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Ten books that had us on the edge of our seats in 2017

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The past year has brought highs and a whole new range of lows... Thank goodness, then, for the great lineup of books to distract us from the real world published in 2017. Read on for a selection of the very best...

Artemis by Andy Weir

Andy Weir is an american author who also wrote The Martian, which was later created into a popular film. His recent book, Artemis is about Jazz Bashara, who is a criminal in Artemis. Artemis is the only city on the moon, making it quite hard for the habitants who aren’t rich. Jazz runs into the perfect opportunity to gain a good reward, and it is just too good to say no.

 

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish author and columnist who also wrote A Man Called Ove. One of his more recent novels is called Beartown. Beartown is about a tiny community in the forest where nothing really happens, until events at a hockey game leave a young girl traumatized and the whole community in shock.

 

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is a Pakistani writer and novelist and his other works include Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Exit West is about Nadia and Saeed who both live in a country that is on the verge of a civil war and also happen to be polar opposites. This is a story about two people finding love in an uncertain world.

 

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is an English novelist who has also written several other successful novels such as his fantasy trilogy, Dark Materials. The Book of Dust follows Malcolm Polstead, an eleven year old boy, and Asta, his dæmon. Across the river is the Godstow Priory where nuns and an unexpected guest live…

 

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

George Saunders is an American writer who writes a plethora of things such as  short stories, essays, and novels. His first and recent novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, takes place in a single day during the civil war and follows, Willie, Lincoln's eleven year old son. It is filled with the story of Willie in this transitional state and the events that happen over his soul.

 

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst is an English novelist, poet, and translator. He is quite experienced and distinguished with many awards including the 1994 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the 2004 Booker Prize. His recent book, The Sparsholt Affair, is about two men, Evert Dax and David Sparsholt,who meet at Oxford University and couldn’t be more different. The story is about uncertainty, changes in society, and growth as these two men journey throughout their college years.


Mischling by Affinity Konar

Affinity Konar is the author in Las Angeles who wrote The Illustrated Version of Things, and her more recent novel, Mischling. Mischlings takes place in 1944 and is about two twin sisters in Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. This novels is about hardship, sisterhood, and the horrors of the nazis.

 

We That Are Young by Preti Taneja

Preti Taneja is an academic, human rights activist, and author who recently wrote We That Are Young. We That Are Young is about several different people's stories of struggles in India and it is also told in prose. It tackles subjects such as political corruption, stereotypes of India, and world orders.

 

H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker

Nicola Barker is an English novel and short story writer. She is quite experienced in the literary field and has won the International Dublin Literary Award. Her recent work, H(a)ppy, is has been described as a post apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland, with beautiful imagery that takes place in the perfect world where no problems arise.

 

The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis

Édouard Louis is a French author who writes drama, nonfiction, and Sociology book. Some of his books include History of Violence, and his recent book, The End of Eddy. The End of Eddy is an autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy and covers many important and heavy topics such as acceptance and discrimination.

 

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