The Best of Fiction

lightbetweenLost of great books this year.  Here area  few of the novels that really stuck with me.

Euphoria – Lily King – A novel loosely based on the life of Margaret Mead. The writing was vivid and the characters were very real. It took a while to shake this one out of my head.

The Martian – Andy Weir – Speaking of vivid..  Growing potatoes in your own poop! I’m not a real fan of fantasy/science fiction, but this book was on so many ‘best’ list. It belonged there.  It didn’t hurt that by the time I read it, I knew Matt Damon was starring in the movie, so I pictured him throughout the book.

requiemRequiem – Frances Itani – A slow burn of a story of Japanese internment camps in Canada and the grown man reflecting on his life.

Late Nights on Air – Elizabeth Hay – Set in a CBC radio studio in the Canadian north, this is another slow build, but wow.  I felt like I was part of the team by the time the book was over.  A truly Canadian tale of finding yourself on an epic canoe trip.  A universal tale of loving someone while knowing they don’t love you back in the same way. Not all tied up in a nice bow.  The best fiction I read this year.

The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman – This is one everyone will have heard of.  A childless couple finds a baby washed up on the shores of their remote lighthouse.  An answer to their prayers until years later they discover the mother who lost that child. Do you tear apart a family to re-unite a family that barely knew each other?



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