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2“Lark and Termite”

Jayne Anne Phillips’ novel “Lark and Termite” entrances readers with its distinct, sensual descriptions and unfamiliar characters.

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3“Await Your Reply”

The construction and embodiment of identity is assiduously scrutinized by Dan Chaon in his new novel “Await Your Reply.”

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5“Wolf Hall”

In “Wolf Hall,” Hilary Mantel tackles a larger-than-life character that has been exonerated, bashed, recast, and recycled for centuries: Henry VIII.

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11“The Imperfectionists”

Tom Rachman’s debut novel, about a bunch of foreign correspondents in Rome, makes a splash in the literary scene.

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12“The Help”

In her debut novel, Kathryn Stockett portrays controversy, heartbreak, and love in the lives of black women who live and work in Jackson, Mississippi.

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13“The Ask”

With a brand of satire rarely found in American literature, Sam Lipsyte serves his audience “The Ask,” a bundle of rank truths, no cherry.

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Colm Toibin creates an unforgettable heroine who braves the Atlantic and an entirely new life for the sake of her family in Ireland.

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17“A Mercy”

With “A Mercy” (Knopf, 2008), Toni Morrison has created another memorable work of fiction.

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Only 192 pages, “Tinkers” overflows with electric language that captures the state of mind of George Washington Crosby, a dying man who is haunted by memories of his father.

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20“The Girl Who Played With Fire”

In his 600-page novel, Stieg Larsson covers the corruption of big business and the depravity of what really goes on in sex trafficking.

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