Our favorite book in the literature and fiction category happens to be by the same author who wrote our pick for the best book of 2014 (Everything I Never Told You), Celeste Ng. The TV show “Desperate Housewives” made entertaining hay dramatizing the bad things that befell the denizens of a certain cookie cutter neighborhood, and that concept takes a darker turn in Little Fires Everywhere. The Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights is known for its prescribed and placid character, but a new arrival shakes things up, and the community will never be the same. Senior Editor Chris Schluep said that this sophomore effort establishes Ng "as a writer of rare sensitivity and talent" (I wholeheartedly agree!). Rounding out this year's list is a who's who of literary luminaries--Fredrik Backman, George Saunders, Arundhati Roy, Paul Auster, Jennifer Egan...We couldn't wait to dig into their books and they did not disappoint. But we were especially blown away by the under-the-radar reads that surprised and delighted us with each turned page. We hope you find some gems too.
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