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The Best Fiction Books of 2017 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

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“What are the best Fiction books of 2017?” We aggregated 51 year-end lists and ranked the 571 unique titles by how many times they appeared in an attempt to answer that very question!

There are thousands of year-end lists released every year and like we do in our weekly Best Book articles, we wanted to see which books appear the most. The top 49 books, all of which appeared on 5 or more best Fiction book lists, are ranked below with images, summaries, and links for more information or to purchase. The remaining 500+ books, as well as the top book lists, are at the bottom of the page.

Make sure to take a look at our other Best of 2017 book lists:

You can also take a look at our Best Fiction books from last year as well as all the other Best 2016 articles!

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Top 49 Fiction Books Of 2017



49 .) Autumn by Ali Smith

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Southern Living
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • theWhat

“Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Two old friends—Daniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, born in 1984—look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.

A luminous meditation on the meaning of richness and harvest and worth, Autumn is the first installment of Ali Smith’s Seasonal quartet, and it casts an eye over our own time: Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d’esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art. Wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, Autumn is an unforgettable story about aging and time and love—and stories themselves.”

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48 .) Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Canadian Gift Guide
  • Goodreads
  • Indigo
  • Multnomah County

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She s Sorry and Britt Marie Was Here comes a poignant charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person but it means everything to the residents of Beartown a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities A victory like this would certainly mean everything to Amat a short scrawny teenager who is treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice to Kevin a star player just on the cusp of securing his golden future in the NHL and to Peter their dedicated general manager whose own professional hockey career ended in tragedy At first it seems like the team might have a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their entire town But one night at a drunken celebration following a key win something happens between Kevin and the general manager s daughter and the next day everything seems to have changed Accusations are made and like ripples on a pond they travel through all of Beartown leaving no resident unaffected With so much riding on the success of the team the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern At last it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear Fredrik Backman knows that we are forever shaped by the places we call home and in this emotionally powerful sweetly insightful story he explores what can happen when we carry the heavy weight of other people s dreams on our shoulders

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47 .) Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dallas News
  • Financial Times
  • MPR News
  • Multnomah County
  • Southern Living

“When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules–a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.

When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes–and save himself in the process–before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. From a writer and producer of the Emmy winning Fox TV show Empire, Bluebird, Bluebird is a rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas.”

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46 .) Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Lists It Appears On:

  • Vol.1 Brooklyn
  • BuzzFeed
  • Electric Lit
  • Huffington post
  • Readings

“Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents’ home to find that situation more complicated than she’d realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth’s mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth’s father’s condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief.

Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life.”

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45 .) Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entropy
  • Huffington post
  • Southern Living
  • The Globe
  • The New York Times

“Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel Eileen was one of the literary events of 2015. Garlanded with critical acclaim, it was named a book of the year by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. But as many critics noted, Moshfegh is particularly held in awe for her short stories. Homesick for Another World is the rare case where an author’s short story collection is if anything more anticipated than her novel.

And for good reason. There’s something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh’s stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for Another World is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. But part of the unique quality of her voice, the echt Moshfeghian experience, is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion. Moshfegh is our Flannery O’Connor, and Homesick for Another World is her Everything That Rises Must Converge or A Good Man is Hard to Find. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. But beauty comes from strange sources. And the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. We’re in the hands of an author with a big mind, a big heart, blazing chops, and a political acuity that is needle-sharp. The needle hits the vein before we even feel the prick.”

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44 .) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • Indigo
  • MPR News
  • The Washington Post

“In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki―son of a giant―blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman―difficult with his beard and huge appetite―to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir―the most sagacious of gods―is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.”

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43 .) Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • Large Hearted Boy
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

“Helen Moran is thirty-two years old, single, childless, college-educated, and partially employed as a guardian of troubled young people in New York. She’s accepting a delivery from IKEA in her shared studio apartment when her uncle calls to break the news: Helen’s adoptive brother is dead.

According to the internet, there are six possible reasons why her brother might have killed himself. But Helen knows better: she knows that six reasons is only shorthand for the abyss. Helen also knows that she alone is qualified to launch a serious investigation into his death, so she purchases a one-way ticket to Milwaukee. There, as she searches her childhood home and attempts to uncover why someone would choose to die, she will face her estranged family, her brother’s few friends, and the overzealous grief counselor, Chad Lambo; she may also discover what it truly means to be alive.”

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42 .) Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amber Sparks
  • BuzzFeed
  • Entropy
  • Shelf Awareness
  • The Spinoff

“A fresh new voice emerges with the arrival of Sour Heart, establishing Jenny Zhang as a frank and subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience in America. Her stories cut across generations and continents, moving from the fraught halls of a public school in Flushing, Queens, to the tumultuous streets of Shanghai, China, during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. In the absence of grown-ups, latchkey kids experiment on each other until one day the experiments turn violent; an overbearing mother abandons her artistic aspirations to come to America but relives her glory days through karaoke; and a shy loner struggles to master English so she can speak to God.

Narrated by the daughters of Chinese immigrants who fled imperiled lives as artists back home only to struggle to stay afloat—dumpster diving for food and scamming Atlantic City casino buses to make a buck—these seven stories showcase Zhang’s compassion, moral courage, and a perverse sense of humor reminiscent of Portnoy’s Complaint. A darkly funny and intimate rendering of girlhood, Sour Heart examines what it means to belong to a family, to find your home, leave it, reject it, and return again.”

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41 .) Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Review Of Books
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • Huffington post
  • MPR News

Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding, Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it’s a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark.

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40 .) The Answers by Catherine Lacey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Review Of Books
  • Electric Lit
  • Huffington post
  • The Portable Infinite
  • Thrillist

“Mary Parsons is broke. Dead broke, really: between an onslaught of medical bills and a mountain of credit card debt, she has been pushed to the brink. Hounded by bill collectors and still plagued by the painful and bizarre symptoms that doctors couldn’t diagnose, Mary seeks relief from a holistic treatment called Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia―PAKing, for short. Miraculously, it works. But PAKing is prohibitively expensive. Like so many young adults trying to make ends meet in New York City, Mary scours Craigslist and bulletin boards for a second job, and eventually lands an interview for a high-paying gig that’s even stranger than her symptoms or the New Agey PAKing.

Mary’s new job title is Emotional Girlfriend in the “Girlfriend Experiment”―the brainchild of a wealthy and infamous actor, Kurt Sky, who has hired a team of biotech researchers to solve the problem of how to build and maintain the perfect romantic relationship, cast – ing himself as the experiment’s only constant. Around Kurt, several women orbit as his girlfriends with spe – cific functions. There’s a Maternal Girlfriend who folds his laundry, an Anger Girlfriend who fights with him, a Mundanity Girlfriend who just hangs around his loft, and a whole team of girlfriends to take care of Intimacy. With so little to lose, Mary falls headfirst into Kurt’s messy, ego-driven simulacrum of human connection.”

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39 .) The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amber Sparks
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post

“In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet’s now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform known as CIEL, hovering over their erstwhile home. The changed world has turned evolution on its head: the surviving humans have become sexless, hairless, pale-white creatures floating in isolation, inscribing stories upon their skin.

Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule—galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her and communes with the earth. When de Men and his armies turn Joan into a martyr, the consequences are astonishing. And no one—not the rebels, Jean de Men, or even Joan herself—can foresee the way her story and unique gift will forge the destiny of an entire world for generations.”

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38 .) The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amber Sparks
  • BuzzFeed
  • Chicago Review Of Books
  • Entropy
  • Huffington post

Step into The Dark Dark, where an award-winning, acclaimed novelist debuts her first collection of short stories and conjures entire universes in just a few pages―conjures, splits in half, mines for humor, destroys with absurdity, and regenerates. In prose that sparkles and haunts, Samantha Hunt playfully pushes the bounds of the expected and fills every corner with vibrant life, imagining numerous ways in which the weird might poke its way through the mundane. Each of these ten haunting, inventive tales brings us to the brink―of creation, mortality and immortality, infidelity and transformation, technological innovation and historical revision, loneliness and communion, and every kind of love.

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37 .) The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Lists It Appears On:

  • Multnomah County
  • Paste
  • Southern Living
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post

“An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love.

When Cora Seaborne’s brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy’s nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend.

While admiring the sites, Cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year’s Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors. But unlike Cora, this man of faith is convinced the rumors are caused by moral panic, a flight from true belief.”

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36 .) The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entropy
  • Noted
  • Southern Living
  • The Globe
  • The Guardian

“On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of “the Gardens,” a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king—a queen in want of an heir.

Our guide to the Goldens’ world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down.”

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35 .) The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Entropy
  • The New York Times
  • Thrillist
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

“The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings.

At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan’s friends. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin’s summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer.

With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman’s fiction is unguarded against both life’s affronts and its beauty–and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail.”

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34 .) The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • King County Library
  • Michael Magras
  • Multnomah County
  • The New York Times

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

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33 .) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Canadian Gift Guide
  • Island Books
  • Paste
  • Sit Tableside

“Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

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32 .) Transit by Rachel Cusk

Lists It Appears On:

  • Southern Living
  • The Globe
  • The New York Times
  • The Seattle Times
  • Time

“In the wake of her family’s collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of this upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions―personal, moral, artistic, and practical―as she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city, she is made to confront aspects of living that she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, and believe in, life.

Filtered through the impersonal gaze of its keenly intelligent protagonist, Transit sees Rachel Cusk delve deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed novel Outline and offers up a penetrating and moving reflection on childhood and fate, the value of suffering, the moral problems of personal responsibility, and the mystery of change.

In this second book of a precise, short, yet epic cycle, Cusk describes the most elemental experiences, the liminal qualities of life. She captures with unsettling restraint and honesty the longing to both inhabit and flee one’s life, and the wrenching ambivalence animating our desire to feel real.”

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31 .) 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Noted
  • The Globe
  • The New York Times
  • The Portable Infinite
  • The Washington Post

Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman, yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other. Meanwhile, readers will take in each Ferguson’s pleasures and ache from each Ferguson’s pains, as the mortal plot of each Ferguson’s life rushes on.

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30 .) All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Electric Lit
  • Huffington post
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother—who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood—and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke.

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29 .) Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Canadian Gift Guide
  • Electric Lit
  • Readings
  • The Guardian
  • Today FM

Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa’s world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. However amusing and ironic Frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy, and Frances’s friendship with Bobbi begins to fracture. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally, terribly, with Bobbi.

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28 .) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookbub Blog
  • Goodreads
  • King County Library
  • Multnomah County
  • Noted
  • Today FM

“Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.”

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27 .) Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Boston Globe
  • Electric Lit
  • Large Hearted Boy
  • MPR News
  • The Economist
  • The Guardian

“A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.

Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.”

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26 .) Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • BuzzFeed
  • MPR News
  • Multnomah County
  • Southern Living
  • The New York Times

“The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby’s origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity.

There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe.”

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25 .) Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Lists It Appears On:

  • LA Times
  • MPR News
  • Paste
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post

“A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to epitomize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning.

Meanwhile, one of Dustin’s patients has been plying him with stories of the drowning deaths of a string of drunk college boys. At first Dustin dismisses his patient’s suggestions that a serial killer is at work as paranoid thinking, but as the two embark on an amateur investigation, Dustin starts to believe that there’s more to the deaths than coincidence. Soon he becomes obsessed, crossing all professional boundaries—and putting his own family in harm’s way.”

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24 .) Marlena by Julie Buntin

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Electric Lit
  • Huffington post
  • Michael Magras
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The Washington Post

“The story of two girls and the wild year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades

Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat is quickly drawn into Marlena’s orbit and as she catalogues a litany of firsts―first drink, first cigarette, first kiss, first pill―Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try again to move on, even as the memory of Marlena calls her back.”

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23 .) New People by Danzy Senna

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Entropy
  • Michael Magras
  • The New York Times
  • Time
  • Turnaround

As the twentieth century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil, her college sweetheart, are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, “King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom.” Their skin is the same shade of beige. They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn, where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot-com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation, on the Jonestown massacre. They’ve even landed a starring role in a documentary about “new people” like them, who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her–yet she can’t stop daydreaming about another man, a poet she barely knows. As fantasy escalates to fixation, it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel not only Maria’s perfect new life but her very persona.

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22 .) What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

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  • Bustle
  • Electric Lit
  • Huffington post
  • Notes In The Margin
  • Paste
  • Southern Living

“Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.

In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.”

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21 .) Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

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  • BuzzFeed
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Island Books
  • Shelf Awareness
  • Southern Living
  • The Economist
  • The New York Times

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage–after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures–Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time–until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does–but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

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20 .) The Changeling by Victor LaValle

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  • Amber Sparks
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • The New York Times
  • Time
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

“When Apollo Kagwa’s father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word IMPROBABILIA. Now Apollo is a father himself—and as he and his wife, Emma, are settling into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo’s old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. Irritable and disconnected from their new baby boy, at first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go even deeper. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act—beyond any parent’s comprehension—and vanishes, seemingly into thin air.

Thus begins Apollo’s odyssey through a world he only thought he understood, to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. His quest, which begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma’s whereabouts, takes him to a forgotten island, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever.”

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19 .) The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

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  • Barnes & Noble
  • King County Library
  • Kirkus
  • Michael Magras
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • Time

“On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove―to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his badgering, pregnant wife―“that the hours of his life belong to himself alone.” In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child.

We begin deep inside Catholic Brooklyn, in the early part of the twentieth century. Decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence. Yet his suicide, although never spoken of, reverberates through many lives and over the decades testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations.

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18 .) Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

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  • Goodreads
  • King County Library
  • Multnomah County
  • Noted
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Readings
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post

“Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author’s celebrated New York Times bestseller) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.

Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout’s place as one of America’s most respected and cherished authors.”

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17 .) Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

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  • Hudson Booksellers
  • Indigo
  • Island Books
  • King County Library
  • MPR News
  • Sit Tableside
  • The Washington Post
  • theWhat

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan’s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.

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16 .) My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

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  • Amazon
  • Canadian Gift Guide
  • Multnomah County
  • Noted
  • The Guardian
  • The New York Times
  • The Spinoff
  • The Washington Post
  • theWhat

“Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well.

