Best Fiction Books of 2013


A COMMONPLACE KILLING by Siân Busby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A moody gem of a novel that gives moving testament to the exemplary talent that is Busby's lasting legacy."
A murder investigation centering on postwar London brings together two very different people in Busby's last novel. Read full book review >
TEN THINGS I'VE LEARNT ABOUT LOVE by Sarah Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2013

"Whimsy and pathos, artfully melded."
This soulful debut unpacks a family enigma involving a wandering daughter, a homeless father and their tenuous family ties. Read full book review >

NO ONE COULD HAVE GUESSED THE WEATHER by Anne-Marie Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2013

"Clever and witty: the best kind of summer book.  "
A subversively charming debut about a group of happily imperfect New Yorkers from Dublin-based Casey, wife of novelist Joseph O'Connor. Read full book review >
THE LUMINARIES by Eleanor Catton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"There's a lovely payoff after the miles of twists and turns. It's work getting there but work of a thoroughly pleasant kind."
A layered, mannered, beguiling yarn, longlisted for the Booker Prize, by New Zealander novelist Catton. Read full book review >
NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher, who accurately observes that "I trained myself...to turn fear into aggression.""
Jack Reacher pokes a head into his old D.C. office, and things promptly go ballistic. Read full book review >

HARVEST by Jim Crace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Crace continues to occupy a singular place in contemporary literature."
Rarely does language so plainspoken and elemental tell a story so richly open to interpretation on so many different levels. Read full book review >
QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS by Ellen Datlow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 2013

"Splendid tales that illuminate a bygone era's darker corners."
Eighteen tales of gaslamp fantasy, that is, historical fantasy set in an alternate 19th century where magic worked or supernatural events occurred, together with an extensive and informative introduction from editor Windling tracing historical roots and adding context. Read full book review >
THE CROCODILE by Maurizio de Giovanni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"In this crisply translated novel, de Giovanni explores Lojacono's loneliness and vulnerability while simultaneously revealing his brilliance as a detective."
A wonderfully suspenseful novel in which de Giovanni restores life to the cliché of the world-weary detective.   Read full book review >