Elizabeth Strout

Interiors by Cindy Hulsey

My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Olive Kitteridge, is a brief, quiet meditation on childhood, repressed feelings, haunting memories

What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? by Rebecca Howard

Grief is a subject that we tend to avoid. It is experienced uniquely and carried alone despite its universality.  Grieving people are reminders of what tiny, fragile creatures we are. For many, reading offers some consolation. Personally, I’ve found peace from reading favorite poets like Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver. For others, religious texts may comfort.

Christmas in July, New Year's in August by Laura Raphael

Every late December or early January, I peruse my reading list from the year just ending or ended and pick my favorites. Here at the library, we even share our lists. It’s always one of the reading-related highlights of my year: both considering and choosing what stayed with me the most, and discovering what my colleagues considered and chose.

It’s not the end of the year yet (not even close), but if we can have Christmas in July, why not New Year’s in August?

With that in mind, here’s my list of favorite fiction reads for 2013 – so far: