December 31, 2013 - 11:23 — DianaRusch
Now that all the presents have been unwrapped, it's time to grab the leftover cookies and relax with a great read. Here are select award winners and staff picks to celebrate the best fiction of 2013. (Summaries are provided by NoveList or the NPL catalog.) Let us know your favorite books of the past year in the comments section.

Man Booluminariesker Prize
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 to seek his fortune in the goldfields, Walter Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.

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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Fleeing his violent master at the side of legendary abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-19th-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

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The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
The son of a singer mother whose career forcibly separated her from her family and an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong II.

Noalice munrobel Prize
Alice Munro
The Canadian author is considered a master of the short story form by both her critics and peers.

Staff Picks
And thand the mountains echoede Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 
The best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another and how choices resonate through subsequent generations.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robcuckoos callingert Galbraith
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers. Written pseudonymously by J.K. Rowling.

Fangirl by Rainbfangirlow Rowell
Being consummate fans of the Simon Snow series helped Cath and her twin sister, Wren, cope as little girls whose mother left them, but now, as they start college but not as roommates, Cath fears she is unready to live without Wren holding her hand--and without her passion for Snow.

The Goldfinch by Donnagoldfinch Tartt
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

Lillian and Dash by Slillian and dasham Toperoff
The author of Jimmy Dean Prepares reimagines the shared life of literary couple Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman, depicting a relationship based on fast living, heavy drinking and respective passions against a backdrop of Hollywood's golden era, the New York literary scene and McCarthyism.

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Two women in Nantucket, dealing with their own separate issues of death and heartbreak, find solace in each other's friendship.

Ready Player One by Erneready player onest Cline
Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's creator.

Valley of Amazement by Avalley of amazementmy Tan
Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.

W is for Wasted by Suew is for wasted Grafton
The 23rd installment in the popular Kinsey Millhone series finds Kinsey investigating two seemingly unrelated deaths: the first of a local, shady PI, the second a John Doe on the beach.