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We polled staff about their favorite books published in 2013. These are their Adult Fiction picks. If multiple people voted for a title, the percentage of respondents is also included.

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  Cover Art: Maya's Notebook: a Novel Allende, Isabel
Maya's Notebook: a Novel
After the death of her beloved grandfather, nineteen-year-old Maya Vidal, turning to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime, becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol, until her grandmother helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life.
  Cover Art: The Hen of the Baskervilles: a Meg Langslow Mystery Andrews, Donna
The Hen of the Baskervilles: a Meg Langslow Mystery
Helping a friend who is at risk of losing her farm and freedom when her unfaithful husband is discovered murdered at the state fair, Meg Langslow struggles to find the real killer and recover a stolen prize chicken to clear her friend's name.
  Cover Art: Life After Life: a Novel Atkinson, Kate
Life After Life: a Novel
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? (Voted for by 7% of respondents)
  Cover Art: The Teleportation Accident: a Novel Beauman, Ned
The Teleportation Accident: a Novel
In the declining Weimar Republic, Egon Loeser works as a stage designer for New Expressionist theatre. His hero is the greatest set designer of the 17th century, Adriano Lavicini, who devised the so-called Teleportation Device for the whisking of actors from one scene to another--a miracle, until the thing malfunctioned, causing numerous deaths and perhaps summoning the devil himself...A marvelous mash-up of historical fiction, L.A. noir, science fiction, and satire.
  Cover Art: The Aviator's Wife: a Novel Benjamin, Melanie
The Aviator's Wife: a Novel
Despite her own major achievements--she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States--Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
  Cover Art: We Need New Names: a Novel Bulawayo, NoViolet
We Need New Names: a Novel
In Zimbabwe, 10-yr-old Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. Bulawayo's debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her--from Zadie Smith to Monica Ali to J.M. Coetzee--while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own.
  Cover Art: The Childhood of Jesus Coetzee, J. M.
The Childhood of Jesus
Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simon, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simon are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life. Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother. An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue.
  Cover Art: The Panopticon: a Novel Fagan, Jenni
The Panopticon: a Novel
Like everyone else in the Panopticon, 15-year-old Anais Hendricks has been in and out of foster care practically since birth. Sent here, where the inmates are under constant surveillance, because she had a bad history with a policewoman who has been bludgeoned into a coma, drugged-out Anais can't explain why she has blood on her skirt...
  Cover Art: Portal Flint, Eric
Madeline Fathom had miraculously landed the crippled Nebula Storm on Europa. She joined on that frozen moon of Jupiter the stranded crewmembers of the ill-fated EU vessel Odin. The Nebula Storm's reactor was ruined in the landing, the Odin's shuttle can't make the trip back home, and the only vessel that could have made the journey to save them has just been destroyed by a renegade crewman, bad luck, and the remorseless forces of nature. But Madeline, Helen Sutter, A.J. Baker, and the team have one card left to play.
  Cover Art: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Gaiman, Neil
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
  Cover Art: The Cuckoo's Calling Galbraith, Robert
The Cuckoo's Calling
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man. (Voted for by 7% of respondents)
  Cover Art: The Signature of All Things Gilbert, Elizabeth
The Signature of All Things
Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, Gilbert's novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker--a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.
  Cover Art: Doctor Sleep: a Novel King, Stephen
Doctor Sleep: a Novel
The now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) must save a very special twelve-year-old girl from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
  Cover Art: The Lowland: a Novel Lahiri, Jhumpa
The Lowland: a Novel
Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra pursue vastly different lives--Udayan in rebellion-torn Calcutta, Subhash in a quiet corner of America--until a shattering tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, where he endeavors to heal family wounds.
  Cover Art: The Good House Leary, Ann
The Good House
Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. As if battling her demons wasn't enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets.
  Cover Art: Above All Things Rideout, Tanis
Above All Things
Blending historical facts with imaginative fiction, Above All Things interweaves the story of George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest and a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return. (Voted for by 7% of respondents)
  Cover Art: Tenth of December: Stories Saunders, George
Tenth of December: Stories
The stories in Saunders's latest collection include "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.
  Cover Art: Vacationland Stonich, Sarah
On a lake in northernmost Minnesota, you might find Naledi Lodge--only two cabins still standing, its pathways now trodden mostly by memories. And there you might meet Meg, or the ghost of the girl she was, growing up under her grandfather's care in a world apart and a lifetime ago. Now an artist, Meg paints images "reflected across the mirrors of memory and water," much as the linked stories of Vacationland cast shimmering spells across distance and time. Vacationland is a moving portrait of a place--at once timeless and of the moment, composed of conflicting dreams and shared experience--and of the woman bound to it by legacy and sometimes longing, but not necessarily by choice. (Voted for by 7% of respondents)
  Cover Art: Neptune's Brood: a Space Opera Stross, Charles
Neptune's Brood: a Space Opera
After being stalked across the galaxy by an assassin, post-human Krina Alzon-114 journeys to the water-world Shin-Tethys in search of her sister.
  Cover Art: Let Him Go: a Novel Watson, Larry
Let Him Go: a Novel
In 1951 North Dakota, years after losing her son in a horse riding accident, Margaret Blackledge seeks to retrieve her grandson from the daughter-in-law who ran off with another man, but finds her efforts challenged by her reluctant husband and the boy's stepfamily.
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