Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Recommendation Request: Two-Author Epistolary Novels?

Let me ask you this: what are your favorite co-authored novels? I'm especially interested in those with an epistolary format, or with a format where there are multiple points of view or storylines and the two authors are crafting those different points of view. I'm going through all the ones I can think of, love 'em or hate 'em, looking for good examples of how these are structured and what kinds of stories they tell.

Some examples that clearly fit this and come to mind right away:

Sorcery and Cecelia, by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. (Charming!)
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. (Schmoopy!)
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. (Romantic!)
Which Brings Me To You, by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott. (Off-putting!)

Some other co-written novels with this kind of episodic format that have less clear-cut roles for the authors:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows. (Delightful!)
Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. (Thrilling!)

I can think of others that might fit that I haven't read--David Levithan co-wrote a couple of other  novels that I think had similar divided approaches (You Know Me Well with Nina LaCoeur; Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green).

What else can you think of? What do you have for novels (especially brisk, well-plotted stories) where two authors tell a story in partnership or in parallel through two characters?


Lianna Williamson said...

I think Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan follows the "each author writes one of the two POV's" format.

Lianna Williamson said...

Oh! And Gena/Finn! Did one of them write Gena's sections and the other Finn's? That's what I assumed.

Lianna Williamson said...

I've also noticed a few authors launching their kids' careers by co-authoring books with them. The teen vampire series House of Night is co-authored by P.C. Cast and her daughter, and Jodi Picoult recents co-authroed a book with a Samantha Van Leer, who I assume is her daughter because I taught her sons and their last names are also Van Leer.

LibraryHungry said...

How could I forget Gena/Finn?!

Also: you taught Jodi Picoult's sons?! TWO DEGREES OF SEPARATION!

Lianna Williamson said...

Haha, I know! Picoult lives one town over from me. Bill Bryson used to live here, too; in the acknowledgments of A Walk in the Woods he thanks the staff of the library in which I wrote the bulk of my last two novels. I taught his son, too!

I thought of another one: the Magisterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I haven't read it and have no idea what the nature of the collab was, but you might be able to find interviews or something where they talk about their process.

Anonymous said...

a totally awkward love story - just read it. i didn't love it but the two author format worked! - sarah