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The Book of Salt: A Novel

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize 2004

by Monique Truong

The Book of Salt serves up a wholly original take on Paris in the 1930s through the eyes of Binh, the Vietnamese cook employed by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Viewing his famous mesdames and their entourage...


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...


The Development

by John Barth

“I find myself inclined to set down for whomever, before my memory goes kaput altogether, some account of our little community, in particular of what Margie and I consider to have been its most interesting...


The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe

by Andrew O'Hagan

"Maf"-- Marilyn Monroe's dog, a gift from Frank Sinatra-- tells his life-story


Pigeon English

by Stephen Kelman

This hilarious and heartwrenching novel follows eleven-year-old Harri Opuku, recently immigrated from Ghana to the rough housing projects of London, as he tries to navigate inner-city life. See what makes our...


Down and Out in Paris and London

by George Orwell

This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the...


The Hand That First Held Mine

Costa Book Award for Best Novel 2010

by Maggie O'farrell

Here Maggie O'Farrell brings us a spellbinding novel of two women connected across fifty years by art, love, betrayals, secrets, and motherhood. Like her acclaimed The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, it is a "breathtaking,...


What Is Left the Daughter

by Howard Norman

Howard Norman, widely regarded as one of this country’s finest novelists, returns to the mesmerizing fictional terrain of his major books—The Bird Artist, The Museum Guard, and The Haunting of L—in this...


The Fall of the Imam

by Nawal El Saadawi

Who will overthrow the Imam? Who will defeat the oppression, the tyranny, the injustice and the killings? ... Then, who is the Imam? Is he the man, the male, the father, the husband, the ruler, the leader? Bint...


The Others

by Siba al-Harez

A best-seller in Arabic, The Others is a literary tour de force, offering a glimpse into one of the most repressive societies in the world. Siba al-Harez tells the story of a nameless teenager at a girls’...


The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

by Carson McCullers

A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers’s best stories, including her beloved novella “The Ballad of the Sad Café.” A haunting tale of a human...


The Legend of Sander Grant

by Marc Phillips

Sander Grant is no ordinary cattle rancher, for Sander Grant is a giant. He comes from a long line of giant men, the result of the union of wayward angels and mortal women mentioned in Genesis. And as if his...


Songs My Mother Never Taught Me

by Selcuk Altun, Ruth Christie & Selcuk Berilgen

After the death of his overbearing mother, the privileged Arda reclines in his wealth, reflecting on his young life, and on the life of his father, the famous mathematician Mürsel Ergenekon, who was murdered...


Many and Many a Year Ago

by Selcuk Altun

Kemal Kuray is lucky to escape with his life after his beloved F-16 hurtles to the ground in a test flight. Convalescence comes in the form of a comfortable monthly allowance and an opulent apartment in a mysterious...


Adam Gould

by Julia O'Faolain

Paris in the 1890s. Adam Gould, whose Anglo-Irish father has disowned him, works in a lunatic asylum run by the celebrated Dr Blanche, some of whose patients once starred in France’s social firmament and still,...


In Their Father's Country

by Anne-Marie Drosso

Claire and Gabrielle Sahli are sisters growing up in 1920s Cairo. Of mixed descent, they occupy a precarious position in Egypt’s increasingly nationalist wealthy classes. While others like them leave, the...


The Cloud Messenger

by Aamer Hussein

A beautifully poignant paean to lost love and the passing of time.


Sabra Zoo

by Mischa Hiller

A gripping novel about the conflict between personal and political loyalties set in Beirut during the summer of 1982.


The Devil to Pay: The Story of Alice and Petronilla

by Hugh Ryan

Kilkenny, 1324. Alice Kyteler, outspoken daughter of a wealthy Flemish banker, has survived four husbands and is beset by the gossip and rivalry of a medieval Anglo-Norman town. Her beautiful maid is Petronilla,...


Myles Before Myles

by Flann O'Brien

Myles Before Myles is a wonderfully funny selection of writings from the pen of Brian O'Nolan (aka Flann O'Brien, Myles na Gopaleen, George Knowall). In this fun-filled extravaganza he is, above all, an entertainer,...