In The Week magazine, journalist and novelist Joyce Maynard lists Brideshead Revisited among her six favorite books. Maynard is probably best known for her 1992 novel To Die For, which was made into a film, and her 1998 memoir At Home in the World in which she revealed her affair with novelist J.D. Salinger. Here’s how she describes her selection of Brideshead:
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (Back Bay, $16). Like Gatsby, this novel explores imbalance of class in a friendship. What starts out as an innocent youthful alliance — between a son of the middle class and a charmed but melancholy aristocratic Oxford classmate — turns into the stuff of tragedy.