Sunday, December 19, 2010

Best fiction titles of 2010 - John Freeman in the Boston Globe

The best books of the year, at least for this reader, stretch from Peoria, Ill., to Addis Ababa and back, with stops in Hungary, South Africa, and the deep South. Their heroes range from lovers on the run, to a 91-year-old shut-in to a man telling his child a bedtime story.

Here's my list of the 12 best, beginning with a book so incredible it validates all the comparisons that have been made between its illywacking Australian author and Charles Dickens, to whom he has been compared again and again.

—John Freeman is the editor of Granta magazine, and author of "The Tyranny of E-mail."

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