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And Emma was almost 21 when the story starts, that I do remember clearly, whereas Emma is my favorite Austen novel. :-)
But you have a good point: there isn't much literature about twentysomething main characters. Out of the top of my head, I can only think of Lily Bart in The House of Mirth, some assorted characters in Agatha Christie's novels, and... hmm... maybe Harlequin novels? Ouch.
Does anyone else remember any other main characters around our age range? Please?
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield follows Sheffield in his 20's in the 90's. (Really good, kind of sad.)
On the chick lit side, Sophie Kinsella has some books that feature 20-somethings.
Umm...let's see. I know Ian McEwan has some books with 20-sometimes. Atonement and On Chesil Beach come to mind.
You just have to do some digging. :)
Also, if anyone's interested, I'm hosting a "New Adult" reading challenge this year to encourage people to read more books in this category and to raise awareness of this overlooked demographic in the blogosphere. If you'd like to check it out, details are here: http://atapestryofwords.blogspot.com/p/2012-new-adult-reading-challenge.html.
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