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13 Of The Most Exciting Books Of 2016

1. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

The stories in Helen Oyeyemi’s stunning collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours look at keys that lock or unlock everything from magical diaries to hearts. Highly imaginative and enchanting, Oyeyemi’s writing in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours will take readers on a journey to a world that is at once strange and intoxicating — this collection is Oyeyemi at her best. Read More
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2. High Dive by Jonathan Lee

At the center of Jonathan Lee’s brilliant new novel High Dive is an assassination plot: In 1984, a bomb is set in place at a hotel in Brighton, England, in an attempt to take down British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her Cabinet. A poignant, multi-voiced account of the precarious weeks leading up to the explosion, High Dive offers an intimate look at tragedy, loyalty, and a pivotal moment in history.Read More

3. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee’s novel Queen of the Night is a vivid, glittering portrait of Paris in the 19th century and its opera scene. A spellbinding story of intrigue and self-reinvention, Queen of the Night follows famed soprano Lilliet Berne from her humble beginnings as an orphan to her rise as an opera star and all the secrets she finds herself entangled in along the way. Read More

4. The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs is a deeply compassionate exploration of the effects terrorism has on both the victims and the perpetrators. In 1996, a small bomb detonates in a South Delhi marketplace, killing two young boys and traumatizing their surviving friend. Dark, devastating, and sharply wise, The Association of Small Bombs is a tale of loss, grief, guilt, and redemption.Read More

5. The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray

John Wray’s The Lost Time Accidents is a wild, sweeping adventure through time, science, and one family’s curious legacy. When Waldemar “Waldy” Tolliver wakes up one day to find that he has been exiled from the flow of time, he desperately searches for a way back but must also reconcile with his family’s secrets and a failed romance.Read More

6. We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Kaitlyn Greenidge’s masterful debut novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman is at heart an examination of race and language — an African-American family is hired by a New England research institute to raise and teach sign language to a chimpanzee, but the institute has a shockingly dark past. We Love You, Charlie Freeman skillfully tackles history and heavy subjects with both humor and thoughtfulness; this book proves Greenidge will be a literary force to be reckoned with. Read More

7. What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell’s debut novel What Belongs to You aches with desire and tenderness: an American professor in Bulgaria encounters a male prostitute named Mitko in a public bathroom, beginning a complex sexual relationship between the two that will have enormous ramifications for them both. Lyrical and haunting, What Belongs to You is a rumination on lust, shame, violence, and the ways in which sexual and emotional pain stays with and shapes us.Read More

8. Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

In Idra Novey’s quirky debut novel, Ways to Disappear, a famous but debt-stricken Brazilian novelist vanishes, leaving her children and one young American translator determined to solve the puzzling circumstances of her disappearance. Fast-paced and colorful, Ways to Disappear is part mystery, part romance, but 100% a delight.Read More

9. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

The nonfiction debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words is a memoir recounting Lahiri’s sometimes difficult love affair with the Italian language. Passionate, moving, and strikingly honest, In Other Words is the powerful story of one writer learning how to read, write, and speak in a new voice.Read More

10. Zero K by Don DeLillo

In Don DeLillo’s newest novel, Zero K, death is no longer a certainty of human life — a secret scientific compound in a remote location preserves bodies indefinitely until future technology and medicine can heal and revive them. Moving yet often funny,Zero K is a thoughtful meditation on what we choose to preserve or leave behind, the role of death in human existence, and the nature of our responsibility for the future.Read More

11. Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson

Sari Wilson’s powerful debut, Girl Through Glass, is the story of a young girl who grows up too quickly in the harshly competitive world of New York City ballet in the 1970s. A dark and utterly engrossing coming-of-age novel, Girl Through Glass is a haunting portrait of obsession, ambition, sacrifice, and the secrets one woman thought she left in the past.Read More

12. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Sunil Yapa’s ambitious debut novel, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, is set amidst the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, where the lives of seven people are irrevocably changed in the ensuing violence and fight for power. Beautifully wrought and sympathetic, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist gazes unflinchingly at the depths of humanity and compassion, weaving seven disparate voices together into one raw account of the protests.Read More

13.The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

At the heart of Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s highly anticipated debut novel The Nestlies a very dysfunctional family: The four adult Plumb siblings have spent their lives waiting to finally receive “The Nest,” their joint trust fund, in hopes of it solving their problems, when the oldest sibling’s car accident suddenly endangers it all. Largehearted and witty, The Nest is a tender portrait of a family who must face their past choices and the consequences of their expected inheritance on their relationships and one another. Read More
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