November 28, 2015
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 2015?
Kevin Barry's second novel Beatlebone is fascinating both in its structure and lyricism.
Sarah Gerard's Binary Star is one of the finest debuts I have read, a daring and epic novel of love and lost souls.
James Hannaham's Delicious Foods features masterful and poignant storytelling, and is one of the most powerful novels I have read in years.
Cynan Jones' The Dig marries a sense of place (in this case, the Welsh countryside) to its story as well as any book published this year.
Ottessa Moshfegh's novel Eileen is literary noir at its finest, a dark and unsettling character study brilliantly written.
As compelling as any book I have read in years, Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies is a stunning and lyrical portrait of a marriage from the perspectives of its partners. My favorite novel of the year.
Sara Novic's novel Girl at War is an engaging and insightful debut about the Yugoslavian civil war from a child's perspective, an unforgettable, crisply written, and deeply moving book.
Colin Winnette's Haints Stay is a brutally dark and haunting novel of two killers, a noir Western that sits proudly among modern classics like Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers and Rudy Wurlitzer's The Drop Edge of Yonder.
Anakana Schofield's second novel Martin John is a profound, innovative, and poignant meditation on identity.
Alexandra Kleeman's debut novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is one of the year's smartest and funniest books.
also at Largehearted Boy:
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2014
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
other lists at Largehearted Boy
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Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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