Literary Fiction

With John Irving celebrating his 80th birthday earlier this year, his publisher has announced that The Last Chairlift will be his last big novel. For all the enjoyment more modest works may bring, this one is a fitting valediction to his distinguished literary career.

With John Irving celebrating his 80th birthday earlier this year, his publisher has announced that The Last Chairlift will be his last big novel. For all the enjoyment more modest works may bring, this one is a fitting valediction to his distinguished literary career.

This dark and eerie novel isn’t an easy read, but like a ghost, it lingers.

This dark and eerie novel isn’t an easy read, but like a ghost, it lingers.

Namwali Serpell’s award-winning debut novel, The Old Drift, was a genre-defying epic about three generations of Zambian families, and her purposely disconcerting follow-up will reinforce readers’ appreciation of her daring experimentation and keen talent.

Namwali Serpell’s award-winning debut novel, The Old Drift, was a genre-defying epic about three generations of Zambian families, and her purposely disconcerting follow-up will reinforce readers’ appreciation of her daring experimentation and keen talent.

Michelle Good explores the repercussions of Canada’s residential school system in this multilayered novel filled with yearning and hope.

Michelle Good explores the repercussions of Canada’s residential school system in this multilayered novel filled with yearning and hope.

What if “nothing” were a tangible entity that could be used against perceived enemies? That’s the wickedly clever conceit Percival Everett plays with in his novel Dr. No.

What if “nothing” were a tangible entity that could be used against perceived enemies? That’s the wickedly clever conceit Percival Everett plays with in his novel Dr. No.

The narrator of Elizabeth McCracken’s The Hero of This Book doesn’t introduce herself by name, but she welcomes the reader to join her in processing her mother’s death.

The narrator of Elizabeth McCracken’s The Hero of This Book doesn’t introduce herself by name, but she welcomes the reader to join her in processing her mother’s death.

Not since Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend has a novel so deftly probed the magical and sometimes destructive friendships that can occur between two girls.

Not since Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend has a novel so deftly probed the magical and sometimes destructive friendships that can occur between two girls.

Less Is Lost, the companionable sequel to Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer-winning novel, Less, traces a hapless writer’s further misadventures.

Less Is Lost, the companionable sequel to Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer-winning novel, Less, traces a hapless writer’s further misadventures.

Full of small mysteries that deserve lengthy discussions with well-read friends, The Complexities is a superb book club selection.

Full of small mysteries that deserve lengthy discussions with well-read friends, The Complexities is a superb book club selection.

Dinosaurs is a bracing if subtle reminder that, in the absence of changes to old-fashioned ways, some people are just one good volcanic eruption from going the way of the dinosaur.

Dinosaurs is a bracing if subtle reminder that, in the absence of changes to old-fashioned ways, some people are just one good volcanic eruption from going the way of the dinosaur.

Celeste Ng is undoubtedly at the top of her game. The American society in Our Missing Hearts is overcome by fear, serving as a poignant critique of our own increasingly fraught and oppressive political landscape.

Celeste Ng is undoubtedly at the top of her game. The American society in Our Missing Hearts is overcome by fear, serving as a poignant critique of our own increasingly fraught and oppressive political landscape.

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