A handful of coming-of-age novels
Vivid, urgent, and often aching -- growing up is anything but easy. And even though we all do it, everyone experiences the process differently.
Such complexity and variability, as well as the way the experience can loom large even after adulthood is reached, makes growing up a rich topic to explore in fiction.
Here, a few personal favorites -- in large part drawn from literary fiction -- that only begin to hint at the wealth of powerful coming of age novels out there.