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.