Elese's Favorite Novels of 2017

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Exit West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Spare, haunting, topical with a dash of the fantastical. This is on everyone's best-of-the year lists for a reason. Don't miss it.

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By Vivek Shanbhag, Srinath Perur (Translator)
ISBN: 9780143111689
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2017

The book to get the person in your life who’s read everything, ‘cause they’ve probably missed this gem. Translated from the Kannada, this is a masterful novella-length, taut family drama with a delightfully twisted ending. The ants!

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By Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Aaron Bady (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781945492013
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Published: Transit Books - May 16th, 2017

Hailed as the great Ugandan novel, and rightly so. Makumbi is clearly a masterful writer as she spins the story of a curse that has haunted Kintu's family for centuries. Quite possibly the best thing I read all year.

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ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

A well-written multi-generational family saga is my holy grail, and this year I was blessed to read two majestic examples of the type (see Kintu above). In telling the story of the Korean immigrant experience in Japan - from Korea in the early 1900s to recent years - Lee has created two of the strongest women characters in anything I've read this year. Dignified and poignant.

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ISBN: 9781476716732
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

An old-fashioned historical fiction complete with a page-turning plot, beautifully crafted sentences, a WWII-era NYC setting, an engaging heroine, gangsters and nightclubs - what more could you want?

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ISBN: 9781501144028
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 1st, 2017

The master of suburban foibles is back … Sit back and let Perrotta’s characters entertain as they stumble on their paths to self-actualization.

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ISBN: 9780385542272
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 15th, 2017

An Italian teen comes of age in early 1990s Los Angeles. Edgy, raw and true. And the scene with the donkey on the island - unforgettable.

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ISBN: 9780451493699
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

Somehow Kunzru manages to pull off a thriller/horror ghost story on historical distance, race, and power, all with a gut-punch ending.

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ISBN: 9780345803788
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Published: Anchor Books - May 20th, 2014

I’m late to the party with this frothy number, but if you’re seeking a temporary escape from reality, look no further. The final book in the trilogy, Rich People Problems, was published this year so you have two more books to look forward to ... and look for the movie version in 2018.