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Best Historical Fiction of 2021

  • FICTION

    EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR MOTHER IS A WITCH

    JUNE 8, 2021

FICTION

EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR MOTHER IS A WITCH

by Rivka Galchen

Dazzling in its humor, intelligence, and the richness of its created world. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MATRIX

    SEPT. 7, 2021

FICTION

MATRIX

by Lauren Groff

Groff’s trademarkworthy sentences bring vivid buoyancy to a magisterial story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE RIB KING

    JAN. 19, 2021

FICTION

THE RIB KING

by Ladee Hubbard

An imaginative work craftily depicting the failure of imagination that is American racism. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ZORRIE

    FEB. 9, 2021

FICTION

ZORRIE

by Laird Hunt

A touching, tightly woven story from an always impressive author. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    PALMARES

    SEPT. 14, 2021

FICTION

PALMARES

by Gayl Jones

It is marvelous, in every sense, to have a new Gayl Jones novel to talk about. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE GREAT MISTAKE

    JUNE 15, 2021

FICTION

THE GREAT MISTAKE

by Jonathan Lee

A highly satisfying mix of mystery and character portrait, revealing the constrained heart beneath the public carapace. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    GREAT CIRCLE

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

GREAT CIRCLE

by Maggie Shipstead

Ingeniously structured and so damn entertaining; this novel is as ambitious as its heroines—but it never falls from the sky. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY

    OCT. 5, 2021

  • FICTION

    HARLEM SHUFFLE

    SEPT. 14, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

HARLEM SHUFFLE

by Colson Whitehead

As one of Whitehead’s characters might say of their creator, When you’re hot, you’re hot. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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