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I Am Not Sidney Poitier

Believer Book Award 2009

by Percival Everett

I Am Not Sidney Poitier is an irresistible comic novel from the master storyteller Percival Everett, and an irreverent take on race, class, and identity in America

I was, in life, to be a gambler, a risk-taker,...


A Moment in the Sun

by John Sayles

It’s 1897. Gold has been discovered in the Yukon. New York is under the sway of Hearst and Pulitzer. And in a few months, an American battleship will explode in a Cuban harbor, plunging the U.S. into war....


A Blade of Grass

by Lewis DeSoto

Märit Laurens is a young woman of British descent who comes to live with her husband, Ben, on their newly purchased farm along the border of South Africa. Shortly after her arrival, violence strikes at the...


The Romantic

by Barbara Gowdy

From the author of The White Bone, a piercing novel of passionate attachment and of the fear and freedom of letting go

Louise Kirk learns about love and loss at an early age. When she is nine years old, her former...


The White Bone

by Barbara Gowdy

A thrilling journey into the minds of African elephants as they struggle to survive.

If, as many recent nonfiction bestsellers have revealed, animals possess emotions and awareness, they must also have stories....


The Testament of Yves Gundron

by Emily Barton

A wonderfully imaginative and surprising debut novel about the inexorable approach of modernity.

"Imagine the time of my grandfather's grandfather, when the darkness was newly separated from the light. Society...


Life Goes On

by Hans Keilson & Damion Searls

Published when the author was just twenty-three, Life Goes On was Hans Keilson’s literary debut, an extraordinary autobiographical novel that paints a dark yet illuminating portrait of Germany between the...


Through a Glass, Darkly

by Charlotte Miller

Charlotte Miller's debut novel, Behold, This Dreamer, was a regional success story in 2000-2001. She continues now with the second installment of her trilogy exploring romance, culture, and place in the Depression-era...


Adam in Eden

by Carlos Fuentes, Alejandro Branger & Ethan Shaskan Bumas

In this comic novel of political intrigue, Adam Gorozpe, a respected businessman in Mexico, has a life so perfect that he might as well be his namesake in the Garden. But there are snakes in this Garden too,...


Silences, or a  Woman's Life

by Marie Chaix & Harry Mathews

When a woman falls into a coma, her daughter accompanies her through six weeks of agony, bearing witness to the prolonged death imposed upon her by the monstrous machine of modern medicine. During this final...


Awakening to the Great Sleep War

by Gert Jonke & Jean M. Snook

One of the loveliest riddles of Austrian literature is finally available in English translation: Gert Jonke's 1982 novel, Awakening to the Great Sleep War, is an expedition through a world in constant nervous...


Anonymity

by Janna McMahan

 Anonymity is the story of Lorelei, a girl running from a mysterious past, who survives life on the streets through cunning and resourcefulness.


My One Square Inch of Alaska: A Novel

by Sharon Short

A pair of siblings escapes—along with a Siberian Husky—the strictures of their 1950s industrial Ohio town on the adventure of a lifetime.

Talented high-school senior Donna Lane yearns to leave her Midwestern...


A Lifetime Burning

by Ellen Douglas

So spontaneous is the writing in A Lifetime Burning, one might believe these are indeed words of a woman desperately trying to understand what has happened to her life, beginning with the fact that her husband...


The Violent Bear It Away

by Flannery O'Connor

First published in 1955, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery...


Shine Shine Shine

by Lydia Netzer

A New York Times Notable Book!

“Over the moon with a metaphysical spin.  Heart-tugging…it is struggling to understand the physical realities of life and the nature of what makes us human….Nicely unpredictable…Extraordinary.”...


The Book of Breathing

by Luigi Ferdinando Dagnese

Luigi Ferdinando Dagnese lacks no talent essential to novel-writing, whether erotic, psychological, sentimental, fantastic. His "Book of Breathing" evokes the worst nightmares of a technology run wild beyond...


The Driver's Seat (New Directions Bibelot)

by Muriel Spark

The Driver’s Seat, Spark’s own favorite among her many novels, was hailed by the New Yorker as “her spiny and treacherous masterpiece.” Driven mad by an office job, Lise flies south on holiday — in...


Passing Through

by Leon V. Driskell

Special Algonquin 10th Anniversary Edition. Set in the farmland of Owen County, Kentucky, PASSING THROUGH achieves that remarkable intimacy all fiction strives for. We watch the family of Pearl Thirwell White--"Mama...


Verbena

by Nanci Kincaid

Set in contemporary small town America, this is the story of Verbena Martin Eckert McHale ("Bena," for short), an indomitable woman who is damned—but not doomed—by the bad behavior and bad luck of her two...