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Best Historical Fiction of 2016

  • FICTION

    THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

    FEB. 2, 2016

FICTION

THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

by Alexander Chee

Richly researched, ornately plotted, this story demands, and repays, close attention. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GRACE

    JUNE 14, 2016

FICTION

GRACE

by Natashia Deón

A haunting, visceral novel that heralds the birth of a powerful new voice in American fiction. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW

    SEPT. 6, 2016

FICTION

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW

by Amor Towles

A masterly encapsulation of modern Russian history, this book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    EXPOSURE

    APRIL 5, 2016

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

EXPOSURE

by Helen Dunmore

This subtle, off-kilter foray into John le Carré territory—a chilling, thoughtful, deeply romantic drama about the... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NEWS OF THE WORLD

    OCT. 4, 2016

FICTION

NEWS OF THE WORLD

by Paulette Jiles

Lyrical and affecting, the novel succeeds in skirting clichés through its empathy and through the depth of its major... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HIGH DIVE

    MARCH 8, 2016

FICTION

HIGH DIVE

by Jonathan Lee

Lee’s writing has a marked freshness, his pacing and dialogue are exceptional, and every scene is deftly handled. This is a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE GOLDEN AGE

    AUG. 16, 2016

FICTION

THE GOLDEN AGE

by Joan London

Every character, however minor, comes to life in these pages. Like her fictional pianist, London is a virtuoso. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TUESDAY NIGHTS IN 1980

    APRIL 5, 2016

  • FICTION

    BARKSKINS

    JUNE 14, 2016

FICTION

BARKSKINS

by Annie Proulx

Another tremendous book from Proulx, sure to find and enthrall many readers. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WONDER

    SEPT. 20, 2016

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE WONDER

by Emma Donoghue

Her contemporary thriller Room (2010) made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE GUSTAV SONATA

    SEPT. 27, 2016

FICTION

THE GUSTAV SONATA

by Rose Tremain

Spanning the decades from 1937 to 2002, Tremain’s novel is less sprawling than it is deeply intimate, a soul-stirring song... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

    SEPT. 13, 2016

FICTION

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

by Colson Whitehead

Whitehead continues the African-American artists' inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing audacity and... Full review >

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