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Best Literary Fiction of 2018

  • FICTION

    HALSEY STREET

    JAN. 1, 2018

FICTION

HALSEY STREET

by Naima Coster

Absorbing and alive, the kind of novel that swallows you whole. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FLORIDA

    JUNE 5, 2018

FICTION

FLORIDA

by Lauren Groff

A literary tour de force of precariousness set in a blistering place, a state shaped like a gun. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MOURNING

    MAY 8, 2018

FICTION

MOURNING

by Eduardo Halfon ; translated by Lisa Dillman & Daniel Hahn

In this follow-up to The Polish Boxer (2012) and Monastery (2014), Halfon constructs a kind of postmodern memorial to his... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ASYMMETRY

    FEB. 6, 2018

FICTION

ASYMMETRY

by Lisa Halliday

A singularly conceived graft of one narrative upon another; what grows out of these conjoined stories is a beautiful... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WHERE THE DEAD SIT TALKING

    FEB. 20, 2018

FICTION

WHERE THE DEAD SIT TALKING

by Brandon Hobson

A masterly tale of life and death, hopes and fears, secrets and lies. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SEVERANCE

    AUG. 14, 2018

  • FICTION

    THE GREAT BELIEVERS

    JUNE 19, 2018

FICTION

THE GREAT BELIEVERS

by Rebecca Makkai

As compulsively readable as it is thoughtful and moving: an unbeatable fictional combination. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

    APRIL 10, 2018

FICTION

HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

In an era when writers of color are broadening the space in which class and culture as well as race are examined,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TELL THE MACHINE GOODNIGHT

    JUNE 19, 2018

FICTION

TELL THE MACHINE GOODNIGHT

by Katie Williams

With its clever, compelling vision of the future, deeply human characters, and delightfully unpredictable story, this novel... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE FEMALE PERSUASION

    APRIL 3, 2018

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