Fiction Stars 2013
January - June
- Hikikomori and the Rental Sister
Author: Backhaus, Jeff
$ 23.95 ISBN: 9781616201371 Date: 2013
Thomas Tessler has cloistered himself in his bedroom and shut out the world for the past three years. His wife, Silke, lives right in the next room, but Thomas no longer shares his life with her, leaving his hideout only occasionally, in the wee hours of the night, to pick up food at the grocery store around the corner from their Manhattan apartment. Unable to cope with a devastating loss, Thomas has become isolated and withdrawn. He is hikikomori. Desperate for one last chance to salvage their life together, Silke hires Megumi, a young Japanese immigrant attuned to the hikikomori phenomenon, to lure Thomas back into the world. Fleeing from her own shattering experience, Megumi has buried her pain in a fast life spent in nightclubs with nameless men. Now she will try to help Thomas and Silke as a rental sister, as they are known in Japan. At first Thomas remains steadfast and sequestered, but as he grows to trust Megumi, a deepening and sensual relationship unfolds. Hikikomori and the Rental Sister is a taut novel that packs a big philosophical punch. In this revelatory and provocative debut, Jeff Backhaus asks, What are the risks of intimacy? Can another woman ever lead a husband back to his wife? And what must we surrender for love? Hikikomori and the Rental Sister pierces the emotional walls of grief and delves into the power of human connection to break through to the world waiting outside.- Publisher Marketing
- The Drowning House
Author: Black, Elizabeth
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385535861 Date: 2013
A gripping suspense story about a woman who returns to Galveston, Texas, after a personal tragedy and is irresistibly drawn into the insular world she's struggled to leave. Steeped in the rich local history of Galveston, this is a portrait of two families, inextricably linked by tragedy and time.
- The Painted Girls
Author: Buchanan, Cathy Marie
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594486241 Date: 2013
A heartrending, gripping novel about two sisters in Belle epoque Paris. Following their father's sudden death, the van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural, and societal change, this tale renders two sisters to the darker impulses of "civilized society."
Author: Celona, Marjorie
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781451674385 Date: 2013
Celona's highly acclaimed and exquisitely rendered debut is about a wise-beyond-her-years foster child abandoned as a newborn on the doorstep of the local YMCA. Yet Shannon defines life on her own terms, refusing to settle down, and never stops longing to uncover her roots--especially the stubborn question of why her mother would abandon her on the day she was born.
- 1356: Go with God, but Fight
Author: Cornwell, Bernard
$ 28.99 ISBN: 9780061969676 Date: 2013
Cornwell, the "master of martial fiction" (Booklist), brings Thomas of Hookton from the popular Grail Quest series into a new adventure in "1356," a thrilling stand-alone novel. Cornwell resurrects a dramatic and bloody struggle--one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War.
- Driver's Educations
Author: Ginder, Grant
$ 25 ISBN: 9781439187357 Date: 2013
In the tradition of Big Fish, a poignant and eccentric novel about fathers, sons, and the power of stories. The long road west will lead Finn, his disgruntled friend Randall, and an ancient three-legged tabby cat through the very cities that supposedly bore witness to his grandfather's greatest adventures.
- The Miniature Wife: And Other Stories
Author: Gonzales, Manuel
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594486043 Date: 2013
In the tradition of George Saunders and Aimee Bender, an exuberantly imagined debut that chronicles an ordinary world marked by unusual phenomena. The 18 stories of Gonzales's exhilarating first book render the fantastic commonplace and the ordinary extraordinary, in prose that thrums with energy and shimmers with beauty.
- Scenes from Early Life
Author: Hensher, Philip
$ 27 ISBN: 9780865477612 SDate: 2013
The story of one upper-middle-class Bengali family, told in the form of a memoir narrated by someone who lived through the brutal Pakistani civil war. It is an autobiography, a novel, and, in part, a history of one of the most ferocious of 20th-century civil wars in the formation of Bangladesh.
- The Uninvited
Author: Jensen, Liz
$ 25 ISBN: 9781608199921 Date: 2013
A seven-year-old girl puts a nail gun to her grandmother's neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious? Part psychological thriller, part dystopian nightmare, The Uninvited is a powerful and viscerally unsettling portrait of apocalypse in embryo.
