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The Best of the Year in Literature

Lucky me: I get to introduce you to our literature and fiction best of the 2013 list. While it’s true that I, like most fiction readers, can always find something to recommend, this year's crop of novels and stories (yes, stories! It was a banner year for the short form, too!) is truly an embarrassment of riches. And not just for those who embrace their inner grad student or are looking for escape: we've found books both serious (but never homeworky) and fun (but never silly). From a Dickensian tale of a boy and his lost mother (The Goldfinch) to a hilarious bound-to-be-a-movie romp about a clueless genius in search of a wife (The Rosie Project), we’ve got something for everyone.

The Interestings The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Some may know Wolitzer as the author of the deliciously mean The Wife and many other on-the-pulse novels, but in this bestselling tale of a group of kids who meet at a summer camp in the 1970s, the novelist has really hit her stride. As incisive a look at a generation as any book, fiction or no. Learn More
Tenth of December Tenth of December by George Saunders

George Saunders has long been a literary darling, but with the publication of his Tenth of December, he has become a bona fide superstar. This collection is deceptive: seemingly more straightforward than we've come to expect from his work, the stories are nonetheless multilayered and surprising. Our reviewer called him an “American original,” -- with all the conflicts and humor and rambunctiousness that phrase implies. Learn More
The Husband's Secret The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

"Chick lit" gets a bad name in some circles, but that's only because the naysayers have never read Liane Moriarty; she’s a a conversational chronicler of suburban women, but one with a lot to say. We'd say she's a modern Australian Jane Austen, but she’s way funnier, fresher and freer of contemporaneous cliché. No wonder she's bubbled up from down under. Learn More
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