I noticed our church’s bookstore/restaurant had a few empty shelves this past Sunday.
It was the fiction shelves.
I stopped by the desk on the way out and asked if they were phasing out the fiction.The girl said “Yes, making room for more …” she looked up, and searched her mouth with her tongue for a word, “edifying books.”
It was Liz Curtis Higgs, Bad Girls of the Bible. Those who have read it know each chapter starts with a fiction or fiction-style story. I don’t know if I would have transitioned without it.
Even still, I skim most non fiction with the thought that they stretched a fabulous article 200 pages too long.
I’m not going to argue that some believe a movement began with Uncle Tome’s Cabin, I’ll leave those essays to the literary.
But I will say–think of the demographic lost! The readers who can only be reached through fiction. More and more my heart turns to the young adults (YA) who read plenty, but have their non fiction quota filled with school required material.
Leave a fiction title which moved you. For me, the very first title was “Where the Red Fern Grows.”