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NPL Best Fiction of 2011

The Sense of An Ending
The Sense of An Ending By Barnes, Julian (Book - 2011 ) FICTION BARNES, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A retired man is forced to reexamine events from his youth when he is bequeathed a journal written by a school friend who killed himself. Booker prize winner.

When the Killing's Done
When the Killing's Done By Boyle, T. Coraghessan (Book - 2011 ) FICTION BOYLE, T. Available now View Details

Annotation:When rats and feral pigs threaten to upset the ecosystem of the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara, two warring factions disagree over whether to exterminate the invasive species in order to protect the native wildlife.

Caleb's Crossing
Caleb's Crossing By Brooks, Geraldine (Book - 2011 ) FICTION BROOKS, G. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:In 1665, a preacher’s daughter who yearns for education befriends a young Native American man who goes on to graduate from Harvard College.

Once Upon A River
Once Upon A River A Novel By Campbell, Bonnie Jo (Book - 2011 ) FICTION CAMPBELL, B. Available now View Details

Annotation:After being raped by her uncle and unintentionally causing the death of her father, a teenaged sharp-shooter sets out on a boat journey on the waterways of Michigan to find her missing mother.

The Language of Flowers
The Language of Flowers A Novel By Diffenbaugh, Vanessa (Book - 2011 ) FICTION DIFFENBAUGH, V. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:On her own after being raised in foster care, an 18-year-old finds work using the knowledge of flowers and their meanings that she learned from the one foster parent who connected with her.

Pictures of the Past
Pictures of the Past By Eisenberg, Deby (Book - 2011 ) FICTION EISENBERG, D. Available now View Details

Annotation:When a painting hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago is alleged to have been stolen from its rightful owners by the Nazis, the family history of the man who donated it to the museum comes to light.

The Marriage Plot
The Marriage Plot By Eugenides, Jeffrey (Book - 2011 ) FICTION EUGENIDES, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:At Brown in the early 1980s, a straight-laced English major falls for a temperamental loner while her old friend thinks he is her destiny.

You Know When the Men Are Gone
You Know When the Men Are Gone By Fallon, Siobhan (Book - 2011 ) FICTION FALLON, S. Available now View Details

Annotation:Interconnected stories about the experiences of military wives at Fort Hood in Texas while their husbands are away at war.

Faith
Faith A Novel By Haigh, Jennifer (Book - 2011 ) FICTION HAIGH, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A woman tries to defend her brother Art—a Catholic priest accused of abusing a boy from a troubled home—but she encounters resistance from her family and from Art.

The Art of Fielding
The Art of Fielding A Novel By Harbach, Chad (Book - 2011 ) FICTION HARBACH, C. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A star shortstop at a small college loses confidence after an errant throw nearly kills his roommate—who gets involved in a risky affair with the college president.

22 Britannia Road
22 Britannia Road By Hodgkinson, Amanda (Book - 2011 ) FICTION HODGKINSON, A. Available now View Details

Annotation:After World War II, a Polish man who joined the RAF prepares a home in England for his wife and son who spent years hiding from the Germans in the forests of Poland.

The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers A Novel By Hoffman, Alice (Book - 2011 ) FICTION HOFFMAN, A. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Four women dovekeepers in Masada share secrets as the Jewish rebels’ mountain stronghold is besieged by the Romans.

The Stranger's Child
The Stranger's Child By Hollinghurst, Alan (Book - 2011 ) FICTION HOLLINGHURST, A. Available now View Details

Annotation:In 1913, Cecil Valance visits the home of his friend George and writes a poem in the autograph book of George’s adoring sister Daphne. After Cecil dies in World War I, his poem becomes famous, and years later a biographer seeks to unravel the true relationship between Cecil and George.

Nanjing Requiem
Nanjing Requiem By Jin, Ha (Book - 2011 ) FICTION JIN, H. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Based on the true story of Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary in China who turned her college into a safe haven for 10,000 women and children during the 1937 Nanjing massacre.

Silver Sparrow
Silver Sparrow A Novel By Jones, Tayari (Book - 2011 ) FICTION JONES, T. Available now View Details

Annotation:A girl who grows up knowing that her father is a bigamist meets her half-sister, who is unaware of their relationship, and secretly befriends her.

The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife A Novel By McLain, Paula (Book - 2011 ) FICTION MCLAIN, P. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:In the 1920s, Hadley Richardson marries Ernest Hemingway and accompanies him to Paris, where their whirlwind life puts a strain on their marriage.

