The 15 Best Fiction Books of 2015 So Far

The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen

Chronicling espionage and double-dealing in the postwar years, this highly praised debut novel traces both a fractured global politics as well as its narrator’s fractured identity. “His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of 40 years ago in a new light,” says Philp Caputo in the New York Times. — Sarah Seltzer