What are the best award-winning fiction books since 1990?

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    #1All the Light We Cannot See

    All the Light We Cannot See
    All The Light We Cannot See is a vividly-written story about Marie Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy in the Nazi army. Winner of a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, it shows that there can still be beauty amidst the tragedy of war.

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    Joshua Hill
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE is one of the best books you’ll read this year. On one hand, the title implies the lessons learned by a young German orphan boy about radio waves. On the other hand, as the author describes it, “It’s also a metaphorical suggestion that there are countless invisible stories still buried within World War II.” Add in a newly blinded French girl who is forced to leave her familiar surroundings, and you’ll soon find yourself in literary heaven."
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    #2The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.

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    Bryan Andrews
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I've always found it an amazing feat when the backdrop and location also serve as a major player in a film. In my opinion it adds a great deal of dept to a film with so few central characters. I find it captavating in the way it is executed."
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    #3Snow Falling On Cedars

    Snow Falling On Cedars
    The award-winning historical fiction novel Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson revolves around a murder case in small-town America. It recounts what it was like to be Japanese in America after the Second World War.

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    Jessica Harper
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Snow Falling on Cedars is a great title that won several awards since 1990. It is about the murder of a fisherman, and also focuses on the Japanese culture in America after World War 2. It is a very interesting read. "
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    #4The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.

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    Tiffany Snyder
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A quick, fun and mysterious read. The writing isn't great but it was definitely an entertaining light read. Not sure I would recommend or read again. "
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    #5Life of Pi

    Life of Pi
    Life of Pi is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel. It tells the story of Pi Patel, who gets shipwrecked and ends up in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Adrift in the ocean, they struggled to survive for 227 days.

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    Peter Wood
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I read this book before I saw the movie. Although I love them both, I have to say that the book is even better than the movie. The story has a lot to say about the will to survive under seemingly impossible conditions."
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    #6The Reader

    The Reader
    An exceptional novel by Bernhard Schlink about betrayal, guilt and the memory of the Holocaust. This is the story of the adolescent Michael Berg, rescued by Hanna. Both embark on a clandestine affair leading Michel in euphoric and confused times.


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    Jin Yi
    Written on May 2, 2018
    ""The Reader" was a very interesting read for me. I have always been interested in the history of WW2 and thee aftermath and reading this allowed me to understand what people went through after the war. This book was very different from other books about the war because it focused on German citizens after the was and how it effected future generations. I had not read many books that covered this viewpoint, so I never knew what to expect. I became so interested in the topic that I researched history about Germany post WW2 as I read. I would definitely recommend this book because of its quality and the awards it won prove it is worth your time. "
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    #7The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.


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    Ethan Gordon
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I personally enjoy reading books that really make me think. This is one of the top 10 books I've ever read that gets me philosophizing and thinking about existential issues. "
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    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides follows the life of a hermaphrodite who grew up as Calliope but became Cal in his teens. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2003.

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    Lawrence Martin
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Well, if it's anything to you? Oprah liked it! Now humor aside this book is actually really, really good. However, it's going to depend on your tastes and what you can find yourself absorbed into. This is a very.. specific book? Maybe that's wrong, but I know some will turn their nose up at the summary alone."
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    #9Bel Canto

    Bel Canto

    Bel Canto is a standalone contemporary novel written by Ann Patchett which centers on the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru taken hostage by guerillas during a party in 1996, and was later raided but many have been killed already.  


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    #10The Blind Assassin

    The Blind Assassin

    The Blind Assassin is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Margaret Atwood. It tells the story of two sisters, Laura and Iris Chase, as Iris recalls and tries to understand the life of her deceased sister through her novel "The Blind Assassin."


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    Ann Boyd
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Margaret Atwood is one of the greatest modern writers and this book is another example of why. She deftly explores the dynamic between two sisters with sensitivity and intelligence. The central mystery was intriguing and the writing was top notch."
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    #11Alias Grace

    Alias Grace

    Alias Grace is a novel by Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood. It tells the real-life story of Grace Marks, who was convicted murder in 1843 for the deaths of three people. Years later, a psychiatrist helps to prove her innocence.


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    Michelle Miller
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I love Margaret Atwood and this one was a little different from the others I have read. I liked the mix of history and a fictionalized real-life mystery. The ending was disappointing, without giving details."
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    Possession is a bestselling historical fiction novel by English author A.S. Byatt. It won the Man Booker Prize in 1990, and it tells the story of the academics as they study the lives of two Victorian poets.


