Help me, Blogosphere

Little band of readers, I need your help. I went to our church’s book club tonight. A cozy group of six of us talked about Jacob’s Room, by Woolf, as I had mentioned, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. So much so that I volunteered to lead the October study. (The book club leader is moving to Richmond, and so it’s become a democratic book club, with different members volunteering each month now.)

So now I have to pick something to read, and I can’t decide! It has to be a “classic book,” and preferably somewhat short. It needs to be something I’ve read before, so I can be more prepared to lead a discussion on it, but not something I’ve read terribly recently. (Thankfully, the stuff I’ve read recently is far too long to count. Proust and Garcia-Marquez? No way.)

To give you some context, we are reading Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop next. And then I’m responsible for the following month.

I need your vote! Here are the candidates:

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Howards End, E.M. Forster
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Cane, Jean Toomer

Tell me what you think I should pick and why–or share if you have a better suggestion! I’m all ears.

Love and light hearts,