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Best Book Club Fiction of 2021

  • FICTION

    FOREGONE

    MARCH 2, 2021

FICTION

FOREGONE

by Russell Banks

A challenging, risk-taking work marked by a wry and compassionate intelligence. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SECOND PLACE

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

SECOND PLACE

by Rachel Cusk

Brilliant prose and piercing insights convey a dark but compelling view of human nature. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SENTENCE

    NOV. 9, 2021

FICTION

THE SENTENCE

by Louise Erdrich

A novel that reckons with ghosts—of both specific people and also the shadows resulting from America’s violent, dark habits. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE COMMITTED

    MARCH 2, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE COMMITTED

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A quirky intellectual crime story that highlights the Vietnam War’s complex legacy. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU

    SEPT. 7, 2021

FICTION

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU

by Sally Rooney

A novel of capacious intelligence and plenty of page-turning emotional drama. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BINA

    FEB. 2, 2021

FICTION

BINA

by Anakana Schofield

A masterwork that should cement Bina (and Schofield) as one of the great voices in recent fiction. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    OUR COUNTRY FRIENDS

    NOV. 2, 2021

FICTION

OUR COUNTRY FRIENDS

by Gary Shteyngart

The Great American Pandemic Novel only Shteyngart could write, full of hyphenated identities, killer prose, and wild... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WAYWARD

    JULY 6, 2021

FICTION

WAYWARD

by Dana Spiotta

An engrossing, interior mother-daughter story that expands into a sharp social commentary. Full review >

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