- The Illicit Happiness of Other People
Author: Joseph, Manu
$ 15.95 ISBN: 9780393338621 Date: 2013
Ousep Chacko, journalist and failed novelist, prides himself on being "the last of the real men." This includes waking neighbors upon returning late from the pub. His wife Mariamma stretches their money, raises their two boys, and, in her spare time, gleefully fantasizes about Ousep dying. One day, their seemingly happy seventeen-year-old son Unni--an obsessed comic-book artist--falls from the balcony, leaving them to wonder whether it was an accident. Three years later, Ousep receives a package that sends him searching for the answer, hounding his son's former friends, attending a cartoonists' meeting, and even accosting a famous neurosurgeon. Meanwhile, younger son Thoma, missing his brother, falls head over heels for the much older girl who befriended them both. Haughty and beautiful, she has her own secrets. The Illicit Happiness of Other People--a smart, wry, and poignant novel--teases you with its mystery, philosophy, and unlikely love story.- Publisher Marketing
- Truth in Advertising
Author: Keeney, John
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781451675542 Date: 2013
A wickedly funny, honest, and poignant debut novel in the spirit of Then We Came to the End and "This Is Where I Leave You" about the absurdity of corporate life, the complications of love, and the meaning of family. First-time novelist Kenney, a regular New Yorker contributor, mines his own advertising background for spot-on, compelling insider detail.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Dream Eyes
Author: Krentz, Jayne Ann
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399158957 Date: 2013
The death of her friend and mentor brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to a small Oregon town and uncovers memories she would rather forget. Two years earlier, a killer stalked Gwen and other researchers. And though she survived while two others didn't, Gwen knows that a new death is related.
- The Good House
Author: Leary, Ann
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250015549 Date: 2013
A riveting novel in which an engaging and wildly irreverent woman is in complete denial--about herself, her drinking, and her love for a man she's known all her life. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. An exceptional novel that is at turns hilarious and sobering.
- One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrels
Author: MacLean, Sarah
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780062068538 Date: 2013
The scientifically-minded daughter of a double marquess is looking forward to marrying her simple fiance and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments, but first has a chance to research the more exciting parts of life with a guide familiar with London's seedier side.
- The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Author: Mathis, Ayana
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385350280 Date: 2013
Kirkus Booklist PW
The newest Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.
The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.
A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis's The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is wondrous from first to last--glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life. An emotionally transfixing page-turner, a searing portrait of striving in the face of insurmountable adversity, an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream.- Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Me Before You
Author: Moyes, Jojo
$ 27.95 ISBN: 9780670026609 Date: 2013
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for a former athlete and adventurer who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.
- Encyclopedia of a Life
Author: Preito, Jose Manuel
$15.95 ISBN: 9780802120779 Date: 2013
"A terrifyingly original writer, Jose Manuel Prieto's prose shakes the walls of the literary kingdom". --Gary Shteyngart
In Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia, Jose Manuel Prieto has beautifully crafted a kaleidoscopic portrait of modern life in Russia through alphabetical encyclopedic entries. Poetic, humorous, truth-seeking, and fanciful, Prieto melds literature, philosophy, and pop culture into a story of two misfits caught between old traditions and modern consumerism.
Thelonius Monk (not his real name) travels to Russia and meets Linda Evangelista (not her real name) in Saint Petersburg. They journey to Yalta, where he promises that he will make her red hair famous in the fashion magazines. In fact, he's drafting a novel about her--his notes for the novel comprise this "Encyclopedia." Thelonious and Linda think of themselves as avatars of consumer culture, navigating the border between art and commerce during the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. Unwittingly they parody Russian fascination with America and its fixation on beauty and celebrity. Their conversations combine advertisement copy and art criticism, their personalities are both bohemian and commercial, and their aspirations revolve around frivolity and enchantment.
Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia is a novel that defies chronology and conformity, and finds the sublime in the trivial, ranging from meditations on Bach and Dostoyevsky to Italian alligator shoes and toothpaste.- Publisher Marketing
- The Lady Most Willing: A Novel in Three Parts
Author: Quinn, Julia, and others
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780062107381 Date: 2013
At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.
Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four likely brides . . .
Miss Marilla Chisholm--the bonniest lass in Scotland, and an heiress to boot.
Miss Fiona Chisholm--her older sister, another fine choice (but for that tiny stain on her reputation).
Lady Cecily Tarleton--true, she's an English beauty, but very, very rich.
Miss Catriona Burns--without name or fortune, clearly someone made a mistake.
Oh, yes. And one very irate duke.
Because somewhere there must be one lady most willing to love a Scottish lord.- Publisher MarketingUpdated 11.15.12
Author: Roberts, Michee
$ 25 ISBN: 9781608197712 Date: 2013
In every war there are stories that do not surface. You can try to forget, but sometimes the past can return: in the scent of a bar of soap, in whispers darting through a village after mass, in the color of an undelivered letter.Jeanne Nerin and Marie-Angele Baudry grow up side by side in the Catholic village of Ste. Madeleine, but their worlds could not be more different. Marie-Angele is the grocer's daughter, inflated with ideas of her own piety and rightful place in society. Jeanne's mother washes clothes for a living. She used to be a Jew until this became too dangerous. Jeanne does not think twice about stealing food when she is hungry, nor about grasping the slender chances life throws at her. Marie-Angele does not grasp; she aspires to a life of comfort and influence. When war falls out of the sky, the forces that divide the two girls threaten to overwhelm those that bind them together. In this dizzying new order, the truth can be buried under a pyramid of recriminations.Michele Roberts's new novel is a mesmerizing exploration of guilt, faith, desire, and judgment, bringing to life a people at war in a way that is at once lyrical and shocking.- Publisher Marketing
- Tenth of December
Author: Saunders, George
$ 26 ISBN: 9780812993806 Date: 2013
Kirkus PW Booklist
A collection of stories which includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
Author: Scott, Kristin
$ 15 ISBN: 9781936970117 Date: 2013
MOTHERLUNGE is an eloquent and irreverent debut novel about first sex, true love, and chronic sibling rivalry; it's about the deepest fear of young (and not-so-young) adulthood: the fear of inheriting a disappointing life. It's motherly advice, toofeaturing wigs, dogs, road trips, and medicinea guide to the essential experiences of being female, "born unto a librarian, named for the goddess of sight, waiting for the future to arrive. With sly wit and surprising joy, MOTHERLUNGE considers the flaws in the family line and celebrates the promise that staggers alongside.
- Love is a Canoe
Author: Schrank, Ben
$ 26 ISBN: 9780374192495 Date: 2013
Every once in a while, a novel comes along that's full of wisdom about relationships at every age . . . Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. His old book on love and relationships has won the hearts of romantics and desperate cynics. Peter lived a peaceful life, but his wife has just died and he begins to question his own advice.
Author: Self, Will
$ 25 ISBN: 9780802120724 Date: 2013
Radical and uncompromising, Umbrella is a tour de force from one of England's most acclaimed contemporary writers, and Self's most ambitious novel to date. Moving between Edwardian London and a suburban mental hospital in 1971, Umbrella exposes the 20th century's technology as refracted through a long-term mental institution.
- The Heroin Chronicles
Author: Stahl, Jerry (edt)
$ 15.95 ISBN: 9781612184308 Date: 2013
Eric Bogosian, Lydia Lunch, and others join Stahl in mining the hazards of this deadly narcotic via original short fiction
- The Tin Horse
Author: Steinberg, Janice
$ 26 ISBN: 9780679643746 Date: 2013
In the stunning tradition of Lisa See, Maeve Binchy, and Alice Hoffman, The Tin Horse is a rich multigenerational story about the intense, often fraught bond sisters share and the dreams and sorrows that lay at the heart of the immigrant experience.
