2015 Maine Reader's Choice Awards Long List Available

The 2015 Longlist

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine A love letter to literature and its power to define who we are, this is a nuanced rendering of one woman’s life in the Middle East.

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay A debut novel about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.

Euphoria by Lily King Frustrated by his research efforts and depressed over the death of his brothers, Andre Banson runs into two fellow anthropologists, a married couple, in 1930s New Guinea and begins a tumultuous relationship with them.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which families struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

The Free by Willy Vlautin A confrontation of issues facing modern America–illuminated through the lives of a wounded vet, a nurse, and a night watchman–who are looking for a way out of their financial, familial, and existential crises in this heartbreaking and hopeful novel.

Fourth Of July Creek by Smith Henderson In this shattering and iconic American novel, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation’s disquieting and violent contradictions.

The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Green Found wandering naked and mentally traumatized in Central Park, the headmaster of an elite boarding school imparts a story that is shaped by complicated memories, the evolution of a loving relationship, and a tragedy he cannot comprehend.

The High Divide by Lin Enger Abandoned by her husband and her two sons who went out to search for him, Gretta Pope must follow her family across the rugged badlands of 1880s Montana.

Hold The Dark by William Giraldi When wolves begin attacking children in Keelut, Alaska, at the start of a particularly brutal winter, Russell Core arrives to investigate and must keep an abusive husband from finding his missing wife after beginning a grief-fueled rampage.

The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.

The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson A literary spy thriller set in Africa, where an intelligence agent is caught up in a get rich quick scheme, Johnson’s Laughing Monsters is a high-suspense tale of kaleidoscoping loyalties in the post-9/11 world.

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Frank Bascombe travels to the site of his former home on the shore, visits his ex-wife, who is suffering with Parkinson’s, and meets a dying former friend.

Lila by Marilynne Robinson Abandoning her homeless existence to become a minister’s wife, Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband’s gentle Christian worldview.

The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner A story inspired by the plot of “King Lear” relates the fortunes of a family who has reaped the sea’s bounty on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, but pays for it with the loss of every firstborn son.

On Such A Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee In a class-divided future America where urban neighborhoods function as labor colonies for elite charter villages, Fan, a female fish-tank diver, embarks on what becomes a legendary quest to find the man she loves in a region overcome by anarchic forces.

Redeployment by Phil Klay Takes us to the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan, and asks us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

Remedy For Love by Bill Roorbach Two strangers as different as could be imagined are stranded together in a ferocious winter storm with no possible way to contact the outside world, and no assurance of rescue; a harrowing story about the truths we reveal when there is no time or space for artifice.

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston A gripping novel with the pace of a thriller but the nuanced characterization and deep empathy of some of the literary canon’s most beloved novels. With a sophisticated and emotionally taut plot and shimmering prose, we see that only in caring for one another can we save ourselves.

The Rise And Fall Of Great Powers by Tom Rachman Enduring life in an isolated bookstore on the Welsh countryside, young American woman Tooly reflects on her childhood under the care of bandits before a long-lost boyfriend offers clues to help her with unanswered questions.

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler A remarkable and uncompromising saga that explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again–and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires.

The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob Decades after an interrupted visit to his mother’s home in 1979 India triggers a haunting series of events, brain surgeon Thomas Eapen begins having conversations with his dead relatives, prompting his career-beleaguered wife to investigate a painful family history. Debut novel.

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan In the aftermath of Ireland’s financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds.

The Wind Is Not A River by Brian Payton A gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife–separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil–fight to reunite in Alaska’s starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands.