Looking for a great gift for the fiction aficionado in your life? This week we look at the top literary works of the year—life-altering prose from some of the most talented voices in fiction.


Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt

A wonderfully funny, smart and beautifully written novel. Undermajordomo Minor is a yarn for adults, a fable without morals, and it made us remember what it felt like to be a wide-eyed child hearing a new favourite story for the very first time. We can't recommend this one enough!


Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

'What does it mean to be alive? To think, to feel, to love and to envy? André Alexis explores all of this and more in the extraordinary, Giller Prize-winning Fifteen Dogs, an insightful and philosophical meditation on the nature of consciousness. It’s a novel filled with balancing acts: humour juxtaposed with savagery, solitude with the desperate need to be part of a pack, perceptive prose interspersed with playful poetry.


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light. With A Little Life, Yanagihara fashions a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.


A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica’s history and beyond. James deftly chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – gunmen, drug dealers, one-night stands, CIA agents, even ghosts – over the course of thirty years as they roam the streets of 1970s Kingston, dominate the crack houses of 1980s New York, and ultimately reemerge into the radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s.