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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, 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 Event held at the TLA Annual Conference.

2022 Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List 

  1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (Avon/HarperCollins)
  2. Black Buck: a Novel by Mateo Askaripour (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  3. The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel by Pip Williams (Ballantine/ Penguin Random House)
  4. Down Range by Taylor Moore (William Morrow/HarperCollins) 
  5. Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead: A Novel by Emily Austin (Atria/Simon & Schuster) 
  6. The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade (Norton) 
  7. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah ( St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan Publishers) 
  8. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf/Penguin Random House)
  9. Infinite Country by Patricia Engel (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster) 
  10. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab (Tor/St. Martin’s)
  11. Klara and the Sun by Kazou Ishiguro (Knopf/Penguin Random House)
  12. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (Park Row-Harlequin/HarperCollins) 
  13. Mary Jane: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau (Custom House/HarperCollins) 
  14. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Viking/Penguin Random House)
  15. Olympus, Texas: A Novel by Stacey Swann (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)
  16. The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: A Novel by Marianne Cronin (Harper/HarperCollins)
  17. One Two Three by Laurie Frankel (Henry Holt/Macmillan) 
  18. The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (Berkley/Penguin Random House)
  19. The Push by Ashley Audrain (Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Random House)
  20. The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (William Morrow/HarperCollins)
  21. Seven Days in June by Tia Williams (Grand Central Publishing/Hatchette)
  22. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Quirk/Penguin Random House) 
  23. The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris (Little, Brown/Hatchette)
  24. We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker (Henry Holt/Macmillan)
  25. Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson (Simon & Schuster)


2022 Lariat Reading List, Annotated


2021 Lariat List - Annotated


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