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The Story of My Teeth

Luiselli’s unstintingly imaginative tale perhaps works as a parable for the way works accrue value in the art world.


Light Years

Salter tells his tale well and he is a superb writer of moods and perceptions but this is a depressing novel.


Innocents and Others: A Novel

Innocents and Others is a wonderfully alive novel about filmmaking, friendship, and self-creation. Its magic lies in the intelligence and depth of its sentences.


The Regional Office Is Under Attack!: A Novel

Gonzales’s world of shifting allegiances and magical bad girls will suck you in and keep you up late. Just don’t read it at work. You never know what might happen.


Sweet Lamb of Heaven: A Novel

It is Anna’s voice — cool, intelligent, passionate, contradictory — that makes this novel so affecting. I resisted it initially because I was overwhelmed by my sense of dislocation, my uncertainty about where we were headed. But how I missed it when it was gone, how I yearned for it to speak to me again.


The Adventurist

“The Adventurist” activated most of my cranial pleasure centers. It’s a brisk and polished and somehow very American novel.


Mothering Sunday: A Romance

It feels less self-consciously literary than Mr. Swift’s earlier novels, and while it has a haunting, ceremonious pace, it also possesses a new emotional intensity.


Born on a Tuesday: A Novel

John’s book is that meat: a relatively short novel with an extraordinary density, and we, his readers, are grateful.


The One-in-a-Million Boy

If you like your fiction heartfelt but not tear-jerking and peopled with misfits, you’ll enjoy The One-In-a-Million Boy.


Funny Girl: A Novel

Look for Funny Girl if you’d like a historical novel of manners full of astute observations of human nature that has as much to say about our own world as the one it’s set in.


Hystopia

[A] fiendishly convoluted and complex novel.


Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice

As a reader, let me just say: Three cheers for Curtis Sittenfeld and her astute, sharp and ebullient anthropological interest in the human condition.


Daredevils

Vestal’s portraits of polygamous life are vivid and shatteringly real.


Kill and Be Killed: A Novel

In “Kill and Be Killed,” Jack is writing a book that sounds very much like this book’s predecessor.


The Cosmopolitans

While “The Cosmopolitans” is undoubtedly about the social strictures of the 1950s, its lessons are no less relevant today.


Alice & Oliver: A Novel

Despite its gruesome subject matter, “Alice & Oliver” is ultimately a rewarding reading experience.


Hill

Without an understanding of how Nature gives and takes, nourishes and recycles itself, do humans have any right to lord over the earth? This novella isn’t afraid of saying the answer is no.


Chicago

Brian Doyle’s Chicago, despite breaking all the rules in the fictionist’s handbook, works. It is certainly the best book I’ve read this year.


Chasing the North Star: A Novel

Will Angel and Jonah survive their journey? Will one sacrifice the other for freedom? Morgan keeps the reader in suspense until the very end, and that’s one of the most tantalizing aspects of his tale.