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A Slipping-Down Life

by Anne Tyler

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Anne Tyler's The Beginner's Goodbye.

"Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place."

--NEWSDAY

Evie Decker is a shy, slightly plump teenager,...


The Painted Veil

by W. Somerset Maugham

Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the...


If Morning Ever Comes: A Novel

by Anne Tyler

"A triumph."

HARPERS

Ben Joe Hawkes is a worrier. Raised by his mother, grandmother, and a flock of busy sisters, he's always felt the outsider. When he learns that one of his sisters has left her husband, he...


The Greenlanders

by Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Jane Smiley’s The Greenlanders is an enthralling novel in the epic tradition of the old Norse sagas.Set in the fourteenth century in Europe’s most farflung outpost,...


The Vanishing Point

by Mary Sharratt

In the tradition of Philippa Gregory’s smart, transporting fiction comes this tale of dark suspense, love, and betrayal, featuring two star-crossed sisters, one lost and the other searching.

Bright and inquisitive,...


Frances and Bernard

by Carlene Bauer

Loosely inspired by Robert Lowell and Flannery O'Connor, this absorbing, charming novel brings us into mid-century New York and the lives and letters of two writers-- their intense friendship, their discussions...


After the Fire, a Still Small Voice

by Evie Wyld

After the departure of the woman he loves, Frank struggles to rebuild his life among the sugarcane and sand dunes that surround his oceanside shack. Forty years earlier, Leon is drafted to serve in Vietnam and...


Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

I wish I could tell everyone who thinks we’re ruined, Look closer…and you’ll see something extraordinary, mystifying, something real and true. We have never been what we seemed.

When beautiful, reckless...


The Dream Merchant

by Fred Waitzkin

A powerful, exquisitely written tale about a charismatic yet morally ambiguous salesman

 

Jim can sell anything to anyone. Born into abject poverty, he uses street smarts, irresistible charms, and increasingly...


Cancer Ward

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Cancer Ward examines the relationship of a group of people in the cancer ward of a provincial Soviet hospital in 1955, two years after Stalin's death. We see them under normal circumstances, and also reexamined...


Life After Life: A Novel

by Jill McCorkle

Award-winning author Jill McCorkle takes us on a splendid journey through time and memory in this, her tenth work of fiction. Life After Life is filled with a sense of wonder at our capacity for self-discovery...


Pitch Dark

by Renata Adler & Muriel Spark

“What’s new. What else. What next. What’s happened here.”

    

Pitch Dark is a book about love. Kate Ennis is poised at a critical moment in an affair with a married man. The complications and contradictions...


The Shadow Lines: A Novel

by Amitav Ghosh

Opening in Calcutta in the 1960s, Amitav Ghosh's radiant second novel follows two families -- one English, one Bengali -- as their lives intertwine in tragic and comic ways. The narrator, Indian born and English...


The White King: A Novel

by Gyorgy Dragoman & Paul Olchvary

An international sensation, this startling and heartbreaking debut introduces us to precocious eleven-year-old Djata, whose life in the totalitarian state he calls home is about to change forever.

Djata doesn’t...


The Retrospective

by A. B. Yehoshua

From the acclaimed author of A Woman in Jerusalem, a novel about a director, a screenwriter and an actress, old friends and colleagues who meet up for the first time in decades in Santiago de Compostela, and...


If on a winter's night a traveler

by Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.

 

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with...


Nashville 1864

by Madison Jones

This award-winning novel follows twelve-year-old Steven Moore and his slave companion on a nightmarish journey behind Union lines.


Leo Africanus

by Amin Maalouf

An imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan. He wrote the first trilingual dictionary and Description of Africa.


The Big House of Inver

by Edith Somerville & Martin Ross

This novel, according to Somerville, "concerns the history of one of those minor dynasties that, in Ireland, have risen, and rules, and rioted, and crashed in ruins." "Somerville and Ross know their world as...


The Great Meadow

by Elizabeth Madox Roberts & M. E. Bradford

Set at the time of the western migration from Piedmont Virginia to her native Kentucky, Ms. Roberts's novel recounts the heroism of the Kentucky pioneer. Roberts was that rare thing, a true artist.. She was...