Books strongly recommended by Aaron Hamburger:

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood: A frightening and all-too-plausible speculative fiction about where we’re headed.

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: What makes Lahiri stand out from other writers of her generation is the tenderness with which she draws her characters.

The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue by Manuel Munoz: A master of the short story at work.

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman: An unexpectedly affecting as well as amusing novel-in-stories set in Rome.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout: Whether this is a story collection or a novel or a bit of both, this book is a masterful lesson in the art of bringing a place (in this case, small-town Maine) to life through character.

Controlled Burn by Scott Wolven: An underrated masterpiece of gritty realism.