‘The Lightning Tree’, by Emily Woof

A boldly constructed novel interweaves stories of first love, loss and disturbing family secrets. Review by Ming Liu

‘The Offering’, by Grace McCleen

A coming of age tale about a girl’s faith and psychological collapse. Review by Laura Battle

‘In Real Life’, by Chris Killen

A decade after graduation, three university friends’ disappointment with the real world contrasts with their digital nostalgia. Review by Jon Day

‘Academy Street’, by Mary Costello

A pared-down debut encapsulates an entire lifetime to powerful effect

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‘Lurid & Cute’, by Adam Thirlwell

In his freewheeling, digressive third novel, the author has produced a dazzlingly imaginative comic noir. Review by Alex Preston

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‘Red Cavalry’, by Isaac Babel

A new translation of Isaac Babel’s Soviet war stories reminds us of his brilliance. Review by Rebecca Abrams

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‘Honeydew’, by Edith Pearlman

Stories of deathbed weddings and suburban gossip find beauty in apparently forsaken scenarios. Review by Claire Messud

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‘Mobile Library’, by David Whitehouse

A bullied boy finds love and adventure in unlikely places in a modern-day fairy tale. Review by Sophie Elmhirst

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‘10:04’, by Ben Lerner

An autobiographical novel about a successful writer’s love-hate relationship with the New York literary scene. Review by Randy Boyagoda

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‘The End of Days’, by Jenny Erpenbeck

A bleak, beautiful novel on the fragility of life and the resilience of the human spirit. Review by Alice Fishburn