The 10 Best Books of 2016
This list represents books reviewed since Dec. By David Szalay. Szalay writes with voluptuous authority about masculinity under duress in this novel in stories. By Jacqueline Woodson. By Karan Mahajan. By Annie Proulx. By Noah Hawley.
As was the case last year , some clearly notable books have been left off this list—in particular, the following titles, which all seem pretty noteworthy to us. Please feel free to mention in the comments any baffling omissions from our list of baffling omissions. Jeff VanderMeer, Borne. Vandermeer is certainly having what most would consider a notable year. The big-screen adaptation of his novel, Annihilation , is soon to hit theaters starring Mars Attacks! Borne defies easy description and plot summary—shape-shifting creatures, shadowy corporations, lost children, and yes, bears are involved—but represents a high-water mark in an ascendant strand of science fiction, one that looks with a sharp eye toward a near-future of ecological calamity, chaos, and monumental ethical battles. These are immaculate short stories that got our attention.
What follows are their lists of the fiction and nonfiction books that most moved, excited and enlightened them in — books that, in their own ways, are perhaps not finished saying what they have to say. Because they review different titles, it is impossible for them to compile a single unanimous Top 10 list. They have favorites, however, and are happy to have a chance to list them here. There is also a list from Janet Maslin, who has stepped down from full-time reviewing but remains a frequent contributor of reviews to The Times. Read the review.
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As the narrative suggests, nothing recovers from a bomb: not our humanity, not our politics, not even our faith. Propelled by a vision that is savage, brutal and relentless, McGuire relates the tale of an opium-addicted 19th-century Irish surgeon who encounters a vicious psychopath on board an Arctic-bound whaling ship. With grim, jagged lyricism, McGuire describes violence with unsparing color and even relish while suggesting a path forward for historical fiction. Picture a meeting between Joseph Conrad and Cormac McCarthy in some run-down port as they offer each other a long, sour nod of recognition. Inspired by the notebooks and reminiscences of his grandfather, a painter who served in the Belgian Army in World War I, Hertmans writes with an eloquence reminiscent of W. Sebald as he explores the places where narrative authority, invention and speculation flow together.