ALA Notable Books (Fiction)

Since 1944, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA),
a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has
announced a list of important works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books produced that year. Only the fiction portion of the list is posted here. (This award description was taken from NoveList, a database dedicated to helping readers find fiction titles, award winning books, and similar titles and authors.)  Visit the Notable Books official website for more information about this award and past winners.

All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


2014 Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah.
    Also available: eBook
  Atkinson, Kate. Life After Life.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook
  Danticat, Edwidge. Claire of the Sea Light.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
  Garey, Juliann. Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See.
     Also available: CD
  Harding, Paul. Enon.
     Also available: CD, eBook
  Jansma, Kristopher. Unchangeable Spots of Leopards.
     Also available: CD
  Koch, Herman. The Dinner.
     Also available: CD, eBook, eAudiobook
  Marra, Anthony. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.
     Also available: eBook
  Messud, Claire. The Woman Upstairs.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook, eAudiobook
  Ozeki, Ruth. Tale for the Time Being.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
  Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook
   
2013 Díaz, Junot. This is How You Lose Her.
    Also available: Large Type, CD
  Edugyan, Esi. Half-Blood Blues.
     Also available: Large Type
  Eggers, Dave. A Hologram for the King.
     Also available: CD, MP3
  Erdrich, Louise. The Round House.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eReader
  Ford, Richard. Canada.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, MP3
  Fountain, Ben. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
     Also available: CD
  Heller, Peter. The Dog Stars.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
  Johnson, Adam. The Orphan Master's Son.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook
  Joyce, Rachel. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
  Lam, Vincent. The Headmaster's Wager.
     Also available: CD
  Tropper, Jonathan. One Last Thing Before I Go.
     Also available: Large Type
  Watkins, Claire Vaye. Battleborn.
   
2012 Banks, Russell. Lost Memory of Skin.
     Also available: Large Type
  Barnes, Julian. The Sense of an Ending.
     Also available: CD
  deWitt, Patrick. The Sisters Brothers. (Adult Western DEW).
     Also available: CD
  Goldman, Francisco. Say Her Name.
     Also available: CD
  Harbach, Chad. The Art of Fielding.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  MacLeod, Alexander. Light Lifting.
  Obreht, Téa. The Tiger’s Wife.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eReader
  Ondaatje, Michael. The Cat's Table.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Phillips, Arthur. The Tragedy of Arthur.
  Russell, Karen. Swamplandia!.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
  Torres, Justin. We the Animals.
     Also available: CD
  Trevor, William. Selected Stories.
   
2011 Bass, Rick. Nashville Chrome.
     Also available: CD
  Donoghue, Emma. Room: A Novel.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Egan, Jennifer. A Visit From the Goon Squad.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Franklin, Tom. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.
     Also available: CD
  Franzen, Jonathan. Freedom.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eReader
  Hynes, James. Next: A Novel.
  Lee, Chang-rae. The Surrendered.
     Also available: CD, MP3
  Marlantes, Karl. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.
  Mitchell, David. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel.
     Also available: CD
  Murray, Paul. Skippy Dies.
  Soli, Tatjana. The Lotus Eaters.
     Also available: CD
  Udall, Brady. The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel.
     Also available: CD
   
2010 Anthony, Jessica. The Convalescent.
  Atwood, Margaret. The Year of the Flood.
     Also available: CD, eBook
  Baker, Nicholson. The Anthologist.
  Chaon, Dan. Await Your Reply.
     Also available: CD
  Cleave, Chris. Little Bee.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
  Dexter, Pete. Spooner.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Harding, Paul. Tinkers.
     Also available: CD, Digital Player
  Li, Yiyun. The Vagrants.
     Also available: CD
  McCann, Colum. Let the Great World Spin.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Morrison, Toni. A Mercy.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Powers, Richard. Generosity: An Enhancement.
  Tóibín, Colm. Brooklyn.
     Also available: Large Type
   
2009 Alameddine, Rabih. The Hakawati.
  Aslam, Nadeem. The Wasted Vigil.
  Bausch, Richard. Peace.
  Benioff, David. City of Thieves.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
  Erdrich, Louise. The Plague of Doves.
     Also available: CD
  Galchen, Rivka. Atmospheric Disturbances.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Lahiri, Jhumpa. Unaccustomed Earth.
     Also available: CD
  Millhauser, Steven. Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories.
  Sheers, Owen. Resistance.
  Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Talarigo, Jeff. The Ginseng Hunter.
     Also available: CD
   
