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Books With the Most Compelling Prose

Whether fiction or non-fiction, these are standout stories. Along with unique turns of phrase, these thirty books also have plotlines, structures and characters like nothing I have read before.
This is paintbrush prose. You read a paragraph and have to close your eyes for a few seconds, to dwell in the painting and music of it. To appreciate the mastery of this craft. These are books that you begin reading and realize: oh, this is something different.
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Address Unknown (Kressmann Taylor)
Address Unknown (Kressmann Taylor)
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Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay)
Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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The Bonesetter's Daughter (Amy Tan)
The Bonesetter's Daughter (Amy Tan)
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Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao
Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao
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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (James McBride)
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (James McBride)
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The Country of the Pointed Firs (Sarah Orne Jewett)
The Country of the Pointed Firs (Sarah Orne Jewett)
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Ella Minnow Pea (Mark Dunn)
Ella Minnow Pea (Mark Dunn)
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9
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
10
Ghana Must Go (Taiye Selasi)
Ghana Must Go (Taiye Selasi)
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The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Heidi W. Durrow)
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Heidi W. Durrow)
12
Girls Burn Brighter (Shobha Rao)
Girls Burn Brighter (Shobha Rao)
13
The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle
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The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
15
In Other Words (Lahiri)
In Other Words (Lahiri)
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Let the Great World Spin (Colum McCann)
Let the Great World Spin (Colum McCann)
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17
Mr. Fox
Mr. Fox
18
Mujeres De Ojos Grandes (√Āngeles Mastretta)
Mujeres De Ojos Grandes (Ángeles Mastretta)
19
The Net of Dreams (Julie Salamon)
The Net of Dreams (Julie Salamon)
20
Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)
Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)
21
Possession (A.S. Byatt)
Possession (A.S. Byatt)
22
Silas Marner (George Eliot)
Silas Marner (George Eliot)
23
So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)
So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)
24
The Sympathizer (Viet Thanh Nguyen)
The Sympathizer (Viet Thanh Nguyen)
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25
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
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The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)
The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)
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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Ann Patchett)
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Ann Patchett)
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Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass
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The Witches Are Coming (Lindy West)
The Witches Are Coming (Lindy West)
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The Writing Life (Annie Dillard)
The Writing Life (Annie Dillard)
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