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12 Important Fiction Books of 2019!

As the end of the year draws near, we highlight some of the most important fiction books of 2019 for Christian readers  …

Some of these  books will appear on our Advent calendar of 2019’s Best Books (and no, we won’t reveal here which ones will be on that list)… 

Presented in alphabetical order by the author’s last name…


Important Fiction Books 2019

The Other Americans: A Novel

Laila Lalami

(Pantheon)

Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui’s daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she’d left for good; his widow Maryam, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efrain, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, a former classmate of Nora’s and a veteran of the Iraq war; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son’s secrets;  Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.

As the characters tell their stories, the invisible connections that tie them together–even while they remain deeply divided by race, religion, or class–are slowly revealed. When the mystery of what happened to Driss Guerraoui unfolds, a family’s secrets are exposed, a town’s hypocrisies are faced, and love, in its messy and unpredictable forms, is born.


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