2008 Bloom, Amy. Away.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
  Carlson, Ron. Five Skies.
  Chabon, Michael. The Yiddish Policemen's Union.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Clarke, Brock. An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England.
  Clinch, John. Finn: A Novel.
  Englander, Nathan. The Ministry of Special Cases.
     Also available: CD
  Holthe, Tess Uriza. The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes.
  Jones, Lloyd. Mister Pip.
  McEwan, Ian. On Chesil Beach.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Malouf, David. The Complete Stories.
  Pettersen, Per. Out Stealing Horses.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
  Trevor, William. Cheating at Canasta.
     Also available: Large Type
   
2007 Bigsby, C.W.E. Beautiful Dreamer.
Dean, Debra. The Madonnas of Leningrad.
Desai, Kiran. The Inheritance of Loss.
     Also available: CD
Doig, Ivan. The Whistling Season.
     Also available: Large Type
Grenville, Kate. The Secret River.
     Also available: CD
Khadra, Yasmina. The Attack.
     Also available: CD
Lansens, Lori. The Girls.
     Also available: CD
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
Meek, James. The People's Act of Love.
Mitchell, David. Black Swan Green.
     Also available: CD
Murakami, Haruki. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: Twenty-Four Stories.
Savage, Sam. Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife.
   
2006 Bates, Judy Fong. Midnight at the Dragon Café.
Foer, Jonathan Safran. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
     Also available: CD
Gaitskill, Mary. Veronica.
     Also available: CD
Ghosh, Amitav. Hungry Tide.
     Also available: CD
Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go.
     Also available: CD
Iweala, Uzodinma. Beasts of No Nation.
McCarthy, Cormac. No Country for Old Men.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook, Digital Player  
McEwan, Ian. Saturday.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Murakami, Haruki. Kafka on the Shore.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook
Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead.
     Also available: Large Type, CD 
Urrea, Luis Alberto. The Hummingbird's Daughter.
   
2005 Barnes, Julian. The Lemon Table.
     Also available: CD
De Bernières, Louis. Birds Without Wings.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Christensen, Lars Saabye. The Half Brother.
Dybek, Stuart. I Sailed with Magellan.
Khadra, Yasmina. The Swallows of Kabul.
Mda, Zakes. The Madonna of Excelsior.
Mitchell, David. Cloud Atlas.
     Also available: CD
Munro, Alice. Runaway: Stories.
     Also available: CD
Niemi, Mikael. Popular Music from Vittula.
Roth, Philip. The Plot against America.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Wolff, Tobias. Old School.
     Also available: CD
   
2004 Ali, Monica. Brick Lane.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Antunes, Antonio Lobo. The Inquisitor’s Manual.
Boyd, William. Any Human Heart.
Carey, Edward. Alva & Irva: the Twins Who Saved a City.
Casares, Oscar. Brownsville: Stories.
Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
     Also available: CD, eBook, Digital Player
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, Digital Player
Jones, Edward P. The Known World.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Lethem, Jonathan. The Fortress of Solitude.
     Also available: CD
Morrison, Toni. Love.
     Also available: CD
O'Connor, Joseph. Star of the Sea.
Packer, ZZ. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.
     Also available: CD, Digital Player
Saramago, Jose. The Cave.
   
2003 Auster, Paul. The Book of Illusions.
Cisneros, Sandra. Caramelo.
     Also available: CD
Doerr, Anthony. The Shell Collector.
Labiner, Norah. Miniatures.
Lustig, Arnost. Lovely Green Eyes.
McEwan, Ian. Atonement.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, Digital Player
McGahern, John. By the Lake.
Merullo, Roland. In Revere, In Those Days.
Mistry, Rohinton. Family Matters.
Oe, Kenzaburo. Rouse Up, O Young Men of the New Age!
Shetyngart, Gary. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook.
     Also available: CD
Slouka, Mark. God’s Fool.
   
2002 Carey, Peter. True History of the Kelly Gang.
Chaon, Dan. Among the Missing.
Davis, Lydia. Samuel Johnson Is Indignant.
Everett, Percival. Erasure: A Novel.
Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Gordimer, Nadine. The Pickup: A Novel.
MacLeod, Alistar. Island: The Complete Stories.
Olds, Bruce. Bucking the Tiger.
Sebald, W.G. Austerlitz.
     Also available: CD
Suri, Manil. The Death of Vishnu.
Winegardner, Mark. Crooked River Burning.
   
2001 Atwood, Margaret. The Blind Assassin.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Busch, Frederich. Don’t Tell Anyone.
Chabon, Michael. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
     Also available: CD
Coetzee, J.M. Disgrace.
Crace, Jim. Being Dead.
DeWitt, Helen. Last Samurai.
Kalpakian, Laura. Delinquent Virgin.
King, Thomas. Truth and Bright Water.
Kneale, Matthew. English Passengers.
Nelson, Antonya. Living to Tell.
Ondaatje, Michael. Anil’s Ghost.
     Also available: Large Type
Paine, Tom. Scar Vegas.
Smith, Zadie. White Teeth.
     Also available: Large Type
Williams, Joy. The Quick and the Dead.
   