It has been more than sixty years since Elaine Greenstein's twin sister, Barbara, ran away, cutting off contact with her family forever. Elaine has made peace with that loss. But while sifting through old papers as she prepares to move to Rancho Manana--or the Ranch of No Tomorrow as she refers to the retirement community--she is stunned to find a possible hint to Barbara's whereabouts all these years later. And it pushes her to confront the fierce love and bitter rivalry of their youth during the 1920s and '30s, in the Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights. - Publisher Marketing
- Spectacle: Stories
Author: Steinberg, Susan
$ 14 ISBN: 9781555976316 Date: 2013
In these innovative linked stories, women confront loss and grief as they sift through the wreckage of their lives. In the title story, a woman struggles with the death of her friend in a plane crash. A daughter decides whether to take her father off life support in the Pushcart Prize-winning "Cowboys." And in "Underthings," when a man hits his girlfriend, she calls it an accident. Spectacle bears witness to alarming and strange incidents: carnival rides and plane crashes, affairs spied through keyholes and amateur porn, vandalism and petty theft. These wounded women stand at the edge of disaster and risk it all to speak their sharpest secrets.
In lean, acrobatic prose, Susan Steinberg subverts assumptions about narrative and challenges conventional gender roles. She delivers insight with a fierce lyric intensity in sentences shorn of excessive sentiment or unnecessary ornament. By fusing style and story, Steinberg amplifies the connections between themes and characters so that each devastating revelation echoes throughout the collection. A vital and turbulent book from a distinctive voice, Spectacle will break your heart, and then, before the last page is turned, will bind it up anew.
"Experimental but never opaque, Steinberg's stories seethe with real and imagined menace." --"Publishers Weekly"- Publisher MarketingUpdated 11.15.12
- The History of Us
Author: Stewart, Leah
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781451672626 Date: 2013
In the newest novel by the celebrated author of The Myth of You and Me, three grown siblings return to their childhood home and face a family secret that forces them to reexamine their relationships to each other--and to the aunt who took them in as children.
- The Kashmir Shawl
Author: Thomas, Rosie
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9781468302462 Date: 2013
Bestselling novelist Thomas has earned an untold number of awards and glowing critical praise. World War II, 1941. Newlywed Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales for the first time in her life to accompany her husband on a missionary trip to India. When her husband leaves her in an exotic lakeside city to take on a more dangerous mission, Nerys discovers a new world.
Author: Wilhide, Elizabeth
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781451684865 Date: 2013
A novel about people, a country estate, and living history
The house contains time. Its walls hold stories. Births and deaths, comings and goings, people and events passing through. . . . For now, however, it lies suspended in a kind of emptiness, as if it has fallen asleep or someone has put it under a spell. This silence won't last: can't last. Something will have to be done.
When brother and sister Charlie and Ros discover that they have inherited their aunt's grand English country house, they must decide if they should sell it. As they survey the effects of time on the estate's architectural treasures, a narrative spanning two and a half centuries unfolds. We meet those who built the house, lived in it and loved it, worked in it, and those who would subvert it to their own ends. Each chapter is skillfully woven into the others so that the storylines of the upstairs and downstairs characters and their relatives and descendants intertwine to make a rich tapestry. A beautifully written novel full of humor, heart, and poignancy, Ashenden is an evocative portrait of a house that becomes a character as compelling as the people who inhabit it.- Publisher MarketingUpdated 11.15.12
- Ways of Going Home
Author: Zambra, Alejandro
$ 24 ISBN: 9780374286644 Date: 2013
Alejandro Zambra's Ways of Going Home begins with an earthquake, seen through the eyes of an unnamed nine-year-old boy who lives in an undistinguished middleclass housing development in a suburb of Santiago, Chile. When the neighbors camp out overnight, the protagonist gets his first glimpse of Claudia, an older girl who asks him to spy on her uncle Raul.
In the second section, the protagonist is the writer of the story begun in the first section. His father is a man of few words who claims to be apolitical but who quietly sympathized--to what degree, the author isn't sure--with the Pinochet regime. His reflections on the progress of the novel and on his own life--which is strikingly similar to the life of his novel's protagonist--expose the raw suture of fiction and reality.- Publisher MarketingUpdated 11.15.12
- The Typewriter Girl
Author: Atlee, Alison
$ 25 ISBN: 9781451673258 Date: 2013
A passionate historical debut novel about a young woman in turn-of-the-century England who finds love and independence at a seashore resort. As Betsy and Mr. Jones grow closer, she begins to dream that she might finally have found her place in the world--but when her past returns to haunt her, she must fight for everything she's worked for.
