Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

by Geraldine Brooks

I know, the Plague is not exactly an uplifting topic out of the shoot, but chaos gives room that stability does not provide.

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The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye

by A.S. Byatt

Short stories by an absolute master. Also look out her "Elementals" book of short stories.

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The Bone-pedlar

by Sylvian Hamilton

Sylvian Hamilton wrote three books in this series: the Bone-Pedlar, the Pendragon Banner and The Gleemaiden. Sadly, she passed away before completing more books in this series. They are a bit adult fairy-tale/historical novel.

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The Dovekeepers: A Novel

by Alice Hoffman

You likely all know of Alice Hoffman's book Practical Magic which was made into a movie (skewed heavy Hollywood) with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. The Doverkeeper is one of several of her books I would recommend.

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The Bean Trees: A Novel

by Barbara Kingsolver

Any book by Barbara Kingsolver. Here is just one.

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The Birth House: A Novel (P.S.)

by Ami McKay

Set in Nova Scotia at the point at which modern medicine makes its appearance in even small rural towns.

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Mirror Mirror: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire

Hey here's a twist -- one of this author's novels was made into a musical (Wicked)! But I read Mirror Mirror first. An adult version of Snow White.

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Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

If you haven't seen the movie, read the book.

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A Dirty Job: A Novel

by Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore's books are just plain freaky weird. And a lot of fun. This was the first one I read, but I've read almost everything he's got out since that time.

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The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

Also made into a movie, but I only read the book. It's a tear-jerker but lovely.

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Icy Sparks

by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Yes it is on Oprah's book club but it is a lovely book about someone with Tourette's.

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The Stone Raft

by Jose Saramago

You might be familiar with Saramago's books that have been made into movies:

Blindness (2008), Embargo (2010), José Y Pilar (2010) and the The Stone Raft (2002)

Some of his work is bleak, but I found the Stone Raft had a thread of hope.

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Cross My Palm

by Sara Stockbridge

A fascinating set of twists that set your mind to thinking about what we think we know compared to what is.

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A Patchwork Planet (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

by Anne Tyler

Her books have been made into movies as well  (a trend on my part here?). Her books are all pleasant.

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The World Without Us

by Alan Weisman

This is actually categorized as a non-fiction book and could have likely gone in the category "Understanding the World" but it has little to do with the challenges of recovery from an eating disorder, and so I have added it to the "Fiction" category. If you are human-centric, then you may not enjoy this book. It is an incredibly broad and well-researched book on how our planet is liable to respond were humans magically disappeared. There is no focus at all on the how the absence of human beings would be achieved. The entire book takes us from the point at which humans are not here forward in time.

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