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Outstanding fiction published during the year that merits special attention from adult readers.

Since 2009 the goal of the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List has been to highlight outstanding fiction that is simply “a pleasure to read.” Each year a 25 outstanding fiction titles are selected by a nine member committee.

Each year, authors from past and current lists are invited to speak at the Lariat List Adult Fiction Author Luncheon held at the TLA Annual Conference.

2019 List

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Landmark and Sourcebooks)

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan (Atria/Emily Bestler Books and Simon & Schuster)

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (Lake Union Publishing and Amazon)

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (Berkley and Penguin Random House)

The Changeling by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau and Penguin Random House)

Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley (St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan)

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce (Scribner and Simon & Schuster)

Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown (Berkley and Penguin Random House)

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown and Penguin Random House)

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Press and Grove Atlantic)

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Atria/37 INK and Simon & Schuster)

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (Little, Brown and Company and Hachette)

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (Viking and Penguin Random House)

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Penguin Random House)

The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd (Blackstone Publishing)

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (Dutton and Penguin Random House)

Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books and Hachette)

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson (Flatiron Books and Macmillan)

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland (Ballantine Books and Penguin Random House)

Semiosis by Sue Burke (Tor/Forge and Macmillan)

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner and Simon & Schuster)

Star of the North by D. B. John (Crown and Penguin Random House)

There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange (Knopf and Penguin Random House)

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga Press and Simon & Schuster)

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Penguin Random House)

 

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