December 4, 2014
Novels once again dominated my reading this year, and many impressed me.
These are the 11 novels I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path this year (my personal metric for "favorite").
All links go to the authors' contributions to the Book Notes series, where applicable, and I have reposted my original review.
What was your favorite novel of 2014?
Will Chancellor's A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall is an ambitious and powerful debut, simply one of the year's finest books.
Jenny Offill's novel Dept. of Speculation is powerful and poetically told in its short chapters.
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor's debut novel Dust is lyrically told and vividly captures both the people and the landscape of Kenya.
Valeria Luiselli's Faces in the Crowd is one of the year's most striking and cleverly written novels, a debut that heralds the arrival of a promising literary voice.
Smith Henderson's Fourth of July Creek is a stunning debut and my favorite novel of the year.
Eimear McBride's novel A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing has been much lauded and deserves every accolade it has received. Imaginatively told and poignantly resonant, this debut is one of the year's best books.
Scott Cheshire's High as the Horses' Bridles is one of the year's strongest debuts. This epic novel brilliantly explores themes of family, faith, and desire.
James Scott's The Kept is as masterfully written a debut novel as I have read in years, a book that has already earned him numerous comparisons to Cormac McCarthy.
Porochista Khakpour's second novel The Last Illusion is a a storytelling masterpiece, strikingly original and ambitious in its modern retelling of an ancient myth.
Dylan Landis's debut novel Rainey Royal is vividly told and as unforgettable as its young protagonist.
Lindsay Hunter's debut novel Ugly Girls is a dark and true book about female friendship, youth, and class, and easily one of the year's finest works of fiction.
also at Largehearted Boy:
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2013
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2012
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2008
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2007
previous lists at Largehearted Boy
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