Multcolib Staff Picks: Best literary fiction, 2013
Annotation:After losing her son in a horse riding accident, Margaret seeks to retrieve her grandson from the daughter-in-law who ran off with another man, but finds her efforts challenged by her reluctant husband and the boy's stepfamily.
Annotation:In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
Annotation:The absurd and the surreal become entwined in the lives of everyday people in this sometimes disturbing and challenging collection of short stories.
Annotation:Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.
Annotation:A Nigerian immigrant who describes herself as a "Non-American Black," launches an audacious, provocative, and instantly popular blog in which she explores what she calls Racial Disorder Syndrome.
Annotation:McCann masterfully interweaves threads of stories - two pilots attempting the first air crossing from Ireland to Newfoundland, 1919; Frederick Douglass' tour of Ireland, 1845; a senator's efforts to bring about peace between England and Northern Island, 1998.
Annotation:A terminally ill cancer patient is attended throughout his final days by his wife and daughter while the trio contemplates their relationships with an estranged son, a situation that stirs up painful memories for a new next-door neighbor who has recently lost her mother.
Annotation: In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century.
Annotation:Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra pursue vastly different lives--Udayan in rebellion-torn Calcutta, Subhash in a quiet corner of America--until a shattering tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, where he endeavors to heal family wounds.
Annotation:Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.
Annotation: Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose's suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village.