- Once Again a Bride
Author: Ashford, Jane
$ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402276729 Date: 2013
Widowhood has freed Charlotte Wylde from a demoralizing and miserable marriage. But when her husband's intriguing nephew and heir arrives to take over the estate, Charlotte discovers she's unsafe in her own home... Alec Wylde was shocked by his uncle's untimely death, and even more shocked to encounter his uncle's beautiful young widow. Now clouds of suspicion are gathering, and charges of murder hover over Charlotte's head.He Could Be Her Only Hope...or Her Next Victim- Publisher MarketingUpdated 1.31.13
- The Teleportation Accident
Author: Beauman, Ned
$ 25 ISBN: 9781620400234 Date: 2013
When you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen.If you're living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn't.But that's no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theaters of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: Was it really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, Renaissance set designer Adriano Lavicini, creator of the so-called Teleportation Device? And why is it that a handsome, clever, modest guy like him can't--just once in a while--get himself laid?
- The Aviator's Wife
Author: Benjamin, Melanie
$ 26 ISBN: 9780345528674 Date: 2013
In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America's most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
- Riding the Tiger
Author: Banks, Milena
$ 27.95 ISBN: 9781475956375 Date: 2013
- Frances and Bernard
Author: Bauer, Carlene
$ 23 ISBN: 9780547858241 Date: 2013
Loosely inspired by Robert Lowell and Flannery O'Connor, this absorbing, charming novel brings us into mid-century New York and the lives and letters of two writers-- their intense friendship, their discussions of writing and art and faith, and their bittersweet romance.
- A Week in Winter
Author: Binchy, Maeve
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307273574 Date: 2013
Binchy returns with a cast of characters readers will never forget when they all spend a winter week together on holiday at Stone House, a restful inn by the sea in Ireland.
Author: Brink, Andre
$ 15 ISBN: 9780345805034 Date: 2013
In Philida, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Andre Brink--"one of South Africa's greatest novelists" (The Telegraph)--"gives us his most powerful novel yet; the truly unforgettable story of a female slave, and her fierce determination to survive and to be free.
It is 1832 in South Africa, the year before slavery is abolished and the slaves are emancipated. Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. When Francois's father orders him to marry a woman from a prominent Cape Town family, Francois reneges on his promise to give Philida her freedom, threatening instead to sell her to new owners in the harsh country up north.
Here is the remarkable story--based on individuals connected to the author's family--of a fiercely independent woman who will settle for nothing and for no one. Unwilling to accept the future that lies ahead of her, Philida continues to test the limits and lodges a complaint against the Brink family. Then she sets off on a journey--from the southernmost reaches of the Cape, across a great wilderness, to the far north of the country--in order to reclaim her soul.- Publisher Marketing
- All This Talk of Love
Author: Castellani, Christopher
$ 13.95 ISBN: 9781616201708 Date: 2013
It's been 50 years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America from her small Italian village and her family. Now, with children and grandchildren, she sees no need to open the door for the past spill out. But her daughter hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy--hoping to reunite Maddalena with her family.
Author: Crace, Jim
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385520775 Date: 2013
PW Kirkus LJ
On the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner's table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion.
One smoke column is the result of an overnight fire that has damaged the master's outbuildings. The second column rises from the wooded edge of the village, sent up by newcomers to announce their presence. In the minds of the wary villagers a mere coincidence of events appears to be unlikely, with violent confrontation looming as the unavoidable outcome. Meanwhile, another newcomer has recently been spotted taking careful notes and making drawings of the land. It is his presence more than any other that will threaten the village's entire way of life.
In effortless and tender prose, Jim Crace details the unraveling of a pastoral idyll in the wake of economic progress. His tale is timeless and unsettling, framed by a beautifully evoked world that will linger in your memory long after you finish reading.- Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- I, Hogarth
Author: Dean, Michael
$ 26.95 ISBN: 978146830421 Date: 2013
- Checkmate, My Lord
Author: Devlyn, Tracey
$ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402258251 Date: 2013
The Stakes Are High, The Players in Position...
