Notable Fiction of 2017

Don’t miss these novels that appear on many best fiction lists for 2017. They are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

The Windfall : A NovelThe Windfall by Diksha Basu
Settled into his modest golden years, a man comes into an enormous, unexpected sum of money and moves from his comfortable housing complex to the super-rich side of town where he becomes eager to fit in.

Murder in Saint-Germain by Cara Black
In 1999 Paris, an agent on an elite counterterrorism squad convinced the ghost of a Serbian warlord she thought she killed is stalking her, begs a private detective to investigate.

Ill Will by Dan Chaon
Just as his adoptive brother is released from prison after DNA evidence overturned his conviction for the murder of their parents, a psychologist starts to believe a patient’s stories about a string of serial killings.

Universal Harvester : A NovelUniversal Harvester by John Darnielle
In the late 1990s, the clerk at a video rental store discovers odd, sometimes violent scenes placed in the middle of old movies.

The Locals by Jonathan Dee
A New York money manager enlists the services of a small-town homebuilder who feels opportunity is passing him by, and their very different worlds collide.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Historical novel follows the experiences of a young Brooklyn woman from the Great Depression through the post-WWII years.

Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin
Sent to live with a great aunt after his mother’s death, an eleven-year-old boy discovers a ruined cottage where he pursues a ghost boy who disappeared during a hurricane fifty years before.

Exit West : A NovelExit West by Mohsin Hamid
In a country on the brink of civil war, two young people meet, fall in love and, as the violence escalates, decide to leave their homeland.

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
In the wake of his retirement from a New York legal firm, a man travels to Israel where his life is sidetracked by a host of charismatic characters.

White Tears by Hari Kunzru
A hoax leads two young men with a musical obsession on a search for a long-lost blues singer.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The story of a poor Korean family through the generations begins when a daughter is saved from the shame of an unplanned pregnancy after a young minister offers to marry her and take her to Japan.

The Burning Girl : A NovelThe Burning Girl by Claire Messud
Friends since nursery school share their desire to escape the limitations of their quiet Massachusetts town, but as they enter adolescence, their paths diverge.

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
A forty-six-year-old divorcee and empty nester becomes obsessed with a troubling text from an unknown sender.

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
A woman attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to her husband’s first wife and daughters.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Suspenseful and heartbreaking story revolves around the members of two British families of Pakistani heritage and their life-changing decisions.

Saints for All OccasionsSaints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
A secret drives apart two sisters, one the matriarch of a boisterous Irish Catholic family and the other a nun, hidden from the world.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
Moving back to the New England fishing village of his youth, a man and his daughter are threatened with the ghosts of his criminal past.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
When the father of her two children is released from prison, a troubled, drug-addicted mother packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out for the state penitentiary.

January 12, 2018