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Best Historical Fiction of 2015

  • FICTION

    A GOD IN RUINS

    MAY 5, 2015

FICTION

A GOD IN RUINS

by Kate Atkinson

But do we really have just one life, as Ursula insists? It’s a point worth pondering. A grown-up, elegant fairy tale, at... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BOOK OF ARON

    MAY 12, 2015

FICTION

THE BOOK OF ARON

by Jim Shepard

Ordinary people reveal dimensions that are extraordinarily cruel or kind. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE PINCH

    JUNE 2, 2015

  • FICTION

    MRS. ENGELS

    OCT. 13, 2015

FICTION

MRS. ENGELS

by Gavin McCrea

Who knew reading about communists could be so much fun? Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SYMPATHIZER

    APRIL 7, 2015

FICTION

THE SYMPATHIZER

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Both chilling and funny, and a worthy addition to the library of first-rate novels about the Vietnam War. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE GIVEN WORLD

    APRIL 14, 2015

  • FICTION

    THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET

    JULY 14, 2015

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET

by Natasha Pulley

Clever and engaging, this impressive first novel will reward both casual readers looking for a fun period adventure and... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE INCARNATIONS

    AUG. 18, 2015

FICTION

THE INCARNATIONS

by Susan Barker

Effortlessly blends the past with the present, dark humor with profound sadness. A deeply human masterpiece. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    CITY ON FIRE

    OCT. 13, 2015

  • FICTION

    THE BIG GREEN TENT

    NOV. 10, 2015

FICTION

THE BIG GREEN TENT

by Ludmila Ulitskaya ; translated by Polly Gannon

Indeed, the greatest tragedy of Ulitskaya’s story is that it comes to an end. Worthy of shelving alongside Doctor Zhivago:... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE DYING GRASS

    JULY 28, 2015

FICTION

THE DYING GRASS

by William T. Vollmann

Telegraphic and episodic—so much so that it recalls the later work of Eduardo Galeano—Vollmann’s saga is a note-perfect... Full review >

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