Moonglow, Michael Chabon. A family drama that travels over the course of the 20th century, and how major events of the time affected the life of a particular family member, known only as “my grandfather” – it is a story of love, war, madness, passion, secrets, and lies.
The Mandibles, Lionel Shriver. Set in 2029, Shriver explores the life of one family as they navigate what is now an American dystopia, where the American dream has disappeared, and life has become a struggle at all levels: social, economic, and for their family.
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr. Europe, WWII – two unlikely individuals, almost star-crossed in their fate, find each other in the ruins of a small French village, and in their union an epic story of the hardship of war and the tragedy of lost loved ones unfolds. This is not a love story, but a story of survival and hope.
Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult. An African-American nurse in a Connecticut hospital is ordered to not touch a young infant by the white parents. But Ruth, the nurse, finds the baby in distress and in need of life-saving measures, so she defies those orders and is punished for her actions. As Ruth is put on trial for her life-saving choice, her quest for justice exposes the complexities of race, prejudice, and human kindness.
Swing Time, Zadie Smith. Two young girls both share a dream of pursuing dance, and while their relationship ultimately crumbles, the history of their friendship remains, as both girls pursue their own dreams of seeking beauty and inspiration in music and dance.
And there you have it…our list of the top 10 fiction books of 2016. If you’re looking for a little reading inspiration, we hope this list gave you a little something to pique your interest. We’re looking forward to what will come out in 2017!