5 Best Novels of 2011
In 2011, well-known novelists resurfaced with captivating new work while new authors established their voices. Here are some of the best novels of the year:
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Japanese master Murakami offers another lengthy yet gripping novel with 1Q84, set in 1984 Tokyo and the parallel world 1Q84. The lives of his protagonists, an inquisitive young woman and a ghostwriter, intertwine by chance, building romance and suspense in a dystopian setting.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides
This novel follows a love triangle from college into the real world. With his trademark wit, Eugenides creates engaging characters trapped in a modern-day love story.
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
In a humorous take on The Rapture, Perrotta follows the interacting religions and personalities in a town called Mapleton after some people spontaneously disappear into thin air. The Mayor and remaining citizens must grapple with remaining and losing their loved ones.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Harbach’s debut explores the American pastime of baseball, examining love for the game along with love for others. Structured around two fateful games, the plot concerns the characters’ tragicomic navigations of their college-sized world.
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
A worldly novel written by a young author, The Tiger's Wife follows young doctor Natalia as she wades through a secretive Balkan village. In addition, Natalia strives to uncover the secrets surrounding her grandfather’s recent, sudden death.