Best Fiction 2016

With the New Year come accolades for the best novels of 2016. These recommendations are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

The MothersThe Mothers by Brit Bennett
Choices made as teenagers haunt the lives of three small-town friends with a big secret.

The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
A Chinese-American family loses it all and decides to take an uproarious road trip across the United States.

The Girls by Emma Cline
At the end of the 1960s, a lonely teenager is drawn to the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader.

Zero K by Don DeLillo
A billionaire with failing health is the primary investor in a secret compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances can return them to life.

Grace : A NovelGrace by Natashia Deon
A fifteen-year-old runaway slave in the 1840s south discovers life on the run can be just as dangerous as the brutal confines of an Alabama plantation.

The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky
A woman with a possessive husband she doesn’t love, and a long list of unfilled ambitions, is jolted by a call from the past.

A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev
Two years after his wife was killed while attempting to uncover a black-market organ-transplant ring, a doctor meets a woman who claims she’s the recipient of his wife’s heart and has a message for him.

ExposureExposure by Helen Dunmore
At the height of the Cold War, a missing top-secret file poses a terrible dilemma for a Naval Intelligence bureaucrat and his wife resolves to protect their family.

Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
Two separate timelines follow an orphan living in a house full of abandoned children and, years later, as she and her pregnant niece travel across New York on foot.

The Golden Age by Joan London
Living in Australia after escaping the perils of WWII Hungary, a teen is diagnosed with polio and sent to a children’s hospital where he falls in love with a fellow patient while their families struggle to adjust to life in a new culture.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Devastated by a hit-and-run accident that ended the life of her young son, a woman moves to the remote Welsh coast to search of healing while two dedicated police officers try to get to the bottom of the case.

The North Water by Ian McGuire
A nineteenth-century Yorkshire whaling ship becomes the stage for a confrontation between a brutal harpooner and the ship’s medic during a violent, ill-fated voyage to the Arctic.

The Unseen WorldThe Unseen World by Liz Moore
When her brilliant, eccentric father’s mind begins to falter just as his work begins to gain acclaim, a woman embarks on a mission to uncover his secrets.

Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss
A critic, an artist and a determined young woman make their way amid the New York City art scene of the 1980s.

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo
A man neglects to share his cardiologist’s estimate that he only has a year or two left with the most important people in his life.

The Gustav SonataThe Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
After WWII, a sheltered boy forges a friendship with a Jewish boy, a talented pianist who introduces him to the harsh realities of racism, tolerance and cruelty during a friendship spanning half a century.

Shelter by Jung Yun
A tenure-track professor, feeling the financial pressures of living beyond his means, feels compelled to take in his immigrant parents and deal with the emotional distance between them.

January 6, 2017