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    Nancy Rodriguez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A national bestseller with awards under its belt, this fits the description here perfectly. Reviews call it "exhilarating"."
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    #13Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy)

    Oryx and Crake is a speculative fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, the award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale. Oryx and Crake follows the life of Snowman, his friend Crake, and Oryx, the woman they both love.


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    Wayne Hopkins
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Margaret Atwood uses her considerable talent to create an unforgettable love story in Oryx and Crake, a compelling and provocative look into the near future. Atwood not only tells a fascinating story but compels the reader to reflect on the exploitation of the Earths natural resources. The cataclysmic consequences of climate change are all too real in perhaps Atwood's best book to date."
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    #14The Poisonwood Bible

    The Poisonwood Bible
    The Poisonwood Bible written by Barbara Kingsolver is a historical fiction in piles of classic literature. The story involves an unexpected embark of a family in a mission to Belgian Congo.


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    Louis Gardner
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Poisonwood Bible is one of the best award-winning fiction books since 1990. This book started slow for me, but it soon began to capture my attention. The characters are well developed and very complex. The story is engrossing...the struggles of a white mission family in the Belgian Congo in the 1950's."
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    #15The Corrections

    The Corrections

    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen is a contemporary fiction on a family drama during the age of greed and globalism from the Midwest at mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe.


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    Jennifer Guerrero
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I would actually recommend this for people that enjoyed Mad Men but wished it went deeper. I really like the juxtaposition of the hats and glove wearing 60's against the gritty dark realities of life. "
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    #16The English Patient

    The English Patient

    The English Patient is a historical fiction novel written by Michael Ondaatje. This classic romance book won literary merits like the Man Booker Prize and Trillium Book award. It is first published in 1992. 


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    Alice Cui
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book weaves a spell binding tale of loss and pain that somehow finds its way to being a romance and story of redemption and discovery of self. It takes some of the most horrifying ends that a person could meet and tells their stories in a way that you end up finding a little of yourself in each character. Because of this it draws you in and doesn't let you go until you are done reading. This is the kind of story that sticks with you for the long haul. "
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    #17The Siege

    The Siege
    The Siege authored by the novelist Ismail Kadare is a historical fiction and a war-themed book published on May 15th 2008 by Canongate Books. It follows the war between two great civilizations.

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    Sandra Henderson
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Very interesting and realistic."
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    #18The Grass Dancer

    The Grass Dancer
    The Grass Dancer is a historical fantasy fiction novel written by Dana Stabenow. This magical realism book first published in 1994 and won the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. 

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    Wayne Wallace
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This novel is critically acclaimed, but I can find no awards that it's earned. It's a mediocre historical fiction novel that spends more time on describing what it should be, instead of actually living up to those very same descriptions. "
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    #19To Love a Dark Lord

    To Love a Dark Lord

    To Love a Dark Lord is a historical romance fiction novel written by Anne Stuart. It is first published in 1994 by Avon Books. 


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    Carl Jenkins
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "To Love a Dark Lord is a historical romance. However, it did not win any awards."
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    #20Kettle Bottom

    Kettle Bottom
    Kettle Bottom is an award-winning book authored by Diane Gilliam Fisher. It was originally released in 2004. It won the Perugia Press Prize, the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award, and was named as an ABA Top Poetry Book in 2005.

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    Zachary Green
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "an award winning book that folks will enjoy "
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    #21The Man Who Was Taller Than God (Carl Wilcox)

    The Man Who Was Taller Than God (Carl Wilcox)

    The Man Who Was Taller Than God is a historical mystery fiction and the ninth book in Carl Wilcox series written by Harold Adams. It is first published in 1998 by Walker & Company. 


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    Grace Campbell
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book sounds like a good book according to the reviews and description. It goes well with the topic and will be good for them to read. I would like to read this book to see what it is all about. "
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    #22Jar City

    Jar City
    Jar City is the first book in Gold Dagger Award-winner Arnaldur Indridason's thrilling crime and mystery series for young adults, the Inspector Erlendur series. It was released in 2005 with the translation of Bernard Scudder.

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    Peter Murphy
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Jar City is a gripping suspense ride. A true thrill."


Best What are the best award-winning fiction books since 1990
1All the Light We Cannot SeeBooks 28 Paid
2The RoadBooks 25 Paid
3Snow Falling On CedarsBooks 24 Paid
4The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBooks 23 Paid
5Life of PiBooks 22 Paid
6The ReaderBooks 20 Paid
7The God of Small ThingsBooks 19 Paid
8MiddlesexBooks 17 Paid
9Bel CantoBooks 17 Paid
10The Blind AssassinBooks 15 Paid

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