Best Books of 2017--Fiction


Author
Egan, Jennifer
Call Number
F EGAN
Summary
Anna accompanies her father to the home of Dexter Styles on Manhattan Beach while looking for work during the Depression. Years later, her father has gone missing and the country is at war.
Author
Gaiman, Neil
Call Number
F GAIMAN
Summary
A gripping and suspenseful retelling of the old Norse myths with Gaiman’s deft touch as a storyteller.
Author
Hamid, Mohsin
Call Number
F HAMID
Summary
Presents the story of two young lovers whose furtive affair is shaped by local unrest on the eve of a civil war that erupts in a cataclysmic bombing attack, forcing them to abandon their previous home and lives.
Author
Hanks, Tom
Call Number
F HANKS
Summary
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.
Author
Honeyman, Gail
Call Number
F HONEYMAN
Summary
Eleanor Oliphant is a quirky loner and a model of efficiency with her routine of frozen pizza, vodka and weekly phone calls with Mummy. But everything changes when she meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.
Author
Lee, Min Jin
Call Number
F LEE
Summary
In early 1900s Korea, prized daughter Sunja finds herself pregnant and alone, bringing shame on her family until a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and move with her to Japan.
Author
McDermott, Alice
Call Number
F MCDERMOT
Summary
A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant's suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early 20th-century Catholic Brooklyn.
Author
Ng, Celeste
Call Number
F NG
Summary
Told backwards through time via multiple narrators, ugliness seethes under a placid suburban surface in this multilayered novel, in which two families grow too close for comfort.
Author
Parks, Brad
Call Number
F PARKS
Summary
Judge Scott Sampson has a near perfect life: A prestigious job. A loving marriage. A pair of healthy children. Then a phone call begins every parent’s most chilling nightmare. Scott’s six-year-old twins, Sam and Emma, have been taken.
Author
Perry, Sarah
Call Number
F PERRY
Summary
Freed from an unhappy marriage by her husband's death, Victorian widow Cora Seaborne settles in Colchester, England where she pursues her interest in natural history by searching the Blackwater estuary for evidence of the fabled Essex Serpent.
Author
Quinn, Kate
Call Number
F QUINN
Summary
Two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
Author
Saunders, George
Call Number
F SAUNDERS
Summary
Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the 16th president after the death of his 11-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War.
Author
Sloan, Robin
Call Number
F SLOAN
Summary
Working at a robotics company in San Francisco, Lois survives on a nutrient paste until she discovers a take-out restaurant that bakes the best sourdough bread. Her life changes when the brothers who own the restaurant leave her the sourdough starter.
Title
Autumn
Author
Smith, Ali
Call Number
F SMITH
Summary
Two old friends—Daniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, born in 1984—look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer.
Author
Spufford, Francis
Call Number
F SPUFFORD
Summary
When a mysterious man shows up at the countinghouse in 1746 New York with an order for a huge sum of money, the local colonial merchants can’t decide if they should trust him, befriend him, or arrest him.
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