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Best of 2011: Adult Fiction

These books have been recognized by either winning awards (such as Caldecott or Newberry Honor) or have multiple starred reviews from leading literature journals (such as Horn Book, Book List, School Library Journal, and Library Journal) in the year 2011.


The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Millenium People by J. G. Ballard

Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton

The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne

When the Killing’s Done by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark

Red on Red by Edward Conlon

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

Killed at the Whim of a Hat:  Jimm Juree by Colin Cotterill

The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming

Broken Irish by Edward J. Delaney

Wyatt by Garry Disher

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

West of Here by Jonathan Evison

The Territory:  A Novel by Tricia Fields

Ranchero by Rick Gavin

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman

Faith by Jennifer Haigh

Iron House by John Hart

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill

Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin

Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes by William Kennedy

Field Gray:  Bernie Gunther by Philip Kerr

The Cypress House by Michael Koryta

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

The Trouble Man by Henning Mankell

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Trackers by Deon Meyer

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

The Call by Yannick Murphy

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

Love and Shame and Love by Peter Orner

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The Informant by Thomas Perry

The Officer’s Club by Ralph Peters

The Quantum Thief by Hanyu Rajanierni

The Complaints by Ian Rankin

American Masculine:  Stories by Shannon Ray

The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson

On Borrowed Time by David Rosenfelt

Bent Road by Lori Roy

Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Echoes of the Dead:  DCI Monica Paniatowski by Sally Spencer

Thick as Thieves by Peter Spiegelman

Lucifer’s Tears by James Thompson

Rain Falls Like Mercy by Jack Todd

The Empty Family: Stories by Colm Toibin

Sanctus by Simon Toyne

The Submission by Amy Waldeman

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

The Gentleman’s Hour by Don Winslow






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