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15 .) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

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  • Book Riot
  • BuzzFeed
  • Kirkus
  • Michael Magras
  • MPR News
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Shelf Awareness
  • Southern Living
  • Thrillist

In “Who Will Greet You at Home,” a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In “Wild,” a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In “The Future Looks Good,” three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in “Light,” a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to “fix the equation of a person” – with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.

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14 .) American War by Omar El Akkad

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  • Bookbub Blog
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • King County Library
  • MPR News
  • Multnomah County
  • Noted
  • Paste
  • The Globe
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post

“An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle—a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.”

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13 .) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

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  • Boston Globe
  • Entropy
  • Financial Times
  • Independent
  • LA Times
  • Noted
  • Paste
  • Southern Living
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post

“Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.

Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?”

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12 .) The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

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  • Amazon
  • Boston Globe
  • Bustle
  • Financial Times
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • King County Library
  • The Globe
  • The Guardian
  • The Washington Post
  • Thrillist

“The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.

It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love—and by hope.

The tale begins with Anjum—who used to be Aftab—unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her—including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo’s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi.”

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11 .) The Power by Naomi Alderman

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  • Bookbub Blog
  • Boston Globe
  • Bustle
  • Fictional Flowerday
  • LA Times
  • MPR News
  • Paste
  • Readings
  • The New York Times
  • The Spinoff

“In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power–they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.”

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10 .) Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

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  • Bookbub Blog
  • Boston Globe
  • Chicago Review Of Books
  • Huffington post
  • King County Library
  • LA Times
  • MPR News
  • Multnomah County
  • Paste
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Thrillist

“In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company―a biotech firm now derelict―and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.

One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump―plant or animal?―but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts―and definitely against Wick’s wishes―Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford.”

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9 .) White Tears by Hari Kunzru

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  • Electric Lit
  • Huffington post
  • Kirkus
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Shelf Awareness
  • The Economist
  • The New York Times
  • The Spinoff
  • The Washington Post
  • Time
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

Two twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America’s great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Seth is desperate to reach for the future. Carter is slipping back into the past. When Seth accidentally records an unknown singer in a park, Carter sends it out over the Internet, claiming it’s a long lost 1920s blues recording by a musician called Charlie Shaw. When an old collector contacts them to say that their fake record and their fake bluesman are actually real, the two young white men, accompanied by Carter’s troubled sister Leonie, spiral down into the heart of the nation’s darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation.

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8 .) The Leavers by Lisa Ko

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  • Bookbub Blog
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • Huffington post
  • King County Library
  • LA Times
  • Large Hearted Boy
  • Paste
  • Sit Tableside
  • theWhat

“One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.
With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.
Told from the perspective of both Daniel—as he grows into a directionless young man—and Polly, Ko’s novel gives us one of fiction’s most singular mothers. Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heartwrenching choice after another.
Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It’s a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. “

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7 .) Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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  • Amber Sparks
  • Book Riot
  • Boston Globe
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Chicago Review Of Books
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Entropy
  • Huffington post
  • Kirkus
  • LA Times
  • MPR News
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The Washington Post
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

“In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella “Especially Heinous,” Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naïvely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

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6 .) Pachinko by Min Jee Lee

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  • Amazon
  • Book Riot
  • Bookbub Blog
  • Boston Globe
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Chicago Review Of Books
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • MPR News
  • Noted
  • Paste
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Readings
  • Southern Living
  • The New York Times
  • theWhat

“In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant–and that her lover is married–she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son’s powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters–strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis–survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.”

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5 .) Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

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  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bustle
  • Canadian Gift Guide
  • Dallas News
  • Financial Times
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • Indigo
  • King County Library
  • Kirkus
  • Noted
  • Readings
  • Southern Living
  • The Globe
  • The Guardian
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • Time

“Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.

Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.”

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4 .) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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  • Amazon
  • Amber Sparks
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Bookbub Blog
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Canadian Gift Guide
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • Fictional Flowerday
  • Goodreads
  • Huffington post
  • Island Books
  • King County Library
  • Large Hearted Boy
  • MPR News
  • Multnomah County
  • Notes In The Margin
  • Paste
  • Southern Living
  • The Washington Post
  • theWhat

“In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. “

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3 .) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

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  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Boston Globe
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Chicago Review Of Books
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • Goodreads
  • Island Books
  • King County Library
  • Kirkus
  • LA Times
  • MPR News
  • Multnomah County
  • Paste
  • Shelf Awareness
  • Sit Tableside
  • Southern Living
  • The Economist
  • The Globe
  • The New York Times
  • The Portable Infinite
  • The Washington Post
  • Time
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .

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2 .) Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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  • Amazon
  • Amber Sparks
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Boston Globe
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Canadian Gift Guide
  • Dallas News
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • Financial Times
  • Goodreads
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • Huffington post
  • Island Books
  • King County Library
  • Kirkus
  • LA Times
  • Michael Magras
  • MPR News
  • Multnomah County
  • Noted
  • Paste
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Southern Living
  • The New York Times
  • theWhat
  • Time

“In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award–winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.

His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister’s lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is Black and her children’s father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.”

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1 .) Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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  • Amazon
  • Amber Sparks
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Boston Globe
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • Financial Times
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • Independent
  • Island Books
  • King County Library
  • LA Times
  • Michael Magras
  • MPR News
  • Multnomah County
  • Noted
  • Paste
  • Sit Tableside
  • Southern Living
  • The Economist
  • The Globe
  • The Guardian
  • The New York Times
  • The Portable Infinite
  • The Spinoff
  • Time

“February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.”

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The 500+ Additional Best Fiction Books Of 2017



 

