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Staff Fiction Favorites

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

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith understands people the way Dostoevsky understood people: the ways in which where they come from and who they come from influence where and how they end up. Reading this book is like joining another family, and though every member is flawed - to say the least - each character feels like a real person. A nearly perfect book. - Jess

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ISBN: 9780143037743
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Published: Penguin Books - August 29th, 2006

MEM by Bethany C. Morrow

Looking for more speculative fiction? I highly recommend Morrow's unique, character driven debut novel. In an alternative 1920s, memories are extracted from people and exist as a sort of clone stuck in time, reliving their scene until they fade away. Powerful and insightful, this is the type of book you'll find yourself thinking about months after you've finished. - Emma

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ISBN: 9781944700553
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Published: Unnamed Press - May 22nd, 2018

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass sequel is here! This novel again follows Nahri, Dara, and Ali, and introduces a terrifying new opponent—Nahri's own mother, who is determined to retake the Daevabad throne at any cost. Like its predecessor, this novel features a dynamic cast, captivating plot, rich political intrigue, and immersive worldbuilding. It’s the best kind of sequel. - Stuart

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ISBN: 9780062678133
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Published: Harper Voyager - January 22nd, 2019

Perennials by Mandy Berman

Set at a summer sleep-away camp, this debut novel explores the complexities of female friendship over time from adolescence through early adulthood. Perennials offers readers a unique look at the bliss and beauty of girlhood, as well as the grief of growing up and remembering when and where you lost your innocence. - Kristi

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ISBN: 9780399589331
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2018

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Though the movie was universally panned, the book remains one of the best-written, most intriguing works of fiction of the past twenty years. Composed of six connected novellas that take place over vastly different eras, both past and future, each written in a different style, the book is a essentially a brilliant survey of humankind. One of my all-time favorites. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 17th, 2004

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

If “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down” is your battle cry, read this book. A Handmaid’s Tale for 2018, Red Clocks follows five women as they navigate private burdens and desires regarding pregnancy, fertility, and motherhood. Set in a world that’s like ours but with even more misogynistic laws, Red Clocks is a book for anyone who worries for the future of this country. - Jessica

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ISBN: 9780316434812
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 16th, 2018

Disoriental by Négar Djavadi

This is a timely, beautifully written novel that reads like a fragmented memoir. Kimia Sadr fled Iran for France at age 10. She now sits in a fertility clinic recounting her family's history starting with her great grandfather, a feudal lord, and leading on to her dissident parents who protested the Shah's monarchy and then found themselves hated by the Islamists who deposed him. - Trey

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By Negar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781609454517
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Published: Europa Editions - April 17th, 2018

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

This gripping fantasy novel focuses on Nahri, a young conwoman in 18th-century Cairo who accidentally summons a djinn warrior, and is then swept into an epic adventure to discover the truth of her heritage in Daevabad, the djinn capital city. The book features gorgeous prose, fantastic characters, and a riveting plot, with superb worldbuilding inspired by Islamic mythology. - Stuart

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ISBN: 9780062678119
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 3rd, 2018

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

When journalist Camille Preaker returns to her tiny hometown to report on a local murder, deep-rooted family issues and an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia quickly take hold. I love a good mystery, and Flynn’s character-driven, deeply atmospheric writing immediately drew me in. Suspenseful, original, and subtlety sinister, this kept me guessing until the very end. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780307341556
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Published: Broadway Books - July 31st, 2007

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

This book is pure, joyous fun. England’s new Sorcerer Royal is cursed and the fate of English magic is held in the hands of the capricious fairy court. Add in the strong-willed sorceress Prunella Gentleman, a coup afoot in the Thaumaturgical society, and some powerful Malaysian witches and you get this charming, romantic fantasy. - Clara

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By Zen Cho
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ISBN: 9780425283400
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Published: Ace - July 12th, 2016

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