Banned Books 2020 – The God of Small Things

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


An incoming first-year at the Gardendale (AL) High School chose this New York Times bestseller from a school recommended “Advanced World Literature” summer reading list. Set in India of 1969, the book won the Man Booker Prize. The student complained to her father about its “inappropriate content.” The father reviewed it, and claimed the book contained graphic sexual content that he absolutely “didn’t want his children knowing about.” A school review committee recommended its withdrawal from all schools. The principal who had immediately removed the list from the school website will now review all reading lists.


Challenged and removed in the sophomore-level Academic English II classes at Lemont (IL) High School District 210 because the book “contains subject matter in some sections that is not appropriate for our students,” according to the school’s principal.

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A Banned book has been removed from a library, classroom, etc.
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Last updated

August 12, 2020