#BooksAuthorLists
(Titles Appear On 4 Lists Each)
50A Legacy of SpiesJohn le CarréBarnes & Noble
Indigo
LA Times
The Spinoff
52A SeparationKatie KitamuraElectric Lit
Huffington post
MPR News
The New York Times
53Five-Carat SoulJames McBrideBuzzFeed
Southern Living
The New York Times
The Washington Post
54Forest DarkNicole KraussFinancial Times
Publishers Weekly
The Globe
The New York Times
55History of WolvesEmily FridlundHudson Booksellers
MPR News
The New York Times
theWhat
56House of NamesColm ToibinBoston Globe
The Guardian
The Washington Post
Today FM
57IdahoEmily RuskovichBuzzFeed
King County Library
Noted
The Spinoff
58Made for LoveAlissa NuttingElectric Lit
Entropy
Huffington post
Multnomah County
59Men Without WomenHaruki MurakamiNoted
The Washington Post
theWhat
Thrillist
60Mrs OsmondJohn BanvilleFinancial Times
Noted
The Guardian
The New York Times
61Reservoir 13Jon McGregorFinancial Times
Independent
Publishers Weekly
The Guardian
62So Much BluePercival EverettLA Times
Michael Magras
Shelf Awareness
The Seattle Times
63SourdoughRobin SloanAmazon
Barnes & Noble
Fictional Flowerday
Southern Living
64Standard DeviationKatherine HeinyAmazon
MPR News
The Washington Post
theWhat
65The Bear and the NightingaleKatherine ArdenBookbub Blog
Island Books
Multnomah County
Shelf Awareness
66The Grip Of ItJac JemcAmber Sparks
Chicago Review Of Books
Entropy
Vol.1 Brooklyn
67The Heart’s Invisible FuriesJohn BoyneToday FM
Amazon
Chicago Review Of Books
Fictional Flowerday
68The LocalsJonathan DeePublishers Weekly
The Seattle Times
The Washington Post
theWhat
69The Sparsholt AffairAlan HollinghurstFinancial Times
Independent
Noted
The Guardian
70The Stone SkyN.K. JemisinBustle
Multnomah County
Paste
The New York Times
(Titles Appear On 3 Lists Each)
71A Horse Walks into a BarDavid Grossman. Translated from the Hebrew by Jessica CohenShelf Awareness
The New York Times
The Washington Post
72A Kind of FreedomMargaret Wilkerson SextonMultnomah County
Southern Living
The New York Times
73ArtemisAndy WeirBarnes & Noble
Bookbub Blog
Canadian Gift Guide
74Broken RiverJ. Robert LennonElectric Lit
MPR News
Noted
75Days Without EndSebastian BarryMultnomah County
theWhat
Time
76Difficult WomenRoxane GayAmber Sparks
Chicago Review Of Books
King County Library
77Fresh ComplaintJeffrey EugenidesThe New York Times
theWhat
Today FM
78FrontierCan Xue, translated from the Chinese by Karen Gernant and Chen ZepingAmber Sparks
Boston Globe
Entropy
79Human ActsHan KangHuffington post
Noted
Vol.1 Brooklyn
80LessAndrew Sean GreerBookbub Blog
Southern Living
The New York Times
81MotherestKristen IskandrianAmber Sparks
Entropy
Publishers Weekly
82Mrs. FletcherTom PerrottaKing County Library
LA Times
theWhat
83My Favorite Thing Is MonstersEmil FerrisKing County Library
MPR News
Multnomah County
84SmileRoddy DoyleThe Guardian
The Washington Post
Today FM
85Solar BonesMike McCormackIsland Books
Noted
The Spinoff
86Son of a TricksterEden RobinsonCanadian Gift Guide
Indigo
The Globe
87The Burning GirlClaire MessudBoston Globe
Financial Times
LA Times
88The DryJane HarperBookbub Blog
King County Library
Multnomah County
89The End of EddyÉdouard Louis, translated from the French by Michael LuceyBoston Globe
The Globe
The Guardian
90The Lonely Hearts HotelHeather O’NeillBoston Globe
Indigo
The Globe
91The Sarah BookScott McClanahanAmber Sparks
Electric Lit
Vol.1 Brooklyn
92The Seventh Function of LanguageLaurent BinetElectric Lit
Publishers Weekly
The Economist
93This Is How It Always IsLaurie FrankelAmazon
Island Books
King County Library
94Turtles All the Way DownJohn GreenBuzzFeed
Fictional Flowerday
Today FM
95Uncommon TypeTom HanksBarnes & Noble
Bookbub Blog
Today FM
96Universal HarvesterJohn DarnielleMultnomah County
Paste
The Washington Post
97WinterAli SmithFinancial Times
Independent
The Guardian
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98A Book of American MartyrsJoyce Carol OatesLA Times
The Washington Post
99A Column of FireKen FollettBarnes & Noble
The Washington Post
100An Unkindness of GhostsSolomon RiversBustle
Turnaround
101Attrib. And Other StoriesThe Guardian
Turnaround
102Bad Dreams and Other StoriesTessa HadleyFinancial Times
The New York Times
103Beautiful AnimalsLawrence OsborneThe New York Times
The Washington Post
104Birdcage WalkHelen DunmoreNoted
The Guardian
105ChemistryWeike WangMPR News
The Washington Post
106Dark at the CrossingElliot AckermanMPR News
The Washington Post
107Don’t Let GoHarlan CobenBarnes & Noble
Bookbub Blog
108Eat Only When You’re HungryLindsay HunterAmber Sparks
Chicago Review Of Books
109ElmetFiona MozleyFinancial Times
Thrillist
110Fierce KingdomGin PhillipsBustle
Indigo
111Final GirlsRiley SagerBookbub Blog
Notes In The Margin
112Glass HousesLouise PennyBarnes & Noble
Multnomah County
113H(a)ppyNicola BarkerIndependent
The Guardian
114How To Behave in a CrowdCamille BordasChicago Review Of Books
Electric Lit
115How to Survive A SummerNick WhiteMultnomah County
Turnaround
116IcelandDominic HoeyNoted
The Spinoff
117IsadoraAmelia GrayAmber Sparks
Entropy
118La Belle Sauvage: Book of Dust TrilogyPhilip PullmanThe Spinoff
Today FM
119Large AnimalsJess ArndtBuzzFeed
Entropy
120Lillian Boxfish Takes a WalkKathleen RooneyChicago Review Of Books
Multnomah County
121Long Way DownJason ReynoldsMultnomah County
The Washington Post
122Madame ZeroSarah HallThe Guardian
Thrillist
123Midwinter BreakBernard McLavertyThe Guardian
Today FM
124My Not So Perfect LifeSophie KinsellaGoodreads
Multnomah County
125OriginDan BrownBarnes & Noble
Canadian Gift Guide
126Rabbit CakeAnnie HartnettChicago Review Of Books
MPR News
127Salt HousesHala AlyanBustle
Large Hearted Boy
128Since We FellDennis LehaneBarnes & Noble
King County Library
129Sleeps Standing: MoetūWiti Ihimaera with Hēmi KellyNoted
The Spinoff
130SpoilsBrian Van ReetNoted
The Guardian
131Strange WeatherJoe HillToday FM
Barnes & Noble
132The Alice NetworkKate QuinnKing County Library
Multnomah County
133The Book of DustPhilip PullmanMultnomah County
The Washington Post
134The Child FinderRene DenfeldBarnes & Noble
Indigo
135The City Always WinsOmar Robert HamiltonBoston Globe
Noted
136The Dark Flood RisesMargaret DrabbleThe New York Times
The Washington Post
137The Dinner Party and Other StoriesJoshua FerrisThe New York Times
The Washington Post
138The DisintegrationsAlistair McCartneyEntropy
The Seattle Times
139The Epiphany MachineDavid Burr GerrardLarge Hearted Boy
Vol.1 Brooklyn
140The Floating WorldC. Morgan BapstDallas News
Large Hearted Boy
141The Golden LegendNadeem AslamPaste
The Economist
142The Good PeopleHannah KentBookbub Blog
Today FM
143The Hate U GiveAngie ThomasMultnomah County
Today FM
144The Impossible FortressJason RekulakAmazon
Multnomah County
145The King Is Always Above the PeopleDaniel AlarcónMichael Magras
The Washington Post
146The Late ShowMichael ConnellyBarnes & Noble
Multnomah County
147The Lie of the LandAmanda CraigFinancial Times
The Guardian
148The Marsh King’s DaughterKaren DionneMultnomah County
Shelf Awareness
149The Midnight LineLee ChildBarnes & Noble
Today FM
150The MountainPaul YoonPublishers Weekly
Southern Living
151The Night OceanPaul La FargeMultnomah County
The Seattle Times
152The Red BarnNat BaldwinAmber Sparks
Entropy
153The Rules of MagicAlice HoffmanBarnes & Noble
Bookbub Blog
154The Stars Are FireAnita ShreveMultnomah County
The Washington Post
155The Twelve Lives of Samuel HawleyHannah TintiPaste
The Washington Post
