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Alan Cheuse's Top Fiction Picks For 2008

Alan Cheuse's Top 5 Fiction Picks

For most working people, reading means stockpiling books for a few good weekends, or clearing away some evening hours each week and giving the night over to focusing weary workaday eyes on the page. So when I ask myself which five new works of fiction did I enjoy the most during this past year, I make "enjoy" the operative word. Reading shouldn't be work; it should be pleasure, even as it teaches us something about ourselves or about the world of history and time. (In fact, I enjoyed a sixth book so much that I sneaked it in here where only five should be.) Here's my list:

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