The Year in Books: The 15 Best Books of 2016


Commonwealth, Ann Patchett

Patchett’s most personal novel is worth inclusion on this list for the opening scene alone, a gin-soaked California party that seals the fates of two families, as well as an interlude later on that’s an extended sojourn in among the literati in the Hamptons. Yet the whole thing is worthwhile, a tale of fractured and re-formed families, tragedy and the love that forms around its fissures.