She strongly recommends to local readers (as I strongly endorse!) :
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1915) (read online here)
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937) (read online here)
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (1958)
Two recent novellas I would add are Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach, and Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, both shortlisted recently for the Booker prize.
I last wrote about novellas here and really do think they are a great way in to serious fiction for the reader who may be put off by the length of a full-length novel.