Happy New Year Everyone…

and best wishes for a great year of reading ahead. Alan shared this list of the Best Novels of 2011 with his workmates at the library. He suggested that the list should be call the Best Fiction of 2011 because it includes some books of short stories.

So, for your reading pleasure, here’s a copy of that list and a few web sites you might enjoy looking at:

2011 Best Novels

 The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad                      (PW)

Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks                        (WS)

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes                    (EW, P)

In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard                                       (P)

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier                        (NPR)

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

by Alina Bronsky                                                           (PW)

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks                         (BP)

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell               (EW)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline                               (EW)

Open City by Teju Cole                                                   (NPR, SL)

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt                     (PW)

Townie by Andre DuBus III                                         (BP, EQ)

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright                        (WS)

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides                     (BP, NPR, PW, SA)

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman                          (EW, PW)

The Art of Fielding by Chan Harbach                          (BP, NPR, NY)

The History of History by Ida Hattemer-Higgins       (SL)

Volt by Alan Heathcock                                                  (PW)

Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson             (NY, O)

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst                 (P, PW)

We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen                          (WS)

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson                                 (EQ, NPR, PW)

Pym by Mat Johnson                                                      (SA)

Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes

by William Kennedy                                                   (PW)

11/22/63 by Stephen King                                             (NY)

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner               (WS)

Leche by R. Zamora Linmark                                      (PW)

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin      (SL)

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain                                 (P)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern                     (PW)

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami                                           (LA, EW)

The Call by Yannick Murphy                                      (PW)

A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates                    (LA)

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht                                (BP, EW, NY, O, PW, WS)

This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park                     (BP)

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett                              (BP, NPR, P, PW, SA)

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman                          (LA)

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta                                    (BP, NPR, O)

The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips                 (SA, WS)

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock         (PW)

Swamplandia by Karen Russell                                  (BP, EW, NPR, NY)

Cain by Jose Saramago                                                 (PW)

Luminarium by Alex Shakar                                       (PW)

You Think That’s Bad by Jim Shepard                      (LA)

There but for the by Ali Smith                                    (PW)

Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta                                    (LA, EW)

Someday This Will Be Funny by Lynne Tillman     (PW)

The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles                        (O, WS)

I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck              (PW)

Submission by Amy Waldman                                     (EQ, EW, NPR)

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace                      (EW, NPR, SA)

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson                               (EQ, P)

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer                                 (BP)

Key to Sources:

   BP           BookPage

   EQ           Esquire

   EW          Entertainment Weekly

   LA           Los Angeles Times

   NPR        NPR

   NY           The New York Times

   O              O Magazine

   P              People Magazine

   PW          Publisher’s Weekly

   SA              Salon

   SL              Slate Magazine

   WS           Wall Street Journal

NPR Books

Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011Publishers Weekly Best of 2011

Publishers Weekly Best of 2011


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