TOP 10 Novels
1. Here I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer
As the Blochs are on the extremity of divorce, a tragedy causes upheaval in the Middle East, and American Jews like the Blochs question what they owe Israel — and what they owe each other.
2. My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
A visit from the narrator’s estranged mother while she’s in the hospital for a serious infection accelerate thoughts on a life of alienation — from her childhood rooted in rural poverty to an urban adulthood marked by loneliness.
3. The Trespasser, Tana French
In the most recent installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series, a grainy detective who doesn’t fit in with her all-male squad attempts to solve the murder of a beautiful young woman in her own home—confronting suspicious resistance from her own co-workers along the way.
4. Swing Time, Zadie Smith
Two girls growing up in public housing in London both are interested in dance; only one has the ability to build a career of it. In old age, the author deals with the poverty of London for the poverty of Muslim West Africa — until events send her back to her oppressive mother and larger-than-life friend.
5. Imagine Me Gone, Adam Haslett
After a son acquires his father’s serious anxiety and depression, his family invests years searching for a method to ease his pain. Even as a solution grows closer, Michael’s mental illness waves through his siblings’ personal relationships.
6. The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and physician integrates science and memoir to chronicle humanity’s developing understanding of genetics, from discoveries by the likes of Darwin and Mendel to stories of how hereditary traits have influenced his own family.
7. Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
This debut novel alternates between two sides of a family tree, each chapter stressing on a different descendant from two half-sisters in 18th century Ghana. While one stays in Africa, the other is sold into slavery, bound for America.
8. The Fireman by Joe Hill
An unfamiliar disease called “Dragonscale” sweeps across America, covering patients with black and gold marks that ultimately cause them to instinctively combust. While an infected nurse attempts to secure her unborn child, a retaliating hero known as the Fireman harnesses the disease to his own intentions.
9. Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson
Four young women growing up in 1970s Brooklyn face sexual assault, racism, grief, poverty and other traumas. Some overcome these difficulties; some don’t.
10. Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
In this reimagining of American history, the Underground Railroad is a real one. After Cora, a slave on a Georgia plantation, is beaten and raped by her master, she ran away to escape towards north, facing more difficulties along the way.