10. Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
Gyasi creates an unforgettable cast of characters as she follows seven generations of a family through the dislocations and continuing repercussions1 of slavery.
9. Sarah Bakewell, At the Existentialist Café
Bakewell's idiosyncratic begins At the Existentialist Café. She tracks the growth of Existentialism, and shows how its emphasis on authenticity2 and freedom are relevant today.
8. Ruth Franklin, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
Shirley Jackson was best known for literary suspense3. Jackson's unique contribution, writes Franklin, was "her primary focus" on the lives of her generation of women who were raised in the mid4 20th Century.
7. Liz Moore, The Unseen World
Moore captures the powerful ties between father and daughter as she unspools a string of compelling scientific and personal mysteries.
6. Ben H Winters, Underground Airlines
Winters' timely new work of speculative5 fiction is set in an alternative US: Lincoln never became president, the Civil War never happened, and there are still slaves in the certain states. Winters, an Edgar award winner, has crafted a fast-moving thriller6 with a contemporary ethical7 framework.
5. Teju Cole, Known and Strange Things
Cole shows a breathtaking range in his splendid new collection of 55 essays. His cultural criticism is filled with surprising connections and intelligent provocations8.
4. Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone
Imagine Me Gone is a powerful story of loss and love. We've come to know intimately the joys and struggles of each member of a troubled family by its heart-wrenching conclusion.
3. Ann Patchett, Commonwealth
Patchett, winner of the 2001 Orange Prize, opens her brilliantly structured new novel. Betrayals and forgiveness are at the centre of this complex and memorable9 family drama.
2. CE Morgan, The Sport of Kings
Morgan's ambitious and epic10 tale of a racehorse bred to win the Triple Crown of elite11 US thoroughbred contests spans several centuries.
1. Dana Spiotta, Innocents and Others
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