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Top Fiction for 2003

The team of reviewers at have reviewed many, many books this year, more than any other year. As such I thought it best to let each reviewer cite their favorites for the year (and they didn't have to stick to those they reviewed for nor ones published this year). This should give us a chance to identify more books than just the top ten or twenty (besides, we know from past lists, I don't know how to count, anyway) and gives you a chance to know the kinds of books each of our reviewers likes a little better.

  Mary Whipple:   Cindy Lynn Speer:  

1 . Dancer by Colum McCann

2.  Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses

3.  Shroud by Jon Banville

4.  The Shadow Without a Name by Ignacio Padilla

5.  Genius of the Sea by Naeem Murr

6.  Old School by Tobias Wolff

7.  Kartography by Kamila Shamsie
(link is to; read review at

8.  Orchard by Larry Watson

9.  The Fox's Walk by Annabel Davis-Goff

10.  The Point of Return by Siddhartha Deb


1. Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

2. Diary by Chuck Palanuick

3. Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel

4. The Vanished Man by Jeffrey Deaver

4. The Salaryman's Wife by Sujata Massey

5. Sleep Toward Heaven by Amanda Eyre Ward

6. Days of the Dead by Barbara Hambly

7. Still Life with Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs

8. Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman

9. The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

10. Sharpe's Havoc by Bernard Cornwell

  Shannon Bloomstran:   Jenny Dressel:  

1. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

2. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

3. The Curious Incident of the Dog at Nighttime by Mark Haddon

4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

5. Cookoff: Recipe Fever in America by Amy Sutherland (link to

6. The Hills At Home by Nancy Clark
(link to

7. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
(link to


1. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

2. Set This House In Order by Matt Ruff

3. Drop City by TC Boyle

4. The Book of Dead Birds by Gayle Brandeis (link to

5. Lullaby by Chuck Palahnuik

6. American Woman by Susan Choi

  Poornima Apte:   Judi Clark:  

1. The Book of Salt by Monique Truong

2. Point of Return by Siddhartha Deb

3. The Movies of My Life by Alberto Fuguet

4. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

5. Genius of the Sea by Naeem Murr

6. American Woman by Susan Choi

7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon


1. Drop City by TC Boyle

2. The Clarinet Polka by Keith Maillard

3. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

4. Lullaby by Chuck Palahnuik

5. Train by Pete Dexter

6. The Disapparation of James by Anne Ursu

7. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst

8. All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve

9. Prince of Lost Places by Kathy Hepinstall

  Kam Aures:   Chuck Barksdale:  

1. Isabel's Daughter by Judith Ryan Hendricks

2. The Anniversary by Amy Gutman

3. Sapphire's Grave by Hilda Gurley-Highgate

4. Leaving by Richard Dry

5. The Year Of Ice by Brian Malloy


1. Soul Circus by George Pelecanos

2. The Last Detective by Robert Crais

3. Lost Light by Michael Connelly

4. Fatal Flaw by William Lashner

5. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane


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