10 best fiction books of 2015: the Monitor's picks

From short stories to serial novels to an engrossing Russian saga, here are the 10 fiction titles the Monitor's book critics liked best in 2015.

5. "A God in Ruins," by Kate Atkinson

A Royal Air Force pilot wonders why he survived World War II when so many others did not in this powerful novel, a companion book to Whitbread winner Kate Atkinson’s acclaimed 2013 work, “Life After Life.” (CSMonitor.com review, 5/27/15)
(Little, Brown and Co., 480 pp.)

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