2000 Bainbridge, Beryl. Master Georgie.
Cunningham, Michael. The Hours.
     Also available: Large Type, CD   
Cusk, Rachel. The Country Life.
Doyle, Roddy. A Star Called Henry.
     Also available: CD
Dubus, Andre. House of Sand and Fog.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Englander, Nathan. For the Relief of Unbearable Urges.
     Also available: CD
Jin, Ha. Waiting.
     Also available: Large Type
Johnston, Wayne. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.
Just, Ward. A Dangerous Friend.
Lee, Chang-rae. A Gesture Life.
Lethem, Jonathan. Motherless Brooklyn.
     Also available: Large Type
Reuss, Frederick. Henry of Atlantic City.
   
1999 Anderson, Scott. Triage.
Anthony, Patricia. Flanders.
Barrett, Andrea. The Voyage of the Narwhal.
     Also available: CD
Borges, Jorge Luis. Collected Fictions.
Byers, Michael. The Coast Of Good Intentions.
Hornby, Nick. About a Boy.
     Also available: Large Type
McDermott, Alice. Charming Billy.
     Also available: Large Type
Moore, Lorrie. Birds of America.
Roth, Philip. I Married a Communist.
Vakil, Ardashir. Beach Boy.
   
1998 Alvarez, Julia. Yo!
Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace.
     Also available: Large Type
Choy, Wayson. The Jade Peony.
Deane, Seamus. Reading in the Dark.
Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Garcia, Cristina. Aguero Sisters.
Murakami, Haruki. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
Perrotta, Tom. The Wishbones.
Smith, Lee. News of the Spirit.
Stollman, Arveh Lev. The Far Euphrates.
Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Blu’s Hanging.
   
1997 Atkinson, Kate. Behind the Scenes at the Museum.
     Also available: Large Type
Barrett, Andrea. Ship Fever and Other Stories.
Diaz, Junot. Drown.
Doyle, Roddy. The Woman Who Walked into Doors.
Iida, Deborah. Middle Son.
Mistry, Rohinton. A Fine Balance.
     Also available: Large Type
Robinson, Roxana. Asking for Love and Other Stories.
Selvadurai, Shyam. Funny Boy.
Swift, Graham. Last Orders.
     Also available: Digital Player
Trevor, William. After Rain.
Wolff, Tobias. The Night in Question.
   
1996 Camus, Albert. The First Man.
D’Ambrosio, Charles. The Point.
Dexter, Peter. The Paperboy.
Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Unconsoled.
Lee, Chang-Rae. Native Speaker.
Maxwell, William. All the Days and Nights.
O'Nan, Stewart. Snow Angels.
Schumacher, Julie. The Body Is Water.
Wiggins, Marianne. Eveless Eden.
   
1995 Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies. (Paperback-Oversize A).
     Also available: CD
Bainbridge, Beryl. The Birthday Boys.
Betts, Doris. Souls Raised from the Dead.
Drury, Tom. The End of Vandalism.
Ignatieff, Michael. Scar Tissue.
Maitland, Sara. Ancestral Truths.
Munro, Alice. Open Secrets: Stories.
Norman, Howard. The Bird Artist.
O'Brien, Tim. In the Lake of the Woods.
Paley, Grace. The Collected Stories.
Power, Susan. The Grass Dancer.
Schulman, Audrey. The Cage.
   
1994 Coyle, Beverly. In Troubled Waters.
Eugenides, Jeffrey. The Virgin Suicides.
Gaines, Ernest. A Lesson Before Dying.
     Also available: CD
Jones, Thom. The Pugilist at Rest.
Klima, Ivan. Judge on Trial.
McCracken, Elizabeth. Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?
Malouf, David. Remembering Babylon.
Nordan, Lewis. Wolf Whistle.
Proulx, E. Annie. The Shipping News.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Russo, Richard. Nobody’s Fool.
Watson, Larry. Montana 1948.
     Also available: CD
   
1993 Auster, Paul. Leviathan.
Brown, Rosellen. Before and After.
Butler, Robert Olen. A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain.
Duncan, David James. The Brothers K.
Hoffman, Alice. Turtle Moon.
     Also available: Large Type
Kenan, Randall. Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and Other Stories.
McCarthy, Cormac. All the Pretty Horses.
     Also available: CD
Maxwell, William. Billie Dyer and Other Stories.
Moore, Alison. Small Spaces Between Emergencies.
Morrison, Toni. Jazz.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Naylor, Gloria. Bailey’s Café.
Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres.
     Also available: Large Type, CD