un·der·rate (verb/ˌəndə(r)ˈrāt/) : underestimate the extent, value or importance of someone or something.
1. The Story of a Modern Woman by Ella Hepworth Dixon (1894): Hepworth Dixon is one of my favorite Victorian writers, but she doesn't get much recognition. I highly recommend The Story of a Modern Woman if you are interested in lesser-known late-Victorian lit.
2. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye is undeniably Salinger's most popular work, but for me, Franny and Zooey is his greatest.
3. "Mr. Penumbra's Twenty-Four Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan (2009): Ok so this is a short story, but it's fantastic and you can read it in it's entirety for free right here. If you liked Shadow of the Wind, I think you'll like this short story as well. Sloan's website also informs me that Mr. Penumbra is going to be a full-length novel published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. I'm pretty excited about that one.
4. The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver (2007): If you've read Shriver, you've probably read We Need to Talk About Kevin. But don't miss The Post-Birthday World, a book that examines how one moment can dramatically alter our life.
5. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salmon Rushdie (1990): This is a children's novel, but it's still fantastic to read as an adult; both whimsical and relevant.
6. In An Antique Land by Amitov Ghosh (1994): An in-depth look into the life of an Indian salve in Egypt.
7. The Street by Ann Prety (1946): A novel of the Harlem Renassance, The Street examines the hardships of single motherhood.
8. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (2009): So this one isn't underrated by any means. It has actually been talked about quite a bit. This is just my way of saying if you haven't read this, you should.
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