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Autumn: A Novel

Smith’s writing is light and playful, deceptively simple, skipping along like a stone on the surface of a lake, brimming with humanity and bending, despite everything, toward hope.

The One Inside: A novel

“The One Inside” may be a minor Shepard work, but it provides a sharp-edged distillation of the themes that have preoccupied him throughout his career,

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel

All quibbles aside, the mechanics of this time-travelling adventure do lead to some fascinating insights.

Universal Harvester

Universal Harvester warns that the art you make may not matter to anyone but you. The story you tell may not be heard. Your grief may go unheralded.


Shadowbahn isn't the novel we deserve, it is the novel we need. The novel we need to Save American From Itself.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

Lincoln in the Bardo may not be what you would describe as a read-in-one-sitting kind of novel, but it will stick with you long after you've finished it.

The One Inside: A novel

Cheerless but atmospheric and precisely observed, very much of a piece with Shepard’s other work.

The Woman Next Door

Throughout the novel, the historical legacy and ongoing implications of structural racism are apparent, but Omotoso also touches on issues such as resentment, betrayal, secrecy and shame, all of which give THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR broad emotional resonance beyond its cultural specificity.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

Lincoln In The Bardo is not an easy book, but it gets easier with the reading. At the start, it jags, loops, interrupts itself a thousand times.

Perfect Little World

The utopian Infinite Family Project may be flawed from the get-go, but Wilson's "perfect little world" of a novel pretty much lives up to its title.

4 3 2 1

It's a stunningly ambitious novel, and a pleasure to read. Auster's writing is joyful, even in the book's darkest moments, and never ponderous or showy.

The Twenty Days of Turin: A Novel

It was a book written for a different world. And the most disturbing thing about it is how appropriate it is for ours.

Autumn: A Novel

Free spirits and the lifeforce of art — along with kindness, hope, and a readiness "to be above and beyond the foul even when we're up to our eyes in it" — are, when you get down to it, what Smith champions in this stirring novel.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

What's not a question is the achievement of Lincoln in the Bardo. Like the president who graces its pages, it's monumental.

Universal Harvester

Unsurprisingly, Darnielle's prose is lucid and precise, the sort of clear-eyed, knife-jab sentences that defined both his debut Wolf in White Van and his whole songwriting career.

A Separation: A Novel

It left me with an indistinct but unshakeable mood, a sense of being at sea with the knowledge that the shoreline isn't quite where I thought it was, and the currents are strong.

The Dark Flood Rises

It's a truly lovely novel, and when Fran reaches an emotional breaking point — "a great tearfulness rising up in her, a grief for all things" — it's hard not to cry with her, for her.

Ghachar Ghochar: A Novel

He's one of those special writers who can bring a fully realized world to life in a few pages and also manages to work in smart social commentary about fears that don't require much translation.

Universal Harvester

In Universal Harvester, John Darnielle does not just set his novel in the heart of the country. His novel embodies the Midwestern spirit with its penchant for helping out the less fortunate.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

If there is one book this year that is a must-read, Lincoln in the Bardo is that book.