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The Best Fiction Books of 2008


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The White Tiger: A Novel (Man Booker Prize) (Paperback) ~ Aravin ... Cover Art
 
The White Tiger: A Novel (Paperback)
Aravind Adiga
2008-10-14
Free Press


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Aravind Adiga's "The White Tiger" and his uncouth and murderous narrator completely shatter the exotic picture of India that has become a mainstay of literature for the last 50 years. Belram Halwai is an uneducated and violent denizen of India's bottom caste who manages to scrap and crawl his way to success as a chauffer, even if it means killing some of his elitist employers along the way.
 
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Paperback) ~ Junot Diaz (A ... Cover Art
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Paperback)
Junot Diaz
2008-09-02


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Oscar Wao is an overweight Dungeons & Dragons-playing geek living in a Dominican-American ghetto whose dreams are cut short by the 500-year curse that has plagued his family and his people, "The Curse of the New World." In his first novel since his universally revered collection of short stories, DROWN, Junot Diaz continues to distill the essence of the fractured second-generation experience.
 
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Home: A Novel (Hardcover) ~ Marilynne Robinson (Author) Cover Art
 
Home: A Novel (Hardcover)
Marilynne Robinson
2008-09-02


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Returning to Gilead to care for her dying father, Glory Boughton, the daughter of John Ames's closest friend, is joined by her long-absent brother, with whom she bonds throughout his struggles with alcoholism, unemployment, and their father's traditionalist values. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead.
 
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Hardcover) ~ Stieg Larsson (Aut ... Cover Art
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series) (Hardcover)
Stieg Larsson
2008-09-16


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Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle, convinced that she had been murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional clan, hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate.
 
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Hardcover) ~  ... Cover Art
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel (Hardcover)
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
2008-07-29


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This warm, inspiring novel originated in the true life stories of Mary Ann Fiery Shaffer, who, upon learning of her terminal illness, contacted her niece Annie Barrows to help her finish the novel. Though Shaffer died in 2008, the year of the novel's publication, her memories of the hardships of war and the resilience of the people of Guernsey live on in this delightful book.
 
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The Monster of Florence (Hardcover) ~ Douglas Preston (Author) Cover Art
 
The Monster of Florence (Hardcover)
Douglas Preston
2008-06-10


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Documents the author's discovery that his new family home in Florence had been the scene of a recent double-murder committed by an infamous and then-unidentified serial killer, his relationship with the investigative journalist co-author, and the prosecutorial vendetta through which the authors were wrongfully and devastatingly targeted.
 
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Telex from Cuba: A Novel (Book) ~ Rachel Kushner (Author) Cover Art
 
Telex from Cuba: A Novel (Hardcover)
Rachel Kushner
2008-07-01


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Rachel Kushner's first novel captures the decadent twilight of the American industrialist families in Cuba in the days leading up to the revolution.
 
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The Lazarus Project (Hardcover) ~ Aleksandar Hemon (Author) and ... Cover Art
 
The Lazarus Project (Hardcover)
Aleksandar Hemon (Author) and Velibor Bozovic (Photography)
2008-05-01


  
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A first full-length work by the MacArthur Award-winning author of the story collections The Question of Bruno and Nowhere Man finds the murder of Jewish immigrant Lazarus Averbuch triggering ethnic and political tensions in early twentieth-century Chicago, an event that is investigated a century later by a young writer from Eastern Europe.
 
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Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) (Hardcover) ~ Stepheni ... Cover Art
 
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) (Hardcover)
Stephenie Meyer
2008-08-02


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The list could go on and on, but BREAKING DAWN promises to be a page-turner no matter what happens. In the mean time, Twilight fans might enjoy Holly Black’s Modern Faery series or PEEPS by the talented Scott Westerfeld.
 
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People of the Book: A Novel (Hardcover) ~ Geraldine Brooks (Author) Cover Art
 
People of the Book (Hardcover)
Geraldine Brooks (Author)
2008-01-01
Penguin USA


  
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Offered a coveted job to analyze and conserve a priceless Sarajevo Haggadah, Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the volume's ancient binding that reveal its historically significant origins. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March.
 

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