Seattle Staff Faves 2022: Fiction

A New Year approaches which can only mean that it is once again time for us to share our Staff Favorites for another year. Here is some of our favorite recent fiction for grown ups – you’ll find the whole list here.

Small Game, by Blair Braverman. “A wild chase up to and beyond the end! A survival game show – like Alone but fictionalized – in the very far northwoods where participants are filmed daily by a crew along with cameras in the trees. No alone time here! And no escape. The unthinkable happens! I read it in one day.” – Christine

A Prayer for the Crown Shy, by Becky Chambers. “Chambers continues her Monk & Robot novellas with another deeply philosophical tale. Sibling Dex is still unsure about their future, and Mosscap has many questions that may not have answers.” – Cassandra

Saint Death’s Daughter, by C.S.E. Cooney. “Sometimes you want something deliciously dark, strange, yet whimsical. Miscellaneous Stones aka Lanie comes from a family of necromancers and assassins, and she is a necromancer who happens to be allergic to violence. That was a nice twist! Delightful and so filled with life even as it dances with death.” – Misha

Dr. No, by Percival Everett. “Professor Wala Kitu – i.e. ‘Nothing Nothing’ – knows everything about nothing, which would be supervillain John Sill seeks to unleash on a racist America. Literary trickster extraordinaire Everett does James Bond, with devastating results that squeeze and tickle the brain. My kind of mayhem, madness with a method in it.” – David

Out There: Stories, by Kate Folk. “These stories are, as advertised, ALL THE WAY out there. I was repulsed, disturbed…and delighted! In my personal fave, The Turkey Rumble, a man introduces his new boyfriend to a gleefully demented Thanksgiving family tradition. Festive!” – Jennie

Let’s Not Do That Again, by Grant Ginder. “Nancy Harrison is poised to win her Senate seat so long as her adult children are on their best behavior; when her daughter appears on the news with extremists, the wheels start coming off. A hilarious and smart novel.” – Frank

A Lady for a Duke, by Alexis Hall. “Regency romance where a trans woman tries to figure out her place in society and her relationship with her old best friend, a former soldier dealing with PTSD who doesn’t know that the new woman in his life is someone he’s known since childhood. A perfect slow burn!” – Brianne

Nettle & Bone, by T. Kingfisher. “A spare princess leaves the nunnery, gathers some unlikely companions (a gravewitch, a godmother, a knight, and a demon-possessed chicken) and heads off on a quest to save her sister from an abusive prince. Adventurous, funny, and a little disturbing.” – Andrea

Once There Were Wolves, by Charlotte McConaghy  “Layered thriller set in Scotland with a side of romance and the strength of sisterly bonds. Inti travels to Scotland with her twin sister, Aggie, and with a team of biologists to reintroduce wolves into the Highlands, but clashes with those that farm on the land. A death of one of the farmers has all eyes on the wolves, but is it one of their own?” – Kara

The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle, by Jennifer Ryan. “Set in wartime Britain, depicts daily life in the city and country, having to frequently head to bomb shelters, and rationing of clothes, fabric and other home goods. Reworked wedding dresses take on a new purpose and a group of women bond and support each other through garment sewing.” – Marion

Genesis of Misery, by Neon Yang. “Based on the story Joan of Arc. Kinda space opera meets Neon Genesis Evangelion meets gender theory meets Catholicism. You can see a lot of similar elements to Neon Yang’s earlier books, but at the same time it’s so different.” – Eliza

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin. “Some books are perfect start to finish. Zevin sums up this book as being about Love, Art, Video games, and Time–and that she wrote it with the idea that a good love story can also be a good friendship story. You don’t have to like video games to get hooked by this impressively nuanced, character-driven novel. If you liked Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings or Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad then this is for you. I adored this book.” – Misha

Perfect indeed: Zevin’s book was our single most popular title this year! To see the others, check out this year’s list.

     ~ David W.

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