Amazing & Astonishing Adult Fiction 2015

A brief departure from kid’s books — 2015 was an astounding year for adult fiction.  Every book I read was better than the last.  What a pleasure, how invigorating to read these engaging tales.

Here are some of my favorites — in no specific order, with very brief descriptions…

Saint Mazie” (Jami Attenberg).  Historical fiction written in diary form.  Set in NYC during the Depression.  Mazie is an unconventional woman with a heart of gold.

Marriage of Opposites” (Alice Hoffman).  Based on a true story, this novel is set in the 1800’s in St. Thomas, V.I. involving a forbidden love. It’s a book about Rachel Pomie, also known as the mother of artist Camille Pissaro.

A Little Life” (Hanya Yanagihara).  The saddest and most tragic book of the year.  It’s the story of four college friends embarking on adult life in New York. Superbly written and moving.

A Man Called Ove” (Fredrik Backman).  A charming story about an elderly curmudgeon who finds his world turned upside down.

Neapolitan Novels (Elena Ferrante).  The fourth book, “The Story of the Lost Child” was mesmerizing.  This dynamic series about two lifelong friends in Italy should not be missed.

Disclaimer” (Renee Knight) and “In a Dark, Dark Wood” (Ruth Ware) were both riveting psychological thrillers. Real page turners.

The Secret Place” (Tana French).  I wait for every book she writes with mounting anticipation.  Another great crime fiction mystery.  French writes complex and skilled suspense.

Lost and Found” (Brooke Davis).  A small and quirky book which was laugh-out loud funny and sad at the same time.  About a 7-year old girl abandoned by her mother who finds friends in two eighty-something misfits.  This is a sweet story set in Australia.

I could go on ad infinitum.

I read more than 50 works of fiction in 2015 and I could recommend almost all.

Looking forward to 2016 and hoping for an equally satisfying bounty of adult fiction.





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