10 GREAT NOVELS ON COMMUNITY
In this blog post I’ll point you to 10 great novels on community that may inspire you to build your own community in your writing. Using a community in fiction has several advantages: a community almost invariably provides a hotbed of conflict between its members, and it is conflict that drives a story. Communities also provide the opportunity for the author to begin the story with a new person joining the community, which can serve as the springboard or inciting incident for the story. Furthermore, community allows authors to display their skill at conveying a strong sense of the place where the writing is set.
As you will see, most of the authors of these novels create their community in small rural or coastal towns, but it would, of course, also be possible, albeit more difficult, to build such communities in a city suburb.
- Coal Creek by Alex Miller: a small outback town in North-West Queensland. See my interview with Alex Miller – though not on this, his latest, novel – in my book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors.
- Siddon Rock by Glenda Guest: a small outback town in New South Wales.
- Love Without Hope by Rodney Hall: a small rural town in New South Wales. See my previous blog post on LOVE WITHOUT HOPE: LEARNING FROM RODNEY HALL
- The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau: an alternative community in northern New South Wales.
- The Teacher’s Secret by Suzanne Leal: a small coastal town in New South Wales. See my previous blog post on THEME: CHILD SAFETY AND THE CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM.
- The Stranding by Karen Viggers: a small coastal town in New South Wales.
- The Light between Oceansby M.L. Stedman: a small coastal town in Western Australia. See my previous blog post on The Light between Oceans: Not only a means for learning how to write well but also a movie.
- The trilogy of novels The Patron Saint of Eels, Ron McCoy’s Sea of Diamonds and The Grand Hotel by Gregory Day: set in the fictional town of Mangowak in South-West Victoria on the Great Ocean Road. See my interview with the author in my book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors.