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Acclaimed Fiction 2012

Our list of notable works of fiction from 2012, chosen by our staff.

The Chemistry Of Tears

The Chemistry Of Tears by Peter Carey

PETER CAREY is the author of eleven previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honors include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.

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No One Is Here Except All Of Us

No One Is Here Except All Of Us by Ramona Ausubel

 In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. Their tribe has moved and escaped for thousands of years- across oceans, deserts, and mountains-but now, it seems, there is nowhere else to go. Danger is i

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Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, The

Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, The by Rachel Joyce

The author, Rachel Joyce, has written over twenty original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and has created major adaptations for the Classic series and Woman’s Hour, as well as a TV drama adaptation for BBC2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award f

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Watergate

Watergate by Thomas Mallon

Thomas Mallon is the author of eight novels, including Henry and Clara, Dewey Defeats Truman, and Fellow Travelers, and seven works of nonfiction. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review, among other pu

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Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

IAN MCEWAN is the bestselling author of 14 books, including the novels Solar ; On Chesil Beach ; Saturday ; Atonement , winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs , b

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Nw

Nw by Zadie Smith

One of the New York Times Book Review 's 10 Best Books of 2012 Set in northwest London, Zadie Smith’s brilliant tragicomic novel follows four locals—Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan—as they try to make adult lives outside of Ca

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl is a thriller novel written by Gillian Flynn, that follows the disappearance of the character Amy and slowly unweaves into a conflicting, psychological story through the eyes of two characters.  Gone Girl , was an international sensatio

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Married Love

Married Love by Tessa Hadley

TESSA HADLEY is the author of four highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home , which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom and The London Train, and one previous collection of stories,

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Gods Without Men

Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, and My Revolutions, and is the recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award, the Betty Trask Prize from the Society of Authors, a British Book Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Granta

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The Devil In Silver

The Devil In Silver by Victor Lavalle

Victor LaValle is the award-winning author of two previous novels, The Ecstatic and Big Machine, and a collection of short stories, Slapboxing with Jesus . Big Machine was the winner of an American Book Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2010

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City Of Bohane

City Of Bohane by Kevin Barry

KEVIN BARRY's story collection, There Are Little Kingdoms , won the Rooney Prize in 2007. His short fiction has appeared widely on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently in The New Yorker .

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Cascade

Cascade by Maryanne O'Hara

During the 1930s, an artist and reluctant new wife struggles to reconcile her heart’s ambitions with the promises she has made Cascade, Massachusetts, 1935. Desdemona Hart Spaulding, a promising young artist, abandoned her dreams of working in

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The Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories . His other works include Emporium, a

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Battleborn

Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

Winner of the 2012 Story Prize Recipient of the 2012 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" fiction writer of 2012 Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Rich

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The Last Policeman

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

New York Times best-selling author Ben H. Winters won an Edgar Award for his debut mystery The Last Policeman. His YA novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman  was also nominated for an Edgar Award. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and thr

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Carry the One

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

“When you add us up, you always have to carry the one.” Following a devastating moment in the hours after Carmen’s wedding, three siblings and their friends move through the next twenty-five years under its long shadow. Through fr

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