156The WeekJoanna RuoccoAmber Sparks
Entropy
157The Women in the CastleJessica ShattuckBarnes & Noble
Multnomah County
158Things to Do When You’re Goth in the CountryChavisa WoodsMultnomah County
Turnaround
159Things We Lost in the FireMariana Enríquez, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowellBoston Globe
Entropy
160Wait Till You See Me DanceDeb Olin UnferthAmber Sparks
Entropy
161We That Are YoungThe Guardian
Turnaround
162What the Hell Did I Just Read?David WongFictional Flowerday
Multnomah County
163When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young WifeMeena KandasamyFinancial Times
The Guardian
164When the English FallDavid WilliamsChicago Review Of Books
Multnomah County
165Who Is Rich?Matthew KlamThe New York Times
The Washington Post
166Woman №17Edan LepuckiThe Washington Post
theWhat
167Young Jane YoungGabrielle ZevinMPR News
The Washington Post
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
1682084: The End of the WorldTurnaround
1695 Worlds: The Sand WarriorMark Siegel, et al
Multnomah County
170A BOY IN WINTERRachel Seiffert
The New York Times
171A Boy Named TroutMercy Strongheart
Multnomah County
172A Good Day for a HatT. Nat Fuller
Multnomah County
173A Life of Adventure and Delight
Huffington post
174A Long Way From HomePeter CareyReadings
175A Million JunesEmily Henry
Fictional Flowerday
176A Piece of the WorldChristina Baker Kline
Bookbub Blog
177A Plague of GiantsKevin Hearne
Notes In The Margin
178A Red Peace (Starfire #1)Spencer Ellsworth
Multnomah County
179A Small RevolutionJimin HanEntropy
180A Working WomanElvira Navarro, trans. from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney
Publishers Weekly
181Admission RequirementsPhoebe WangThe Globe
182AffectionsRodrigo Hasbún
Large Hearted Boy
183After the FlareDeji Bryce Olukotun
Chicago Review Of Books
184Akata WarriorNnedi Okorafor
Multnomah County
185AlfieThyra Heder
Multnomah County
186All Our Wrong TodaysElan Mastai
Multnomah County
187All Systems Red: The murderbot diariesMartha Wells
Multnomah County
188All the Way to HavanaMargarita Engle
Multnomah County
189All’s Faire in Middle SchoolVictoria Jamieson
Multnomah County
190Always Happy HourMary Miller
Amber Sparks
191AmatkaKarin Tidbeck
Multnomah County
192An Awkward AgeFrancesca Segal
Financial Times
193An Occasional HistoryLaura DavenportEntropy
194Another Castle: GrimoireAndrew Wheeler
Multnomah County
195Arabella and the battle of VenusDavid D. Levine.
Multnomah County
196As a God Might BeTurnaround
197Assisted LivingGary LutzEntropy
198AugustownKei Miller
Publishers Weekly
199AustralPaul McAuley
The Economist
200AutonomousAnnalee Newitz
Bookbub Blog
201BabyAnnaleese JochemsNoted
202Bad EndingsCarleigh BakerThe Globe
203Bandette. [Volume three], In the house of the green maskPaul Tobin and Coleen Coover
Multnomah County
204Beasts of Extraordinary CircumstanceRuth Emmie Lang
Fictional Flowerday
205Before EverythingVictoria RedelEntropy
206Before We Were YoursLisa Wingate
Barnes & Noble
207BelladonnaDaša DrndicThrillist
208Bellevue SquareMichael RedhillThe Globe
209Best Worst AmericanJuan Martinez
Chicago Review Of Books
210Big Cat, Little CatElisha Cooper
Multnomah County
211Big LonesomeJoseph Scapellato
Amber Sparks
212Black Marks on the White Page editedWiti Ihimaera and Tina MakeretiThe Spinoff
213Black MosesAlain Mabanckou
Vol.1 Brooklyn
214BlamelessClaudio Magris, translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel
Boston Globe
215Blitzed: Drugs in the Third ReichNorman Ohler
Notes In The Margin
216Boo Who?Ben Clanton
Multnomah County
217Book of FormationTurnaround
218BrotherDavid ChariandyThe Globe
219Buckskin CocaineErika T. WurthEntropy
220By Your SideKasie West
Multnomah County
221Careers for WomenJoanna Scott
The Seattle Times
222Castle Cross the Magnet CarterTurnaround
223CelinePeter HellerMPR News
224Charlie & MouseLaurel Snyder
Multnomah County
225Charlotte the Scientist is SquishedCamille Andros
Multnomah County
226Chasing the King of HeartsHanna Krall, trans. from the Polish by Philip Boehm
Publishers Weekly
227Chew: Sour GrapesJohn Layman, Rob Guillory
Multnomah County
228CHRISTMAS DAYS: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 DaysJeanette Winterson
The New York Times
229ClassFrancesco PacificoPaste
230CockfostersHelen Simpson
Boston Globe
231Collected StoriesLeonora Carrington
Vol.1 Brooklyn
232CompassMathias Enard
The Economist
233Confessions of a Domestic FailureBunmi Laditan
Bookbub Blog
234Crown: An ode to the Fresh CutDerrick Barnes
Multnomah County
235Crybaby LaneLaura Ellen Scott
Amber Sparks
236DANCE OF THE JAKARANDAPeter Kimani
The New York Times
237Dear CyborgsEugene Lim
Vol.1 Brooklyn
238Decline & Fall on Savage StreetFiona FarrellNoted
239Deep FreezeJohn Sandford
Barnes & Noble
240Demi-GodsEliza RobertsonThe Globe
241Dept. H Volume 1: Murder Six Miles DeepMatt Kindt
Multnomah County
242Descender. Book four, Orbital mechanicsJeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
Multnomah County
243Devil’s DayAndrew Michael Hurley
Financial Times
244Diego and the Rangers of the VastlanticArmand Baltazar
Multnomah County
245Dinner at the Center of the EarthNathan EnglanderLA Times
246Djinn CitySaad Z. Hossain
Chicago Review Of Books
247Down BelowLeonora CarringtonEntropy
248Dragons Love Tacos 2: the SequelRubin Adam
Multnomah County
249DunbarEdward St. Aubyn
Michael Magras
250Earthly RemainsDonna Leon
Barnes & Noble
251Eastman Was HereTurnaround
252EggshellsCaitriona LallyAmazon
253Eight GhostsTurnaround
254Electric Arches
Chicago Tribune
255Emma in the NightWendy Walker
Notes In The Margin
256Empty SetVerónica Gerber BicecciEntropy
257End GameDavid Baldacci
Barnes & Noble
258EndgameAhmet Altan. Translated from the Turkish by Alexander Dawe
The Washington Post
259EnfermarioGabriela Torres OlivaresEntropy
260Enigma VariationsAndré Aciman
The Seattle Times
261Entropy In BloomJeremy Robert Johnson
Multnomah County
262Erotic Stories for Punjabi WidowsBalli Kaur Jaswal
Shelf Awareness
263Every Last LieMary Kubica
Bookbub Blog
264Everybody’s SonThrity Umrigar
Multnomah County
265EXOFonda Lee
Multnomah County
266FASTJorie Graham
The New York Times
267First Love
The Guardian
268First PersonRichard FlanaganNoted
269First Rule of PunkCelia C. Perez
Multnomah County
270Fletcher of the Bounty: A NovelGraeme LayNoted
271FlightsOlga Tokarczuk
The Guardian
272Flow: Whanganui River PoemsAirini BeautraisThe Spinoff
273Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers SoaredAlison Wilgus
Multnomah County
274For Isabel: A MandalaAntonio Tabucchi, trans. from the Italian by Elizabeth Harris
Publishers Weekly
275Fugue StatesPasha MallaThe Globe
276GenevievesHenry HokeEntropy
277Genuine FraudE. Lockhart
Multnomah County
278Ghachar GhocharVivek Shanbhag, trans. from the Kannada by Srinath Perur
Publishers Weekly
279GiftedJohn Daniel
Multnomah County
280Ginny Moon: A NovelBenjamin LudwigAmazon
281GIVING GODHEADDylan Krieger
The New York Times
282Glory DaysMelissa Fraterrigo
Chicago Review Of Books
283Go, Went, GoneJenny Erpenbeck, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky
Boston Globe
284Golden Hill : A Novel of Old New YorkFrancis Spufford
The Washington Post
285Goldfish GhostLemony Snicket
Multnomah County
286GracePaul Lynch
Southern Living
287Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting StoryJaNay Brown-Wood
Multnomah County
288Gravity WellMelanie JoostenReadings
289Grief CottageGail Godwin
Publishers Weekly
