The War Girls by V. S. Alexander—Life in wartime Warsaw before the Ghetto Uprising

The Long Ships by Frans B. Bengtsson—A Viking saga reminiscent of myth and legend

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks—The strange story of the Sarajevo Hagadah

Horse by Geraldine Brooks—A novel about a famous racehorse sheds light on slavery

Has Anyone Seen My Toes? by Christopher Buckley—A hilarious pandemic memoir (of sorts)

The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton—Rescuing anti-Nazi refugee artists from WWII France

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross—When a woman sat on the Papal throne

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga—A disappointing tale of post independence Africa

Of Rice and Men by Richard Galli—A Vietnam War novel that’s at once both funny and poignant

Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah—A Nobel Prizewinner probes his country’s history

Serious Men by Manu Joseph—A comic novel about India today, and Big Science, too

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee—A fascinating multigenerational Korean saga

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel—A Wall Street scandal at the heart of Emily St. John Mandel’s novel

Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra—European refugees add luster to wartime Hollywood

Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride—Black soldiers on the front line in Tuscany in World War II

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell—A beautifully written tale of love, courage, and faith

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje—A wartime mystery wrapped in fog

When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman—Cousin battles cousin in the first English civil war

China by Edward Rutherfurd—Chinese history made fun and easy in a compelling novel

M: Son of the Century by Antonio Scurati—An in-depth biographical novel about Benito Mussolini

Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa—When the CIA overthrew the Guatemalan government

The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams—A hilarious novel about a dictionary

Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang—The Chinese immigrant experience in 19th-century America

The best popular fiction of 2022