Carol's Favorite Novels to Recommend

I love a good literary novel, especially if there's a bit of a mystery in it. Sometimes a bit of romance, travel, or intrigue. Always, compelling characters and a delectable plot. Here are some of my absolute favorites to recommend from the past several years and even in some cases, past decades. By the way, I also read a lot of detective novels, crime suspense, and mystery series, and there is a separate browsing page for those.

 

Holding: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501173271
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 8th, 2018

A New York Times bestseller

From Graham Norton—the BAFTA Award–winning and hugely popular BBC America television host—comes a charming debut novel set in an idyllic Irish village where a bumbling investigator has to sort through decades of gossip and secrets to solve a mysterious crime.


Celine: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101973486
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Published: Vintage - January 2nd, 2018

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
Esquire Best Books of 2017
Minnesota Public Radio Best of 2017
The Morning News 2018 Tournament of Books Pick

New York Times bestselling author of The Dog Stars


“[A] gorgeously wrought story.” —Entertainment Weekly


The Muse: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062409935
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Published: Ecco - May 16th, 2017

“Love, war, desire, and art—it’s all here.” —Elle

A picture hides a thousand words . . .


A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062204097
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2012

“A remarkable novel. . . . A Prayer for Owen Meany is a rare creation in the somehow exhausted world of late twentieth-century fiction—it is an amazingly brave piece of work . . . so extraordinary, so original, and so enriching. . . .


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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061928178
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 2nd, 2013

The #1 New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—Jess Walter’s “absolute masterpiece” (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author): the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and resurfaces fifty years later in contemporary Hollywood.


The Vacationers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594633881
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2015

"Delicious . . . richly riveting . . . The Vacationers offers all the delights of a fluffy, read-it-with-sunglasses-on-the-beach read, made substantial by the exceptional wit, insight, intelligence and talents of its author.”—People (four stars)


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 5th, 2009

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX FILM • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

“Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love


I Capture the Castle: Movie Tie-In Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312316167
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 1st, 2003

One of the 20th Century's most beloved novels is still winning hearts!


The Essex Serpent: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062666383
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Published: Custom House - April 24th, 2018

SOON TO BE A TELEVISION ADAPTATION STARRING KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

A Kirkus Review Best Book of 2017 and a Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction. Winner of the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year and overall Book of the Year, selected as the Waterstones Book of the Year, and a Costa Book Award Finalist


The Brothers K Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553378498
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 1st, 1996

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
 


Burial Rites Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316243926
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 1st, 2014

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.


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To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316242837
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Published: Back Bay Books - August 29th, 2017

An atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


Sweet Tooth: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345803450
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Published: Anchor - July 2nd, 2013

A New York Times Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times


The Ghost Clause Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358305620
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Published: Mariner Books - July 7th, 2020

National Book Award finalist Howard Norman delivers another “provocative . . . haunting”* novel, this time set in a Vermont village and featuring a missing child, a newly married private detective, and a highly relatable ghost.

*Janet Maslin, New York Times

Simon Inescort is no longer bodily present in his marriage.


Longbourn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345806970
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Published: Vintage - June 17th, 2014

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Title, a Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book, a Miami Herald Favorite Book, and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year


My Brilliant Friend (HBO Tie-In Edition): Book 1: Childhood and Adolescence Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609455064
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Published: Europa Editions - October 2nd, 2018

Now an HBO series: the first volume in the New York Times-bestselling "enduring masterpiece" about a lifelong friendship between two women from Naples (The Atlantic).


The Bell in the Lake: A Novel Cover Image
By Lars Mytting, Deborah Dawkin (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781419743184
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 29th, 2020

Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

The #1 New York Times bestseller!

Now a Hulu original series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

“I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.” —Jodi Picoult