290Hardcore Twenty-FourJanet Evanovich
Barnes & Noble
291Harmless Like YouRowan Hisayo Buchanan
Large Hearted Boy
292Heather, the TotalityMatthew Weiner
Barnes & Noble
293Heaven’s Crooked FingerHank Early
Multnomah County
294Hell and High WaterTanya Landman
Multnomah County
295HeloiseMandy HagerNoted
296Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future NutcrackerGregory Maguire
Barnes & Noble
297HimselftheWhat
298Holiday SpiceSamantha Chase
Multnomah County
299HomegoingYaa Gyasi
Financial Times
300House. Tree. Person.Catriona McPherson
Chicago Review Of Books
301Houses of RavickaRenee GladmanEntropy
302How To Be A HeroFlorence Parry Heide
Multnomah County
303Hunger: A Memoir of (My) BodyRoxane Gay
Notes In The Margin
304I Am BatMorag Hood
Multnomah County
305I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican DaughterErika L. Sanchez
Chicago Review Of Books
306I Am the Brother of XXFleur Jaeggy, trans. from the Italian by Gini Alhadeff
Publishers Weekly
307I Remember NightfallMarosa di Giorgio, collection translated by Jeannine Marie Pitas
Amber Sparks
308I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be SinkingLeyna Krow
Huffington post
309IceAnna KavanEntropy
310If My Moon Was your SunAndreas Steinhöfel
Multnomah County
311ImprovementJoan Silber
The Washington Post
312In the CageKevin HardcastleThe Globe
313In the DistanceHernán Díaz
Publishers Weekly
314In the Midst of WinterIsabel Allende
Barnes & Noble
315In your HandsWeatherford, Carole Boston
Multnomah County
316Infinite GroundMacInnes, Martin
Multnomah County
317Inheritance From MotherMinae Mizumura. Translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter
The Washington Post
318Insignificant Events in the Life of a CactusDusti Bowling
Multnomah County
319IQJoe IdetheWhat
320Is God IsAleshea HarrisEntropy
321Jabari JumpsGaia Cornwall
Multnomah County
322Jane, UnlimitedKristin Cashore
Multnomah County
323Jean Harley was HereHeather Taylor JohnsonReadings
324JohnsonDean ParkerNoted
325KaJohn CrowleyLA Times
326Kaijumax Season Two, The Seamy UnderbellyCannon, Zander
Multnomah County
327KintuJennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Publishers Weekly
328Last Gentleman StandingJane Ashford
Multnomah County
329Leap of FaithJenny PattrickNoted
330LiftingDamien WilkinsNoted
331Lightswitches Are My KryptoniteTurnaround
332Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCS (the hard way)Patrick McDonnell
Multnomah County
333Little SisterBarbara GowdyThe Globe
334Long Black VeilJennifer Finney Boylan
Multnomah County
335Lost in SeptemberKathleen WinterThe Globe
336Love & FameSusie Boyt
Financial Times
337Lucia the LuchadoraCynthia Leonor Garza,
Multnomah County
338Lucky BoyTurnaround
339Lucky SupremeJeff JohnsontheWhat
340Man OverboardJ.A. Jance
Multnomah County
341Man’s Wars & WickednessAmanda Ackerman & Harold AbramowitzEntropy
342Mask of ShadowsLinsey Miller
Multnomah County
343Me Tall, You SmallLilli L’Arronge
Multnomah County
344Midnight at the Bright Ideas BookstoreMatthew Sullivan
King County Library
345Midnight at the ElectricAnderson, Jodi Lynn
Multnomah County
346Midnight LineLee ChildThe Spinoff
347Milk IslandRhydian ThomasThe Spinoff
348Minds of WinterEd O’LoughlinThe Globe
349Minecraft: The IslandMax Brooks
Barnes & Noble
350MischlingAffinity Konar
Independent
351Mississippi BloodGreg Iles
Barnes & Noble
352Moby DickChaboute
Multnomah County
353Modern GodsNick Laird
Financial Times
354Modern LoveConstance DeJongEntropy
355MoonriseSarah CrossanToday FM
356Mother of All PigsMalu Halasa
Chicago Review Of Books
357My ArielSina QueyrasThe Globe
358My Cat YugoslaviaPajtim Statovci, translated from the Finnish by David Hackston
Boston Globe
359My Heart Hemmed InMarie NDiayeEntropy
360My Pictures After the StormVeillé, Éric
Multnomah County
361My Sister’s BonesNuala Ellwood
Multnomah County
362New American Best FriendTurnaround
363
Next Year, For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson
The Globe
364Niko Draws a FeelingBob Raczka
Multnomah County
365Nine Folds Make a Paper SwanRuth Gilligan
Shelf Awareness
366No One Can Pronounce My NameRakesh SatyalEntropy
367No One Is Coming to Save UsStephanie Powell Watts
The Washington Post
368Noisy NightMac Barnett
Multnomah County
369Not One DayAnne GarrétaEntropy
370Notes of A CrocodileQiu MiaojinEntropy
371NowAntoinette Portis
Multnomah County
372OathbringerBrandon SandersonPaste
373Odd and TrueCat Winters
Multnomah County
374Oh My God, What a Complete AislingEmer McLysaght and Sarah BreenToday FM
375On a Magical Do Nothing DayBeatrice Alemagna
Multnomah County
376One Mixed-up NightCatherine Newman
Multnomah County
377One of the Boys: A NovelDaniel MagarielAmazon
378Our Little SecretRoz Nay
Canadian Gift Guide
379Party Girls Die in Pearls: An Oxford Girl MysteryPlum Sykes
Multnomah County
380PashminaNidhi Chanani
Multnomah County
381Piecing Me TogetherRenée Watson
Multnomah County
382Princess Cora and the CrocodileLaura Amy Schlitz
Multnomah County
383Professional CrocodileGiovanna Zoboli
Multnomah County
384ProvenanceAnn Leckie
Multnomah County
385Rat queens. Volume four, High fantasiesKurtis J. Wiebe and Owen Gieni
Multnomah County
386Real FriendsShannon Hale
Multnomah County
387Record of a Night Too BriefHiromi KawakamiThrillist
388ReleasePatrick Ness
Multnomah County
389Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians, #3)Kevin KwanGoodreads
390Room Little Darker
The Guardian
391Rotten RowPetina GappahNoted
392Running With RavenLaura Lee Huttenbach
Notes In The Margin
393Saga, vol. 7Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Multnomah County
394Saints and MisfitsS.K. Ali
Multnomah County
395Saints for All OccasionstheWhat
396Savage TheoriesPola Oloixarac, translated from the Spanish by Roy Kesey
Boston Globe
397ScarboroughCatherine HernandezThe Globe
398Second Chance GirlSusan Mallery
Bookbub Blog
399See What I Have DoneSarah Schmidt
Publishers Weekly
400See You in SeptemberCharity NormanNoted
401See You in the CosmosJack Cheng
Multnomah County
402Selection DayAravind Adiga
The New York Times
403Selection DayAravind Adiga
The Washington Post
404ShadowbahnSteve EricksonLA Times
405ShadowbahnSteve Erickson
Vol.1 Brooklyn
406shifting bodiesSurreal epidemics
Vol.1 Brooklyn
407Short CenturyDavid Burr Gerrard’s debut
Vol.1 Brooklyn
408Silk FlowersMeghan LambEntropy
409Since I Laid My Burden DownBrontez Purnell
Shelf Awareness
410SIX FOURHideo Yokoyama. Translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
The New York Times
411Sleeping BeautiesStephen King
Barnes & Noble
412Smells Like Finn SpiritRandy Henderson
Multnomah County
413So Much LoveRebecca RosenblumThe Globe
414Sodden DownstreamBrannavan GnanalingamThe Spinoff
415Sonata In KKaren An-Hwei LeeEntropy
416Songy Of ParadiseGary PanterLA Times
417South Pole StationAshley Shelby
Shelf Awareness
418Spaceman of BohemiatheWhat
419Sputnik’s Guide to Life on EarthCottrell Boyce, Frank
Multnomah County
420StartupDoree Shafrir
Multnomah County
421Strange Heart BeatingEli Goldstone
Chicago Review Of Books
422Strange the DreamerLaini Taylor
Multnomah County
423Such Small Hands
The Guardian
424Sudden DeathAlvaro Enrigue
Independent
425Swimmer Among The Stars
Hudson Booksellers
426SympathyOlivia Sudjic
Large Hearted Boy
427Tales of Falling and FlyingBen LooryEntropy
428Temporary PeopleDeepak Unnukrisksn
Amber Sparks
429TessKirsten McDougallThe Spinoff
430The Accomplished GuestAnn Beattie
The Washington Post
431The AustralianEmma Smith-Stevens
