Throughout this month, we have featured some of our favorite fiction in pieces about Kathleen Alcott’s Infinite Home, Ivan Doig’s Last Bus to Wisdom, Stephanie Clifford’s Everybody Rise, J. Ryan Stradal’s Kitchens of the Great Midwest, and more. But, it’s a lengthy list! And, we couldn’t bid adieu to August without also giving a nod to these Best Of reads:
The Marriage of Opposites
by Alice Hoffman
A forbidden love story set on a tropical island that results in the birth of famous painter… What more do you want from a summer read?
by Haruki Murakami
The two novels, penned at a kitchen table in 1978, that gave birth to this beloved author’s career.
Flood of Fire
by Amitav Ghosh
The dramatic conclusion to Ghosh’s much lauded
Ibis Trilogy, set against the backdrop of the first Opium War.
The State We’re In
by Ann Beattie
A collection of linked stories that explores why we live in the places we have chosen.
The Beautiful Bureaucrat
by Helen Phillips
Ursula K. Le Guin called this debut novel "funny, sad, scary, beautiful." We concur.
Barbara the Slut
by Lauren Holmes
A frank and darkly funny debut collection about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human.
How to Be a Grown-Up
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
A timely novel about a forty-something wife and mother thrust back into the workforce, where she finds herself at the mercy of a boss half her age.
Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb
For fans of
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes a novel about autism, memory, and, ultimately, redemption.
by Adam Johnson
In six stories, Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal.
No. 4 Imperial Lane
by Jonathan Weisman
From post-punk Brighton to revolutionary Angola, an incredible coming-of-age story that stretches across nations and decades, reminding us what it really means to come home.