Favorite contemporary fiction of 2012

Just to clarify, I read these books in 2012, but they were not necessarily published this year. Quotes are from my reviews, which are linked to the titles.

Lottery by Patricia Wood: “Telling his story in first person, Patricia Wood has given the mentally-challenged Perry a voice, and what a voice it is! Highly recommended.”

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: “…absorbing, character-driven contemporary fiction, and Vanessa Diffenbaugh has found that elusive mixture of gorgeous prose, a forward-moving plot, and characters you fall in love with. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.”

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos: “There is something about the way she writes relationships that makes me want to hug everyone I love, hold them close to me, and tell them how dear they are.”

The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister: “Erica Bauermeister writes stories about people. As you read her work, you get the impression that she not only understands people, but she truly likes them in all their quirky, unique, weakness-laden humanness.”

Previous “favorites” posts:
~ Favorite crime fiction of 2012
~ Favorite historical fiction of 2012

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20 Responses to Favorite contemporary fiction of 2012

  1. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I loved The Language of Flowers too and hope to get to The Lost Art of Mixing soon.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – You’ll love The Lost Art of Mixing if you enjoyed her first book. πŸ™‚

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I am waiting for Mixing to arrive on audio! Woot! And Language of Flowers was absolutely gorgeous, way beyond what I expected (despite all the glowing reviews!). I liked Falling Together as well, but it was a tiny bit of a letdown after her first two…

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – It wasn’t my favorite of de los Santos’s books, but one of her lesser works is far above most of the stuff out there, in my opinion! πŸ™‚

  3. Kailana says:

    I have heard lots about The Language of Flowers. I will have to check it out at some point.. I was actually surprised by how much I liked Lottery. I wasn’t sure it was going to be my kind of read to be honest!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kelly – I loved Lottery – I read it almost a year ago, and the story and character have stuck with me.

  4. I haven’t read any of these πŸ™

  5. Arti
    Twitter: Arti_Ripples

    I bought Lottery in a booksale. And it reminds me of Shirley Jackson’s short story. I haven’t read it, but from your write-up, sounds like a meaningful one. Thanks for all this year’s best lists, and, of course, all the Reading Challenges you’ve hosted in the year. I’ve enjoyed them. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Carrie, you and your family!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Arti – thank you for joining in! And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, as well. πŸ™‚

  6. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks

    I definitely need to add Falling Together to my TBR

  7. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    Language of Flowers was such a good book. Great list.

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  9. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow

    I loved Language of Flowers, too, and Falling Together is on my list to read.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Michelle says:

    The Language of Flowers is so wonderful, isn’t it? I still cannot look at a flower without wondering what it means.