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The Bird Artist

by Howard Norman

Howard Norman's The Bird Artist, the first book of his Canadian trilogy, begins in 1911. Its narrator, Fabian Vas is a bird artist: He draws and paints the birds of Witless Bay, his remote Newfoundland coastal...


Picking Bones from Ash

by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Ghosts lurk in the bamboo forest outside the tiny northern Japanese town where Satomi lives with her elusive mother, Atsuko. A preternaturally gifted pianist, Satomi wrestles with inner demons. Her fall from...


Cion

by Zakes Mda

A Picador Paperback Original

 

The hero of Zakes Mda's beloved Ways of Dying, Toloki, sets down with a family in Middle America and uncovers the story of the runaway slaves who were their ancestors.

 

Toloki,...


The Lover's Dictionary

by David Levithan

basis, n.

There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.

If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it—you’re done....


To the Birdhouse

by Cathleen Schine

Newlywed Alice Brody appears to have the perfect life. The one fly in the ointment is her mother’s detestable boyfriend, Louie Scifo: champion of incredibly bad taste and a bona fide stalker. After Alice’s...


The Way to Paradise

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Natasha Wimmer

A New York Times Notable Book

Flora Tristán, the illegitimate child of a wealthy Peruvian father and French mother, grows up in poverty and journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. On her return in 1844,...


The War of the End of the World

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Helen Lane

Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place where history and civilization...


The Language of Passion

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Natasha Wimmer

Internationally acclaimed novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has contributed a biweekly column to Spain’s major newspaper, El País, since 1977. In this collection of columns from the 1990s, Vargas Llosa weighs in...


The Bad Girl

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Edith Grossman

A New York Times Notable Book of 2007

"Splendid, suspenseful, and irresistible . . . A contemporary love story that explores the mores of the urban 1960s--and 70s and 80s."--The New York Times Book Review

Ricardo...


In Praise of the Stepmother

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Helen Lane

With meticulous observation and the seductive skill of a great storyteller, Vargas Llosa lures the reader into the shadow of perversion that, little by little, darkens the extraordinary happiness and harmony...


Playdate

by Thelma Adams

“Adams is that rare writer who sends out every laugh with a sting in its tail. Most novels fade from the memory. This one sticks.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Inside their picture-perfect homes, the residents...


Captain Pantoja and the Special Service

by Mario Vargas Llosa

This delightful farce opens as the prim and proper Captain Pantoja learns he is to be sent to Peru’s Amazon frontier on a secret mission for the army—to provide females for the amorous recruits. Side-splitting...


The View from Garden City

by Carolyn Baugh

Author Carolyn Baugh tells the moving story of a young American student living in the Garden City district of Cairo. Having come to study Arabic, she learns far more from the Egyptian women, young and old, she...


Nude Walker

by Bathsheba Monk

“I think the most beautiful things in the world are things in flux,” says Kat Warren-Bineki, the heroine of Nude Walker. Everything about Kat’s world is in flux. She hails from Warrenside, Pennsylvania,...


Partitions

by Amit Majmudar

A stunning first novel, set during the violent 1947 partition of India, about uprooted children and their journeys to safety

As India is rent into two nations, communal violence breaks out on both sides of the...


The Civilized World

by Susi Wyss

A glorious literary debut set in Africa about five unforgettable women—two of them haunted by a shared tragedy—whose lives intersect in unexpected and sometimes explosive ways

When Adjoa leaves Ghana to...


Mattaponi Queen

by Belle Boggs

Winner of the 2009 Bakeless Fiction Prize, a confident debut collection from Belle Boggs about life on and around the Mattaponi Indian Reservation

Set on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation and in its surrounding...


The Intimates

by Ralph Sassone

A powerful and compassionate debut novel about friendship and how it helps shape us into the people we are

The Intimates is a brilliant and deeply moving first novel about the varieties of romance. Spanning...


The Great Night

by Chris Adrian

Acclaimed as a “gifted, courageous writer”(The New York Times), Chris Adrian brings all his extraordinary talents to bear in The Great Night—a brilliant and mesmerizing retelling of Shakespeare’s “A...


In America

National Book Award for Fiction 2000

by Susan Sontag

A glorious, sweeping new novel from the bestselling author of The Volcano Lover.

The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag's bestselling 1992 novel, retold the love story of Emma Lady Hamilton and Lord Nelson with consummate...