It happens every year - I have trouble winnowing down my list. The six I finally chose all appealed to me for very different reasons.
The Art of Fielding (I Love Baseball). Chad Harbach tells a powerful story that is about far more than baseball.
The Leftovers (What If?) - What an irresistible scenario Perrotta creates - life after The Rapture.
The City and The City (Double Vision) - A detective story and a sci-fi novel rolled into one - the cleverest book I read all year.
American Subversive (Radical Chic) - What if the radical underground movement of the Sixties still existed?