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Best Debut Fiction of 2016

  • FICTION

    BEHOLD THE DREAMERS

    AUG. 23, 2016

FICTION

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS

by Imbolo Mbue

Realistic, tragic, and still remarkably kind to all its characters, this is a special book. Full review >

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    HOMEGOING

    JUNE 7, 2016

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HOMEGOING

by Yaa Gyasi

A promising debut that’s awake to emotional, political, and cultural tensions across time and continents. Full review >

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    TUESDAY NIGHTS IN 1980

    APRIL 5, 2016

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    HERE COMES THE SUN

    JULY 19, 2016

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HERE COMES THE SUN

by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Haunting and superbly crafted, this is a magical book from a writer of immense talent and intelligence. Full review >

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    THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH

    MARCH 1, 2016

FICTION

THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH

by Ayelet Tsabari

Tsabari creates complex, conflicted, prickly people you'll want to get to know better. Full review >

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    THE NIX

    AUG. 31, 2016

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THE NIX

by Nathan Hill

A grand entertainment, smart and well-paced, and a book that promises good work to come. Full review >

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    THE BED MOVED

    APRIL 12, 2016

FICTION

THE BED MOVED

by Rebecca Schiff

Schiff’s startlingly honest, deliciously wry stories herald the arrival of a beguiling new talent. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    PRIVATE CITIZENS

    FEB. 9, 2016

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PRIVATE CITIZENS

by Tony Tulathimutte

A satirical portrait of privilege and disappointment with striking emotional depth. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SCARY OLD SEX

    MARCH 8, 2016

FICTION

SCARY OLD SEX

by Arlene Heyman

The stories in this keenly observed collection lay bare truths—some comforting, others uncomfortable—about love and sex,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WE SHOW WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED

    OCT. 25, 2016

  • FICTION

    THE ADVENTURIST

    APRIL 5, 2016

  • FICTION

    THE MOTHERS

    OCT. 11, 2016

FICTION

THE MOTHERS

by Brit Bennett

A wise and sad coming-of-age story showing how people are shaped by their losses. Recommended for both adult and teenage... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GRACE

    JUNE 14, 2016

FICTION

GRACE

by Natashia Deón

A haunting, visceral novel that heralds the birth of a powerful new voice in American fiction. Full review >

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