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Jan 2 2019

Staff Picks: Favorite Fiction from 2018

by David R

While librarians don’t sit around and read all day at work, most of us are voracious readers when we’re not on the desk. Below are 10 of my favorite novels and short story collections published in 2018. Click here for the entire list, or click on the individual covers and titles below to be taken to their records in our catalog. Come back tomorrow for a look at my 10 favorite non-fiction reads of 2018.

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Inspired by the author’s own loss of faith at the age of 17, this thrilling debut about religious fervor on a college campus is told through a series of intense memories pieced together after a terrorist attack.

Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey

A missing mother. An isolated community. One of the best canine narrators in literature. Dey sets her novel in a secluded area of Canada, and the area becomes the emotional center of the book, which deals with both adolescence and motherhood.

Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt

Loosely based on the adulterous marriage of Vladimir Nabokov, this novel is told in diary entries and follows the love triangle of Zoya, Vera, and Leo through the 1920s. The novel is filled with beautiful sentences worthy of Nabokov himself.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

If you knew the date of your death, how would you choose to live? This is the question at the heart of this novel, which follows the four Gold siblings throughout their lives and examines how they deal with the information given to them by a mystical woman on the Lower East Side of New York City in the summer of 1969.

Florida by Lauren Groff

This short story collection is entrancing from start to finish. Groff’s ability to write precise sentences leads to several unsettling (in a good way) stories where danger lurks at every turn.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This compelling novel tells the story of love, justice, and loyalty as a couple is ripped apart when one is falsely accused of a crime.

The Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons

In this imaginative and unsettling debut short story collection, Bonnaffons creates worlds that are decidedly strange. Her writing is funny, insightful, and probing. A story in the collection about a woman trying to turn herself into a horse was also featured on a recent episode of This American Life.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

1980s Chicago is the setting for this novel, which explores the AIDS crisis through the character of Yale Tishman, an art director who tries to finalize a deal for a collection of 1920s paintings as his whole world begins to crumble around him. This novel is beautiful from beginning to end. You’ll want to read it in one sitting.

Certain American States by Catherine Lacey

A story collection about characters trying to come to terms with their place in the world. Catherine Lacey’s tales of love, loss, and longing are hard to shake. The way she writes about characters trying to get a handle on their own lives is simply beautiful.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Miller expertly makes the story of Circe come to life in this astounding novel. After she is banished to a deserted island by Zeus, Circe hones her occult craft and comes into contact with several famous figures from mythology.

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