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Best reviewed novel of 2023

Best reviewed novel of 2023

To switch it up a bit from the usual best fare, Book Marks has compiled a list of 10 of the best reviewed fiction books of 2023. The list includes books that have been reviewed by over 150 publications – from London Review of Books to New York times.

For starters, here are five of Book Marks’ best-reviewed novels of 2023:

Fraud By Zadie Smith

“It is a Dickensian delight… That the entire tapestry flows seamlessly across decades, weaving in shared intimacies, enormous crowd scenes and dusty literary gossip, is a testament to Smith’s craft… Indeed, there is nothing musty or ‘historical’ about the arc Touchet is the timeless voice or display of literary and political foolishness that animates the novel.

— Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

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Croc statement By Colson Whitehead

Croc statement It is a dazzling treatise, a glorious and complex dissection of theft, deception and the slow game… Here he uses crime fiction as a lens to investigate the mechanics of a single neighborhood at a particular turning point in time. He’s right: the music, the energy, and the painful calculus of loss.

—Walter Mosley, New York Times Book Review

Cover of Birnam Wood by Eleanor Caton

Birnam Wood By Eleanor Catton

“Greatly enjoyable…a masterful literary tale about the collision of environmental idealism and astonishing wealth…Catton taps into a sense very much of our moment.”

— John Powers, NPR

Cover of I'm Homeless If This Ain't My Home by Lori Moore

I’m homeless if this isn’t my home By Lori Moore

“Moore shows that grief and ghosts can be written about convincingly and intelligently, without turning the novel into a horror story…a triumph of tone and, ultimately, of imagination. For Moore, death does not necessarily mark the end of the story.”

— Aparajyoti Chakraborty, Watchman

For the full list, visit Bookmarks.