A selection of verse novels for grown-ups.
Shout- Laurie Halse Anderson 2019
MEMOIR - Although shelved in YA nonfiction, readers of all ages will find inspiration in Anderson's journey from rape survivor to award-winning author and speaker.
Red Riding Hood's Real Life- Lana Hechtman Ayers 2017
A modern-day Red Riding Hood, an artistic wolf, and characters like Baba Yaga to spring to life.
John Brown's Body - Stephen Vincent Benet 1928
Pulitzer Prize winning an epic American poem about John Brown, the abolitionist who lead the unsucessful raid of the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia.
The Marlow Papers - Ros Barber 2013
On May 30, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl.
Sharp Teeth - Toby Barlow 2008
A horror-thriller-werewolves-in-LA epic poem.
Aurora Leigh - Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1856
A dramatic tale of the life of a poet, her cousin, and his romantic interests.
Autobiography of Red - Ann Carson 1999
An updated retelling of the myth of Geryon--a monster--and Herakles.
Watercolor Women, Opaque Men - Ana Castillo 2005
An independent woman raises her son on her own while remembering her migrant-worker parents and the free-spirited aunt who brought her to Chicago.
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros 1991
Esperanza comes of age in Chicago.
Here is the Beehive - Sarah Crossan 2020
Ana befriends Rebecca, her lover's widow.
Ruby Moonlight - Ali Cobby Eckermann 2015
AUSTRALIAN -In the nineteenth century, an Aboriginal woman survives the massacre of her entire family. Wandering alone through Ngadjuri land, she encounters a luckless trapper.
Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo 2019
UK - The twelve characters lead different lives, including: Amma is a playwright whose work explores her Black lesbian identity; her friend Shirley is a teacher; Carole, one of Shirley’s former students, is an investment banker; Carole’s mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter.
Charlotte: A Novel- David Foenkinos, translated by Sam Taylor
Obsessed with art, Charlotte attended school in Germany until it was too dangerous to remain. A pregnant Charlotte was killed in Auschwitz at the age of 26, but not before she entrusted her life's work to a friend.
All the Way Home - Kristen Henry 2012
AUSTRALIAN- Set in the 1960's, Jessie, an American, and Flannery, with strong ties to Ireland, find themselves in Australia.
Triangles - Ellen Hopkins 2011
Three women, Holly, Andrea, and Marissa, wander off course, straying from their families—sometimes into the arms of another.
Collateral - Ellen Hopkins 2012
Ashley, a young woman studying for her MFA, falls in love with Cole, a soldier who asks her to marry him.
Gap - Rebecca Jessen 2014
AUSTRALIAN -A man is found dead in the suburbs, a police officer walks the line between duty and loyalty, and a woman is on the run.
Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile - Alice Jolly 2018
As the nineteenth century draws towards a close, Mary Ann Sate, an elderly maidservant, sets out to write her truth in this fictional found memoir.
Evangeline, a Tale of Arcadie - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1847
A beautiful epic poem about Evangeline and her betrothed, Gabriel, as they are deported from Nova Scotia.
Darlington's Fall- Brad Leithauser 2012
Forty years of Russel Darlington's life takes you from Indiana at the turn on the 20th century, over the Rockies and to an island in the Pacific.
Ludlow - David Mason 2010
Coal miners in southern Colorado were kicked out of their company-owned homes and move into a tent community. They hold out until the Ludlow Massacre of April 1914.
The Sugar Mile - Gyln Maxwell 2006
Former Londoner, Joey, unfolds a tale of 1942 air raids while sitting in a New York City bar in September 2001.
The Lehman Trilogy - Stefano Massini, translated by Richard Dixon, 2020
The epic rise and fall of three generations and the story of modern capitalism in America.
Here Comes the Dogs - Omar Musa 2016
AUSTRALIAN - Three young men are waiting for a chance to fit in. As the surrounding hills roar with flames, the change storms in. But it’s not what they were waiting for.
That Reminds Me - Derek Owusu 2019
UK - A boy born to Ghanaian parents grows up in London.
Inside the Whale - Joseph Peterson 2012
Jim struggles with alcoholism.
The Monkey's Mask - Dorothy Porter 1997
AUSTRALIAN - On the trail of the murderer, Jill falls hopelessly in love with a crucial piece of the puzzle and uncovers the hypocrisy of the poetry scene in Sydney.
The Long Take: A noir narrative - Robin Robertson 2018
Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. He turns to urban America to piece his life together at a time when the country is splitting apart.
The Others - Matthew Rohrer 2017
A publishing assistant encounters ghost stories, science fiction adventures, and robots.
The Wherewithal - Philip Schultz 2015
Henryk hides from the draft of Vietnam at a job in the basement of a government building with his mother's journal of the Jebwabne Massacre and notes from his deceased predecessor.
The Golden Gate - Vikram Seth 1986
The intertwined lives of four California Yuppies told in sonnets.
Nine Hours North - Tim Sinclair 2006
AUSTRALIAN - A tale of culture, identity and love… and letting it all go.
The Hunchback of Nieman Marcus, A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem - Sonya Sones 2011
The opposite of a YA novel, Holly's daughter is leaving for college while her mother is hospitalized. Amid hot flashes and doubts, she must finish writing her novel and manage to stay married.
The Love Story of the Century - Marta Tikkanen translated by Stina Katchadourian 1978
FINNISH - A woman's husband is an alcoholic.
The Wynona Stone Poems - Caki Wilkinson 2014
Wynona is about to lose her job, doesn't love the man she's with, and everything she tries falls short.