I'm going to be really up front here: I know public opinion is that Gone Girl is a wonderful work of literature, and in some ways I do understand why. But I have some serious issues about it, and fans may not like what I have to say.
No matter how beautifully written or "literary," a novel resonates deeply because the storyline tugs powerfully at us. It upsets, confounds and presents chaos, conflict, imbalance and upheaval -- either within its character's mind or circumstances.
I very much enjoyed Me Before You, even though it made me cry in public. Which bring us to week 34, where we're reading our first non-fiction piece (which is being fictionalized on Netflix) Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman.
For readers, the pleasures of the unreliable narrator seem to lie primarily in the challenges they offer our critical and interpretive faculties. Can we figure out the narrator's trustworthiness (or lack of it) before the other characters do?