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Best Fiction of the Year 2021

Escaping into a novel has continued to be essential for us this year—fortunately there has been no shortage of great new titles to choose from! Here are the books that have left their mark on our staff and landed on our Best Fiction of the Year list. Click on each title to read our recommendations. Don't miss our other Best Books of the Year lists here.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel By Anthony Doerr Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

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Infinite Country: A Novel By Patricia Engel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982159474
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 5th, 2021

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Bewilderment: A Novel By Richard Powers Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393881141
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2021

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Klara and the Sun: A novel By Kazuo Ishiguro Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318171
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

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Crossroads: A Novel By Jonathan Franzen Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374181178
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 5th, 2021

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Fight Night By Miriam Toews Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781635578171
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 5th, 2021

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Great Circle: A novel By Maggie Shipstead Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525656975
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

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The Wrong End of the Telescope By Rabih Alameddine Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157805
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - September 21st, 2021

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The Every By Dave Eggers Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781952119361
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: McSweeney's Publishing - October 5th, 2021

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Mary Jane: A Novel By Jessica Anya Blau Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063052291
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Custom House - May 11th, 2021

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Detransition, Baby: A Novel By Torrey Peters Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593133385
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - October 5th, 2021

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The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel By Ruth Ozeki Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563645
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Published: Viking - September 21st, 2021

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Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374602604
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 7th, 2021

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What's Mine and Yours By Naima Coster Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538702345
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

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Matrix: A Novel By Lauren Groff Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634499
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

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The Rain Heron: A Novel By Robbie Arnott Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374539306
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Published: FSG Originals - February 9th, 2021

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My Year Abroad: A Novel By Chang-rae Lee Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634574
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

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What Storm, What Thunder By Myriam J A. Chancy Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781951142766
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Tin House Books - October 5th, 2021

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Damnation Spring By Ash Davidson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982144401
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 2021

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385545136
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

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Things We Lost to the Water: A novel By Eric Nguyen Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780593317952
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

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Outlawed By Anna North Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781635575422
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 5th, 2021

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Gordo By Jaime Cortez Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802158086
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - August 17th, 2021

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Skinship: Stories By Yoon Choi Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593318218
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Knopf - August 17th, 2021

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The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You: Stories By Maurice Carlos Ruffin Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593133408
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Published: One World - August 17th, 2021

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My Monticello: Fiction By Jocelyn Nicole Johnson Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250807151
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 5th, 2021

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The Souvenir Museum: Stories By Elizabeth McCracken Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062971289
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ecco - April 13th, 2021

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Afterparties: Stories By Anthony Veasna So Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063049901
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ecco - August 3rd, 2021

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Light From Uncommon Stars By Ryka Aoki Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250789068
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Tor Books - September 28th, 2021

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The Blacktongue Thief By Christopher Buehlman Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250621191
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Tor Books - May 25th, 2021

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy #1) By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982137632
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

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Noor By Nnedi Okorafor Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780756416096
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DAW - November 16th, 2021

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The Echo Wife By Sarah Gailey Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250174666
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Tor Books - February 16th, 2021

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The Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel By Caitlin Starling Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250272584
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 5th, 2021

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Velvet Was the Night By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593356821
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Del Rey - August 17th, 2021

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The Jigsaw Man By Nadine Matheson Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335146564
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Hanover Square Press - March 16th, 2021

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The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery By Richard Osman Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984880994
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 28th, 2021

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Bombshell: A Hell's Belles Novel By Sarah MacLean Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780063056152
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avon - August 24th, 2021

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Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #3) By Talia Hibbert Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941275
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Published: Avon - March 9th, 2021

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Ballad for Sophie By Filipe Melo, Juan Cavia (Illustrator), Gabriela Soares (Translated by) Cover Image
By Filipe Melo, Juan Cavia (Illustrator), Gabriela Soares (Translated by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781603094986
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - November 2nd, 2021

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Pilgrim Bell: Poems By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450598
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 3rd, 2021

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The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021