Putting together this list of standout fiction published so far this year wasn’t an easy task, mostly because it could just as easily have been twice as long. It’s been a very good year for fiction, whether your tastes head more towards classical storytelling, or narrative innovation, or incisive societal observations. What follows is a list of some of the books published in the first half of 2016 that have impressed us the most.
Afternoon Bites: Maile Meloy Interviewed, Helen Oyeyemi, PJ Harvey, Fall Fiction Previewing, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Maile Meloy and Helen Oyeyemi, Zorah Atash on the music of PJ Harvey, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Literary Disappearances, BuzzFeed Reader Debuts, Helen Oyeyemi’s Latest, Heron Oblivion, and More
In our afternoon reading: novels with disappearances, reviews of books by Sofia Samatar and Helen Oyeyemi, the debut of BuzzFeed Reader, and more.
Morning Bites: Dana Spiotta, Sean H. Doyle Interviewed, Helen Oyeyemi, Olivia Laing’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: Rachel Kushner and Dana Spiotta in conversation, interviews with Sean H. Doyle and Helen Oyeyemi, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Kim Gordon, Helen Oyeyemi’s Latest, Ta-Nehisi Coates on Writing Comics, Karan Mahajan, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Kim Gordon’s new musical project, Ta-Nehisi Coates on writing superhero comics, writers on English teachers, and more.
Morning Bites: Helen Oyeyemi, Ryan W. Bradley’s Latest, Chris Abani Interviewed, Homero Aridjis, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Helen Oyeyemi, excerpts from books by Kaitlyn Greenidge and Homero Aridjis, and much more.
This March brings it with a host of books that we’re eager to read–everything from thought-provoking and incisive nonfiction to unexpected national histories to transportive, unpredictable fiction. Some come from authors whose work we’ve come to trust; others fall into the category of highly anticipated debuts. Here’s a look at some of the books that have us most excited for the upcoming month.
Morning Bites: Helen Oyeyemi Interviewed Kelly Link, CLMP Firecracker Awards, Amelia Gray’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: Kelly Link interviewed by Helen Oyeyemi, reviews of books from Maggie Nelson and Amelia Gray, new nonfiction from Chelsea Martin, and more.