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The Gravedigger's Daughter

by Joyce Carol Oates

Fleeing Nazi Germany in 1936, the Schwarts immigrate to a small town in upstate New York. Here the father—a former high school teacher—is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker....


Red Grass River

by James Carlos Blake

James Carlos Blake is a masterful chronicler of the restless, outcast, the lawless, and the lonelyheart. His previous novel, In the Rogue Blood, was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Now...


Game Control

by Lionel Shriver

Eleanor Merritt, a do-gooding American family-planning worker, was drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor. Unnervingly, she finds herself falling in love with the beguiling Calvin Piper despite, or perhaps...


The Birth House

by Ami McKay

The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of the Rare family. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken...


The Seamstress

by Frances de Pontes Peebles

As seamstresses, the young sisters Emília and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, how to mend, and how to conceal. These are useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons called...


A Perfectly Good Family

by Lionel Shriver

Following the death of her worthy liberal parents, Corlis McCrea moves back into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all three siblings. Her timid younger brother has never...


Cabot Wright Begins: A Novel

by James Purdy

Cabot Wright Begins, first published in 1964, may be one of the most neglected masterpieces in post-World War II American literature.Cabot Wright is a handsome, Yale-educated stockbroker and scion of a good...


Second Skin

by John Hawkes

"John Hawkes is an extraordinary writer. I have always admired his books. They should be more widely read."-Saul BellowSkipper, an ex-World War II naval Lieutenant and the narrator of Second Skin, interweaves...


The Hare

by César Aira & Nick Caistor

When a Mapuche chief suddenly goes missing, a British naturalist is asked to find him in the vast Argentine pampasClarke, a nineteenth-century English naturalist, roams the pampas in search of that most elusive...


The Mehlis Report

by Rabee Jaber & Kareem James Abu-Zeid

The English-language debut of 2012'sInternational Arabic Fiction Prize winner

A complex thriller, The Mehlis Report introduces English readers to a highly talented Arabic writer. When former Lebanese prime minister...


Brewster: A Novel

by Mark Slouka

A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice: Best Adult Books for Young Adults

A powerful story about an unforgettable friendship between two teenage boys and their hopes for escape from a dead-end town. The year is 1968....


Good to Her

by Enid Harlow

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Good to Her is a historical literary novel set against the backdrop of the famous New York City restaurant, Dinty Moore's, which stood at the corner of 46th Street just off Broadway for some 50 years....


Graphic the Valley

by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Tenaya has never left Yosemite Valley. He was born in a car by the Merced River, and grew up in a hidden camp with his parents, surviving on fish, acorns, and unfinished food thrown away by the park's millions...


Medea

by Christa Wolf

Medea is among the most notorious women in the canon of Greek tragedy: a woman scorned who sacrifices her own children to her jealous rage. In her gripping new novel, Christa Wolf explodes this myth, revealing...


Pilgrim

by Timothy Findley

On April 17, 1912—ironically, only two days after the sinking of the Titanic—a figure known only as Pilgrim tries to commit suicide by hanging himself from a tree. When he is found five hours later, his...


Loving Chloe

by Jo-Ann Mapson

When thirty-four-year-old Chloe Morgan appears on Hank Oliver's doorstep in Cameron, Arizona, she arrives with more than her old white German shepherd, Hannah, and a rambunctious young horse in tow. Chloe is...


Love and Glory

by Robert B. Parker

'A straightforward, unrelenting, shamelessly romantic novel that's about a two-year obsession...It works...[and] love stories that work are almost an extinct breed . Almost.' --Santa Cruz

From the Paperback edition....


Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me

by Richard Farina & Thomas Pynchon

Fariña evokes the Sixties as precisely, wittily, and poignantly as F. Scott Fitzgerald captured the Jazz Age. The hero, Gnossus Pappadopoulis, weaves his way through the psychedelic landscape, encountering-among...


Michael Tolliver Lives

Tales of the City #7

by Armistead Maupin

Nearly two decades after ending his groundbreaking Tales of the City saga of San Francisco life, Armistead Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero Michael Tolliver—the fifty-five-year-old sweet-spirited gardener...


Fort Benning Blues

by Mark Busby

If you've never even been to Southeast Asia, can you be a Vietnam veteran? In a novel that captures the life and times of a generation, Mark Busby takes us on a journey through an era of hippies, the shootings...