Jayne Anne Phillips’ novel “Lark and Termite” entrances readers with its distinct, sensual descriptions and unfamiliar characters.
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2“Lark and Termite”
Ranked #2 in Books 100
3“Await Your Reply”
Ranked #3 in Books 100
The construction and embodiment of identity is assiduously scrutinized by Dan Chaon in his new novel “Await Your Reply.”
Ranked #5 in Books 100
In “Wolf Hall,” Hilary Mantel tackles a larger-than-life character that has been exonerated, bashed, recast, and recycled for centuries: Henry VIII.
Ranked #11 in Books 100
Tom Rachman’s debut novel, about a bunch of foreign correspondents in Rome, makes a splash in the literary scene.
Ranked #12 in Books 100
In her debut novel, Kathryn Stockett portrays controversy, heartbreak, and love in the lives of black women who live and work in Jackson, Mississippi.
Ranked #13 in Books 100
With a brand of satire rarely found in American literature, Sam Lipsyte serves his audience “The Ask,” a bundle of rank truths, no cherry.
Ranked #16 in Books 100
Colm Toibin creates an unforgettable heroine who braves the Atlantic and an entirely new life for the sake of her family in Ireland.
Ranked #17 in Books 100
With “A Mercy” (Knopf, 2008), Toni Morrison has created another memorable work of fiction.
Ranked #19 in Books 100
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.
20“The Girl Who Played With Fire”
Ranked #20 in Books 100
In his 600-page novel, Stieg Larsson covers the corruption of big business and the depravity of what really goes on in sex trafficking.