The Best Fiction of 2015


The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, Anna North

Cult-classic film director Sophie Stark is gone, and through the stories of the people who loved her best — old flames, relatives, colleagues, even newspaper articles — the novel tries to piece together the auteur’s life, both personal and creative. Did Sophie even know how to relate to people without the lens? North’s exploration of a “difficult” artist is also a sad and original storytelling feat. — SS