Peter Ferry’s Best Reads of 2016

December 29, 2016

peter ferryMy name is Peter Ferry, and I live in Evanston. I am the author of the novels Travel Writing and Old Heart which was named the Chicago Writers Association Novel of the Year for 2015. I am a frequent contributor to the travel pages of the Chicago Tribune, and my stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fiction, StoryQuarterly, Chicago Quarterly Review and the current issue of Fifth Wednesday.



1) The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay (2016)

A tour de force! A masterpiece! The best book I’ve read this century. Honest!

2) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1918)

It is so spot on and modern about relationships that it could have been written today.

book cover3) On Trails by Robert Moor (2016)

Beautiful writing and great insight on hiking, the outdoors and our paths both literal and metaphorical.

4) The Fugue by Gint Aras (2016)

A completely original and powerful portrait of immigrant life in the western suburbs of Chicago. Unlike anything else I have read this year.

5) Swarm Theory by Christine Rice (2016)

A novel in stories about people living in a small town in Michigan. The writing is beautiful and often elegant.


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