Flyleaf's Favorite Fiction 2022

Sea of Tranquility: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

Mandel brings us another deeply evocative novel, set in an imaginatively complex future while remaining relevant to our current time. Simply written with clear prose and cutting emotion, I breezed through this book and still desire to return to it several months later. Wonderful for solo reading and book clubs alike. --RC

Afterlives: A Novel By Abdulrazak Gurnah Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593541883
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 23rd, 2022

Nobel Prize-winning Gurnah shows us How It’s Done. This is how you take a little issue like colonialism and make it personal. Compare to A Fine Balance; it’s a real writer who can do what he did here. --Erica

Shrines of Gaiety: A Novel By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385547970
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Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

Featuring deft character studies and a lack of sentimentality, this clever timepiece set in the roaring '20s has an atmospheric mix of criminal and cop, ingenue and madame. Witty & wise, moving but never mawkish, this is Atkinson at the top of her game. --Maggie

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

Sadie & Sam's thirty-year saga as partners in video-game creation brims with potency. This book is momentous, heartbreaking, impossible to put down. It invites its reader to play, to experiment and create and love and game, with wild abandon. Easily my favorite book of the year; likely one of the best I've ever read. --Talia

Portrait of a Thief: A Novel By Grace D. Li Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593184738
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Published: Tiny Reparations Books - April 5th, 2022

Applying a revolutionary premise to the classic heist story, a group of Chinese American students band together to ‘illegally’ repatriate artifacts that never truly belonged to the museums that held them. Enthralling and unputdownable!!! --Jordan

The Candy House: A Novel By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476716763
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Published: Scribner - April 5th, 2022

The matrix of characters from A Visit from the Goon Squad is back! (And while it's not necessary to have read Jennifer Egan's prior Pulitzer-winning novel, it certainly wouldn't hurt ...) In The Candy House, Egan offers sketches of life in a society hurtling toward inexorability, where increasingly elaborate manifestations of reality are fueled by new technology. It's the near future, it's the past, it's the present, it's the search for the authenticit's more of Jennifer Egan's magnificent storytelling. --Elese

The Whalebone Theatre: A novel By Joanna Quinn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593321706
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Published: Knopf - October 4th, 2022

Thoroughly enjoyable historical fiction. The reader follows three intrepid British children growing up in a crumbling mansion by the sea, spying on the adults and eventually staging their own theater productions as the Roaring Twenties flow through, then World War II and adulthood. Original, delightful and entertaining! --Jamie

Blood Red By Gabriela Ponce, Sarah Booker (Translator) Cover Image
By Gabriela Ponce, Sarah Booker (Translator)
ISBN: 9781632063304
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Published: Restless Books - October 4th, 2022

In a visceral outpouring of emotion, an unnamed narrator relates her life of love, desire, sorrow, and pain, and the raw truth of inhabiting a female body. --Tony

Vladimir: A Novel By Julia May Jonas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982187637
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 1st, 2022

I've never read a book quite like Vladimir! It's poignant in its depiction of marriage and mother-daughter relationships, darkly funny in its portrayal of academia, and unsettlingly gray in its exploration of power and desire. It follows a popular English professor as she is forced to confront allegations of sexual impropriety against her husbandand as she develops an obsession with a younger man. This is Netflix's The Chair meets Ottessa Moshfegh's Death in Her Hands: a social satire with a heart and a dark interior. --Elisa

The Sorcerer of Pyongyang: A Novel By Marcel Theroux Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668002667
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Published: Atria Books - November 29th, 2022

Jun-su, a young boy living through the brutality of the North Korean Famine, comes across a copy of the Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide and falls deeply in love with the worlds he can now create, enormously different from the life he's used to under Kim Jong-il. The D&D book's striking cover and themes land him in a brutal prison camp where he has to fight to stay alive and try to hold on to himself in the face of cruel totalitarianism. A well-researched, beautifully told blending of fact and fiction, the story of a kid growing up and trying to do more than survive. --Colin