Of the books I read that were published in 2014, these are my favorites.

(This is part of a series I try to do every year. For more explanation about the long title, see this post.)

Fiction

Lucky Us, Amy Bloom: This sharp, short novel about the lives of two half-sisters was consistently surprising and heartbreaking. Bloom deserves more attention for it. (Review) (Buy)

10:04, Ben Lerner: Lerner, a poet, has written some of the most wonderfully interesting WMFU novels of late. When a novel takes it title from Back to the Future, it’s probably impossible for me not to like it. (Buy)

Paris, Marcos Giralt Torrentes: I have a review of this novel forthcoming in Necessary Fiction, so I’ll save most of my thoughts for it there. But this deep psychological novel was in parts exasperating but also revelatory. I’m glad Torrentes’ work is finally appearing in English. (Buy)

Other wonderful 2014 fiction: Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offil; Tough Day for the Army, John Warner.

Nonfiction

Leaving the Pink House, Ladette Randolph: A quiet memoir from the editor of Ploughshares about her life and especially her time in my home state, Nebraska. (Review) (Buy)

A Place in the Country, W.G. Sebald: Another book I reviewed early on in the year, the essays that make up Sebald’s last volume to appear in English. Worth it for the essays on Rousseau and  Walser alone. (Review) (Buy)

 

Books I loved but weren’t published in 2014: Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; The Silence and the Roar, Nihad Sirees; Fire Season, Philip Conners; Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson.