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Best General Fiction Books of 2013

  • FICTION

    THE GOLDFINCH

    OCT. 22, 2013

  • FICTION

    THE FLAMETHROWERS

    APRIL 2, 2013

FICTION

THE FLAMETHROWERS

by Rachel Kushner

Kushner writes well and plunges us deeply into the disparate worlds of the New York City art scene, European political... Full review >

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    PACIFIC

    MAY 7, 2013

FICTION

PACIFIC

by Tom Drury

The always fresh perspective of this one-of-a-kind writer will have you responding like his character, who “laughed with... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LOWLAND

    SEPT. 24, 2013

FICTION

THE LOWLAND

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Though Lahiri has previously earned greater renown for her short stories, this masterful novel deserves to attract an even... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SON

    MAY 28, 2013

FICTION

THE SON

by Philipp Meyer

An expertly written tale of ancient crimes, with every period detail—and every detail, period—just right. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TRAVELING SPRINKLER

    SEPT. 17, 2013

FICTION

TRAVELING SPRINKLER

by Nicholson Baker

In sparkling and witty prose, Baker reminds readers why he’s one of the masters of the contemporary novel. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY

    AUG. 20, 2013

FICTION

LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY

by Wilton Barnhardt

Barnhardt masterfully reimagines the Southern gothic: There is every kind of sordid deed committed, but there is also an... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE NIGHT OF THE COMET

    AUG. 6, 2013

  • FICTION

    HARVEST

    FEB. 12, 2013

FICTION

HARVEST

by Jim Crace

Crace continues to occupy a singular place in contemporary literature. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A THOUSAND PARDONS

    MARCH 12, 2013

FICTION

A THOUSAND PARDONS

by Jonathan Dee

With his sixth novel, Pulitzer finalist Dee has written a page turner without sacrificing a smidgen of psychological... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR

    MARCH 19, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR

by Jake Arnott

A novel that combines the pleasures of genre fiction and the thematic richness of literary fiction, while blurring the line... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    DIRTY LOVE

    OCT. 7, 2013

  • FICTION

    JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS

    NOV. 5, 2013

FICTION

JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS

by Sebastian Faulks

Faulks has risen to the challenge splendidly with this "homage" to Wodehouse. Jeeves and Wooster live again! Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HAVISHAM

    NOV. 5, 2013

  • FICTION

    SCHRODER

    FEB. 5, 2013

FICTION

SCHRODER

by Amity Gaige

Smart, comic, unsettling, yet strangely of a piece—not unlike its disarming lead character. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA

    MARCH 5, 2013

FICTION

HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA

by Mohsin Hamid

Another great success for Hamid and another illustration of how richly the colonial margins are feeding the core of... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ENON

    SEPT. 10, 2013

FICTION

ENON

by Paul Harding

Beautifully turned: Harding has defogged his style a bit and gained a stronger emotional impact from it. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    DOCTOR SLEEP

    SEPT. 24, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

DOCTOR SLEEP

by Stephen King

Satisfying at every level. King even leaves room for a follow-up, should he choose to write one—and with luck, sooner than... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE DINNER

    FEB. 12, 2013

FICTION

THE DINNER

by Herman Koch

At its best, a chilling vision of the ugliness of keeping up appearances. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BLIND MAN'S GARDEN

    APRIL 30, 2013

FICTION

THE BLIND MAN'S GARDEN

by Nadeem Aslam

Aslam sympathizes not with causes, but with people, and this is a memorable portrait of a people torn apart by war. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LIFE AFTER LIFE

    APRIL 2, 2013

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

LIFE AFTER LIFE

by Kate Atkinson

Provocative, entertaining and beautifully written. It’s not quite the tour de force that her Case Histories (2004) was, but... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ANGEL BABY

    MAY 14, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

ANGEL BABY

by Richard Lange

A film waiting to happen, this book boasts memorable characters, evocative settings and a suspenseful plot. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE INFATUATIONS

    AUG. 15, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE INFATUATIONS

by Javier Marías ; translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Blindingly intelligent, engagingly accessible—it seems there’s nothing Marías can’t make fiction do. No wonder he’s... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TRANSATLANTIC

    JUNE 4, 2013

FICTION

TRANSATLANTIC

by Colum McCann

A beautifully written novel, an experience to savor. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LIFE AFTER LIFE

    MARCH 26, 2013

FICTION

LIFE AFTER LIFE

by Jill McCorkle

McCorkle’s masterful microcosm invokes profound sadness, harsh insight and guffaws, often on the same page. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LONGBOURN

    OCT. 8, 2013

FICTION

LONGBOURN

by Jo Baker

Sequels and prequels rarely add to the original, but Baker’s simple yet inspired reimagining does. It has best-seller... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WANT NOT

    NOV. 5, 2013

FICTION

WANT NOT

by Jonathan Miles

For readers who relish extravagant language, scathing wit and philosophical heft, this book wastes nothing. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NIGHT FILM

    AUG. 20, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

NIGHT FILM

by Marisha Pessl

A touch too coyly postmodern at times, but a worthwhile entertainment all the same. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BLEEDING EDGE

    SEPT. 17, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

BLEEDING EDGE

by Thomas Pynchon

Of a piece with Pynchon’s recent work—not quite a classic à la V. but in a class of its own—more tightly woven but no less... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WOMAN WHO LOST HER SOUL

    SEPT. 3, 2013

FICTION

THE WOMAN WHO LOST HER SOUL

by Bob Shacochis

An often depressing, cautionary and thoroughly excellent tale of the excesses of empire, ambition and the too easily... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ASUNDER

    SEPT. 17, 2013

FICTION

ASUNDER

by Chloe Aridjis

Dark and peculiar, simultaneously sinister and playful, Aridjis’ modern gothic vision will charm those prepared to linger in... Full review >

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