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Multcolib My Librarian Diana: All time favorite fiction

Gilead
Gilead By Robinson, Marilynne (Book - 2004 ) FICTION ROBINSON Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 13 copies

Annotation:This book is astonishing. It's written from the point of view of a minister who lives in a small town in the Midwest. He's dying and is writing for his young son to read after he's gone. I am not interested at all in small town life or Christianity, but Robinson's writing is lyrical and full of soul and love for this world.

The Greenlanders
The Greenlanders A Novel By Smiley, Jane (Book - 2005 ) FICTION SMILEY 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:This book, about the failure of the Norse settlement in Greenland in the 14th Century, is not for the faint of heart. It's written in kind of an impenetrable style, similar to that of the Icelandic sagas, and there are hundreds of characters with difficult Norse names to keep straight-- but I got completely absorbed in the turning of the seasons, the strangeness of their world and the disaster waiting to happen.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell By Clarke, Susanna (Book - 2004 ) FICTION CLARKE All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 11 on 3 copies

Annotation:In this alternative history of England in which magicians wield great power, it is fussy, pedantic Mr. Norrell and dashing Jonathan Strange who win the Napoleonic wars for Great Britain. This is the kind of book that is dauntingly long at first, but then ends long before you want it to.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay A Novel By Chabon, Michael (Book - 2012 ) FICTION CHABON 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 29 copies

Annotation:This is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay and their quest to become American icons in the comic book world. This book is just packed with interesting things.

The Known World
The Known World By Jones, Edward P. (Book - 2003 ) FICTION JONES All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:Did you know that there were free black people in the South who actually owned slaves themselves? This well-written book ranges between the past and future and back again to the present, weaving together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians -- allowing readers a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery.

Jane Austen
Jane Austen The Complete Novels By Austen, Jane (Book - 2006 ) FICTION AUSTEN All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 1 copy

Annotation:Is it cheating, sneaking in a "Complete Novels"? I guess I'm what is called a Janeite. I love Austen's books, especially Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice. Austen had an eye for character like no one else (except maybe Dickens), and she's very funny.

Life After Life
Life After Life A Novel By Atkinson, Kate (Book - 2013 ) FICTION ATKINSON 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 39 on 78 copies

Annotation:What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? I loved the dreamy but precise writing in this book, which sometimes reminded me of Virginia Woolf.

The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things By Roy, Arundhati (Book - 2008 ) FICTION ROY 2008 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 4 on 10 copies

Annotation:In 1969 in Kerala, India, Rahel and her twin brother, Estha, struggle to forge a childhood for themselves amid the destruction of their family life, as they discover that the entire world can be transformed in a single moment. This is a strange and lyrical novel.

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre By Brontë, Charlotte (Book - 1991 ) FICTION BRONTE Available in some locations

Annotation:In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer, a man with secrets.

The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book By Gaiman, Neil (Book - 2008 ) j GAIMAN 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a historic English graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. This is a wonderful book, and not just for kids.

David Copperfield
David Copperfield By Dickens, Charles (Book - 1991 ) FICTION DICKENS 1991 Available in some locations

Annotation:When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which will lead him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak and friendship and betrayal. Dickens takes such obvious pleasure in creating rich characters.

The Voyage of the Narwhal
The Voyage of the Narwhal A Novel By Barrett, Andrea (Book - 1999 ) FICTION BARRETT 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:I couldn't put down this novel about the men on a voyage to the Arctic who got stranded in the ice and some of the women left behind in Philadelphia, waiting for them. The Arctic journey is narrated by the ship's naturalist, and Andrea Barrett excels at writing about the natural world.

Beloved
Beloved A Novel By Morrison, Toni (Book - 1987 ) FICTION MORRISON Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 22 copies

Annotation:This book is about the repercussions of slavery for the people who survived it and it features a terrifying baby ghost. Morrison is an amazing, evocative writer.

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These are my very favorite novels, in no particular order. Please, read them and love them?


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