Our Top 10 Novels of 2017

… according to Seattle Public Library’s adult librarians

The librarians here at the Seattle Public Library conferred, and here are our favorite ten novels published in 2017, from a debut mystery to the conclusion of a fantasy trilogy, a debut by a Washington state author to the winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction. We even made a handy list in the catalog so that you can place them on hold. What were your favorite 2017 fiction reads?

American War by Omar El Akkad
El Akkad’s beautiful writing explores the universal nature of immigration in this dystopian novel set in a United States undone by war and plague.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris
This graphic novel pulls on the iconography of pulp horror films and monster magazines as 10-year-old Karen Reyes trys to solve the murder of her upstairs neighbor. It is an incredible achievement of storytelling and artwork.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Meeting on the eve of a civil war, Nadia and Saeed become lovers in a city roiled by unrest. Hamid has created a richly imaginative tale of love and loss.

The Dry by Jane Harper
Federal agent Aaron Falk investigates the death of his childhood best friend and grapples with a false alibi he told 20 years earlier. Set in the drought-stricken Australian Outback, this debut mystery will keep you up all night reading.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Honeyman’s endearing debut finds brave Eleanor grappling with past wounds and making new friends as she enters her 30s. Eleanor Oliphant is a character you’ll remember long after the last page.

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
In this expansive, jaw-dropping conclusion to the Broken Earth fantasy trilogy, the powers and agendas of two women determine the fate of humankind. The trilogy begins with The Fifth Season.

The Changeling by Victor LaValle
Apollo Kagwa is shocked when his wife commits an act of striking violence before disappearing, compelling Apollo’s odyssey through a mythological
New York City. A smart and knotty merger of horror fantasy, and realism.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
One of our librarians says Ng’s newest novel is “a masterful character-driven novel set in the American suburbs that manages to cover themes of race, gender and class with page-turning ferocity.”

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
Lydia, a bookstore clerk, attempts to unravel a puzzle left behind by a patron who committed suicide. An intriguingly dark, twisty story and eccentric characters make this book a standout. Bonus: Washington state author!

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The terrible beauty of life along the nation’s lower margins is summoned in this bold, bright, and sharp-eyed road novel set in Mississippi. Winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction.

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