Notable & Highly-Praised Novels of 2012

Gone girl : a novel

Gillian Flynn.

Thriller, Mystery

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work "draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction." Gone Girl 's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously ch...


The chaperone a novel

Laura Moriarty.

A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives.


Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.

Literary Fiction

Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination - the perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend . . . real or otherwise. Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. Wh...


The light between oceans : a novel

M.L. Stedman.

Literary Fiction

A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.


The orchardist

by Amanda Coplin.

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who g...


The gods of Gotham

Lyndsay Faye.

Mystery, Historical Fiction, Thriller

1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever. Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, saving every dollar and shilling in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timot...


The yellow birds : a novel

Kevin Powers.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive. "The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a pr...


The orphan master's son a novel

Adam Johnson.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   &"A daring and remarkable novel.&"&--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times   Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother&--a singer &"stolen&" to Pyongyang&--and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy&'s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself &"a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,&" Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a profe...


The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry : a novel

by Rachel Joyce.

Literary Fiction

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in twenty years...


This is How You Lose Her

Junot Diaz

Romance, Literary Fiction

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary wome...