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Year 2003 Top Fiction Picks

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Dear Mrs. Lindbergh by Kathleen Hughes: In the wake of their parents' carefully orchestrated disappearance, the adult children of Ruth and Henry Gutterson read a series of letters written by their mother and learn how their parents met when their father crashed his airmail plane, how they enjoyed flying together before a series of miscarriages, and how they finally discovered what was missing in their lives.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger: A small-town girl fresh out of an Ivy League college lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine, but wonders if the glamorous perks are worth working for the editor from hell.

Every Woman for Herself by Trisha Ashley: Reluctantly agreeing to her husband's request for a divorce after an unfortunate incident with a frying pan, Charlie Rhymer returns to her family home to find a less-than-serene atmosphere.

Forever by Pete Hamill: Moving from Ireland to New York City in 1741, Cormac O'Connor witnesses the city's transformation into a thriving metropolis while he explores the mysteries of time, loss and love. Also available in Large Print format.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: As Harry faces his upcoming fifth year at Hogwarts Academy, there are increasing rumors of dark times coming and of Lord Voldemort's return to power, and a secret anti-Voldemort society, The Order of the Phoenix, begins meeting again. Also available in Large Print format.

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner: Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Feller, who goes from job to job on the fringes of show business, and her older sister Rose, a lawyer, have had no contact with their grandmother, Ella, since their mother's death years ago, but all three need to find each other to reach happiness.

Morningside Heights by Cheryl Mendelson: Long-time residents of Morningside Heights are faced with dramatic changes to their community as increasing prices and a rising cost of living begin to force this group of artists, musicians and intellectuals out of the area.

Orchard by Larry Watson: Sonja Skordahl, a Scandinavian immigrant, finds herself torn between two very different men - Henry House, her orchardist husband and father of her two children, and Ned Weaver, an internationally famous artist who uses her as a model - who seek to possess her, in a novel set against the backdrop of rural Wisconsin.

Presumption of Death by Perri O'Shaughnessy: Returning home to Monterey County to put her life back into order and move in with Paul van Wagoner, attorney Nina Reilly is called upon to assist the case of her former assistant''s son, Sandy, who has been accused of murder in a disturbing arson case.

Reunion by Alan Lightman: Attending his 30th college reunion, Charles, now a middle-aged professor, recalls his senior year, when he had an affair with a beautiful young dancer amidst the turbulent social and political upheaval of the 1960s.

The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman: After writing a story about her late mother, Katherine Morrissey, that includes a dark Irish fairy tale told to her by her mother, Iris Greenfeder returns to her childhood home at the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, intending to write her mother's biography and search for a long-lost manuscript written by Katherine, only to stumble into the middle of a haunting mystery.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley: It's not quite science fiction, and it's not really horror, and only kind of a love story, but it's all three while still being solidly Fantastique. Rae Seddon, or as she is more commonly known, Sunshine, finds herself held captive with the vampire, Christopher. Sunshine manages to escape with Christopher in tow, but their captors aren't willing to let go.