Large Hearted Boy
432The Bad Luck BrideJanna MacGregor
King County Library
433The BarrowfieldsPhillip Lewis
Multnomah County
434The Blood MiraclesLisa McInerney
Financial Times
435The Bone WitchRin Chupeco
Multnomah County
436The Book of PollyKathy Hepinstall
Multnomah County
437The BreakMarian KeyesToday FM
438The BreakdownB. A. Paris
Barnes & Noble
439The CarpenterBruna Barros
Multnomah County
440The Chilbury Ladies’ ChoirJennifer RyantheWhat
441The ChildFiona Barton
Bookbub Blog
442The Complete BalletJohn HaskellEntropy
443The Complete Stories of Leonora CarringtonLeonora CarringtonEntropy
444The Corpses of the FutureLynn CrosbieThe Globe
445The Cuban AffairNelson DeMille
Barnes & Noble
446The Dark and Other Love StoriesDeborah WillisThe Globe
447The Dark LakeSarah Bailey
Barnes & Noble
448The DestroyersChristopher BollenPaste
449The Doll’s AlphabetCamilla Grudova
Chicago Review Of Books
450The Dying DetectiveLeif G.W.Persson
Multnomah County
451The End We Start FromMegan HunterMPR News
452The Epic Crush of Genie LoF.C. Lee
Multnomah County
453The Evening RoadLaird Hunt
Financial Times
454The Fall GuyJames Lasdun
Financial Times
455The FireNight
Multnomah County
456The ForceDon Winslow
Dallas News
457The Future Won’t Be LongJarett Kobek
The Portable Infinite
458The FuturestheWhat
459The GauntletKaruna Riazi
Multnomah County
460The Girl in GreenDerek B. Miller
Shelf Awareness
461The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an EyeDavid Lagercrantz
Barnes & Noble
462The Girl with Kaleidoscope EyesDavid Handler
Multnomah County
463The Golden Cockerel & Other WritingsJuan RulfoEntropy
464The Golden HourT. Greenwood
Multnomah County
465The Good Daughter: A NovelKarin Slaughter
Barnes & Noble
466The Gospel According to Blindboy BoatclubBlindboy BoatclubToday FM
467The Graybar HotelCurtis DawkinsThrillist
468The Gurugu PledgeJuan Tomás Ávila Laurel
Vol.1 Brooklyn
469The HeirstheWhat
470The Hope FaultTracy FarrNoted
471The IdenticalsElin HilderbrandGoodreads
472The ImposterJavier Cercas
Independent
473The Jane Austen ProjectKathleen Flynn
Multnomah County
474The Keeper of Lost ThingsRuth HoganGoodreads
475The LadiesSara VeglahnEntropy
476The Last BalladWiley Cash
Multnomah County
477The Last Days of MagicTurnaround
478The Last HoursMinette WaltersNoted
479The Last Mrs. ParrishLiv Constantine
Multnomah County
480The Legend of Rock Paper ScissorsDrew Daywalt
Multnomah County
481The Life to ComeMichelle de KretserThe Spinoff
482The Little Big ThingsHenry Fraser
Bookbub Blog
483The LockpickerLeonard Chang
Multnomah County
484The Long DryCynan Jones
Multnomah County
485The Luckiest Scar on EarthAna Maria Spagna
Multnomah County
486The Lucky OnesJulianne PachicoPaste
487The Misfortune of Marion PalmEmily Culliton
Canadian Gift Guide
488The Necessary AngelCK SteadNoted
489The New AnimalsPip AdamThe Spinoff
490The North WaterIan McGuiretheWhat
491The Original FaceGuillaume MorissetteThe Globe
492The Passion of Woo & IsoldeJennifer TsengEntropy
493The PossessionsSara Flannery Murphy
Multnomah County
494The President’s GlassesPeter DonnellyToday FM
495The President’s Gardens
The Guardian
496The Prey of GodsNicky Drayden
Multnomah County
497The Protester Has Been ReleasedJanet SarbanesEntropy
498The Rat Catcher’s OlympicsColin Cotterill
Multnomah County
499The Readymade ThiefAugustus Rose
Chicago Review Of Books
500The Reason You’re AliveMatthew Quick
Multnomah County
501The Redemption of Galen PikeCarys DaviesThe Globe
502The River BankKij Johnson. Illustrated by Kathleen Jennings
The Washington Post
503The River of KingsTaylor BrownPaste
504The Road HomeKatie Cotton
Multnomah County
505The Rooster BarJohn Grisham
Barnes & Noble
506The Scariest Book EverBob Shea
Multnomah County
507The Secret RoomKazim AliEntropy
508The Shades of Magic seriesV.E. Schwab
Fictional Flowerday
509The Shoe on the RoofWill FergusonThe Globe
510The SinnerTurnaround
511The Stars Beneath Our FeetMoore, David Barclay
Multnomah County
512The Stolen BicycleTurnaround
513The Stolen Marriage: A NovelDiane Chamberlain
Barnes & Noble
514The Story of Arthur TruluvElizabeth Berg
Bookbub Blog
515The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s DaughterTheodora Goss
King County Library
516The Sun and Her FlowersRupi KaurThe Globe
517The Sun Is Also A StarNicola Yoon
Multnomah County
518The Talented RibkinsLadee Hubbard
Multnomah County
519The Teeth of the Comb and Other StoriesOsama Alomar
Amber Sparks
520The Thing About LoveJulie James
Multnomah County
521The ThirstJo NesbøPaste
522The TownShaun PrescottReadings
523The Tragic Death of Eleanor MarxTara BerginThe Spinoff
524The Truth About MeLouise MarburgEntropy
525The Twenty Days of TurinGiorgio de Maria
Vol.1 Brooklyn
526The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl beats up the Marvel Universe!Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Multnomah County
527The Vanishing PrincessJenny Diski
Amber Sparks
528The WandererstheWhat
529The Way Home in the NightAkiko Miyakoshi
Multnomah County
530The Weight of InkRachel KadishAmazon
531The Wish GranterC. J. Redwine
Multnomah County
532THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10Ruth WareIndigo
533The Woman Who Lived Amongst the CannibalsRobert Kloss
Amber Sparks
534The Wonderous Science, Book 1 of the mysteries of the Laurel SocietyBrian & Josie Parker
Multnomah County
535The Word is MurderAnthony HorowitzToday FM
536The World Goes OnLászló KrasznahorkaiEntropy
537The Wrong TrainJeremy de Quidt
Multnomah County
538The Year of the CometSergel Levedev
Shelf Awareness
539They Both Die at the EndAdam Silvera
Fictional Flowerday
540This Accident of Being LostLeanne Betasamosake SimpsonThe Globe
541This is Memorial DeviceDavid KeenanThe Spinoff
542ThornhillPam Smy
Multnomah County
543TIESDomenico Starnone. Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri
The New York Times
544Tin ManSarah WinmanToday FM
545Tornado WeatherDeborah E. Kennedy
Multnomah County
546TouchCourtney MaumElectric Lit
547Town isthe Sea
Multnomah County
548Traitor to the ThroneAlwyn Hamilton
Notes In The Margin
549Turn Loose our Death Rays and Kill them All!: The complete works of Fletcher HanksFletcher Hanks
Multnomah County
550Twenty Days of TurinGiorgio DeMaria
Multnomah County
551Twin Peaks: The Final DossierMark FrostThrillist
552Two Kinds of TruthMichael Connelly
Barnes & Noble
553Vicious CircleC. J. Box
Barnes & Noble
554Waking GodsSylvain NeuvelPaste
555WAKING LIONSAyelet Gundar-Goshen. Translated by Sondra Silverston
The New York Times
556Watch Me DisappearJanelle Brown
Barnes & Noble
557We Were the Lucky OnesGeorgia Hunter
Bookbub Blog
558We Were WitchesTurnaround
559We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some NightJoel Thomas HynesThe Globe
560Well, That Was AwkwardRachel Vail
Multnomah County
561When Dimple Met RishiSandhya Menon
Multnomah County
562When Light is Like WaterMolly McCloskeyToday FM
563Where’s Halmoni?Julie Kim
Multnomah County
564WHEREASLayli Long Soldier
The New York Times
565Wilde in Love: The Wildes of Lindow CastleEloisa James
Multnomah County
566Within the Sanctuary of WingsMarie Brennan
Multnomah County
567Wolf in the SnowMatthew Cordell
Multnomah County
568Wonder ValleyIvy PochodaLA Times
569Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997 EditedDodie Bellamy & Kevin KillianEntropy
570You Bring the Distant NearPerkins, Mitali
Multnomah County
571You Should Have LeftDaniel Kehlmann
Multnomah County