Catherine Ashcroft leads a quiet life caring for her precocious seven-year-old daughter, until a late-night visitor delivers a startling ultimatum. She will match wits with the enigmatic Earl of Somerton, and it's not just her heart that's in danger.Let the Games Begin...Spymaster Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, is famous for his cunning. Few can outwit him and even fewer dare challenge him-until now. After returning to his country estate, his no-nonsense neighbor turns her seductive wiles on him- but why would a respectable widow like Catherine risk scandal for a few passionate nights in his bed?- Publisher MarketingUpdated 1.31.13
- The Office of Mercy
Author: Djanikian, Ariel
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670025862 Date: 2013
A thrilling debut of a post-apocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games. Weaving philosophy and science together into a riveting, dystopian story of love and adventure, The Office of Mercy illuminates an all-too-real future imagined by a phenomenal new voice in fiction.
Author: Dubow, Charles
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062201058 Date: 2013
With the evocative power of The Paris Wife and the aching vulnerability of John Irving's books, a heady and addictive debut novel in which the idyllic lives of a wealthy and glamorous husband and wife are upended when they meet an impressionable and ambitious young woman.
Author: Gaige, Amity
$ 21.99 ISBN: 9781455512133 Date: 2013
Attending summer camp as a boy, Erik Schroder--a first-generation East German immigrant--adopts the name of Eric Kennedy, a decision that will set him on an improbable and transformative journey.
- Middle Men: Stories
Author: Gavin, Jim
$ 22 ISBN: 9781451649314 Date: 2013
Kirkus LJ PW
In a stunning debut story collection, New Yorker contributor Gavin delivers a hilarious and panoramic vision of California, portraying a group of men, from young dreamers to old vets, as they make valiant forays into middle-class respectability.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- The Autumn Bride
Author: Gracie, Anne
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425259252 Date: 2013
Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and--with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation--the four young ladies become her "nieces," neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned!
It's the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice's dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient--and discovers an impostor running his household...
A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents--but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves... - Publisher Marketing
- A Duke Never Yields
Author: Gray, Juliana
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425251188 Date: 2013
Impatient with the strictures of polite British society, Miss Abigail Harewood has decided to live life on her own terms--and the first thing she requires is a lover. When the commanding Duke of Wallingford arrives on the doorstep of her leased holiday castle, she thinks she's found the perfect candidate: handsome, dashing, and experienced in the art of love.
- The Best Man
Author: Higgins, Kristan
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780373777921 Date: 2013
A RITA Award-winning author delights with another charming, hilarious, and heartwarming tale -the first installment of a new stand-alone series.
- The Fall of Stone City
Author: Kadare, Ismail
$ 23 ISBN: 9780802120687 Date: 2013
It is 1943, and the Second World War is ravaging Europe. Mussolini decides to pull out of his alliance with the Nazis, and withdraws the Italian troops occupying Albania. Soon after, Nazi forces invade Albania from occupied Greece. The first settlement in their path is the ancient stone city of Gjirokaster, an Albanian stronghold since the fourteenth century. The townsfolk have no choice but to surrender to the Nazis, but are confused when they see that one of the town's residents, a certain Dr. Gurameto, seems to be showing the invading Nazi Colonel great hospitality. That evening, strains of Schubert from the doctor's gramophone waft out into the cobbled streets of the city, and the sounds of a dinner party are heard. The sudden disappearance of the Nazis the next morning leaves the town wondering if they might have dreamt the events of the previous night. But as Albania moves into a period of occupation by the Nazis, and then is taken over by the communists, Dr. Gurameto is forced to answer for what happened on the evening of the Nazi's invasion, and finally explain the events of that long, strange night.
