Staff Fiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.

This book is beautifully crafted, drawing you in through multiple layers of community, family, art, literature, and life—even while circling death. The beginning of a series that’s become a modern classic, the story pulls you in so strongly you find yourself wanting to linger in the Quebec village where it’s set. A murder mystery with a deeply human core, it’s a great escape. - Jocelyn

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Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Armand Gamache Mysteries) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780312541538
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Published: Griffin - September 30th, 2008

Though Lahiri has written other critically acclaimed and well-known books, this one, her first, is still my favorite. With its focus on people in transition, the stories collected here capture the promise, as well as the sense of dislocation and sadness, of those who try to pick up stakes and build a better life elsewhere. The prose is stunning, the characters heartbreaking. - Rico

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Interpreter of Maladies Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780395927205
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 1999

I dream of fantasy books like this one. The clarity of Novik’s world-building and the vividness of her protagonist, Agnieszka, set the stage for a vivacious and satisfying fairy tale. Uprooted satisfies the same part of my heart that Tamora Pierce and Ellen Kushner did in my childhood. For fantasy fans, I cannot recommend it enough. - Clara

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Uprooted (Temeraire) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey Books - March 1st, 2016

I came away from this book awed by a master. The chapters reveal the story of a great artist’s life, and show us layers of a personality we can’t quite trust but can’t help empathize with. The book captures a specific historical moment and, at the same time, evokes the dreams we all have of becoming our own people and the consequences of our decisions. - Jocelyn

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An Artist of the Floating World (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679722663
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Published: Vintage - September 19th, 1989

In these six short stories (and “short” is relative here; a couple of these are novellas) Johnson spans the globe, from San Francisco to Germany, from post-Katrina New Orleans to North Korea, capturing the lives of ordinary people (and a couple of total weirdos) in extraordinary circumstances. This is quite simply one of the best short story collections of the 21st century. - Rico

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Fortune Smiles: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812987232
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Published: Random House Trade - October 4th, 2016

This book is sublime. Smith processes friendship, stages of life, and Brexit through lyrical, breathless storytelling. Smith captures the stillness and wistfulness of the season beautifully, making Autumn the most healing and invigorating book I've read in ages. - Clara

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Autumn (Seasonal Quartet) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101969946
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Published: Anchor Books - October 17th, 2017

I’m a sucker for a good marriage of convenience plot, but imagine my surprise when it was in a contemporary romance instead of the typical historical. I love that Holland, the heroine, is not perfect. She’s a little bit of a mess yet she is relatable and I found myself rooting for her and Calvin. - Karena

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Roomies Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501165832
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Published: Gallery Books - December 5th, 2017

Meet Gerault of Rivia—the Witcher—a member of an elite but dying fraternity who fight monsters. Gerault navigates morality, kindness, monsters, and humanity in a world that borrows a lot from fairy tales but stays  close to home in terms of people. This collection of connected short stories delighted me with its characters and creativity. - Jocelyn

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The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316438964
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Published: Orbit - July 18th, 2017

Exley is one of those writers who, essentially, had one great story to tell—the story of his disastrous life—and man does he tell it well. An alcoholic and general failure, he was a college classmate of football great Frank Gifford (husband of Kathie Lee) and had a life-long (non-romantic) obsession with him that he details in hilarious, tragic and completely unforgettable ways. - Rico

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A Fan's Notes (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679720768
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 1988

Shapiro makes me want to run to the nearest museum and immerse myself in art. This beautifully crafted page-turner weaves a compelling mystery into the lives of the young abstract impressionists (Rothko, Pollack, Krasner, etc.) during their formative years in New York. Exploring the artists souls and the roots of connection, this is a terrific book. - Clara

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206437
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

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