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Invitation to a Beheading

by Vladimir Nabokov

Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical...


The Last Thing He Wanted

by Joan Didion

This intricate, fast-paced story, whose many scenes and details fit together like so many pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, is Didion's incisive and chilling look at a modern world where things are not working as they...


Transparent Things

by Vladimir Nabokov

"Transparent Things revolves around the four visits of the hero--sullen, gawky Hugh Person--to Switzerland . . .  As a young publisher, Hugh is sent to interview R., falls in love with Armande on the way,...


The Enchanter

by Vladimir Nabokov

The Enchanter is the Ur-Lolita, the precursor to Nabokov's classic novel. At once hilarious and chilling, it tells the story of an outwardly respectable man and his fatal obsession with certain pubescent girls,...


Vintage Nabokov

by Vladimir Nabokov

Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the greatest modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions.

“It was Nabokov’s gift to bring paradise wherever he alighted.”...


An Ice-Cream War: A Novel

by William Boyd

"Rich in character and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historical novel at its best."

--The New York Times Book Review

Booker Prize Finalist

"Boyd has more than fulfilled the bright promise...


Good Kings Bad Kings: A Novel

Bellwether Prize 2012

by Susan Nussbaum

Bellwether Award winner Susan Nussbaum's powerful novel invites us into the lives of a group of typical teenagers-alienated, funny, yearning for autonomy-except that they live in an institution for juveniles...


A Piece of My Heart

by Richard Ford

Ford's mesmerizing first novel is the story of two godless pilgrims. Robard Hewes has driven across the country in the service of a destructive passion. Sam Newell is seeking the missing piece of himself. When...


The Salt Eaters

by Toni Cade Bambara

Set in Claybourne, a small town somewhere in the South, THE SALT EATERS is the story of a community of black faith healers who, searching for the healing properties of salt, witness an event that will change...


The Lime Twig: Novel

by John Hawkes

An English horse race, the Golden Bowl at Aldington, provides the background for John Hawkes' exciting novel, The Lime Twig, which tells of an ingenious plot to steal and race a horse under a false name. But...


The Blood Oranges: A Novel

by John Hawkes

"Rich, evocative, highly original piece of fiction. It gilds contemporary American literature with real, not synthetic, gold."-Anthony Burgess"Need I insist that the only enemy of the mature marriage is monogamy?...


The Beetle Leg: Novel

by John Hawkes

After years of underground existence, this brilliant novel is emerging as a classic of visionary writing and still remains Hawkes's only work devoted solely to American life. The Beetle Leg, John Hawkes's second...


The First Rule of Swimming: A Novel

by Courtney Angela Brkic

A woman must leave her island home to search for her missing sister-and confront the haunted history of her family.

Magdalena does not panic when she learns that her younger sister has disappeared. A free-spirit,...


King of Cuba: A Novel

by Cristina Garcia

Vivid and teeming with life, King of Cuba transports readers to Cuba and Miami, and into the heads of two larger-than-life men: a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with seeking...


Those Bones Are Not My Child: A Novel

by Toni Cade Bambara

Written over a span of twelve years, and edited by Toni Morrison, who calls Those Bones Are Not My Child the author's magnum opus, Bambara's last novel leaves us with an enduring and revelatory chronicle of...


Sleeping in Eden: A Novel

by Nicole Baart

She knew what he wrote . . .

One little word that made her feel both cheated and beloved.

One word that changed everything.

MINE.

On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson...


Toward the End of Time: A Novel

by John Updike

Set in the near future of 2020, this disconcerting philosophical fantasy depicts an America devastated by a war with China that has left its populace decimated, its government a shambles, and its natural resources...


The Hanging Garden

by Patrick White

“Indisputably one of the century’s greatest writers.” —Annie Proulx

The Hanging Garden is a novel for our time--a story about parentless children, mistreated by a world that, by its lights, intends...


Godspeed

by Lynn Breedlove

Jim is a speed-freak bike messenger whose devotion to her drug habit rivals the intensity of her adoration for Ally, her brilliant stripper girlfriend. When she's forced to choose between drugs and the girl,...


Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald

by R. Clifton Spargo

In this evocative and meticulously detailed novel about the last romance of one of America's greatest literary couples, R. Clifton Spargo crafts an exhilarating portrait of the passionate yet tragically dysfunctional...