The 15 Best Fiction Books of 2015 So Far

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Ruby, Cynthia Bond

Oprah’s Book Club anointed this dark, magic-infused story of a woman who has fled her southern hometown, suffered again in the North, and returned at last, where the locals think she’s gone mad. Testifying to the brutality of racist and sexist violence as well as unusual sources of healing, Bond’s novel has been drawing comparisons to art as diverse as Toni Morrison and HBO’s True Detective. — Sarah Seltzer