The great American novel is a term used by many. Define what you think it means, what it should mean and why.

Thursday, Aug 11th: The great American novel is a term used by many. Define what you think it means, what it should mean and why. Question provided by affiliate author Amy Romine

I think great American novel means the book tells a story based in the age when America was discovered and began growing into the country it is today. A story whose theme deals with the freedom America enjoys where religion, careers, and opportunities are concerned. Maybe even a story dealing with characters involved in the democracy that America boasts of.
I will admit it may mean the first novel written by any American and which also made it to the best seller list first time out.

I think it should mean a story dealing with at least one of the themes mentioned above or a theme I’ve failed to mention that makes America different from other countries. With the word America in the phrase, the book should carry an American theme.

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About lprobinson64

I have been writing short stories for 25 years and am now working on my first novel. Besides writing, I love to read a great variety of genres with crime/mystery/fantasy being at the top. Dean Koontz is my favorite author, but there are so many more I can't list them all. I also like to crochet, sew, and do many kinds of crafts. Being a retired school teacher sure helps me find the time for all my favorite activities. Can't understand why people don't like retirement. It is a good time to follow a new dream.
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