The Best of the Best Fiction Lists, 2016

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Nancy Fontaine

The best books lists are coming out fast and furious. Here are the consensus top novels of 2016 (appearing on at least 5 top lists*):

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (The National Book Award winner and also the book most often listed as #1 of the year)

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Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn 

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing

Elizabeth Strout, My Name Is Lucy Barton

Louise Erdrich, LaRose

Ann Patchett, Commonwealth

Zadie Smith, Swing Time

Michael Chabon, Moonglow

Annie Proulx, Barkskins

I TOTALLY recommend NPR's Book Concierge list of best books, because you can filter the list by standard genres and other, quirkier categories, such as "Eye-Opening Reads," "Rather Short," "Let's Talk About Sex," and "It's All Greek to Me."

*The lists include The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, Book Riot, IndieNext, LibraryReads, prize long lists (National Book, Mann Booker). I rely on's compilation for most of the lists. 

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