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The Garden of Forking Paths
by Jorge Luis Borges

Featured Book MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed tragedy magical realism multiple dimensions world war II writing 180 pages

A literary puzzle of alternate endings and inescapable fate.

The Garden of Forking Paths
by Jorge Luis Borges

Featured Book MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed tragedy magical realism multiple dimensions world war II writing 180 pages

A literary puzzle of alternate endings and inescapable fate.

The Last Leaves Falling
by Fox Benwell

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed tragedy realistic Japan Japanese Assisted Suicide 368 pages

A teen grapples with ALS and his decision to die in this debut novel infused with the haunting grace of Japanese poetry and the noble importance of friendship. Sora is going to die, and he’s only seventeen years old. Diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, he’s already lost the use of his legs, which means he can no longer attend school. Seeking a sense of normality, Sora visits teen chat rooms online and finally finds what he’s been longing for: friendship without pity. As much as he loves his new friends, he can’t ignore what’s ahead. Inspired by the death poems of the legendary Japanese warriors known as samurai, Sora makes the decision to leave life on his own terms. And he needs his friends to help him.

The Last Leaves Falling
by Fox Benwell

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed tragedy realistic Japan Japanese Assisted Suicide 368 pages

A teen grapples with ALS and his decision to die in this debut novel infused with the haunting grace of Japanese poetry and the noble importance of friendship. Sora is going to die, and he’s only seventeen years old. Diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, he’s already lost the use of his legs, which means he can no longer attend school. Seeking a sense of normality, Sora visits teen chat rooms online and finally finds what he’s been longing for: friendship without pity. As much as he loves his new friends, he can’t ignore what’s ahead. Inspired by the death poems of the legendary Japanese warriors known as samurai, Sora makes the decision to leave life on his own terms. And he needs his friends to help him.

Death and the King’s Horseman
by Wole Soyinka

Featured Book MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight tragedy drama nigeria duty colonialism 77 pages

Based on events that occurred in 1946 in Oyo, Nigeria. The king has died and Elesin Oba, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The local British colonial official decides to intervene but then Elesin's son arrives home.

Death and the King’s Horseman
by Wole Soyinka

Featured Book MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight tragedy drama nigeria duty colonialism 77 pages

Based on events that occurred in 1946 in Oyo, Nigeria. The king has died and Elesin Oba, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The local British colonial official decides to intervene but then Elesin's son arrives home.

Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

Featured Book MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight tragedy historical nigeria colonialism fate 148 pages Lexile: 890L

Christianity and British colonial government are invading the Nigerian town of Umuofia. Okonkwo, a leader in the community does his best to navigate the changing cultural reality while trying to remain true to his heritage.

Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

Featured Book MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight tragedy historical nigeria colonialism fate 148 pages Lexile: 890L

Christianity and British colonial government are invading the Nigerian town of Umuofia. Okonkwo, a leader in the community does his best to navigate the changing cultural reality while trying to remain true to his heritage.

Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight tragedy romance Russia Stream of Consciousness Adultery 1061 pages Lexile: 1080L

Anna Karenina is the tragic story of Countess Anna Karenina, a married noblewoman and socialite, and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Vronsky is eager to marry her if she will agree to leave her husband Count Karenin, a senior government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, the moral laws of the Russian Orthodox Church, her own insecurities, and Karenin's indecision.

Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight tragedy romance Russia Stream of Consciousness Adultery 1061 pages Lexile: 1080L

Anna Karenina is the tragic story of Countess Anna Karenina, a married noblewoman and socialite, and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Vronsky is eager to marry her if she will agree to leave her husband Count Karenin, a senior government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, the moral laws of the Russian Orthodox Church, her own insecurities, and Karenin's indecision.

Antigone
by Sophocles

Featured Book MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight tragedy drama greece duty women 28 pages

The princess Antigone sacrificed her own life in order to honor her brother murdered and left unburied. Torn between duty to her uncle the king, love for her brother, and her duty to the gods, Antigone symbolizes the often tragic conflict between love and duty between honor and the law.

Antigone
by Sophocles

Featured Book MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight tragedy drama greece duty women 28 pages

The princess Antigone sacrificed her own life in order to honor her brother murdered and left unburied. Torn between duty to her uncle the king, love for her brother, and her duty to the gods, Antigone symbolizes the often tragic conflict between love and duty between honor and the law.

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight tragedy drama depression disability love 247 pages

Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tome, poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories.

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight tragedy drama depression disability love 247 pages

Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tome, poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories.

