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.

1. "The Big Green Tent," by Ludmila Ulitskaya

Ludmila Ulitskaya offers an absorbing, capacious novel in the grand tradition of Russian literature. Set in the cold-war-era Soviet Union, the story follows a group of artistic friends who bond as students and then must find a way to live in a repressive society. (CSMonitor.com review, 11/18/15)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 592 pp.)

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