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1 - The Overstory: A Novel

RICHARD POWERS · W. W. Norton & Company

New York Times Bestseller

A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most "prodigiously talented" (The New York Times Book Review) novelists.

An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan....

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2 - Less: A Novel

ANDREW SEAN GREER · Lee Boudreaux Books

"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles, Washington Post

"Andrew Sean Greer's Less is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."--Christopher Buckley, New York Times Book Review

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3 - The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead · Doubleday

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

Cora is a slave on a cotton...
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4 - The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen · Grove Press

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping...
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5 - All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr · Scribner Book Company

A BAM! President's Pick and National Book Award Finalist From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation...
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6 - The Goldfinch: A Novel

Donna Tartt · Little Brown & Company


"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen...
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7 - The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel

Adam Johnson · Random House Trade Paperbacks; Advance Reader's Edition. edition

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEIn this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST  DAYTON...
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8 - A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan · Knopf; First Edition edition

Jennifer Egan's spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in intimate...
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9 - Tinkers

Paul Harding · Bellevue Literary Press

Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times Bestseller“There are few perfect debut American novels. . . . To this list ought to be added Paul Harding’s devastating first book, Tinkers. . . . Harding has written a masterpiece.” —NPR“In Paul Harding’s stunning...
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10 - Olive Kitteridge: Fiction

Elizabeth Strout · Random House; 2 edition

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • SOON TO BE AN HBO MINISERIESIn a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence...
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11 - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz · Riverhead Books

Winner of:
The Pulitzer Prize
The National Book Critics Circle Award
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize
A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year

One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San...
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12 - The Road

Cormac McCarthy · Alfred A. Knopf

A searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark....
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13 - March: A Novel

Geraldine Brooks · Viking Adult; First Edition edition

As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously...
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14 - Gilead: A Novel

Marilynne Robinson · Alexandria Library

2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction 2004 National Book Critics Circle Winner In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young...
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15 - The Known World

Edward P Jones · Amistad

Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor -- William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation...
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16 - Middlesex: A Novel

Jeffrey Eugenides · Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A dazzling triumph from the bestselling author of The Virgin Suicides--the astonishing tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl.In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school...
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17 - Empire Falls

Richard Russo · Vintage Contemporaries

With Empire Falls Richard Russo cements his reputation as one of America's most compelling and compassionate storytellers. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there?...
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18 - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: A Novel

Michael Chabon · Random House; First Edition edition

With this brilliant novel, the bestselling author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys gives us an exhilarating triumph of language and invention, a stunning novel in which the tragicomic adventures of a couple of boy geniuses reveal much about what happened to America in the middle...
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19 - Interpreter of Maladies

Jhumpa Lahiri

Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple...
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