The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
recommended by Emily
This story follows an elderly couple who decides to go visit their grown son, whom they haven’t seen for a long time. They can’t remember quite why. As a matter of fact, they can’t remember much of anything, which makes for very interesting, if deliberately vague storytelling. While the book is set in Arthurian England, populated by dragons, wizards, ogres and knights, it is not written so much like a quest, with lots of derring-do. It is a fable in which the crucial role of memory–and forgetting– is explored, in guilt and revenge, war and forgiveness and love.