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“Life After Life” Written by Kate Atkinson

When you pick up British writer Kate Atkinson’s popular 2013 novel “Life After Life,” you have to be willing to enter a new world of storytelling. As Atkinson casually says in interviews, it has a “high-concept” structure. One look at…

“The Goldfinch” Written by Donna Tartt

Mississippi-born writer Donna Tartt told an interviewer that she writes to create a work like the ones she loved as a child—“galloping, gleeful, you-don’t-know-what’s-going-to-happen-next.” Her stunning, almost 800-page novel “The Goldfinch” is overflowing with that spirit. With her elaborately constructed…

“The Rosie Project” Written by Graeme Simsion

When a friend recommended “The Rosie Project” (2013) to me, it sounded like a perfect read for this busy season: fast moving and hilarious. She was so right. Australian IT consultant-turned-writer Graeme Simsion struck gold with his breakout novel. Narrator…

“The Good House” Written by Ann Leary

Hildy Good is someone you will want to know. The outspoken narrator of Ann Leary’s 2012 novel “The Good House” takes you into her confidence right away, or so it seems. Leary’s 60-something character is a top-notch realtor in the…

“The Chaperone”

By Laura Moriarty I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to get a social history lesson on the 1920s than reading Laura Moriarty’s 2012 novel, “The Chaperone.” Moriarty brings alive that decade while telling a story that is impossible to…