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Best Historical Fiction of 2020

  • FICTION

    THE PULL OF THE STARS

    JULY 21, 2020

FICTION

THE PULL OF THE STARS

by Emma Donoghue

Darkly compelling, illuminated by the light of compassion and tenderness: Donoghue’s best novel since Room (2010). Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE NIGHT WATCHMAN

    MARCH 3, 2020

FICTION

THE NIGHT WATCHMAN

by Louise Erdrich

A knowing, loving evocation of people trying to survive with their personalities and traditions intact. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD

    APRIL 7, 2020

FICTION

HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD

by C Pam Zhang

Aesthetically arresting and a vital contribution to America’s conversation about itself. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE EXILES

    AUG. 25, 2020

FICTION

THE EXILES

by Christina Baker Kline

This fascinating 19th-century take on Orange Is the New Black is subtle, intelligent, and thrillingly melodramatic. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

    JUNE 2, 2020

FICTION

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

by Stefano Massini ; translated by Richard Dixon

A vivid account of one remarkable family’s role in shaping modern America. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    UTOPIA AVENUE

    JULY 14, 2020

FICTION

UTOPIA AVENUE

by David Mitchell

Those whose musical tastes end in the early 1970s—and literary tastes are up to the minute—will especially enjoy Mitchell’s... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HAMNET

    JULY 21, 2020

FICTION

HAMNET

by Maggie O'Farrell

A gripping drama of the conflict between love and destiny. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BLACK BOTTOM SAINTS

    AUG. 18, 2020

FICTION

BLACK BOTTOM SAINTS

by Alice Randall

If Randall’s book at times gets carried away with its emotions, it also compels you to ride along with your own. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MAN OF MY TIME

    APRIL 14, 2020

FICTION

MAN OF MY TIME

by Dalia Sofer

A perceptive, humane inquiry into Iran's history and soul. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE KING OF WARSAW

    APRIL 21, 2020

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE KING OF WARSAW

by Szczepan Twardoch ; translated by Sean Gasper Bye

A wickedly enthralling novel by one of Poland's emerging literary stars. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE COLD MILLIONS

    OCT. 6, 2020

FICTION

THE COLD MILLIONS

by Jess Walter

We have heard that Jess Walter writes nonstop: Seven days a week, 365 days a year. Please, never stop. Full review >

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