The Night Circus
The Night Circus A Novel By Morgenstern, Erin (Book - 2011 ) YA PAPERBACK MOR and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Two young magicians are trained by their mentors to compete against each other but end up unexpectedly falling in love.

1Q84
1Q84 By Murakami, Haruki (Book - 2011 ) FICTION MURAKAMI, H. and more… All copies in use View Details

Annotation:In 1984 Tokyo, an assassin who targets abusive men realizes she’s in a parallel world, while a ghostwriter is hired to rewrite a strange, visionary story by a girl raised in a religious cult.

The Tiger's Wife
The Tiger's Wife A Novel By Obreht, Téa (Book - 2011 ) FICTION OBREHT, T. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:On her way to vaccinate orphans in the Balkans, a woman learns of her grandfather’s death far from home and recalls the stories he told her as a child.

The Cat's Table
The Cat's Table By Ondaatje, Michael (Book - 2012 ) All copies in use View Details

Annotation:In the 1950s, an 11-year-old boy is sent from Ceylon to England aboard a ship where he meets two other boys and an assortment of stray adults who are seated at the cat’s table as far as possible from the captain’s table.

Love and Shame and Love
Love and Shame and Love A Novel By Orner, Peter (Book - 2011 ) FICTION ORNER, P. Available now View Details

Annotation:The story of four generations of a Chicago family, centered on Alexander Popper, a failed writer working for the Cook County Public Defender, who meets the mother of his child at the University of Michigan.

The Buddha in the Attic
The Buddha in the Attic By Otsuka, Julie (Book - 2011 ) BOOK CLUB OTSUKA, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A group of “picture brides” from Japan arrive in San Francisco to meet their new husbands and struggle with hard work and a new language and culture.

This Burns My Heart
This Burns My Heart By Park, Samuel (Book - 2011 ) All copies in use View Details

Annotation:In postwar South Korea, a woman who hopes to become a diplomat is ordered by her father to marry and accepts a suitor who promises to let her work but ends up regretting her decision to turn down another man’s proposal.

State of Wonder
State of Wonder By Patchett, Ann (Book - 2011 ) FICTION PATCHETT, A. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A researcher at a pharmaceutical company is sent into the Amazon to locate her former mentor who has been out of contact for two years while working on a valuable new drug.

Binocular Vision
Binocular Vision New & Selected Stories By Pearlman, Edith (Book - 2011 ) FICTION PEARLMAN, E. and more… All copies in use View Details

Annotation:A collection of stories presenting a view of the world that the New York Times calls “large and compassionate, delivered through small, beautifully precise moments.”

Dreams of Joy
Dreams of Joy A Novel By See, Lisa (Book - 2011 ) FICTION SEE, L. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:After learning the truth about her parentage, Joy flees to China to find her father and enthusiastically embraces Communism until the new regime’s agricultural policies lead to famine. Sequel to Shanghai Girls.

Please Look After Mom
Please Look After Mom A Novel By Sin, Kyŏng-suk (Book - 2011 ) FICTION SHIN, K. and more… All copies in use View Details

Annotation:After a woman goes missing at a Seoul train station, her husband and children look for her and realize they’ve never paid her enough attention.

The Story of Beautiful Girl
The Story of Beautiful Girl By Simon, Rachel (Book - 2011 ) BOOK CLUB SIMON, R. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:In 1968, a developmentally disabled white woman and a deaf African-American man fall in love while they are institutionalized together.

Maine
Maine A Novel By Sullivan, J. Courtney (Book - 2011 ) FICTION SULLIVAN, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Three generations of women from a Boston Irish-Catholic family gather at their summer home in Maine with baggage including a drinking problem, an unplanned pregnancy, and guilt over an untimely death.

Rules of Civility
Rules of Civility By Towles, Amor (Book - 2011 ) BOOK CLUB TOWLES, A. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:In 1930s New York, two young women who room at a boardinghouse meet a banker in a jazz club and become friends until an accident causes him to choose one of them while the other goes on to forge a career.

The Submission
The Submission By Waldman, Amy (Book - 2011 ) BOOK CLUB WALDMAN, A. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:As part of a jury selecting a memorial for the victims of 9/11, a woman who lost her husband that day champions a plan for a walled garden, but a media circus and public outcry ensue when it is learned that the designer is a Muslim-American architect.

Salvage the Bones
Salvage the Bones A Novel By Ward, Jesmyn (Book - 2011 ) BOOK CLUB WARD, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A motherless teenage girl living in poverty in Mississippi realizes that she is pregnant as she braces for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina along with her alcoholic father and her three brothers. National Book Award winner.

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