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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

When the narrator’s friend, another writer, dies suddenly, she inherits his Great Dane. Among many problems, she lives in a tiny New York apartment—that doesn’t allow pets. What follows is a brilliant and moving meditation on friendship, love (both Platonic and romantic), art and grief. I found this a profound and beautiful reading experience. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

In this action-packed novella, Gailey imagines what the U.S. would have looked like if we had gone through with the proposed 1910 plan to import hippos for meat. This (ill-conceived) plan was real. Galey creates a U.S. filled with one of the most dangerous creatures in the world. Follow this diverse band of "hoppers" as they jaunt through the southern swamps. - MJ

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ISBN: 9780765395238
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Published: Tor.com - May 23rd, 2017

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine is a baker in a world where tour buses get lost down cobbled streets rebuilt after a magical World War. A chance encounter thrusts her into the center of a deadly, ancient game, and face-to-face with her own abandoned heritage. Brilliant world-building, vibrant characters, fantastic charms, and delicious cinnamon rolls. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780515138818
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Published: Berkley - November 30th, 2004

Mars: Stories by Asja Bakic

Haunting, visceral, often funny and always powerful, these surreal, fabulist stories are nothing short of brilliant. Bakic, an emerging feminist speculative writer from the Balkans, is simply extraordinary, a talent not to be missed. - Ksenia

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By Asja Bakic, Jennifer Zoble (Translator), Ellen Elias-Bursac (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781936932481
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Published: Feminist Press - March 12th, 2019

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Please read this book knowing as little as possible going in! Ishiguro touches on many themes, from discrimination and perception to futility and free-will, in an exquisitely quiet manner. As you follow a group of kids growing up at a withdrawn boarding school, moments start to feel off. Word choice seems suspect. A sense of dread and unease fills the halls. - Tori

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ISBN: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2006

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

The story of a woman's descent into madness after her husband abandons her with two children to raise. Olga's irrational behavior is the epitome of a woman on the verge. Ferrante's unsentimental descriptions of motherhood beautifully embody the resilience of a complex woman. For fans of Simone De Beauvoir's The Woman Destroyed. - Natalie O.

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781933372006
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs was a poor girl who worked as a nurse in the Great War. In 1920's London, still carrying emotional battlefield scars, she sets up shop as a private investigator. Her first case leads to murder and exposes wartime secrets still causing harm. Winspear's plotting and depiction of post-WWI Britain will have you devouring pages. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781616954079
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Published: Soho Crime - June 3rd, 2014

The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat

A love story set in the most brutal of times, The Farming of Bones is one of those books you will read in one or two sittings and think about for the rest of your life. Set in Haiti during the Parsley Massacre of 1937, this book will force you to look at one of the worst moments in history. Danticat’s storytelling is so gripping, you won’t be able to look away. - Jess

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ISBN: 9781616953492
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Published: Soho Press - May 7th, 2013

Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky

A poetic parable of an occupied town which refuses to hear soldiers, Deaf Republic is the most unique and profound anti-war work I’ve ever read. Kaminsky, himself a hard-of-hearing immigrant from Ukraine, re-envisions disability as a powerful act of defiance and silence as “the invention of the hearing.” - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Kristoff evokes a brutal and beautiful fantasy world inspired by Venice and Rome, driven by betrayals ancient and awesome, current and political. Mia's life is defined by the moment her father is hung for treason, beginning again with blood and lust as she commits to the path that will help her destroy those who destroyed her family. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250132130
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - June 20th, 2017

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