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The Book of Dead Birds

Bellwether Prize 2002

by Gayle Brandeis

Ava Sing Lo has been accidentally killing her mother's birds since she was a little girl. Now in her twenties, Ava leaves her native San Diego for the Salton Sea, where she volunteers to help environmental activists...


Half Life

by Shelley Jackson

Nora and Blanche are conjoined twins. Nora is strong, funny, and deeply independent, thirsting for love and adventure. Blanche, by contrast, has been asleep for twenty years. Sick of carrying her sister's dead...


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

John Leonard Award 2013

by Anthony Marra

New York Times Notable Book of the Year * Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the...


Wildwood Boys

by James Carlos Blake

From the raw clay of historical fact, James Carlos Blake has sculpted a powerful novel of both a man and an America at war with themselves. Here is the brutally honest story of free-spirit William Anderson,...


Beasts of No Nation

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2005, Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2005

by Uzodinma Iweala

In this stunning debut novel, Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. Haunted by his father's own death at the hands...


Gods and Monsters

by Christopher Bram

Previously titled Father of Frankenstein, this acclaimed novel was the basis for the 1998 film starring Sir Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave, and Brendan Fraser. It journeys back to 1957 Los Angeles, where James...


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 Bellow Skipper, 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...


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...