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Best Fictional Families of 2021

  • FICTION

    THE ARSONISTS' CITY

    MARCH 9, 2021

FICTION

THE ARSONISTS' CITY

by Hala Alyan

Painful and joyous, sad and funny—impossible to put down. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE NETANYAHUS

    JUNE 22, 2021

FICTION

THE NETANYAHUS

by Joshua Cohen

A novel that is as enjoyable as it is intelligent: a truly brilliant book and a remarkable achievement. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    CROSSROADS

    OCT. 5, 2021

FICTION

CROSSROADS

by Jonathan Franzen

Franzen’s intensely absorbing novel is amusing, excruciating, and at times unexpectedly uplifting—in a word, exquisite. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MONKEY BOY

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

MONKEY BOY

by Francisco Goldman

The warmth and humanity of Goldman's storytelling are impossible to resist. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GOLDEN GIRL

    JUNE 1, 2021

FICTION

GOLDEN GIRL

by Elin Hilderbrand

If novelists are auditioning to play God, Hilderbrand gets the part. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE REMOVED

    FEB. 2, 2021

FICTION

THE REMOVED

by Brandon Hobson

A slim yet wise novel boils profound questions down to its final word: "Home." Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WAR FOR GLORIA

    SEPT. 7, 2021

  • FICTION

    THE FIVE WOUNDS

    APRIL 6, 2021

FICTION

THE FIVE WOUNDS

by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Perfectly rendered characters anchor a novel built around a fierce, flawed, and loving family. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SECRETS OF HAPPINESS

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

SECRETS OF HAPPINESS

by Joan Silber

These secrets of happiness really will make you happy, at least for a few sweet hours. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FIGHT NIGHT

    OCT. 5, 2021

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