Favorite Fiction of 2016

Happy New Year 2017!

While I regularly write about children’s books, I digress to share my favorite adult fiction books of the year.

In 2016, I read 56 novels.  Choosing my top 10 was difficult — but I did it, and wanted to share this list.  In no particular order.

Railwayman’s Wife (Atria).  Set in Australia this sad, yet beautiful tale of grief and love is the most exquisite prose I’ve encountered.  I read each page slowly and deliberately to take in each perfectly placed word.

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Reputations (Riverhead).  A spare but overwhelming story of a hugely influential and powerful Columbian political cartoonist who suddenly has to question and re-evaluate his past.

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Another Brooklyn (Amistad).  A gorgeous lyrical poetic novel about childhood friendships in 1920’s Brooklyn filled with promises.

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The Nix (Knopf).  Written with a sharp wit and dark humor, this is a large book about a mother-son relationship involving politics and pop culture.

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Leaving Lucy Pear (Viking).  This is historical fiction set in 1920’s New England.  An engrossing and moving story about women and motherhood.

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Britt Marie was Here (Atria).  Britt Marie is a fussy and intolerant woman.  The story of her transformation into an emotional and thoughtful character is outrageously funny and had me laughing out loud.  Brilliant book!!

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History of Wolves (Atlantic Monthly Press).  An elegantly crafted book about a teenage girl living in frozen tundra Minnesota.  It’s tragic and moving and thought provoking.  (This is a January 2017 release.)

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Swing Time (Penguin).  A tale of two young racially mixed girls in London dreaming of becoming dancers.  It’s an engaging story of race, class and childhood friendships and how they develop and diverge.

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The Mothers (Riverhead).  A compelling story of motherhood in every aspect.  Intelligent and moving, it captures the essence of loss, secrets and love.

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Wangs vs. the World (HMH).  A scorchingly funny saga about an ultra wealthy Chinese-American family.  They lose it all, and embark on a hilarious cross-country field trip.


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