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Best New Fiction - The Top 3 Best New Fiction Novels Of 2010

Best New Fiction - The Top 3 Best New Fiction Novels Of 2010

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about her stepfather's lauded in-prison reformation, Sascha goes ape-shit - spinning the narrative in
about her stepfather's lauded in-prison reformation, Sascha goes ape-shit - spinning the narrative in

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Best New Fiction - The Top 3 Best New Fiction Novels Of 2010 (SoFar)
 If you're a fiction lover -- especially one with an affinity for literary and independent fiction -- these aretough times.There is so much great literature out there, but much of it hides in the shadows of Amazon's andNYT's bestsellers lists. Sadly, the cream doesn't always rise. A lot of truly great literature struggles toreach a mass audience without proper advertising and PR budgets, which many new authors andindependent presses simply don't have.But if you know where to look, the great fiction you crave can be found.For those of you who don't have the time to pour through all the minutiae, I'm happy to offer somenotes from my off-the-radar literary travels. As we've now reached the half-way point in the year,allow me to offer up what I judge to be the 3 Best New Fiction Novels of 2010.Without further ado...3. THE NAME OF THE NEAREST RIVERby Alex TaylorAlex Taylor's debut comprises a series of heart-wrenching stories set in rural Kentucky. In both theway his characters are drawn -- with an almost impossible empathy for the often hopeless, desperate,and/or cruel -- and the way he describes the dreary Kentucky environs in which the stories are set,the author evokes a sense of despair that lingers with you. Shades of Raymond Carver, WilliamFaulkner and Cormac McCarthy here; but make no mistake, Taylor's voice is his own. These storieswill hang on you, disturb you. And yes, you'll be much better off for reading them.2. BROKEN GLASS PARKby Alina BronskySascha Naimann is a 17-year-old Russian girl living in Germany when her mother is killed by a brutalstepfather. While she and her younger siblings are being smothered by distant relatives and socialworkers, all Sascha can think about is exacting vengeance. When a story runs in the local paperabout her stepfather's lauded in-prison reformation, Sascha goes ape-shit - spinning the narrative inanother direction. At its conclusion, Sascha ends up in "broken glass park" -- the most seedy anddangerous area in her neighborhood -- where the varied, complicated layers of her struggle are laidbare.1.ZERO STATION by Greg IppolitoOstensibly, this is a coming-of-age story about a Jersey kid growing up in 1991. John Saylor is asixteen-year-old, lethargic product of a disaster of a family. He plods along, trying to avoid anything ofmeaning or consequence...until his apathy results in the drugging of his two-year-old brother, Billy.Heartbroken, John goes on the lam -- fleeing from his enraged stepfather as well as the cops -- forthree days and nights that coincide with the end of the Persian Gulf War. Ippolito's spare andexistential style moves and rivets in what could be called the Gen Xer's
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