Best Fiction Books of 2013


ASUNDER by Chloe Aridjis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Dark and peculiar, simultaneously sinister and playful, Aridjis' modern gothic vision will charm those prepared to linger in her cabinet of curiosities."
A self-effacing life devoted to obsessive minutiae is cracked open in this oblique, disturbing, yet oddly compelling tale. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR by Jake Arnott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2013

"A novel that combines the pleasures of genre fiction and the thematic richness of literary fiction, while blurring the line between the two and exploding the very concept of genre."
An audaciously ambitious novel that takes great creative risks and, against considerable odds, makes most of them pay dividends. Read full book review >

THE BLIND MAN'S GARDEN by Nadeem Aslam
Released: April 30, 2013

"Aslam sympathizes not with causes, but with people, and this is a memorable portrait of a people torn apart by war."
The war in Afghanistan, as seen from the other side—or, better, another side. Read full book review >
LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2013

"Provocative, entertaining and beautifully written. It's not quite the tour de force that her Case Histories (2004) was, but this latest affords the happy sight of seeing Atkinson stretch out into speculative territory again."
If you could travel back in time and kill Hitler, would you? Of course you would. Read full book review >
TRAVELING SPRINKLER by Nicholson Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"In sparkling and witty prose, Baker reminds readers why he's one of the masters of the contemporary novel."
Baker foregoes the kinky eroticism of Vox and House of Holes this time and gives readers a sweet and idiosyncratic novel about the protagonist of The Anthologist (2009), a poet and pop songwriter manqué. Read full book review >

LONGBOURN by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Sequels and prequels rarely add to the original, but Baker's simple yet inspired reimagining does. It has best-seller stamped all over it."
An irresistible retake on Pride and Prejudice alters the familiar perspective by foregrounding a different version of events—the servants'. Read full book review >
LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Barnhardt masterfully reimagines the Southern gothic: There is every kind of sordid deed committed, but there is also an abundance of humanity and grace."
Barnhardt's fourth novel is a revelation: witty, savage and bighearted all at once, it is the Southern novel for the 21st century. Read full book review >
ARCHANGEL by Andrea Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2013

"Barrett's stories rank with the best."
The award-winning author returns with another collection of stories distinguished by uncommon scope and depth. Read full book review >