Author(s): Carson McCullers
A group of people have little in common except that they are all hopelessly lonely. A young girl, a drunken socialist and a black doctor are drawn to a gentle, sympathetic deaf mute, whose presence changes their lives.
A true classic, even more impressive as it's a debut, the story is about a small town and its citizens in the southern US in the 1930s. The book was a huge success when it was published and it has maintained its phenomenal reputation since, with various adaptations for the screen and stage.
Elisa, Book Grocer
This is a touching story of a deaf man and his life with his one real friend in 1930’s small town America. Beautifully evocative, both sweet and sad, this tale of an outcast is reminiscent of Steinbeck, and will have you held to the very last page.
Amarina, Book Grocer
Carson McCullers was born in 1917. She is the critically acclaimed author of several popular novels in the 1940s and '50s, including The Member of the Wedding (1946). Her novels frequently depicted life in small towns of the southeastern United States and were marked by themes of loneliness and spiritual isolation. McCullers suffered from ill health most of her adult life, including a series of strokes that began when she was in her 20s; she died at the age of 50. The Member of the Wedding was dramatized for the stage in the 1950s and filmed in 1952 and 1997. Other films based on her books are Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967, with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968, starring Alan Arkin) and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991).