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The Top 10 Novels

A novel is a long, fictional narrative which defines intimate human experiences. Some top novels are
The Top 10 NovelsHere I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer As the Blochs are on the verge of divorce, a tragedy causes upheaval in the Middle East, and American Jews like the Blochs question what they owe Israel— and what they owe eachother.My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout A visit from thenarrator’s estranged mother whileshe’s in the hospital for a severe infection leads to ruminations on a life of alienation— from her childhood rooted in rural poverty to an urban adulthood marked by loneliness.The Trespasser, Tana French In the latest installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series, a gritty detective whodoesn’t fit in with her allmale squad tries to solve the murder of a beautiful young woman in her own home—encountering suspicious resistancefromherowncolleagues alongtheway.Swing Time, Zadie Smith Two girls growing up in public housing in London both have a love for dance; only one has the talent to make a career of it. In adulthood, the narrator trades the poverty of London for the poverty of Muslim West Africa— until events send her back to her domineering mother and largerthanlifefriend.Imagine Me Gone, Adam Haslett After a son inherits hisfather’s severe depression and anxiety, his family spends years searching for a way to ease his pain. Even as a solution grows closer,Michael’s mental illness ripples through hissiblings’ personalrelationships.The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee The Pulitzer Prizewinning author and physician combines science and memoir to chronicle humanity’s evolving understanding of genetics, from breakthroughs by the likes of Mendel and Darwin to storiesof howhereditarytraitshave impactedhisownfamily.Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi This debut novel alternates between two sides of a family tree, each chapter focusing on a different descendant from two halfsisters in 18th century Ghana. While one remains in Africa, the other is sold into slavery,boundforAmerica.The Fireman by Joe Hill A strange disease known as “Dragonscale” sweeps across America, covering patients with black and gold marks that eventually cause them to spontaneously combust. While an infected nurse tries to protect her unborn child, a vengeful hero known as the Fireman harnesses the disease tohisownpurposes.Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson Four young women growing up in 1970s Brooklyn deal with racism, sexual assault, poverty, grief and other traumas. Some overcome theseobstacles;somedon’t.Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead In this reimagining of American history, the Underground Railroad is a literal one. After Cora, a slave on a Georgia plantation, is beaten and raped by her master, she flees north, encountering more peril along theway.