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The Return of Captain John Emmett

by Elizabeth Speller

Damaged but not broken by his service in the Great War, and living a solitary widower's life in a London attic, accidental detective Laurence Bartram looks into the suspicious death of an old friend and discovers...


Landed: A Novel

by Tim Pears

Brought up in the Anglo-Welsh borders by an affectionate but alcoholic and feckless mother, Owen Ithell’s sense of self is rooted in his long, vivid visits to his grandparents’ small farm in the hills. There...


South of Superior

by Ellen Airgood

A debut novel full of heart, in which love, friendship, and charity teach a young woman to live a bigger life.

When Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake...


The Art of Forgetting: A Novel

by Camille Noe Pagan

“Remind yourself what really matters with The Art of Forgetting. Fast-paced, painful, funny, and renewing at once. . . . Take a cue from the book and pass it along to your buds. ” –Daily Candy

Marissa Rogers...


The Borrower: A Novel

by Rebecca Makkai

"Rarely is a first novel as smart and engaging and learned and funny and moving as The Borrower." —Richard Russo, author of Pulitzer Prize–winning Empire Falls

Lucy Hull, a children’s librarian in Hannibal,...


Joy For Beginners

by Erica Bauermeister

A Library Journal Best Book of the Year

What would you do with a second chance at life?

Having survived a life-threatening illness, Kate celebrates by gathering with six close friends. At an intimate outdoor...


Alien Hearts

by Guy de Maupassant & Richard Howard

Alien Hearts was the last book that Guy de Maupassant finished before his death at the early age of forty-three. It is the most original and psychologically penetrating of his several novels, and the one in...


Summer Will Show

by Sylvia Townsend Warner & Claire Harman

Sophia Willoughby, a young Englishwoman from an aristocratic family and a person of strong opinions and even stronger will, has packed her cheating husband off to Paris. He can have his tawdry mistress. She...


Lolly Willowes

by Sylvia Townsend Warner & Alison Lurie

In Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner tells of an aging spinster's struggle to break way from her controlling family—a classic story that she treats with cool feminist intelligence, while adding a dimension...


Wilderness Tips

Trillium Book Award 1992

by Margaret Atwood

In each of these tales Margaret Atwood deftly illuminates the single instant that shapes a whole life: in a few brief pages we watch as characters progress from the vulnerabilities of adolescence through the...


Crooked Creek

by Maximilian Werner

Blood Meridian finds A Farewell to Arms in this short and beautiful novel set in 1890s Utah.


Mary Olivier: A Life

by May Sinclair & Katha Pollitt

Originally published alongside Ulysses in the pages of the legendary Little ReviewMary Olivier: A Life is an intimate, lacerating account of the ties between daughter and mother, a book of transfixing...


The Robber Bride

Trillium Book Award 1994

by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom," a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by...


Cat's Eye

by Margaret Atwood

Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio...


Alias Grace: A Novel

Giller Prize 1996

by Margaret Atwood

In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid's Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of...


Superior Women: A Novel

by Alice Adams

“Reads easily, even breathlessly. . . . The subtle but intensely felt shifts of closeness among the young women are lovingly and expertly laid bare.” -- John Updike

 

This ambitious and richly compelling...


A Southern Exposure

by Alice Adams

“What a terrific book. I loved its rich, recognizable characters, the intricacies and excitement of the plot, the beauty of the writing.”  --Anne Lamott

 

Reaching back to the Great Depression, and with...


Second Chances: A Novel

by Alice Adams

“Alice Adams turns dreams and moments, the stuff of memories, inside out and makes of them beautiful, haunting, bittersweet tales.”   --Publishers Weekly

 

 Second Chances, perhaps Alice Adams most accomplished...


Rich Rewards: A Novel

by Alice Adams

“Imagine listening to your friends’ most interesting stories about themselves, stories encompassing rich and intertwined lives; then imagine these stories transformed by a magical storyteller.”   --Los...


Medicine Men

by Alice Adams

“A painful and hilarious send-up of grandiose doctors and their barbaric medical miracles. . . . A postmodern Jane Austen romp.” – The Boston Globe

 

In a novel that brilliantly conjures up the resilience...