Multcolib Staff Picks: Best literary fiction, 2013

Let Him Go
Let Him Go A Novel By Watson, Larry Book - 2013 FICTION WATSON 2013 Available in some locations

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.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena A Novel By Marra, Anthony Book - 2013 FICTION MARRA 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 11 on 16 copies

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.

Life After Life
Life After Life A Novel By Atkinson, Kate Book - 2013 FICTION ATKINSON 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 64 copies

Annotation:What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

Tenth of December
Tenth of December Stories By Saunders, George Book - 2013 FICTION SAUNDERS 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 63 copies

Annotation:The absurd and the surreal become entwined in the lives of everyday people in this sometimes disturbing and challenging collection of short stories.

The Good Lord Bird
The Good Lord Bird By McBride, James Book - 2013 FICTION MCBRIDE 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 41 copies

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.

Americanah By Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi Book - 2013 FICTION ADICHIE 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 218 on 43 copies

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.

TransAtlantic A Novel By McCann, Colum Book - 2013 FICTION MCCANN 2013 Available in some locations

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.

Benediction By Haruf, Kent Book - 2013 FICTION HARUF 2013 Available in some locations

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.

A Tale for the Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being By Ozeki, Ruth L. Book - 2013 FICTION OZEKI 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 197 on 39 copies

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.

The Lowland
The Lowland A Novel By Lahiri, Jhumpa Book - 2013 FICTION LAHIRI 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 66 copies

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.

The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch By Tartt, Donna Book - 2013 FICTION TARTT 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 61 on 130 copies

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.

Dissident Gardens
Dissident Gardens A Novel By Lethem, Jonathan Book - 2013 FICTION LETHEM 2013 Available in some locations

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.

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