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Best Books of the Year So Far: Literature and Fiction



The Longest NightOur pick for the best fiction title of the year is Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's, The Nest. Tales about dysfunctional families are nothing new these days, but Senior Editor Chris Schluep explains that "there's magic that happens when you pick up a book, start reading and realize that what the author has chosen to write about—the places, the characters, the dialogue, the set pieces—they're all just right." Our favorites for 2016 feature names you're probably familiar with--Louise Erdrich, Elizabeth Strout, Don DeLillo--and impressive debuts like Andria Williams's, The Longest Night.

See more of our picks in Literature and Fiction, and browse all of the Best Books of the Year So Far.

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Barkskins by Annie Proulx
 
This book is epic and literally quite large, which is sort of ironic since it's about the destruction of the world's forests. Senior Editor Chris Schluep astutely points out that it's "not a book for the 140 character-based reader. It's a book lover's book."
 

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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
 
Inspired by love letters that Cleave unearthed from his grandparents, this WWII novel examines the myriad meanings of courage, and emphasizes the importance of challenging injustices.
 

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
 
Akin to page-turning greats like Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch, feel free to judge this book by its stunning cover.
 

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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
 
Over the course of a day, Yapa spools a provocative and moving portrait of the now infamous World Trade Organization protests that took place along the streets of Seattle in 1990.
 

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