Amy Waldman, The Submission
Children in Reindeer Woods by Kristin Omarsdottir
This novel by an Icelandic poet is perversely violent yet laugh-out-loud funny. I can’t say what exactly it’s an allegory of, yet I feel I understand.
Too Good to Be True by Benjamin Anastas
I’d expect a memoir about divorce and debt to be painful and raw, and it was. But I wasn’t expecting it to be so beautifully written and skillfully crafted, almost stealthily so, so you follow along without knowing where you are being led—then are devastated when you arrive.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
I always feel guilty about including books that are on every best-of list, but it would be dishonest not to include this one: in reporting, writing and narrative power not just the best of this year but of many, many years.