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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Kelly Link has seduced me into loving short stories. These stories are fantastical, insightful, and such a punch to the gut. There's no limits placed by genre or subject matter, the thoroughfare is Link's ability to tap into every one of your secret longings and carefully lay them bare on the page. Surprising and fascinating! - Clara

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ISBN: 9780812986495
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 9th, 2016

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Smiley’s masterpiece tells the story of an Iowa farmer who tries to divide his farm between his three daughters. As you might guess, things do not go as planned. A gorgeously written, sumptuous retelling of King Lear, the book exposes the dark truths in a typical American family. A haunting, unforgettable read. - Rico

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ISBN: 9781400033836
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Published: Anchor - December 2nd, 2003

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

This is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi novels. Set in a drought-ravaged Southwestern U.S. (primarily Phoenix and Las Vegas), water is scarce, and Arizona, Nevada, and California fight over the meager water that remains. This novel is dark and grittily realistic with complex, well-developed characters, expert worldbuilding, and a gripping plot. I couldn’t put it down. - Stuart

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ISBN: 9780804171533
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Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2016

Waiting for Bojangles by Olivier Bourdeant

A beautiful French novel exploring the difficult subject of mental illness. Written to the soundtrack of Nina Simone singing Mr. Bojangles, this is a magical love story. A young boy tells the story of watching his parents dance their way through life even as his mother descends into madness. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry. An international bestseller. - Trey

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By Olivier Bourdeaut, Regan Kramer (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781501145919
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 19th, 2019

Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

Come for the necromantic-urban-space-lawyer-priests, stay for the twisty plots and hard-core women. This is the 3rd/5th book in the sequence (don't ask), but also completely readable as a standalone. The world building is endlessly cool. Soul is the universal currency that feeds coins, idol-gods, and the stock market, but how much of your soul can you give away? - Clara

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ISBN: 9780765335760
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Published: Tor Books - April 14th, 2015

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

This compulsively readable book is as much about NYC as it is about the two toxic friends who party in its private clubs and brownstone lofts. Burton takes you on a heart-pounding ride as Lavinia introduces Louise to a lifestyle any girl would kill for. It’s Bright Lights Big City meets The Talented Mr. Ripley, down to the last, bloody page. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9780385543521
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Published: Doubleday - June 5th, 2018

The Savage Detectives by Robert Bolaño

This is one of the most beautiful and strangely compelling novels I’ve ever read. Centered around a small group of mostly failed poets in Mexico City in the 1970s, it veers to Spain, Africa, and back to Mexico in surprising and wonderful ways. Part crime story, part hero’s journey, the book is funny, poignant and one hundred percent unique. - Rico

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By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780312427481
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Published: Picador - March 4th, 2008

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

This novel is classic Ann Leckie. Her characters are understated and clever, her worldbuilding is rich, unique, and intimately detailed, and the mystery at the novel’s heart is slow to bloom but ultimately very satisfying. This is one hell of a fantasy world, and one I hope she continues to explore. If you like Leckie’s writing, you’ll love this novel. - Stuart

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ISBN: 9780316388696
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Published: Orbit - February 26th, 2019

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Merricat and Constance Blackwood may or may not have poisoned their entire family last year. Hated by the town, the sisters are slowly entombed in their rambling mansion with their infirm Uncle Julian. Jackson is at her chilling, disturbing best in this paean to the haunted house. Tension builds as the characters become subtly more unhinged, horrific, and, worst of all, relatable. - Clara

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By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

I love a good Robin Hood story. This one just happens to take place in space in this perfect blend of scifi and romance. It's so very steamy, full of adventure, and really just a lot of fun. Bouchet knows how to create characters you want to go on a journey with. While you're waiting for the rest of this series, also read her Kingmaker Chronicles. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781492667131
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - January 1st, 2019

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