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Top Fiction Reads for 2016

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Every month, the staff at Amazon.com sift through hundreds of new books searching for gems. Here’s what they chose especially for Post readers:

2016-so-pg22-underground-railroadThe Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead

This has “prizewinner” written all over it. A surprisingly readable and important tale of a young slave’s trek to freedom.

Publisher: Doubleday
Release date: August 2, 2016

Book coverA Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

For lovers of Russian history and novels, this tale of a count living under house arrest in a once-grand hotel in post-revolutionary Russia will charm and delight.

Publisher: Viking
Release date: September 6, 2016

2016-so-pg22-here-i-amHere I Am

by Jonathan Safran Foer

In his first novel in 11 years, Foer examines the fracturing of a modern-day family in Washington, D.C., through a biblical lens.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release date: September 6, 2016

2016-so-pg22-commonwealthCommonwealth

by Ann Patchett

The PEN/Faulkner award winner’s latest novel tells the story of how one romantic encounter reverberates through the lives of two families over five decades.

Publisher: Harper
Release date: September 13, 2016

2016-so-pg22-darktownDarktown

by Thomas Mullen

In the style of Dennis Lehane and Walter Mosley, this novel depicts the fallout of the Atlanta Police Department’s forced hiring of its first African-American officers in 1948.

Publisher: Atria/37 INK
Release date: September 13, 2016

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