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Best Fictional Gender Benders of 2014

  • FICTION

    THE RISE & FALL OF GREAT POWERS

    MAY 27, 2014

FICTION

THE RISE & FALL OF GREAT POWERS

by Tom Rachman

Brilliantly structured, beautifully written and profoundly sad. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

    OCT. 30, 2014

FICTION

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

by Nuruddin Farah

An unassuming triumph of straightforward, topical storytelling that both adds to and augments a body of work worthy of a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NORA WEBSTER

    OCT. 7, 2014

FICTION

NORA WEBSTER

by Colm Tóibín

A novel of mourning, healing and awakening; its plainspoken eloquence never succumbs to the sentimentality its heroine would... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE CHILDREN ACT

    SEPT. 9, 2014

FICTION

THE CHILDREN ACT

by Ian McEwan

McEwan, always a smart, engaging writer, here takes more than one familiar situation and creates at every turn something new... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A MAP OF BETRAYAL

    NOV. 4, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

A MAP OF BETRAYAL

by Ha Jin

Subtle, masterful and bittersweet storytelling that operates on a number of different levels. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LAST ILLUSION

    MAY 13, 2014

FICTION

THE LAST ILLUSION

by Porochista Khakpour

Plot summary fails to convey the spirit of this creative flight of fancy; farce meets disaster in a novel that illuminates... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    EUPHORIA

    JUNE 3, 2014

  • FICTION

    THE MOOR'S ACCOUNT

    SEPT. 9, 2014

FICTION

THE MOOR'S ACCOUNT

by Laila Lalami

Adding a new spin to a familiar story, Lalami offers an utterly believable, entertainingly told alternative to the... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE HUNTING GUN

    SEPT. 9, 2014

FICTION

THE HUNTING GUN

by Yasushi Inoue ; translated by Michael Emmerich

This slight but elegant and moving novella is a lovely introduction to a prolific Japanese writer (1907-1991) largely... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FLORENCE GORDON

    SEPT. 23, 2014

FICTION

FLORENCE GORDON

by Brian Morton

Always a pleasure to read for his well-drawn characters, quiet insight and dialogue that crackles with wit, Morton here... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ALPHABET

    OCT. 21, 2014

FICTION

ALPHABET

by Kathy Page

Page doesn't sentimentalize the cruelty of life in a prison system but manages to transcend it through Simon, who writes his... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    AN UNNECESSARY WOMAN

    FEB. 4, 2014

FICTION

AN UNNECESSARY WOMAN

by Rabih Alameddine

A gemlike and surprisingly lively study of an interior life. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ALL I LOVE AND KNOW

    JULY 15, 2014

FICTION

ALL I LOVE AND KNOW

by Judith Frank

Strong storytelling driven by emotionally complex characters: first-rate commercial fiction. Full review >

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