Dealing with themes of resistance in a dictatorship, and steeped in Albanian folklore and legend, The Fall of the Stone City shows Kadare at the height of his powers.- Publisher Marketing
- See Now Then
Author: Kincaid, Jamaica
$ 23 ISBN: 9780374180560 Date: 2013
In See Now Then, the brilliant and evocative new novel from Jamaica Kincaid--her first in ten years--a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. This piercing examination of the manifold ways in which the passing of time operates on the human consciousness unfolds gracefully, and Kincaid inhabits each of her characters--a mother, a father, and their two children, living in a small village in New England--as they move, in their own minds, between the present, the past, and the future: for, as she writes, "the present will be now then and the past is now then and the future will be a now then." Her characters, constrained by the world, despair in their domestic situations. But their minds wander, trying to make linear sense of what is, in fact, nonlinear. See Now Then is Kincaid's attempt to make clear what is unclear, and to make unclear what we assumed was clear: that is, the beginning, the middle, and the end.
Since the publication of her first short-story collection, At the Bottom of the River, which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Kincaid has demonstrated a unique talent for seeing beyond and through the surface of things. In See Now Then, she envelops the reader in a world that is both familiar and startling--creating her most emotionally and thematically daring work yet.- Publisher Marketing
- The Dinner
Author: Koch, Herman
$ 24 ISBN: 9780770437855 Date: 2013
An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives -- all over the course of one meal.
It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.- Publisher Marketing
- Hostile Shores: ALan Lewrie Naval Adventure
Author: Lambdin, Dewey
$ 26 ISBN: 9780312595722 Date: 2013
In 1805, with news of Admiral Nelson's death fresh on his mind, Captain Lewrie's ship joins up in the voyage that will culminate in the Battle of Cape Town, in which the British wrested control of South Africa from the Dutch.
- Here I Go Again
Author: Lancaster, Jen
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780451236722 Date: 2013
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The second novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of If You Were Here takes readers back to the hair metal 80's. Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high school, Lissy Ryder doesn't understand why her glory days ended. But it's not like she can go back in time and change who she was . . . or can she?
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Fellow Mortals
Author: Mahoney, Dennis
$ 15 ISBN: 9780374154066 Date: 2013
An affecting story about how relationships are built--and burned--by desperate needs and obligations. Mailman Henry Cooper sets out on his route, entirely unaware that he has just started a fire that will destroy a neighborhood and kill a young wife.
- The Temptation of Your Touch
Author: Medeiros, Teresa
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439157909 Date: 2013
Hell hath no fury like a bridegroom scorned in this scintillating romantic adventure from "New York Times "and "USA Today "bestselling author TERESA MEDEIROS
Maximillian Burke prides himself on being the man every mother wants her daughter to marry, but after his scoundrel brother steals his bride, Max decides there's more satisfaction in being a rogue than a gentleman. He flees London for lonely Cadgwyck Manor, and though the tumbledown estate comes complete with a ghost, it's Max's no-nonsense housekeeper who haunts his dreams.
Prim and proper Anne Spencer could do without a new master, especially one as gorgeous and temperamental as the Earl of Dravenwood. Even as she schemes to be rid of him, she is irresistibly drawn into his muscular embrace. But when Max vows to solve the mystery of the White Lady of Cadgwyck, he risks both their hearts and tempts them to surrender to a pleasure as delicious as it is dangerous.- Publisher Marketing
- Wise Men
Author: Nadler, Stuart
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316126489 Date: 2013
When Hilly finds himself falling for Lem's niece, Savannah, his affection for her collides with his father's dark secrets. The results shatter his family, and hers. Years later, haunted by his memories of that summer, Hilly sets out to find Savannah. Nadler tells a beautifully told multigenerational story about love and regret.
- The Death of Bees
Author: O'Donnell, Lisa
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062209849 Date: 2013
A riveting, brilliantly written debut novelDa coming-of-age story with the strong voice and powerful resonance of Swamplandia! and The Secret Life of Bees--in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents.
- Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories
Author: Rash, Ron
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780062202710 Date: 2013
The PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times-bestselling author returns to the the emotional terrain of Appalachia to limn lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear in a collection of unforgettable stories that span the Civil War to the present day.
- Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
Author: Russell, Karen
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307957238 Date: 2013
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From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia!--a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize--a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell's gifts at their inimitable best.