51 Best Fiction Book Sources/Lists Of 2017



SourceArticle
Amazon Best literature and fiction of 2017
Amber Sparks Best (Subjective) Books of 2017
Barnes & Noble The Best Books of 2017
Book Riot THEFOLLOWINGAREBOOKRIOT’SBESTBOOKSOF2017.
Bookbub Blog 25 Books to Read Before Year’s End, According to Bestselling Authors
Boston Globe The best books of 2017
Bustle The 17 Best Fiction Books Of 2017
BuzzFeed The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2017
Canadian Gift Guide HOLIDAY READS: BEST FICTION BOOKS 2017
Chicago Review Of Books The Best Fiction Books of 2017
Chicago Tribune Best books of 2017: Fiction and nonfiction that moved literature forward
Dallas News From East Texas to Jonestown and beyond: Our culture critic names his 10 favorite books of 2017
Electric Lit Electric Literature’s 25 Best Novels of 2017
Entropy BEST OF 2017: BEST FICTION BOOKS
Fictional Flowerday Best books of 2017… according to me!
Financial Times Best books of 2017: Fiction
Goodreads Best Fiction
Hudson Booksellers Best Books of 2017
Huffington post The Best Fiction Books Of 2017
Independent 9 best fiction books of 2017
Indigo TOP 10 FICTION OF 2017
Island Books Our Best of the Year 2017: Fiction
King County Library Best Fiction 2017
Kirkus Best Literary Fiction of 2017
LA Times Best books of 2017: The best fiction
Large Hearted Boy Favorite Novels of 2017
Michael Magras My Favorite Books from 2017
MPR News The best books to give and get: Fiction picks of 2017
Multnomah County The Best Books of 2017
Noted The 100 Best Books of 2017
Notes In The Margin Our Favorite Books of 2017
Paste The 25 Best Novels of 2017
Publishers Weekly Best Fiction
Readings The best fiction books of 2017
Shelf Awareness Our Best Adult Books of 2017
Sit Tableside Favorite Books of 2017
Southern Living The Best Books of 2017
The Economist Books of the Year 2017
The Globe The Globe 100
The Guardian The best fiction of 2017
The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2017
The Portable Infinite Best Books of 2017
The Seattle Times Noteworthy books of 2017: general fiction
The Spinoff The best books of 2017: the 20 best novels
The Washington Post 50 notable works of fiction in 2017
theWhat 25 Best Fiction Books 2017
Thrillist THE BEST BOOKS OF 2017 TO GIVE TO ANYONE ON YOUR LIST
Time The Top 10 Novels of 2017
Today FM The Best Fiction Books Of The Year
Turnaround Favourite Fiction 2017
Vol.1 Brooklyn Vol.1 Brooklyn’s 2017 Favorites: Fiction