My Favorite Books from 2017

Poetic stories of men struggling with family issues and questions of identity in Latin America; a raucous retelling of King Lear, with a media mogul under siege by his two evil daughters and their accomplices; and a chilling and masterful depiction of racial tensions in the modern-day American South. These are some of the subjects covered in the ten books I have chosen as the best of the year. If you haven’t kept up with 2017 fiction and are looking for suggestions, these recommendations, listed alphabetically by title, would be a good place to start. Links take you to my reviews.

Dunbar, Edward St. Aubyn

The King Is Always Above the People, Daniel Alarcón

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

Marlena, Julie Buntin

New People, Danzy Senna

The Ninth Hour, Alice McDermott

The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen

Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward

So Much Blue, Percival Everett

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah


One thought on “My Favorite Books from 2017

  1. Love these choices, Michael. I’m ashamed to say I’ve not yet read “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” but your review is splendid. I’ll be picking it up soon. Thanks for sharing your critiques!

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