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Best Historical Fiction of 2022

  • FICTION

    YONDER

    JAN. 11, 2022

FICTION

YONDER

by Jabari Asim

A wonder-filled novel about the power of words and stories to bring hope to the most difficult situations. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SHRINES OF GAIETY

    SEPT. 27, 2022

FICTION

SHRINES OF GAIETY

by Kate Atkinson

Already one of the best writers working, Atkinson just gets better and better. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    TRUST

    MAY 3, 2022

FICTION

TRUST

by Hernan Diaz

A clever and affecting high-concept novel of high finance. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    AFTERLIVES

    AUG. 23, 2022

FICTION

AFTERLIVES

by Abdulrazak Gurnah

A novel with an epic feel, even at 320 pages, building a complex, character-based story that stretches over generations. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE BOOK OF GOOSE

    SEPT. 20, 2022

FICTION

THE BOOK OF GOOSE

by Yiyun Li

Stunners: Li’s memorable duo, their lives, their losses. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE BOOKS OF JACOB

    FEB. 1, 2022

FICTION

THE BOOKS OF JACOB

by Olga Tokarczuk ; translated by Jennifer Croft

A massive achievement that will intrigue and baffle readers for years to come. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    POLLAK'S ARM

    FEB. 15, 2022

FICTION

POLLAK'S ARM

by Hans von Trotha ; translated by Elisabeth Lauffer

A work that weaves art and history into a fascinating tale. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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