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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapowski

Meet Gerault of Rivia—the Witcher—a member of an elite but dying fraternity who fight monsters. Gerault navigates morality, kindness, monsters, and humanity in a world that borrows a lot from fairy tales but stays  close to home in terms of people. This collection of connected short stories delighted me with its characters and creativity. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780316438964
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Published: Orbit - July 18th, 2017

A Fan's Notes by Frederick Exley

Exley is one of those writers who, essentially, had one great story to tell—the story of his disastrous life—and man does he tell it well. An alcoholic and general failure, he was a college classmate of football great Frank Gifford (husband of Kathie Lee) and had a life-long (non-romantic) obsession with him that he details in hilarious, tragic and completely unforgettable ways. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780679720768
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - August 12th, 1988

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

Shapiro makes me want to run to the nearest museum and immerse myself in art. This beautifully crafted page-turner weaves a compelling mystery into the lives of the young abstract impressionists (Rothko, Pollack, Krasner, etc.) during their formative years in New York. Exploring the artists souls and the roots of connection, this is a terrific book. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781616206437
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett

While Bel Canto is one of Patchett’s more popular works, The Magician’s Assistant is my favorite. The idea that we can be with someone for years and still never know them completely is troubling yet intriguing (at least in fiction). Also I enjoyed that Patchett challenges the concept of what makes a family. The answer? Well, you’ll have to read the book! - Karena

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ISBN: 9780156006217
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Published: Harvest Books - September 17th, 2004

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Franzen’s darkly comic masterpiece provides us with a microcosm of American life at the turn of the twentieth century—a culture and an economy in transition—a boom on the brink of bust. Exemplified through the lens of a fractured, Midwestern family—an ailing patriarch, his wife, and their three adult children—The Corrections is as engaging today as it was in 2001. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780312421274
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2002

Kraken by China Mieville

When a giant squid washes ashore in London and then disappears after being brought to the Natural History Museum, all hell breaks loose. Cults, old gods, gatekeepers, secret police, and the undead. It’s all here. And with a mystery of mysterious proportions to tear it all apart. This book is a grand ‘ole time. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780345497505
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Published: Del Rey - March 15th, 2011

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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

Light in August by William Faulkner

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

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

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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ISBN: 9781481410342
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 31st, 2017


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