Contemporary Fiction I've Read Lately

A Listmania! list by Andy Rector (Louisville, KY)
 
The Help
1.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The list author says:
  "The time is the early 60's. Black housekeepers share their stories about how their white employers treat them."
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
2.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The list author says:
  "Boy with Aspergers tries to find the answer to a key left behind by his father who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11."
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy)
3.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy) by Stieg Larsson
The list author says:
  "Investigative journalist takes on corrupt multi-corporate mogul."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,733 customer reviews) | 56 customer discussions

Dirty Little Angels
4.  Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa
The list author says:
  "Hailey Trosclair finds herself powerless. At risk is her brother, her home,the marriage of her parents, even her mental health."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)

The Blind Assassin: A Novel
5.  The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
The list author says:
  "Atwood unpeals the story like an onion. Slowly she reveals what is happening, yet keeps the reader guessing what the truth is with subtle clues woven into the chapters."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Hottest State: A Novel
6.  The Hottest State: A Novel by Jordan Pavlin
The list author says:
  "William seeks self-acceptance in the face of rejection."
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The White Hotel
7.  The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas
The list author says:
  "A patient of Sigmund Freud, a young woman who is an opera singer, discovers she has prescient visions. This novel is experimental in its structure. At first it seems strange, but it comes together by the ending."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

The Reader
8.  The Reader by Carol Brown Janeway
The list author says:
  "In post-war Germany, a fifteen-year-old boy and a thirty-something woman become lovers. Years later the relationship shapes their destinies."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,083 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel
9.  The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel by Kim Edwards
The list author says:
  "Bittersweet tale about a man who gives away his daughter at birth because she has Down's Syndrome."
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,167 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

A Thousand Splendid Suns
10.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "Incredible novel about women enduring the personal and political struggles of living in Afghanistan."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,917 customer reviews) | 20 customer discussions

The Tenth Circle: A Novel
11.  The Tenth Circle: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
The list author says:
  "Intense story about the rape that keeps the reader guessing."
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Water for Elephants: A Novel
12.  Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
The list author says:
  "Run away with the circus and fall in love."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,073 customer reviews) | 47 customer discussions

The Corrections: A Novel
13.  The Corrections: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
The list author says:
  "A parody of a dysfunctional family"
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,287 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Life of Pi
14.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The list author says:
  "Using life lessons, a boy attempts survival while stuck on a life boat with a tiger. Is everything really as it seems?"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,611 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

She's Come Undone (Oprah's Book Club)
15.  She's Come Undone (Oprah's Book Club) by Wally Lamb
The list author says:
  "This story offers insights into addictive behavior; in this case, a girl overeats to compensate for the pain in her life. She deals with obesity."
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The Alienist
16.  The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The list author says:
  "Laszlo Kreizler is an American version of Sherlock Holmes who, in the setting of New York City of the late 1800's, attempts to solve the murders of children. Kreizler and his cohorts use methods unheard of at the time as they endanger their careers and lives to find the culprit."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (697 customer reviews)

The Angel of Darkness
17.  The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
The list author says:
  "Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his associates reunite to find a kidnapped baby . . . and uncover a series of horrors that keep introducing more questions instead of answers. As enjoyable as its predecessor "The Alienist.""
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The Stone Diaries
18.  The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
The list author says:
  "This story reveals a woman's life as seen through the eyes of the people around her. Do they really know her? 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner."
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The Historian
19.  The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The list author says:
  "A woman tells about her father's search for Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula."
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Gilead: A Novel
20.  Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
The list author says:
  "Frail and dying, an older man writes a journal for his seven-year-old son to read one day. Pulitzer Prize winner."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (569 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
21.  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
The list author says:
  "With the Empire State Building as the backdrop, two young men in the 1930's jump into the golden age of comic books and create their own Superman-type character. They find their lives intertwined in many ways. 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner"
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The Confessions of Max Tivoli: A Novel
22.  The Confessions of Max Tivoli: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer
The list author says:
  "Reverse aging seems like it would be a blessing, but for Max, it is a curse."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

The Kite Runner
23.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "A tale about a boy from Afganistan that will break your heart."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,166 customer reviews)

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The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
24.  The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde
The list author says:
  "Fun speculative fiction for literature geeks."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (542 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Da Vinci Code
25.  The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The list author says:
  "Just forget the hoopla and have fun reading it."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,237 customer reviews) | 29 customer discussions

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 1)
26.  The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 1) by Alexander McCall Smith
The list author says:
  "Precious Ramotswe goes against the odds and becomes a private eye."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,124 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Middlesex: A Novel
27.  Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
The list author says:
  "Cal was raised as a girl, but, thanks to a birth anomaly, Cal discovers he is male."
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Faithless (Grant County)
28.  Faithless (Grant County) by Karin Slaughter
The list author says:
  "Who is burying live girls in coffins?"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

The Secret Life of Bees
29.  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The list author says:
  "A girl runs away and stumbles upon a new life as a beekeeper."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,165 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions
30.  Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace
The list author says:
  "A man relates to his father through his tall-tales."
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A Painted House
31.  A Painted House by John Grisham
The list author says:
  "Grisham departs from his usual tales and writes a story with a Steinbeckian flavor."
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Blue Shoe
32.  Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott
The list author says:
  "She finds she is her own worst enemy and must learn how to get her act together."
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2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

Interpreter of Maladies
33.  Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
The list author says:
  "A spetacular collection of short stories by a young Pulitzer Prize winner."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (705 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Time Traveler's Wife
34.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "He has a most unusual disease: spontaneous time travel."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,558 customer reviews) | 65 customer discussions

The Book of Ruth
35.  The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
The list author says:
  "A woman with a challenged mind learns some hard life lessons."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)

The Five People You Meet In Heaven
36.  The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
The list author says:
  "A dead man reviews his life through the people he met."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,522 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
37.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The list author says:
  "An autistic boy tries to solve a murder."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,309 customer reviews) | 15 customer discussions

The Pilot's Wife (Oprah's Book Club)
38.  The Pilot's Wife (Oprah's Book Club) by Anita Shreve
The list author says:
  "Her husband, a pilot, dies in a plane crash; an investigation leads to a secret life he had."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,109 customer reviews)

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