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Best Historical Fiction of 2013

  • FICTION

    A COMMONPLACE KILLING

    SEPT. 17, 2013

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

A COMMONPLACE KILLING

by Siân Busby

A moody gem of a novel that gives moving testament to the exemplary talent that is Busby's lasting legacy. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LUMINARIES

    OCT. 15, 2013

FICTION

THE LUMINARIES

by Eleanor Catton

There’s a lovely payoff after the miles of twists and turns. It’s work getting there but work of a thoroughly pleasant kind. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BLOOD & BEAUTY

    JULY 16, 2013

FICTION

BLOOD & BEAUTY

by Sarah Dunant

Dunant’s biggest and best work to date, this intelligently readable account of formative events and monster players has... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE END OF THE POINT

    MARCH 5, 2013

FICTION

THE END OF THE POINT

by Elizabeth Graver

A lovely family portrait: elegiac yet contemporary, formal yet intimate. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NINE DAYS

    SEPT. 10, 2013

FICTION

NINE DAYS

by Toni Jordan

A small treasure, from the author of the wonderful romantic comedy Addition (2009). Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE GOOD LORD BIRD

    AUG. 20, 2013

FICTION

THE GOOD LORD BIRD

by James McBride

McBride presents an interesting experiment in point of view here, as all of Brown’s activities are filtered through the eyes... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SOMEONE

    SEPT. 3, 2013

FICTION

SOMEONE

by Alice McDermott

There is no high drama here, but Marie and Gabe are compelling in their basic goodness, as is McDermott’s elegy to a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE ACCURSED

    MARCH 5, 2013

FICTION

THE ACCURSED

by Joyce Carol Oates

Though it requires some work and has a wintry feel to it, it’s oddly entertaining, as a good supernatural yarn should be. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE COLLECTOR OF LOST THINGS

    DEC. 15, 2013

FICTION

THE COLLECTOR OF LOST THINGS

by Jeremy Page

Page shapes a fascinating historical narrative and has moving insights into our sometimes-dubious relationship to the... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    QUIET DELL

    OCT. 15, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

QUIET DELL

by Jayne Anne Phillips

Phillips’ prose is as haunting as the questions she raises about the natures of sin, evil and grace. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE MAID'S VERSION

    SEPT. 3, 2013

FICTION

THE MAID'S VERSION

by Daniel Woodrell

A commanding fable about trespass and reconstruction from a titan of Southern fiction. Full review >

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