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The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl

by Italo Svevo & L. Collison-Morley

...the sin of an old man is equal to about two sins of a young man.

The fable-like story of an old man's sexual obsession with a young woman is a distillation of Italo Svevo's concerns--attraction of an older...


A Simple Heart

by Gustave Flaubert & Charlotte Mandell

One single noise reached her ears now, the voice of the parrot.

With an attention to the details of bourgeois life considered almost scandalous at the time, A Simple Heart will remind many why Gustave Flaubert...


Ladies' Man

by Richard Price

Kenny Becker just dumped his girlfriend--the reasons are a little complex. Young and newly unemployed, his main assets at the moment are six-pack abs and a healthy libido--he’s ready to get out, find a little...


The Hundred Brothers

by Donald Antrim

With a New Introduction by Jonathan Franzen

There’s Rob, Bob, Tom, Paul, Ralph, and Noah; Nick, Dennis, Bertram, Russell, and Virgil. The doctor, the documentary filmmaker, and the sculptor in burning steal;...


Partitions

by Amit Majmudar

A stunning first novel, set during the violent 1947 partition of India, about uprooted children and their journeys to safety

As India is rent into two nations, communal violence breaks out on both sides of the...


The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

Corduroy Mansions #2

by Alexander Mccall Smith

CORDUROY MANSIONS - Book 2

In the Corduroy Mansions series of novels, set in London’s hip Pimlico neighborhood, we meet a cast of charming eccentrics, including perhaps the world’s most clever terrier, who...


Big League Dreams

by Allen Hoffman

Big League Dreams finds the Krimsk Rebbe and many of his flock in St. Louis on a Saturday, the Sabbath, in the summer of 1920.

In St. Louis, it is the summer of 1920 and the day is the Sabbath, but there is little...


Shedding Skin

by Robert Ward

A tour of the 1950s and 1960s recounts the author's coming-of-age experiences in a period torn between idealism and despair, chronicling his journey between Baltimore and Haight-Ashbury and his witness to the...


More Notes of a Dirty Old Man: The Uncollected Columns

by Charles Bukowski & David Calonne

The sequel to his famous book, More Notes of a Dirty Old Man reprints rare Bukowski columns unseen in decades.


Small Worlds

by Allen Hoffman

Small Worlds takes place in 1903 and introduces the wondrous rebbe of Krimsk, a small Hasidic settlement in Eastern Europe.

The Russians called it Krimsk; the Poles called it Kromsk, but it was mainly the Jews...


The Storm at the Door: A Novel

by Stefan Merrill Block

The past is not past for Katharine Merrill. Even after two decades of volatile marriage, Katharine still believes she can have the life that she felt promised to her by those first exhilarating days with her...


A Simple Heart

Microserfs: A Novel

by Douglas Coupland

They are Microserfs—six code-crunching computer whizzes who spend upward of sixteen hours a day "coding" and eating "flat" foods (food which, like Kraft singles, can be passed underneath closed doors) as they...


Men, Women & Children: A Novel

by Chad Kultgen

Chad Kultgen, cult hero and author of the buzz-generating illicit classics The Average American Male and The Lie, cuts to the quick of the American psyche like no other author writing today. In Men, Women &...


Owen's Day

by Helen Yeomans

When 9-year-old Tom Newton is saved from icy death by a man who disappears into the night, the story captures public attention. But days pass and the mystery deepens until other news drives it from the front...


Wild Geese

by Lara Harte

Following the death of her mother at an early age, Isabella Carroll was brought up by her wealthy Dublin aunt and uncle. The latter are keen to climb the ranks of Dublin society by making a suitably 'good' marriage...


The North of England Home Service

by Gordon Burn

Spring 2001, and the countryside of the North East of England resembles Fitzgerald's 'valley of ashes': the air is choked with the stench and smoke of the pyres which are burning in an attempt to contain the...


Hurry Up and Wait

by Isabel Ashdown

In her eagerly anticipated second novel Mail on Sunday Novel Competition winner Isabel Ashdown explores the treacherous territory of adolescent friendships, and traces across the decades the repercussions of...


Vernon God Little

Man Booker Prize 2003, Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2003, Whitbread Book Award for First Novel 2003

by Dbc Pierre

In the town jail of Martirio - the barbecue sauce capital of Central Texas - sits fifteen-year-old Vernon Little, dressed only in New Jack trainers and underpants. He is in trouble. His friend Jesus has just...


The Porcupine

by Julian Barnes

In his latest novel, Julian Barnes, author of Talking It Over and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, trains his laser-bright prose on the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe.

Stoyo Petkanov, the deposed...