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The Best Fiction of 2010

  • FICTION

    SUNSET PARK

    NOV. 1, 2010

FICTION

SUNSET PARK

by Paul Auster

Sure to please Auster fans and likely to attract new readers as well. Full review >

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    EXLEY

    OCT. 5, 2010

FICTION

EXLEY

by Brock Clarke

A seriously playful novel about the interweave of literature and life. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE STORM

    MARCH 12, 2010

FICTION

THE STORM

by Margriet de Moor and translated by Carol Brown Janeway

It’s hard to resist using the word “symphonic” to describe this exquisitely composed, piercingly moving story. De Moor... Full review >

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    THE PRIVILEGES

    JAN. 12, 2010

FICTION

THE PRIVILEGES

by Jonathan Dee

Thoughtful and bracingly unpredictable, though the lack of a resolution is frustrating. Full review >

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    POINT OMEGA

    FEB. 2, 2010

FICTION

POINT OMEGA

by Don DeLillo

An icy, disturbing and masterfully composed study of guilt, loss and regret—quite possibly the author’s finest yet. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD

    JUNE 8, 2010

FICTION

A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD

by Jennifer Egan

Another ambitious change of pace from talented and visionary Egan, who reinvents the novel for the 21st century while... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BEFORE YOU SUFFOCATE YOUR OWN FOOL SELF

    SEPT. 23, 2010

FICTION

BEFORE YOU SUFFOCATE YOUR OWN FOOL SELF

by Danielle Evans

A welcome new talent—with a funny and dark take on being black in America. Full review >

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    THE BLINDNESS OF THE HEART

    OCT. 5, 2010

FICTION

THE BLINDNESS OF THE HEART

by Julia Franck ; translated by Anthea Bell

Franck’s impressionistic style and empathy encourage fresh responses to familiar subject matter—fine, disturbing, memorable... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SNAKEWOMAN OF LITTLE EGYPT

    SEPT. 1, 2010

FICTION

SNAKEWOMAN OF LITTLE EGYPT

by Robert Hellenga

Three reasons to love Hellenga: He’s a fine storyteller; he gives us new eyes; he restores our sense of wonder. Attention... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FAME

    SEPT. 14, 2010

FICTION

FAME

by Daniel Kehlmann & translated by Carol Brown Janeway

A brazen take on the modern yearning for recognition. Kehlmann is a writer worth reading. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

    MAY 27, 2010

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

by Stieg Larsson & translated by Reg Keeland

Patented Larsson, meaning fast-paced enough to make those Jason Bourne films seem like Regency dramas. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE ASK

    MARCH 9, 2010

FICTION

THE ASK

by Sam Lipsyte

The author’s most ambitious work yet—a brilliant and scabrously entertaining riff on contemporary America. Full review >

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    THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET

    JUNE 29, 2010

FICTION

THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET

by David Mitchell

It’s as difficult to put this novel down as it is to overestimate Mitchell’s virtually unparalleled mastery of dramatic... Full review >

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    THE FOUR FINGERS OF DEATH

    JULY 28, 2010

FICTION

THE FOUR FINGERS OF DEATH

by Rick Moody

A smart, fun satire—Jonathan Swift in space, with twists befitting Vincent Price. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SKIPPY DIES

    SEPT. 7, 2010

FICTION

SKIPPY DIES

by Paul Murray

Long and impossibly involved, but also beautifully written, with much truth and not a wasted word. A superb imagining of a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BOUND

    OCT. 1, 2010

FICTION

BOUND

by Antonya Nelson

A small gem—more understated than Nelson’s recent stories, but equally sharp and deeply moving. Full review >

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    WHAT IS LEFT THE DAUGHTER

    JULY 6, 2010

FICTION

WHAT IS LEFT THE DAUGHTER

by Howard Norman

It is extraordinary that a story which carries such a weight of sorrow is never depressing, but Norman the master craftsman... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SALVATION CITY

    SEPT. 16, 2010

FICTION

SALVATION CITY

by Sigrid Nunez

Class, not cure, is Nunez’s preoccupation, and she handles it with fine-tuned irony and no small measure of profundity. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A THOUSAND PEACEFUL CITIES

    JULY 6, 2010

FICTION

A THOUSAND PEACEFUL CITIES

by Jerzy Pilch & translated by David Frick

If laughter actually is the best medicine, fortunate readers of this wonderful novel will surely enjoy perfect health for... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY

    AUG. 1, 2010

FICTION

SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY

by Gary Shteyngart

When Lenny realizes “I can’t connect in any meaningful way to anyone,” he’s writing about not merely a technological... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TAKE ONE CANDLE, LIGHT A ROOM

    OCT. 12, 2010

FICTION

TAKE ONE CANDLE, LIGHT A ROOM

by Susan Straight

Deeply rooted in the African-American experience, yet filled with insights that resonate for anyone seeking to make a better... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LONELY POLYGAMIST

    MAY 3, 2010

FICTION

THE LONELY POLYGAMIST

by Brady Udall

Fans of the HBO series Big Love will be pleased to see an alternate take on the multi-household problem, and lovers of good... Full review >

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