10 best books of 2012 – fiction

From Gillian Flynn's crime blockbuster to Kevin Powers' story of war, the best fiction titles of 2012 spanned continents and time. Here are the Monitor's picks for the best novels of the year.

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1. 'Arcadia,' by Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff’s excellent follow-up to her terrific debut novel, “The Monsters of Templeton,” tells the story of a 1970s commune located in upstate New York and the lives of its members as they – and the commune – face the passage of time. (Check out our review here.)

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