Staff Fiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.

Tobias Wolff calls this the best thing ever written about the Vietnam War. An amalgam of autobiography, war reportage, and fiction, it tells the story of O’Brien himself and the other soldiers in his platoon in such a powerful way you can’t imagine anything else needing to be said on the subject. The perfect companion to the new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary. - RIco

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

My favorite novel by Faulkner, and the most accessible of his major works, Light in August is a flat-out masterpiece of style, structure and storytelling. Following the fates of many characters at once, all of them swirling around and toward each other, the sense of tragic menace is palpable. For my money, this is the quintessential Southern Gothic novel. - Rico

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780679732266
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 1991

This book broke my heart, put it back together, then repeated the process, in the best way possible. Homegoing follows two sisters and their descendants for 200 years, from Ghana to the United States, with some of the most powerful writing in the last few years. - Karena

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

As a fan of both books about the 1920s and books about magic, this novel is firmly in my literary wheelhouse. I really enjoyed how the story swapped between the main characters who were on either side of the law. Joan as a magic bootlegger trying to provide for her family and Alex, an undercover cop, trying to gain redemption for his father's crimes. - Karena

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781481410342
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Published: Saga Press - January 31st, 2017

There is nothing I don't love about this book. The dialogue is smart, the sex scenes are sizzling, and the cover is gorgeous. The heroine is a tattoo artist with a complicated history with her first love who she keeps encountering when she moves back home. Bonus: this is Rai's first novel with a major publisher and it's well deserved. - Karena

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780062566737
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Published: Avon Books - July 25th, 2017

This book made me feel like a child discovering the world of books. Fledgling is a wholly new—norm-destroying vampire mythology is explored through the eyes of the strangest protagonists I've ever encountered. This is science fiction at its most cutting and mind-bending. Months after reading it I'm still asking myself questions and dreaming about this universe. - Clara

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780446696166
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Published: Warner Books (NY) - January 1st, 2007

Captivating historical fiction about a priceless painting, the painter who created it, the man who inherited it, and the celebrated art historian who created a forgery of it.  Smith skillfully weaves a multi-layered story narrated by the painter Sara de Vos in 17th century Amsterdam, the owner Marty de Groot in 1957 New York, and the forger Ellie Shipley in 2000 Sydney Australia. - Trey

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250118325
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Published: Picador USA - April 4th, 2017

Based on a historical scandal, this book is about coming of age in the 1940's and includes a modern day mystery. Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society, is kidnapping and selling children to wealthy families all over the county. Riveting and at times wrenching, it's ultimately uplifting and reminds us that the heart doesn't forget. - Clytia

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780425284681
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

This is a beautiful story about love, friendship, elephants, the circus, and a mystery concerning a family history of abuse. The story is told by two women, with equally compelling voices, decades apart. It's heartbreaking, with moments of joy. I like having my heart tugged by what I’m reading, but if you’ve enjoyed my other recommendations, you'll love this one. - Clytia

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ISBN: 9781617734496
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - July 25th, 2017

Enter a world with two moons, then a town of cats. Meet a relentless fee collector, a hitwoman and a cram school teacher. Explore a shady religious sect and ponder the meaning of the mysterious Little People. 1Q84 is a strange, patient, lonely, and ultimately satisfying pursuit of true love and delicious revenge. - Natalie

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage Books - January 22nd, 2013

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