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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Come for the murder mystery, stay for the queer women and a vividly painted portrait of San Francisco in 1876. San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake feels like a fascinating foreign country, offering a setting different from any historical fiction I've read before. I adored the twists and turns through tenements and languages, music and time. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780316324670
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 24th, 2015

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

Myfanwy Thomas wakes up with no memories, but with her pockets full of letters explaining that she is an agent of the Checquy, a Supernatural Secret Service. Someone in the Checquy is trying to kill her and dismantle the agency, and Myfanwy must discover the traitor before time runs out. An exciting, often laugh-out-loud book full of monsters, mayhem, and slime! - Sara

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ISBN: 9780316098809
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 16th, 2012

Last Stories by William Trevor

Like Thomas Hardy or Alice Munro, two writers he is often compared to, Trevor could convey an entire life—its triumphs and sorrows—in a few deft sentences. When he died in 2016 the world lost one of its great artists. Each of the stories collected here, the last he ever wrote, makes clear the open-hearted, almost painful, compassion he felt for his characters. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780525558101
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Published: Viking - May 15th, 2018

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

I have really liked the romances written by this duo of writers (who write under the single pseudonym Christina Lauren), so when I saw they were trying contemporary fiction I was willing to try it out. I usually side-eye books with constant flashbacks, but this was done so effortlessly (and charmingly) I actually looked forward to the flashbacks. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781501128011
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Published: Gallery Books - April 10th, 2018

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

LaValle has written a modern-day fairytale that entrances as it draws you into the unique rhythms of a young family in New York. Apollo, a "book man" who hunts for the big find in boxes of used books, is our window into the old, uncanny forces hovering beneath the surface of the new millennium. This horror fantasy packs a big punch! One of my favorite books! - Clara

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ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 6th, 2018

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Is there anything Margaret Atwood can’t do? Part sci-fi, part romance, part mystery, part social commentary, and part historical fiction, The Blind Assassin is a heartbreaking page-turner. It’s also a matryoshka doll of sorts; there’s a story within a story within a story, and somehow all three merge together with a twist that’s both surprising and extremely satisfying. - Jessica

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ISBN: 9780385720953
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Published: Anchor - August 28th, 2001

Red-Colored Elegy by Seiichi Hayashi

Seiichi Hayashi’s cult-classic comic will make you cry. The experimental black-ink work pays homage to Godard films as much as underground comic books. It completely immerses you in a fractured world of love, failed revolutionary politics, and art. Any word I can use to review this book feels false compared to the stark beauty and emotional viscosity of the book itself. - Gabe

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By Seiichi Hayashi, Taro Nettleton (Translated by), Ryan Holmberg (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781770462120
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - February 20th, 2018

Wilderness Station by Alice Munro

Munro is quite simply the best short-story writer ever. The recent Nobel Prize in Literature is just icing on the cake. This book brings together the best stories from the first half of her career, including my personal favorite “The Albanian Virgin.” Munro’s compassion and honesty will break your heart, and her artistry will leave you in awe. - Rico

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ISBN: 9781101970362
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Published: Vintage - September 15th, 2015

House of Names by Colm Toibin

The blood of Iphigenia bought her father, Agememnon, passage to the Trojan War, but there are consequences when a man betrays his children and a king betrays his queen. Tóibín brings to life the pettily human and divinely mystic of Greek drama in a vivid novel about revenge, loyalties and intrigues. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781501140228
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Published: Scribner - March 6th, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

This book reminds me of Jackie Collins back in the day, only in Singapore. Kwan describes the paradox of a culture where people with more money than they know what to do with save the tiniest amount of leftovers but then drop millions on a diamond necklace. Once you get passed their designer clothes, the characters are just as naked as the rest of us. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780345803788
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Published: Anchor - May 20th, 2014


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