Reader’s Choice

‘The Burgess Boys’

Written by Elizabeth Strout Athought crept into my mind as I read Elizabeth Strout’s newest novel, “The Burgess Boys” (2013) — “Do they ever award a Pulitzer Prize to someone twice?” This is Strout’s first novel since winning the esteemed…

‘Flora’ Written by Gail Godwin

Prize-winning author Gail Godwin has returned to her southern roots to weave a tight little tale in her newest novel, “Flora” (2013). Her narrator, writer Helen Anstruther, recounts a story set in the summer of 1945 when she is 10…

‘The Interestings’ Written by Meg Wolitzer

“The Interestings” (2013) is a big book in every sense of the word. The dense, almost 500-page novel follows a group of six teenagers who label themselves “The Interestings,” from their meeting in 1974 at Spirit-in-the-Woods camp for artistic teens…

‘Benediction’ Written by Kent Haruf

“Solemn.” That is the word I would use to describe the way I felt reading “Benediction” (2013), Kent Haruf’s newest novel. “Respectful,” I would call myself, of the close look he allows into the private lives of ordinary people. In…

“Gone Girl” Written by Gillian Flynn

Hundreds of thousands of people have already read Gillian Flynn’s breakout suspense novel “Gone Girl” (2012), the story of a husband who becomes suspect when his beautiful, brilliant but high-strung wife disappears. Though I normally don’t go for thrillers, I…

“The Widower’s Tale” Written by Julia Glass

National Book Award winner Julia Glass’s fourth novel, “The Widower’s Tale” (2010), is a perfect choice for readers looking for a good, old-fashioned, plot-driven novel. Don’t get me wrong, though. There is nothing out-of-date about the dynamic, messy world Glass…