to the God of Small Things: The Trick Is to Keep Breathing As If I’m Not There

World’s End: Remains of the Day, Less than Zero

The Diary of Jane Somers, Anne Frank, and Bridget Jones: The Comfort of Strangers

The Left-Handed Woman with White Teeth and the Bluest Eye

Eva Trout, Ada, and Clarissa: Group Portrait with Ladies

To Kill a Mockingbird: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings the Birdsong

The Bell Jar, The Tin Drum: A Dance to the Music in Time

Trainspotting on the Platform: How Late It Was, How Late

The Life of Bees in the Wasp Factory: August Is a Wicked Month

Maggot: The Weight of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Moral Disorder: The Bishop’s Man, The Monk, and The Old Devils

The Beautiful Room Is Empty Except for Wittgenstein’s Mistress, Oscar and Lucinda, and Billy Bathgate

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller Asks for The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, Give Them a Cloud Atlas

The Shining Hour of the Star: Delta of Venus and Rings of Saturn

Run, Rabbit Redux, Run: The Sea of Fertility

1977, 1984—Whatever

The Name of the Rose in the Cement Garden: Petals of Blood

The 13 Clocks of the Clockwork Orange for Whom the Bell Tolls

Good Morning, Midnight Children: Patterns of Childhood

The Old Man and the Wide Sargasso Sea: The River Between

The Dead Father, the Dead Babies, Sons and Lovers: All Families are Psychotic


(c) Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez


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