The Year in Books: The 15 Best Books of 2016


Moonglow, Michael Chabon

A story in the form of a memoir, written by Chabon’s alter egos as an account of his grandfather’s life, richoteting between World War II, the postwar years and his dotage. Moonglow is about family secrets and the legacy of war and genocide, one of many 2016 works, like Homegoing, that explores inherited trauma. A fully-rounded example of Chabon’s trademark mix of polished prose, humor and pathos.