The New York Times has just announced its list of the 10 best books of 2006! In fiction, these are the top 5:
Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart, called 'equal parts Gogol and Borat', it's about the son of one of the richest men in Russia, a young man who is obsessed with rap music and all things American;
Collected Stories of Amy Hempel,Hempel's fourth collection of highly-regarded short stories;
The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud,a comedy of manners set in Manhattan in 2001 on the brink of 9/11;
The Lay of the Land, by Richard Ford, the 3rd installment in his serial about Frank Bascombe, set in Florida over Thanksgiving 2000 (the first two were "The Sportswriter" and "Independence Day";
and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl, a murder mystery with each of the chapters titled for a classic in literature.
We hope you'll take a look at these top fiction selections!