The Last Execution
by Jesper Wung Sung

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed tragedy historical Denmark Capital Punishment Ethics 144 pages

On February 22, 1853, a fifteen-year-old Niels Nelson is prepared to be executed on Gallows Hill. The master carpenter comes to measure Niels for his coffin. The master baker bakes bread for the spectators. The messenger posts the notice of execution in the town square. The poet prepares his best pen to record the events as they unfold. A fly, Niels’s only companion in the cell, buzzes. Niels Nielson, a young peasant, was sentenced to death by beheading on the dubious charges of arson and murder. Does he have the right to live despite what he is accused of?

The Last Execution
by Jesper Wung Sung

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed tragedy historical Denmark Capital Punishment Ethics 144 pages

On February 22, 1853, a fifteen-year-old Niels Nelson is prepared to be executed on Gallows Hill. The master carpenter comes to measure Niels for his coffin. The master baker bakes bread for the spectators. The messenger posts the notice of execution in the town square. The poet prepares his best pen to record the events as they unfold. A fly, Niels’s only companion in the cell, buzzes. Niels Nielson, a young peasant, was sentenced to death by beheading on the dubious charges of arson and murder. Does he have the right to live despite what he is accused of?

Our Town: A Play in Three Acts
by Thornton Wilder

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight tragedy drama women death small towns 208 pages

A metatheatrical play, set in the actual theatre where it is being performed. The main character is the stage manager of the theatre who directly addresses the audience, brings in guest lecturers, fields questions from the audience, and fills in playing some of the roles.This Pulitzer Prize- winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic.

Our Town: A Play in Three Acts
by Thornton Wilder

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight tragedy drama women death small towns 208 pages

A metatheatrical play, set in the actual theatre where it is being performed. The main character is the stage manager of the theatre who directly addresses the audience, brings in guest lecturers, fields questions from the audience, and fills in playing some of the roles.This Pulitzer Prize- winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic.

The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight tragedy rural Congo Missionaries Post-colonialism 576 pages Lexile: 960L

The Poisonwood Bible is a story of an evangelical Baptist family and their four daughters who travel on a mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight tragedy rural Congo Missionaries Post-colonialism 576 pages Lexile: 960L

The Poisonwood Bible is a story of an evangelical Baptist family and their four daughters who travel on a mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulker

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed tragedy southern gothic american south disability racism 336 pages Lexile: 800L

The tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant.

The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulker

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed tragedy southern gothic american south disability racism 336 pages Lexile: 800L

The tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant.

As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy southern gothic american south death 267 pages Lexile: 870L

It is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her poor, rural family's quest and motivations—noble or selfish—to honor her wish to be buried in her hometown of Jefferson, Mississippi.

As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy southern gothic american south death 267 pages Lexile: 870L

It is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her poor, rural family's quest and motivations—noble or selfish—to honor her wish to be buried in her hometown of Jefferson, Mississippi.

Billy Budd, Sailor
by Herman Melville

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy realistic sailors execution impressment 300 pages Lexile: 1450L

The orphan Billy Budd is drafted against his will to serve in the British naval war against France in 1797. Falsely accused of mutiny by a jealous shipmate, Budd struggles in the face of a justice system unable to provide justice.

Billy Budd, Sailor
by Herman Melville

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy realistic sailors execution impressment 300 pages Lexile: 1450L

The orphan Billy Budd is drafted against his will to serve in the British naval war against France in 1797. Falsely accused of mutiny by a jealous shipmate, Budd struggles in the face of a justice system unable to provide justice.

The Cask of Amontillado
by Edgar Allan Poe

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy horror revenge 232 pages

A man is tricked into prison behind a wall in an underground crypt.

The Cask of Amontillado
by Edgar Allan Poe

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy horror revenge 232 pages

A man is tricked into prison behind a wall in an underground crypt.

Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy realistic russia crime prison 608 pages Lexile: 990L

Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders alone through the slums of St. Petersburg, deliriously imagining himself above society's laws. But when he commits a random murder, only suffering ensues. Embarking on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck.

Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy realistic russia crime prison 608 pages Lexile: 990L

Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders alone through the slums of St. Petersburg, deliriously imagining himself above society's laws. But when he commits a random murder, only suffering ensues. Embarking on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck.

Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama fathers duty capitalism 113 pages

Willy Loman, the protagonist of Death of a Salesman, has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship as a way to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. At age sixty-three, he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed his relationship with his son Biff.

Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama fathers duty capitalism 113 pages

Willy Loman, the protagonist of Death of a Salesman, has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship as a way to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. At age sixty-three, he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed his relationship with his son Biff.

Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama rome war 100 pages

In this historical drama, Shakespeare tells the story of the fall of Julius Caesar, killed by his friends and rivals in the senate. This play features Marc Anthony's famous speach, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend me your ears!

Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama rome war 100 pages

In this historical drama, Shakespeare tells the story of the fall of Julius Caesar, killed by his friends and rivals in the senate. This play features Marc Anthony's famous speach, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend me your ears!

The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy war american civil war battle of gettysburg 368 pages Lexile: 610L

In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love.

The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy war american civil war battle of gettysburg 368 pages Lexile: 610L

In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love.

King Lear
by William Shakespeare

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama aging daughters 131 pages

King Lear descends into madness after he disposes of his kingdom by giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all. Derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors.

King Lear
by William Shakespeare

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama aging daughters 131 pages

King Lear descends into madness after he disposes of his kingdom by giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all. Derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors.

The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy magical realism marriage bugs 61 pages Lexile: 1340L

The Metamorphosis begins almost comically. A man wakes up to find he has turned into an insect. But the claustrophobic, dirty room and the increasingly distressed narrator soon turn this into a tale of slow horror. Most horrifying of all is his family's reaction to his metamorphosis and their final solution to the problem.

The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy magical realism marriage bugs 61 pages Lexile: 1340L

The Metamorphosis begins almost comically. A man wakes up to find he has turned into an insect. But the claustrophobic, dirty room and the increasingly distressed narrator soon turn this into a tale of slow horror. Most horrifying of all is his family's reaction to his metamorphosis and their final solution to the problem.

Oedipus Rex
by Sophocles

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama greece fate fathers 64 pages

King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. One of the oldest recorded examples of fate, irony, and tragedy.

Oedipus Rex
by Sophocles

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama greece fate fathers 64 pages

King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. One of the oldest recorded examples of fate, irony, and tragedy.

The Stranger
by Albert Camus

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy realistic Algeria French Trials 144 pages Lexile: 880L

After the death of his mother, Mersault goes on a beach vacation in French Algeria. During his vacation, he gets in a confrontation with a man and kills him. He is ultimately convicted more for his lack of sadness the the death of his mother, not so much his killing of another person. Before his death, Mersault rejects religion and society in general. None of it means anything.

The Stranger
by Albert Camus

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy realistic Algeria French Trials 144 pages Lexile: 880L

After the death of his mother, Mersault goes on a beach vacation in French Algeria. During his vacation, he gets in a confrontation with a man and kills him. He is ultimately convicted more for his lack of sadness the the death of his mother, not so much his killing of another person. Before his death, Mersault rejects religion and society in general. None of it means anything.

A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy historical France French Revolution 464 pages Lexile: 790L

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... with these famous words, the reader enters one of history’s most explosive eras—the French Revolution. From the storming of the Bastille to the relentless drop of the guillotine, this story captures the terror and upheaval of that tumultuous period. At the center is the novel’s hero, Sydney Carton, a lazy, alcoholic attorney who, inspired by a woman, makes the supreme sacrifice on the bloodstained streets of Paris.

A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy historical France French Revolution 464 pages Lexile: 790L

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... with these famous words, the reader enters one of history’s most explosive eras—the French Revolution. From the storming of the Bastille to the relentless drop of the guillotine, this story captures the terror and upheaval of that tumultuous period. At the center is the novel’s hero, Sydney Carton, a lazy, alcoholic attorney who, inspired by a woman, makes the supreme sacrifice on the bloodstained streets of Paris.

The Tragedy of Hamlet
by William Shakespeare

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama fate mothers 20 pages

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark discovers that his uncle, Claudius, murdered his father. Claudius intends to marry Hamlet's mother and take the throne, but Hamlet has other plans! He vows to avenge his father.

The Tragedy of Hamlet
by William Shakespeare

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama fate mothers 20 pages

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark discovers that his uncle, Claudius, murdered his father. Claudius intends to marry Hamlet's mother and take the throne, but Hamlet has other plans! He vows to avenge his father.

The Tragedy of Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama fate magic murder 203 pages

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.

The Tragedy of Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy drama fate magic murder 203 pages

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy historical England Revenge Orphans 464 pages Lexile: 960L

A revenge tale of the orphan child Heathcliff has he grows up and punishes the upper class English family that first adopted him and then abused him.

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

MoreScore: 0 white cis male straight tragedy historical England Revenge Orphans 464 pages Lexile: 960L

A revenge tale of the orphan child Heathcliff has he grows up and punishes the upper class English family that first adopted him and then abused him.