Notable Books: 2017

FICTION

Behold the Dreamers. By Imbolo Mbue.

A Cameroonian family struggles to achieve the American dream during the Great Recession.

Christodora.jpgChristodora. By Tim Murphy.

A powerful novel about the impact of HIV and AIDS on individual lives, the activist community that developed in response, and the ways that the virus reverberates through decades and generations.

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers. By Max Porter.

A surreal and poetic look at a passage in life when nothing feels quite right, the time after losing someone you love. What’s real? What’s imagined?

Homegoing. By Yaa Gyasi.

A historical novel of two countries and the descendants of two half sisters: one sold into slavery in the U.S., the other remaining in Ghana.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things. By Iain Reid.

Things are not as they seem as a couple ponders the meaning of it all on an eerie road trip to nowhere.

Missile Paradise. By Ron Tanner.

Drama and satirical humor intertwine to create an insightful story of regret, exposing American privilege and its effects on the Marshallese people.

The Nix.jpgThe Nix. By Nathan Hill.

When his absent mother gets arrested for an activist crime, a halfhearted college professor (who spends more time gaming than working) undertakes an offbeat voyage of self-discovery.

The Sport of Kings. By C. E. Morgan.

A Kentucky horse farmer breeds Thoroughbreds, but his focus on controlling the outcomes of lives both equine and human has far-reaching consequences.

To the Bright Edge of the World.jpgTo the Bright Edge of the World. By Eowyn Ivey.

From the wildly adventurous story of the Alaskan frontier to the innovative presentation on these pages, this historical novel blends folklore, science, feminism, and the then-new art of photography.

The Underground Railroad. By Colson Whitehead.

A shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share, with characters as fully realized as the train that carries them to “freedom.”

An Unrestored Woman. By Shobha Rao.

Women recover, or lose themselves, amid the backdrop of war, power struggles, and politics after the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan.

The Unseen World.jpgThe Unseen World. By Liz Moore.

When she loses her computer scientist father to Alzheimer’s, young Ada Sibelius becomes aware of how little she truly knows about him. From Alan Turing to the next incarnation of Second Life, this character-driven novel is part mystery and part meditation on humanity.