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The 10 Best Books of 2016
When we published our list of the 10 Best Books of , we asked you to name your favorite reads of the year over on our Facebook page. Hundreds of you responded. Here are just 10 of the thoughtful and enthusiastic recommendations you gave us. These responses have been edited for length and clarity. A brutal, brilliant stunner. The landscape of Northern California is as much of a character in the story as the human inhabitants, and the female protagonist Turtle will break your heart and save you all the same.
Fiction & Poetry
The extraordinary friendship of an elderly songwriter and the precocious child of his single-parent neighbor is at the heart of this novel that darts back and forth through the decades, from the s to the era of Brexit. A deceptively simple conceit turns a timely novel about a couple fleeing a civil war into a profound meditation on the psychology of exile. Magic doors separate the known calamities of the old world from the unknown perils of the new, as the migrants learn how to adjust to an improvisatory existence. Hamid has written a novel that fuses the real with the surreal — perhaps the most faithful way to convey the tremulous political fault lines of our interconnected planet. And there is nothing small about their existences. Their story feels mythic, both encompassing the ghosts of the past and touching on all the racial and social dynamics of the South as they course through this one fractured family. If a science book can be subversive and feminist and change the way we look at our own bodies — but also be mostly about birds — this is it.