Notable Fiction of 2018

Don’t miss these novels that appear on many best fiction lists for 2018. They are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

Transcription : A NovelTranscription by Kate Atkinson
Ten years after working for an obscure wartime department of MI5 tasked with monitoring British Fascist sympathizers, a woman is unexpectedly confronted by people from her past and finds herself under threat.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
As his master’s manservant, an eleven-year-old slave on a Barbados sugar plantation is introduced to a world where even a boy born in chains can find a life of dignity, but when a man is killed, he and his master are forced to flee.

Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman
Years after a young woman discovers an evil truth at the heart of the CIA’s operations in postwar Berlin, she is gruesomely murdered, leaving her daughter to chase down startling secrets from the past.

The Grey Bastards : A NovelThe Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
A band of outcasts patrol barren wastelands to keep civilized people safe, battling invading orcs, rampaging centaurs and fighting a host of dark magical creatures.

The Wildlands by Abby Geni
Orphaned by a killer tornado, a nine-year-old becomes her brother’s unwitting accomplice on a cross-country mission to make war on human civilization, taking on a new identity and engaging in acts of escalating violence.

Florida by Lauren Groff
Story collection has Florida at its gravitational center and presents characters who come from different towns, decades and states of mind.

The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim
In 1948, a South Korean couple traveling to the US in search of new opportunities decides to leave their infant daughter behind, but war breaks out leaving the child in a war-torn country with ties to family she doesn’t remember.

Unsheltered : A NovelUnsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
The story of two families who live at the same address but centuries apart is told through alternating chapters as they meet the challenges of surviving major cultural shifts.

How it Happened by Michael Koryta
An FBI investigator specializing in telling a true confession from a falsehood believes a jailhouse snitch’s grisly story of murder is true, but will he stake his reputation on it?

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia
A decade after a man and his son go missing on a trek into the wilderness and are presumed dead, the son reappears but refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life.

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he left behind.

Hazards of Time Travel : A NovelHazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates
A recklessly idealistic girl tests the limits of her oppressively controlled, dystopian world and is punished by being sent back in time, only to fall in love with a fellow exile.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
In 1945, when their parents move to Singapore, a fourteen-year-old boy and his older sister stay behind in London under the care of a figure the children suspect might be a criminal.

There There by Tommy Orange
The lives of twelve Urban Indians living in Oakland, California collide on one fateful day when they attend a regional powwow.

Where the Crawdads SingWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A sensitive and intelligent girl, who grows up isolated in the Carolina marshes she calls home, is drawn to two young men from town and becomes the likely suspect when one is found dead.

Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks
An attorney assigned a troubling child protection case is dogged by a cold case involving a serial rapist who has avoided detection by wearing a mask.

The Overstory by Richard Powers
Five interlocking stories reveal how strangers, summoned by trees in different ways, take the ultimate stand to save the world’s virgin forests.

January 18, 2019