A narcissistic rock musician whose band has dissolved moves back home in the title story of this imaginative and witty collection.
Devastatingly candid, this autobiographical novel is written by a former Army medic now in prison for bank robbery.
Two young women — one royal, one oppressed — join forces to try to restore magic to the kingdom of Orisha.
A passionate young woman develops occult skills and is banished to a solitary island in this feminist retelling of an ancient story.
Three narrators weave a story around political activism, privacy, sexual betrayal, racial tension and homelessness.
In the summer of 2017, a 40-year-old writer tries to adjust not only to her new marriage but also to a world that seems to be falling apart.
A studious freshman whose worldview is altered by a feminist icon makes her way through college, love and the daunting uncertainties of real life.
Some of the tales woven loosely together in this novel, which won the Man Booker award for translated fiction, border on the grotesque, but they are enlivened by the author’s humor and optimistic voice.
Heat, alligators, hurricanes and other dangers lurk in these 11 short stories set in the bizarre lushness of the Sunshine State.
Having squandered her inheritance, an eccentric widow sells what property is left and sails with her son to Paris.
Two girls survive poverty and cruel fates in India and follow separate paths to new lives — and sometimes more brutality — in America.
In 1974, an alcoholic Vietnam veteran inherits a cabin in Alaska and moves there with his wife and teenage daughter.
by Rebecca Makkai (Viking)
A woman cares for her dying brother during the 1980s AIDS epidemic; searching for her daughter three decades later, she reconnects with one of his friends.
In the wake of a school shooting, a recently suspended teacher becomes a person of interest — and a bitter critic of American society.
In the aftermath of the Korean War, a young South Korean must choose a husband as her country struggles to develop an identity.
Four New York siblings ask a clairvoyant to tell them when they will die, and the answers change how they choose to live.
Religious fervor pervades the story of three students — a lapsed evangelical, a party girl and an emerging cult leader — who meet and fall in love.
A 36-year-old portraitist retrains his sights on his earlier, broader artistic goals, with sometimes magical results.
Successful in work but wary of physical contact, a woman on the autism spectrum hires a male escort to teach her about sex and relationships.
A satire of writerly ambition wrapped in a psychological thriller: A young novelist claws his way to fame by seducing other writers and stealing their plots.
When a hedge-fund manager finds his privileged life crumbling, he takes a bus to Texas to find an old girlfriend.
Ex-wives and ex-friends, prisoners and poets, flunkies and “wayward angels” populate this posthumous collection of five masterful short stories.
The author of “The Paris Wife,” based on Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage, writes a biographical novel about his third wife, journalist Martha Gellhorn.
“Beowulf” is wittily reimagined as a feminist parody of suburban sanctimony, with a lesser role for the epic’s hero, incarnated here as ex-Marine Ben Woolf.
The murder of a child is the starting point for a dizzying multigenerational drama centered on the Soviet role in Spain’s 1930s civil war.
It’s 1988, and CDs are pushing vinyl into oblivion, but at a run-down English music shop, the big albums provide the soundtrack for an unabashedly romantic treat.
By Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday)
A beautiful Nigerian murderer gets some body-disposal help from her sister, a nurse. Then the killer gets interested in a handsome doctor.
A bereaved recent college grad takes to her bed, aided by a buffet of drugs and one of the worst shrinks in fiction.
One of the most distinctive, unexpected crime novels of recent years begins with the premise that JFK’s assassination was ordered by a New Orleans mobster.
A 6-year-old describes a school shooting — “We kept hearing the POP sounds outside. And screaming.” — and its family-rending aftermath.
Dogsitting in Los Angeles’s Venice Beach, a troubled graduate student meets and falls for a beachgoer who turns out to be part fish.
By Elizabeth Acevedo (Harper Teen)
Written in short poems, a 15-year-old’s diary illuminates her life in Harlem. A National Book Award finalist.
The lives of four women intersect in a near-future United States where abortion has been criminalized.
By Vanessa Hua (Ballantine)
When a Chinese factory worker conceives her boss’s child, he sends her to give birth in America — but a sonogram changes her plans.
In a delightfully acerbic sequel to “Dear Committee Members,” a cranky English professor becomes the reluctant chair of his department.
Conspiracy theories about the 1948 assassination of Colombian icon Jorge Eliécer Gaitán provide the framework of a sweeping and magisterial novel.
The Trojan War as seen from the perspective of the princess Briseis, captured by the Greek hero Achilles and then lost to Agamemnon.
Paralyzed after a car crash, Duncan survives with the help of his wife, his twin brother and a capuchin service monkey named Ottoline.
Pain radiates through the story of a successful woman who never had her mother’s affection; “Home is where it hurts,” she concludes.
Questions of privilege and identity are brilliantly depicted in the story of a white mother who adopts a second son — this one black.
In a near and very dire future, a MacArthur “genius” intently studies the sex lives of bonobos — and a sudden disaster changes everything.
In 1940, Juliet is deployed to eavesdrop on suspected Nazi sympathizers in Britain, and her spy business continues into the Cold War.
A British businessman, fearing that his grown daughter teaching at Skidmore College is depressed, arrives determined to help her.
“In 1945 our parents went away and left us,” the British narrator begins, and decades later, he exhumes their secrets from the mire of espionage and war.
A Chinese emigre family moves back to live in luxury in Shanghai, where the reappearance of a long-absent brother opens painful issues.
By Camille Perri (Putnam)
Katie has been dumped by her fiance. Androgynously sexy Cassidy takes her to a lesbian bar where romantic comedy ensues.
Medical training did little to prepare young Lucius for the battlefields of World War I — and a new “disease” that we now call PTSD.
By Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House)
Stories by the author of “Prep” illuminate the social, sexual, professional and political realities of this particular moment in America.
A short story collection that captures the national mood, in a voice that is accurate, disarming and often quotable.