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1 - Trust Exercise: A Novel

Susan Choi · Henry Holt and Co.

"Brilliant and challenging . . . An uncanny evocation of the not-so-distant past."
-- Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Fletcher

Pulitzer finalist Susan Choi's multipart, narrative-upending novel in which what happens in high school...

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2 - The Friend: A Novel

Sigrid Nunez · Riverhead Books

FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

"Nunez's prose itself comforts us. Her confident and direct style uplifts - the music in her sentences, her deep and varied intelligence." -The New York Times Book Review

"A penetrating, moving meditation on loss,...
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3 - Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel

JESMYN WARD · Scribner

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction

"The heart of Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing is story - the yearning for a narrative to help us understand ourselves, the pain of the gaps we'll never fill, the truths that are failed by words and must be translated...
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4 - 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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5 - Fortune Smiles: Stories

Adam Johnson · Random House

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER * Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel about North Korea, The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson is one of America's most provocative and powerful authors. Critics have compared him to Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell, and George Saunders,...
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6 - Redeployment

Phil Klay · The Penguin Press

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction · Winner of the John Leonard First Book Prize · Selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post Book World, Amazon, and more

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7 - The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

James McBride · Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for FictionSoon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden SmithA Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the YearWinner of the Morning News Tournament of Champions"A magnificent new novel by the best-selling...
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8 - The Round House

Louise Erdrich · Harper

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction. One of the most revered novelists of our time--a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life--Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting...
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9 - Salvage the Bones: A Novel

Jesmyn Ward · Bloomsbury USA

Winner of the 2011 National Book Award

A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn't show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers...

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10 - Lord of Misrule

Jaimy Gordon · Vintage Contemporaries

A brilliant novel that captures the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small-time horse racing, where trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run-down West Virginia track.

Tommy Hansel has a plan: run four horses, all better than they look...
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11 - Let the Great World Spin: A Novel

Colum McCann · Random House

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER * Colum McCann's beloved novel inspired by Philippe Petit's daring high-wire stunt, which is also depicted in the film The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-LevittIn the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring...
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12 - Shadow Country

Peter Matthiessen · Modern Library

2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNERPeter Matthiessen's great American epic-Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River, and Bone by Bone-was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen...
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13 - Tree of Smoke: A Novel

Denis Johnson · Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition

Once upon a time there was a war . . . and a young American who thought of himself as the Quiet American and the Ugly American, and who wished to be neither, who wanted instead to be the Wise American, or the Good American, but who eventually came to witness himself as the Real American...
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14 - The Echo Maker: A Novel

Richard Powers · Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma,...
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15 - Europe Central

William T. Vollmann · Viking Adult; First Edition edition

Audacious. Wildly ambitious. Prolific. All describe William T. Vollmann, author of the seven- volume nonfiction work Rising Up and Rising Down and the Seven Dreams sequence of novels, which the Chicago Tribune hailed as likely to become one of the masterpieces of the century. In Europe...
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16 - The News from Paraguay: A Novel

Lily Tuck · HarperCollins

For him it began with a bright blue parrot feather that fell from Ella Lynch's hat when she was horseback riding in the Bois de Boulogne. The year was 1854, and Francisco Solano Lopez -- "Franco," the future dictator of Paraguay -- began his courtship of the young, beautiful...
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17 - The Great Fire: A Novel

Shirley Hazzard · Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A great writer's sweeping story of men and women struggling to reclaim their lives in the aftermath of world conflict
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18 - Three Junes

Julia Glass · Pantheon Books

Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. In June of 1989, Paul McLeod, the recently widowed patriarch, becomes infatuated with a young American artist while traveling through Greece...
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19 - The Corrections

Jonathan Franzen · Alexandria Library

Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for FictionNominated for the National Book Critics Circle AwardAn American Library Association Notable BookJonathan Franzen's third novel, The Corrections, is a great work of art and a grandly entertaining overture to our new century: a bold, comic,...
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20 - In America: A Novel

Susan Sontag · Picador; 1st edition

In America is a kaleidoscopic portrait of America on the cusp of modernity. As she did in her enormously popular novel The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag casts a story located in the past in a fresh, provocative light to create a fictional world full of contemporary resonance. In a group...
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