Fiction always has the facility to provide us a relief from the dark realities of our life. Since ages novels have entertained and enlightened us through the stark depiction of inmeasurable human emotions sometimes in a funny other times witty which has led us to ponder upon the perception of our life. This year also a few of the masterpieces’ let us immerse ourselves in the world of infinite imagination rolling above the hardcore realities of life through its’ unparalleled artistic penmanship.
07. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
National Book Award Finalist; this splendid saga touching multiple generations tells us about the protagonist and other characters being influenced through the choices made in the past. Moving from street markets to one of the finest universities alongwith the underworld this pacey novel takes into the labyrinth of emotions, survival and indifferent arc of history.
06. Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
National Book Award Finalist; this out of the box collection of short stories not only managed to stand alone in the cluster of novels but also took us into a different world of the better half of the society. Each and every story depicting the women’s memories, hunger and desire. Whether it be the salesgirl horrifying discovery in store’s prom dresses or the unwanted houseguest after a woman’s surgery induced weight loss.
05. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Reluctant Fundamentalist fame Mohsin Hamid once again takes us on the voyage of the most extraordinary thing for ordinaries- love amidst civil unrest. The master-storyteller brings out the outpouring of emotions along with people in a collapsing city where people have only hope remaining with them.
04. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
After waiting for a fair period of two decades the Man Booker Prize recipient comes with one other masterpiece as “Fiction takes its time”. The novel which is already in the 2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist takes us onto a journey of India ranging from neighborhoods of Old Delhi to valleys of Kashmir alongwith the forests of Central India. A tale narrated in different tone and different voices tell us about the fragility of people in the world which can be only mended by love.
03. Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders
The acclaimed short-story writer George Saunders through his debut novel proved his artistic craftsmanship where he imagines the Abraham Lincoln visiting the grave of his son Willie, who inhabits a ghost-filled, purgatory-like dimension after his death at the age of 11. It was well-received by his fans as well as critic as it was awarded Man Booker Prize for this year.
02. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng unlike her debut novel raises the bar with exquisite depiction of the emotions which we are forced to face inspite of being not at fault. The heart-rending pain of infertility followed with a battle to keep even the adopted child tells the various shades of love apart from romantic liaison. The novel very elegantly tries to depict the cruelties which we inflict unwittingly whom we swear to love.
01. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
As always the short-stories have been underrated in front of novels due to its poor marketing alongwith our own perception. But the acclaimed author Roxane gay through her short-story collection takes us into the world of untamed women who have their own aspirations, dreams, fallacies and sometimes an unforgettable past. Every other story takes us into a beautiful yet a harrowing portrait of modern world.