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Best Literary Fiction of 2014

  • FICTION

    ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

    MAY 6, 2014

FICTION

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

by Anthony Doerr

Doerr captures the sights and sounds of wartime and focuses, refreshingly, on the innate goodness of his major characters. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BLAZING WORLD

    MARCH 11, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE BLAZING WORLD

by Siri Hustvedt

Blazing indeed: not just with Harry’s fury, but with agonizing compassion for all of wounded humanity. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    EUPHORIA

    JUNE 3, 2014

  • FICTION

    FLORENCE GORDON

    SEPT. 23, 2014

FICTION

FLORENCE GORDON

by Brian Morton

Always a pleasure to read for his well-drawn characters, quiet insight and dialogue that crackles with wit, Morton here... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ALL OUR NAMES

    MARCH 4, 2014

FICTION

ALL OUR NAMES

by Dinaw Mengestu

Weighted with sorrow and gravitas, another superb story by Mengestu, who is among the best novelists now at work in America. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING

    SEPT. 9, 2014

FICTION

A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING

by Eimear McBride

McBride’s debut garnered the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize in 2013 and the Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction in 2014—and... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SONG OF THE SHANK

    JUNE 17, 2014

FICTION

SONG OF THE SHANK

by Jeffery Renard Allen

If there’s any justice, Allen’s visionary work, as startlingly inventive as one of his subject’s performances, should propel... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ALPHABET

    OCT. 21, 2014

FICTION

ALPHABET

by Kathy Page

Page doesn't sentimentalize the cruelty of life in a prison system but manages to transcend it through Simon, who writes his... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE PAYING GUESTS

    SEPT. 16, 2014

FICTION

THE PAYING GUESTS

by Sarah Waters

Waters keeps getting better, if that’s even possible after the sheer perfection of her earlier novels. Full review >

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