December 12, 2016
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 short review.
What was your favorite novel of 2016?
Mona Awad's debut 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl is a magnificent novel-in-stories about women and their bodies.
Imbolo Mbue's compelling and empathetic novel Behold the Dreamers is one of the year's finest debuts.
Joni Murphy's Double Teenage is a stunning debut, one of the finest novels I have read this year.
Winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is an exceptional debut, a book that is as much prose poem as novella.
Affinity Konar's masterfully told and lyrical novel Mischling may be the year's most poignant book.
Elizabeth Mckenzie's wildly entertaining novel The Portable Veblen is as wonderfully weird as it is thought-provoking.
Jade Sharma's Problems is one of the year's strongest debut novels, a powerful book that deals with addiction and gender politics through the eyes of its unforgettable and vividly drawn protagonist.
Playful, smart, and original, Álvaro Enrigue's Sudden Death is one of the most engrossing novels I have read in years.
Belinda McKeon's Tender is a magnificent novel of unrequited love and obsession.
Garth Greenwell's novel What Belongs to You is a brilliant debut, lyrical, evocative, and precise in its language. My favorite book of the year.
Annie DeWitt's debut White Nights in Split Town City is one of the year's finest novels.
also at Largehearted Boy:
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2015
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
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews