You've seen the bottom 25 of our Top 50 Books of 2013—now it's time to reveal the top 25—and our #1. Drumroll please . . .
6. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
9. The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne
10. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
21. Blue Plate Special by Kate Christensen
22. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
23. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
24. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
25. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Jhumpa Lahiri is back with her second novel, The Lowland. Her debut, The Namesake, earned her plenty of critical praise, and expectations for The Lowland have been quite high. Lahiri has more than met those with this "intricately plotted, melancholy family drama" that has since been shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
The novel follows two brothers, Subhash and Udayan Mitra, as they grow to lead two very different lives and encounter conflict that drives a wedge between them. A story spanning decades and two continents, The Lowland explores the power of family and memory with Lahiri's "elegant, gently understated prose."
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Remember back when we said that this fall was one of the biggest ever? Well, that is especially true for fiction. Here are our favorite books from among the dozens going on sale today–click on the title to read our review. Which one are you most looking forward to reading?
Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois (Dial). This second novel from a promising new talent is loosely based on the story of Amanda Knox. When a young exchange student is murdered, her roommate falls under suspicion. Is Lily Hayes guilty?
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (S&S). The sequel to The Shining is here! And good news: It lives up to the legacy. Dan Torrance's continued adventures involve creepy supernatural crew called the True Knot, who travel around the country trying to find—and kill—children with "the shine."
Local Souls by Allan Gurganus (Liveright). The author of The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All makes a return to fiction with this collection of three linked novellas that are set in Falls, North Carolina, the mythical town he's made his own.
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf). The Pulitzer Prize-winning author returns to longform fiction with a second novel that tells the story of two very different brothers.
The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent (Little, Brown). Known for her historicals set in 17th century New England, Kent branches out into Texas territory in her new novel, which stars a down-on-her-luck woman of fortune.