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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Fool by Christopher Moore

My favorite Moore title by far, Fool takes on Shakespeare in a hilarious novel that takes its cues from King Lear. Moore twists things around and adds quite a few surprises, so don't feel like you already know what will happen. There's enough tragedy, sexuality and flummery for a whole slew of plays and Moore's almost trademark humor brings the whole thing together perfectly.

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ISBN: 9780060590321
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 23rd, 2010

The Sisters Brothers by by Patrick DeWitt

Get out your six-shooter, put on your cowboy hat, and settle in for a thoroughly unsettling read. Full of dark comedy and creative vernacular, DeWitt's novel depicts a wild west full of violence, misfortune, and opportunity. His narrative style is full of flourishes and subtle humor and his main characters, while completely psychotic, are immensely entertaining.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco - February 14th, 2012

The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith

Fans of Dexter will love this thriller featuring an "information retrieval" expert (read that as torturer) whose personal code of conduct leads him to betray his clients and champion a 12-year-old boy. It's fast-paced and exciting, with a great balance of action and psychological twists. You'll never love Geiger, but you'll respect him, fear him, and whole-heartedly root for him.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780805094268
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 10th, 2012

Edge of Dark Water by Joe Lansdale

Reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn, Lansdale's character Sue Ellen leads a diverse crew on an exhilarating adventure down river trying to stay one step ahead of pursuit. Her narrative voice is authentic, precocious and honest. Lansdale sets a tone that is beautiful and suspenseful, building up his story and fleshing out his characters into a profound masterpiece.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780316188432
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Published: Mulholland Books - March 27th, 2012

Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Let me admit that this was my first Philippa Gregory read. I was very impressed by her writing style, by the level of detail she provided, and by her ability to create suspense despite the general outcome being a forgone conclusion. I love the women she writes--they are complex characters, neither good nor altogether bad, who arouse your sympathies while making choices you disagree with.

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ISBN: 9781416563716
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 3rd, 2012

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman

Say Her Name is an autobiographical novel about the loss of Francisco Goldman's wife, Aura. I don't think anyone has ever loved anyone as much as Goldman loves his late wife - his devotion radiates from every sentence. I felt haunted by this book for weeks, and found myself thinking about Aura as if I had met her. It's a sad book, but trust me, it is well worth any tears.

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ISBN: 9780802145802
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Published: Grove Press - April 10th, 2012

The Poet by Michael Connelly

I picked this book up on the recommendation of a friend, when I was terribly sick and wanted a distraction. It had everything I needed and more: an inventive and well-structured plot, lively characters, twists, turns and plummets, and a seriously creepy murder mystery. I also loved that the protagonist is a journalist, which gives the book a fresh take on your average whodunit.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780446602617
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 1st, 1997

Heft by Liz Moore

I was swept up by this novel. It is one of the finest pieces of character work I've encountered, the kind of book that nests in the back of your mind and ruffles its feathers from time to time. It's the story of Arthur Opp, a professor who has exiled himself from the world for ten years, and the sudden intrusion into his life that brings him back. Hopeful but never sacchrine.

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ISBN: 9780393343885
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

Women and Ghosts by Alison Lurie

I'm obsessed with ghost stories, and this collection is one of my favorite discoveries. It would not be a stretch to call this a book of feminist ghost stories - they center around women who are struggling with domestic duties, troublesome families, and romantic relationships old and new. I have an awful feeling it will go out of print before long, so grab your copy while you can.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780385518314
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Published: Nan A. Talese - March 7th, 1995

The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

This book reminds me of The Marriage Plot by Eugenides - both novels are concerned with marriage, obviously, but there's something about the slow unfolding of these characters and their relationships that brings Eugenides' fiction to mind. Don’t miss this quiet gem of a novel.
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ISBN: 9780307388971
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013

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