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Year 2007 Top Fiction Picks

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritson: This story is gory, macabre and not for the faint of heart, but she does a great job with the period detail (1830s-70s history/medical details) and merges this with the present day relationship of a modern woman to people in this time period. It was quite suspenseful as the main character tries to research the history of the bones found in her garden. (Also available in Large Print.)

The Gathering by Anne Enright: The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him something that happened in their grandmother's house in the winter of 1968. As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations, she shows how memories warp and secrets fester.

Heyday by Kurt Andersen: In the middle of the 19th century, modern life is being born: the mind-boggling marvels of photography, the telegraph and railroads; a flood of show-business spectacles and newspapers; rampant sex and drugs and drink (and moral crusades against all three); Wall Street awash with money; and giddy Utopian visions everywhere. Then, during a single amazing month at the beginning of 1848, history lurches: America wins its war of manifest destiny against Mexico, gold is discovered in northern California, and revolutions sweep across Europe sending one eager English gentleman off on an epic transatlantic adventure.

Keeping It Real by Justina Robson: With a heroine who's half robot and all attitude, a world of quantum strangeness: this is Science Fiction that has remembered how to have fun.

The Larks Lament by Alan Gordon: In 1204, with the Fools' Guild in hiding and under attack by the forces of Pope Innocent III, jesters Theophilos and Claudia are sent to enlist the help of a former guild member, the minstrel Folquet, now a Cistercian abbot, to intercede with the pope, but a gruesome murder at the abbey forces them into a race against time, to solve the killing or become forever outcasts.

Lottery by Patricia Wood: Lottery is a novel about the nature of luck and chance. Perry's IQ is only 76, but he's not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned. Then he wins 12 million dollars and finds he has more family than he knows what to do with.

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan: In a hotel overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, who got married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress their anxieties about the wedding night to come. This book presents the story that tells how the course of life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

Red Rover by Deirdre McNamer: Red Rover tells the story of three Montana men who get swept up in the machinations of World War II and its fateful aftermath.

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky: Published more than 60 years following the author's death at Auschwitz, a remarkable story of life under the Nazi occupation includes two parts "A Storm in June, " set amid the chaotic 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion, and "Dolce," set in a German-occupied provincial village rife with jealousy, resentment, resistance and collaboration. (Also available in Large Print.)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a classic, Hosseini's latest novel is at once an incredible chronicle of 30 years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith and the salvation found in love. (Also available in Large Print.)