Gorgeous novel wonders if marriage makes 'Liars' of us all

FICTION: Outstanding and merciless, Sarah Manguso's book captures the thrills and disappointments of a marriage in magnificent prose.


Insightful 'Swift River' is a novel in which a woman explores her family's secrets

FICTION: Chambers' debut is a frank examination of family mystery and loss, set in a landscape of economic and racial turmoil.


Commiserating about mom or fighting like cats, these sisters have one thing in common: 'Worry'

FICTION: Alexandra Tanner's "dark, funny" debut is a haunting snapshot of contemporary life.


That 'Green Dot' on your phone? This novel says it could be love

FICTION: An exceptionally funny debut explores the dull realities of work, joys of love and friendship, and extremes of hope and denial.


Review: 'They're Going to Love You' by Meg Howrey

FICTION: Howrey's latest work has a straightforward conundrum at its center but as it unfolds it becomes an increasingly rich, complex tale of aspiration and disappointment.


Review: 'Flight,' by Lynn Steger Strong

FICTION: Three siblings reunite for the first Christmas after their mother's death.


Review: 'Sugar Street,' by Jonathan Dee

FICTION: Jonathan Dee's latest novel follows an acerbic narrator into isolation, delusion and violence.


Review: 'Our Missing Hearts' by Celeste Ng

FICTION: Celeste Ng contrasts the dangers of a fearful, violent, censorious society with the beauty of untrammeled storytelling.


Review: 'Reward System,' by Jem Calder

FICTION: Jem Calder's intricately developed, self-conscious characters are the highlights of these brilliant stories.


Review: 'You Have a Friend in 10A,' by Maggie Shipstead

FICTION: Maggie Shipstead's story collection exhibits flourishing talent and general curiosity.