Plot Driven: Alan Cheuse’s Top 5 Fiction Picks : NPR

Plot Driven: Alan Cheuse’s Top 5 Fiction Picks : NPR

Although I love the wit and mood of introspective (and lyrically composed) fiction, I’m nearly always drawn to thoughtful, well-plotted books — everything from Ulysses to The Man Without Qualities, Cervantes to Murakami, and Faulkner and Hemingway and Woolf in between. Given all this, 2011’s best books made me a happy reader.

Read why Cheuse has chosen these five books as the top fiction of 2011:

  • The Tiger’s Wife
  • The Art of Fielding
  • Once Upon a River
  • 1Q84
  • The Night Eternal