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"THE TOP 5 MUST-READ NOVELS OF THE YEAR": VORAKA

Updated: Jul 16, 2023

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN VORAKA

Article Published on: 10 MAR 2023 | www.vorakamagazine.com


If you're looking for compelling reads that have captured the hearts of readers around the globe, make sure to check out these top 5 must-read novels of the year.

"The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett

"The Vanishing Half" is a historical fiction novel that follows the lives of two light-skinned Black twins, Desiree and Stella, who grow up in a small, Southern Black community during the 1950s. As adults, Stella passes as white and leaves her family behind, while Desiree returns home with her dark-skinned daughter. The novel explores the themes of race, identity, family, and the consequences of choices made in the past. Brit Bennett's writing has been praised for its sensitivity, depth, and powerful storytelling.

"The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett
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"Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell

"Hamnet" is a fictionalized account of the life and death of William Shakespeare's son, who died at the age of 11. The novel explores the emotional toll of the loss on Shakespeare's family, particularly his wife, Agnes (also known as Anne Hathaway), and their relationship. O'Farrell's writing has been lauded for its lyrical prose, vivid imagery, and emotional depth.

"Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell
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"The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah

"The Four Winds" is a historical fiction novel set during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. The story follows Elsa Martinelli, a woman who leaves her life in Texas to seek a better life for herself and her children in California. The novel explores the struggles of poverty, migration, and the human spirit's resilience in the face of adversity. Kristin Hannah's writing has been praised for its compelling characters, vivid setting, and emotional resonance.

"The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah
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"Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro

"Klara and the Sun" is a science fiction novel that explores the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. The story follows Klara, an AI "friend" who observes the world and human behavior from a store window. As Klara watches the people outside, she begins to develop a deeper understanding of human emotions and desires. Kazuo Ishiguro's writing has been praised for its philosophical depth, elegant prose, and nuanced exploration of complex themes.

"Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro
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"Project Hail Mary" by Andy Weir

"Project Hail Mary" is a science fiction novel that follows Ryland Grace, a scientist who wakes up on a spacecraft with no memory of who he is or why he's there. As Ryland slowly pieces together his past and the mission's purpose, he must work to save humanity from an impending threat to Earth. The novel has been praised for its engaging plot, well-developed characters, and scientific accuracy.

"Project Hail Mary" by Andy Weir
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These five novels offer readers a wide range of genres, styles, and themes to explore. From historical fiction to science fiction, they tackle complex issues such as identity, family, loss, migration, artificial intelligence, and the survival of humanity. Each novel has garnered critical acclaim and positive reader reviews, making them must-reads for anyone looking for a compelling, thought-provoking story.

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