Auckland Libraries: Top 10 fiction

Top 10 fiction

​The top 10 fiction books, curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

Amnesty

Aravind Adiga

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Danny is an illegal immigrant in Australia, denied refugee status after he fled from Sri Lanka. He works as a cleaner, lives in a grocery storeroom and has created a new identity for himself. An agonising choice awaits when he witnesses a murder.

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Such a fun age

Kiley Reid

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Alix is a woke white woman, a mother and a successful internet influencer. She is shocked when her young black babysitter, Emira, is accused of kidnapping while out with Alix's toddler at a high-end supermarket.

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Weather

Jenny Offill

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Lizzie Benson is a librarian without a traditional degree. She is also a fake shrink who tries to save everyone, using everything she's learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks.

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Djinn patrol on the purple line

Deepa Anappara

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Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality police shows, and thinks he's smarter than most. When a classmate goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from TV to find him, assisted by his friends Pari and Faiz.

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No man's land

A. J Fitzwater

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A love story and historical fantasy set in the golden plains of North Otago, New Zealand during the Second World War. Dorothea 'Tea' Gray joins the Land Service and is sent to work on a remote farm. A masterpiece of forgotten women's history.

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The shadow king

Maaza Mengiste

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With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid to Kidane and his wife Aster. Kidane, is an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, mobilising for the inevitable invasion.

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Run me to earth

Paul Yoon

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Alisak, Prany, and Noi -orphans united by loss - must do what is necessary to survive the perilous landscape of 1960s Laos. They take shelter in a bombed out field hospital and meet Vang, a dedicated doctor who is searching for medical supplies.

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Sharks in the time of saviors

Kawai Strong Washburn

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In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a family cruise, seven-year-old Nainoa falls overboard. When sharks appear in the water, everyone fears the worst. But instead Noa is delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark. Is this is sign from the gods?

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Apeirogon

Colum McCann

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Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of intractable conflict that colours every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to take to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend.

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The midnight library

Matt Haig

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Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality.

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