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The Manual of Detection: A Novel

Hammett Prize 2009

by Jedediah Berry

"This debut novel weaves the kind of mannered fantasy that might result if Wes Anderson were to adapt Kafka." --The New Yorker

Reminiscent of imaginative fiction from Jorge Luis Borges to Jasper Fforde yet...


The Children's Book

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2009

by A.S. Byatt

From the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling author of Possession: a deeply affecting story of a singular family.

 

When children’s book author Olive Wellwood’s oldest son discovers a runaway named Philip sketching...


The Slap: A Novel

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2009

by Christos Tsiolkas

Soon to be an NBC miniseries directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Sarsgaard and Zachary Quinto.

In this powerful and riveting novel, literary phenomenon Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly...


A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Commonwealth Best First Book Prize 2009

by Mohammed Hanif

A Washington Post, Rocky Mountain News, Boston Globe Best Book of the Year

Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy...


Netherland: A Novel

PEN/Faulkner Award 2009, Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award 2009

by Joseph O'Neill

New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year 

In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, and left alone after his English wife and son return to London, Hans van den Broek stumbles upon...


Olive Kitteridge: Fiction

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2009

by Elizabeth Strout

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • NOW AN HBO MINISERIES

In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives...


Let the Great World Spin: A Novel

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2011, National Book Award for Fiction 2009

by Colum Mccann

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing,...


The Septembers of Shiraz

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize 2008

by Dalia Sofer

In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos...


Helpless

Trillium Book Award 2008

by Barbara Gowdy

From the internationally acclaimed author of The White Bone and The Romantic, a haunting and suspenseful novel of abduction and obsessive love Nine-year-old Rachel Fox has the face of an angel, a heart-stopping...


The Origin of Species

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2008

by Nino Ricci

Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Montreal during the turbulent mid-1980s: Chernobyl has set Geiger counters thrumming across the globe, HIV/AIDS is cutting a deadly swath through the...


Gifted: A Novel

Desmond Elliott Prize 2008

by Nikita Lalwani

Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old. She’s figured that the likelihood of her walking home from school with the boy she likes, John Kemble, is 0.2142, a probability...


Finding Nouf: A Novel

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2008

by Zoë Ferraris

Zoë Ferraris’s electrifying debut of taut psychological suspense offers an unprecedented window into Saudi Arabia and the lives of men and women there. When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing, along with...


Home

Women's Prize for Fiction 2009, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2008

by Marilynne Robinson

Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes...


The Good Thief

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2008

by Hannah Tinti

Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies...


Novel About My Wife

Believer Book Award 2008

by Emily Perkins

A terrified young husband narrates this taut Gothic thriller about his gorgeous wife's descent into madness-a stunning, suspenseful novel from a rising literary star


Ilustrado

Man Asian Literary Prize 2008

by Miguel Syjuco

Garnering international prizes and acclaim before its publication, Ilustrado has been called “brilliantly conceived and stylishly executed . . .It is also ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and...


Someone Knows My Name: A Novel

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2008

by Lawrence Hill

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. "Wonderfully written...populated by vivid characters and rendered in fascinating detail."—Nancy Kline, New York Times Book Review Kidnapped from Africa as a child,...


The New Moon's Arms

Prix Aurora Best novel 2008

by Nalo Hopkinson

First it's her mother's missing gold brooch. Then, a blue and white dish she hasn't seen in years. Followed by an entire grove of cashew trees.

When objects begin appearing out of nowhere, Calamity knows that...


The Butt

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2008

by Will Self

"John Gray meets Joseph Conrad, Apocalypse Now meets Graham Greene, Russell Hoban meets Mad Max, J. G . Ballard meets himself. From the flip of the butt onward, Sartre presides over it all."-Guardian


The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Bellwether Prize 2008

by HeidiW. Durrow

Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop.

Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African...