December 12, 2017
2017 was another great year for the novel.
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").
Rodrigo Hasbún's Affections is a fascinating novel of family and revolution.
Emma Smith-Stevens' brilliant novel The Australian is one of the funniest (and smartest) debuts I have read in years.
David Burr Gerrard's ambitious alternate history The Epiphany Machine is one of the year's finest books.
Samanta Schweblin's inventive Fever Dream is the most haunting book of the year.
C. Morgan Babst's powerful novel The Floating World is a nuanced and lyrical debut with New Orleans at its heart.
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan's novel Harmless Like You is a dazzling debut about family, home, and love. One of the best books I have read this year.
Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction, Lisa Ko's debut novel The Leavers is a powerful and timely look at the immigrant experience, and one of the year's most profound works of fiction.
Celeste Ng's powerful novel Little Fires Everywhere is a nuanced portrait of motherhood, community, and identity.
Hala Alyan's novel Salt Houses is a stunning debut about the lasting impact of the Six-Day War from a Palestinian perspective.
Patrick Cottrell's novel Sorry to Disrupt the Peace is a brilliant, darkly comic debut, and my favorite novel of the year.
Olivia Sudjic's debut Sympathy is a startlingly original novel about obsession and identity.
also at Largehearted Boy:
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2016
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