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Best Historical Fiction of 2019

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    CANTORAS

    SEPT. 3, 2019

FICTION

CANTORAS

by Carolina De Robertis

A stunning novel about queer love, womanhood, and personal and political revolution. Full review >

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    MURMUR

    APRIL 9, 2019

FICTION

MURMUR

by Will Eaves

A wildly inventive and moving exploration of the human mind under conditions of duress. Full review >

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    OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT

    SEPT. 10, 2019

FICTION

OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT

by Petina Gappah

This is a humane, riveting, epic novel that spotlights marginalized historical voices. Full review >

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    PHANTOMS

    APRIL 9, 2019

FICTION

PHANTOMS

by Christian Kiefer

It will break your heart, and in the breaking, fill you with bittersweet but luminous joy. Full review >

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    LADY IN THE LAKE

    JULY 23, 2019

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

LADY IN THE LAKE

by Laura Lippman

The racism, classism, and sexism of 50 years ago wrapped up in a stylish, sexy, suspenseful period drama about a newsroom... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    INLAND

    AUG. 13, 2019

FICTION

INLAND

by Téa Obreht

The final, luminous chapter is six pages that will take your breath away. Full review >

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    THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO

    MAY 7, 2019

FICTION

THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO

by Julie Orringer

Altogether satisfying. Mix Alan Furst and André Aciman, and you’ll have a feel for the territory in which this well-plotted... Full review >

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    THE OLD DRIFT

    MARCH 26, 2019

FICTION

THE OLD DRIFT

by Namwali Serpell

Comparisons with Gabriel García Márquez are inevitable and likely warranted. But this novel’s generous spirit, sensory... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE NICKEL BOYS

    JULY 16, 2019

FICTION

THE NICKEL BOYS

by Colson Whitehead

Inspired by disclosures of a real-life Florida reform school’s long-standing corruption and abusive practices, Whitehead’s... Full review >

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    IN WEST MILLS

    JUNE 4, 2019

FICTION

IN WEST MILLS

by De'Shawn Charles Winslow

Winslow's heroine isn't easy to like. But over time, she reaches into your heart and touches it deeply. So does this book. Full review >

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