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I've been hankering for a good recent adult novel to read. I generally like literary fiction, but I also like some genre fiction, especially sci-fi. Any titles pop into mind that you've especially liked lately?
#1 - April 21, 2017, 08:43 PM
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The Underground Railroad was very good.
#2 - April 22, 2017, 07:34 AM
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Ohh, I love when we talk good adult books--I'm always on the look out! And Underground Railroad has been on my list for a while now!

Have you tried Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice? It's the first book of a really intriguing, unique sci-fi series. It takes some work to get used to the narrator and figure out what's going on, but it really does pay serious dividends, especially if you like sci-fi.

I recently read Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I didn't love it (the main female character was a little cardboard), but I did quite enjoy it. It's the kind of fiction I love: rich details and a unique setting (Indians in Ethiopia), the kind of story you can get lost in.
#3 - April 22, 2017, 05:00 PM
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If you haven't read Anthony Doerr's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE yet, I'd start there.

I've heard good things about NEWS OF THE WORLD, too (Paulette Jiles), but haven't read yet.
#4 - April 22, 2017, 07:45 PM
Learning to Swear in America (Bloomsbury, July 2016)
What Goes Up (Bloomsbury, 2017)
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I just finished Liane Moriarty's TRULY MADLY GUILTY. Family drama in non-linear format with good suspense.

I second ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE.

People at my library are raving about THE GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW.

And Lisa See has a new book!
#5 - April 23, 2017, 06:09 AM
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Thanks so much for the recommendations. I'll add one that I loved recently: MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON by Elizabeth Strout.
#6 - April 24, 2017, 11:43 AM
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If your genre fiction tastes tend toward horror, I absolutely loved both SLADE HOUSE (David Mitchell) and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (M. R. Carey). Both were beautifully written and both crawled right under my skin and stayed there for a few days.

Also, if you haven't read STATION ELEVEN (Emily St. John Mandel), it's beautiful. It's like if THE STAND were a poetic meditation on mortality rather than a thriller, and it's one of the few books to actually make me cry.
#7 - April 25, 2017, 06:45 AM

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Great recs! I've been reading more adult fiction lately. Just finished NEWS OF THE WORLD and loved it. I'm halfway through ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood. The story is a little disturbing (deals with child abuse), so it may not be for everyone, but the writing is excellent and I'm totally hooked.
#8 - April 25, 2017, 07:07 AM
2017:
Sibling Split series (Stone Arch)
Gender Wage Gap (Abdo)
Smooth Road Trip (Capstone)
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Oh, I loved STATION ELEVEN too!
#9 - April 25, 2017, 08:25 AM
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My kids have taken ALL THE LIGHT ... so I'm waiting for them to finish, but in the meantime I picked up another gorgeous book: HENNA HOUSE by Nomi Eve. Beautiful and evocative and I learned a lot about the Jewish people in Yemen circa 1900.

Anything by Geraldine Brooks is really good too.

Happy reading and writing, Melissa.
#10 - April 25, 2017, 10:37 AM
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I'm reading Paul Auster's latest, titled 4321. It is long (900 pages) but engaging and beautifully written. Auster has written some other great novels, but I still love best his early work, the New York Trilogy.
#11 - April 25, 2017, 10:55 AM
DUCKWORTH: THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)
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Agreed that ALL THE LIGHT is fantastic. I also just started THE TWELVE LIVE OF SAMUEL HAWLEY, which is quite good and have GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW and LINCOLN IN THE BARDO on hold too. I am in one of those really bad situations when all my book holds at the library have come in at once. Yikes!
#12 - April 25, 2017, 04:07 PM
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Anything by Haruki Murikami. Lush gorgeous writing, excellent English translations.

The Elena Ferrante Neopolitan novels  (now being made into a mini-series)
#13 - April 26, 2017, 10:49 AM
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Recent reads I really enjoyed:
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey.
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline.

A few chapters in and liking:
THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss.

One I read a few months ago that won't let go:
STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett
#14 - May 02, 2017, 01:09 PM
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SANCTUARY, Scholastic Press
 
Jenny Moss:
TAKING OFF, Bloomsbury
SHADOW, Scholastic Press
WINNIE'S WAR, Bloomsbury

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I LOVED The Name of the Wind! The sequel isn't quite as good, but it's still well worth reading.
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Rachel, my librarian sister recommended it to me. She never steers me wrong.
#16 - May 02, 2017, 04:58 PM
Jennifer Mckissack:
SANCTUARY, Scholastic Press
 
Jenny Moss:
TAKING OFF, Bloomsbury
SHADOW, Scholastic Press
WINNIE'S WAR, Bloomsbury

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Two novels by Chris Bohjalian:  Skeletons at the Feast and  The Light in the Ruins
#17 - May 08, 2017, 05:26 PM

I read ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE in 2014 and I still remember many parts of it. It's excellent.

Currently enjoying THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield.

I love literary fiction, too, and will check out the recommendations here.  :running
#18 - May 08, 2017, 07:41 PM
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Well I need recommendations. With one caveat. Keep in mind I have really really bad ADD, so it makes it difficult to concentrate on things for very long. Among other issues. So mainly not something like Infinite Jest. If there is a any good story collections?

Infinite Jest is good, don't get me wrong. But I'm somewhat recovering from a recent panic attack (long story, to much to go into here).

I recently found a copy of Dona Flor And Her Two Sisters. (Magic Realism fan.)
#19 - May 09, 2017, 02:08 AM
Mr. Clocktime, or The Man In The Top Hat -- MG Para Psychological -- Short Story

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I enjoyed THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd.
#20 - May 09, 2017, 06:11 AM
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The sequel to Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris' Hannibal, is quite stylish but violent.

Another intense read is Missing Me, a thriller by Harlan Coben.

Gatz
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Melissa mentioned Elizabeth Strout's My Name is Lucy Barton, and I highly recommend its brand new sequel/companion book, Anything is Possible. It's a set of loosely linked stories, so Sarah, maybe it would work for you. Although Lucy Barton is a common thread (the stories are about people from her hometown), you don't have to have read that novel to appreciate this lovely book.
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