There were so many fantastic novels in 2015 — big (“Purity,” “A Little Life,” “Fates and Furies”) and small (“Eileen,” “Our Souls at Night,” “The Book of Aron”). Next year promises to be just as rich. Here are a few works of fiction that I'm eager to crack open. From The Washington Post: http://wpo.st/NFx-1
  1. “The Guest Room,” by Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday, Jan.)
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    When a bachelor party turns deadly, a good husband finds himself confronting the horror of sex slavery. Anita Shreve has reviewed this one for us: http://wpo.st/v_x-1
  2. “The Past,” by Tessa Hadley (Harper, Jan.)
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    Four adult siblings gather for the last summer at their grandparents’ old house in the country. Actually, I've already read this one, so I know it's fantastic: http://wpo.st/oRx-1
  3. “The Man Without a Shadow,” by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco, Jan.)
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    A researcher falls in love with a famous amnesiac and begins to believe he knows her.
  4. “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House, Jan)
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    A woman recovering from an illness tries to reconcile with her mother.
  5. “Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist,” by Sunil Yapa (Lee Boudreaux, Jan.)
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    The story of protesters, delegates and police officers caught in the World Trade Organization protest in Seattle in 1999. Incredibly powerful novel. I reviewed it here: http://wpo.st/XJx-1
  6. “A Doubter’s Almanac,” by Ethan Canin (Random House, Feb.)
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    From the author of “The Palace Thief” and “America, America,” a multigenerational tale of family and ambition.
  7. “The High Mountains of Portugal,” by Yann Martel (Spiegel & Grau, Feb.)
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    Remember “The Life of Pi”? Yann Martel is back with a novel that weaves three magical tales. (I'm hoping it's better than "Beatrice and Virgil.")
  8. “Ginny Gall,” by Charlie Smith (Harper, Feb.)
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    A young man ensnared in racial violence in the Jim Crow South.
  9. “Noonday,” by Pat Barker (Doubleday, March)
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    Set in London during the Blitz, the third volume of a trilogy that began with “Life Class.”
  10. “The Little Red Chairs,” by Edna O’Brien (Little, Brown, March)
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    A charismatic poet and holistic healer disrupts life in an Irish village.
  11. “What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours,” by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead, March).
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    By the author of “Boy, Snow, Bird,” intertwined stories that slip between reality and fantasy.
  12. “Innocents and Others,” by Dana Spiotta (Scribner, March).
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    The relationship of two longtime friends, both filmmakers, is tested when they meet a woman with a curious occupation.
  13. “Eligible,” by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House, April)
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    A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”
  14. “Our Young Man,” by Edmund White (Bloomsbury, April)
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    An attractive French model rises to the top of the fashion world — and miraculously stays there for years.
  15. “Everyone Brave Is Forgiven,” by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster, May).
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    A story of romance and heartbreak set during World War II.
  16. “Zero K,” by Don DeLillo (Scribner, May)
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    In this speculative novel, a billionaire develops a method of preserving bodies until some future date when advanced medicine can reanimate them.
  17. “LaRose,” by Louise Erdrich (Harper, May)
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    When a little boy is accidentally killed, the horrified shooter gives his own son to the grieving parents. (Erdrich seems to publish one great novel after another. My wife is using "The Round House" in her English classes now.)
  18. “Imagine Me Gone,” by Adam Haslett (Little, Brown, May)
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    The story of a family coping with the grinding challenges of depression.​ (I love this clever cover.)
  19. “Modern Lovers,” by Emma Straub (Riverhead, May)
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    The author of “The Vacationers,” which I thought was hilarious, returns with a novel about a trio of college friends navigating adult life as their kids come into adulthood.
  20. “End of Watch,” by Stephen King (Scribner, May)
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    The final volume of the Bill Hodges trilogy that began with “Mr. Mercedes” and “Finders Keepers.”