A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull's nest. A community of girls held captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies, and escape by seizing the means of production for their own revolutionary ends. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran's lower torso. When a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow bearing an uncanny resemblance to the missing classmate they used to torment, an ordinary tale of high school bullying becomes a sinister fantasy of guilt and atonement. In a family's disastrous quest for land in the American West, the monster is the human hunger for acquisition, and the victim is all we hold dear. And in the collection's marvelous title story--an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love--two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.- Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- The Way of the Dog
Author: Savage, Sam
$ 14.95 ISBN: 9781566893121 Date: 2013
Sam Savage's most intimate, tender novel yet follows Harold Nivenson, a decrepit, aging man who was once a painter and arts patron. The death of Peter Meinenger, his friend turned romantic and intellectual rival, prompts him to ruminate on his own career as a minor artist and collector and make sense of a lifetime of gnawing doubt.
Over time, his bitterness toward his family, his gentrifying neighborhood, and the decline of intelligent artistic discourse gives way to a kind of peace within himself, as he emerges from the shadow of the past and finds a reason to live, every day, in the now.- Publisher MarketingUpdated 1.31.13
- Little Known Facts
Author: Sneed, Christine
$ 25 ISBN: 9781608199587 Date: 2013
The people who orbit around actor Renn Ivins long to experience the glow of his flame. His children are both drawn to and repelled by the man who overshadows every part of them. This novel offers a clear-eyed story of the fallout of fame and fortune on family members and others who can neither fully embrace nor ignore the superstar in their midst.
- The List
Author: Tanabe, Karin
$ 15 ISBN: 9781451695595 Date: 2013
From a former Politico reporter, a fast-paced debut novel about a young journalist at D.C.'s hottest (and most cut-throat) political rag who uncovers a scandal sure to turn the Beltway inside out.
- We Live in Water: Stories
Author: Walter, Jess
$ 14.99 ISBN: 9780061926624 Date: 2013
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The first collection of short fiction from New York Times-bestselling author Walter--a suite of diverse and searching stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them marked by the wry wit, keen eye, and generosity of spirit that has made him one of America's most talked-about writers.
- The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
Author: Wayne, Teddy
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781476705859 Date: 2013
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When Whiting Writers' Award winner Teddy Wayne published his critically acclaimed debut, Kapitoil, it was hailed as one of the best novels of [this] generation by the Boston Globe and was shortlisted for a spate of national prizes.
Jonathan Franzen wrote in The Daily Beast that no other writer, as far as I know, has invented such a funny and compelling voice and story for [this type of character.] Now, in The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, Wayne turns his sharp wit, flawless narrative ventriloquism, and humane sensibility to our monstrous obsession with fame.
Megastar Jonny Valentine, eleven-year-old icon of bubblegum pop, knows that the fans don't love him for who he is. The talented singer's image, voice, and even hairdo have been relentlessly packaged--by his L.A. label and his hard-partying manager-mother, Jane--into bite-size pabulum. But within the marketing machine, somewhere, Jonny is still a vulnerable little boy, perplexed by his budding sexuality and his heartthrob status, dependent on Jane, and endlessly searching for his absent father in Internet fan sites, lonely emails, and the crowds of faceless fans.
Poignant, brilliant, and viciously funny, told through the eyes of one of the most unforgettable child narrators, this literary masterpiece explores with devastating insight and empathy the underbelly of success in 21st-century America. The Love Song of Jonny Valentine is a tour de force by a standout voice of his generation.- Publisher MarketingUpdated 1.31.13
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Congo Dawn
Author: Windle, Jeanette
$ 12.99 ISBN: 9781414371580 Date: 2013
While former Marine lieutenant Robin Duncan is no stranger to corruption or conspiracy, she has always been able to tell the good guys from the bad, and the Congo jungle at first seems no different. But as her security team tries to track down an insurgent killer, Robin has to face a man who broke her trust years ago, and she discovers the gray areas extend farther in this jungle wilderness than she anticipated.A ruthless global conspiracy begins to surface, run by powerful men who can't afford to leave any witnesses. Her life at stake, Robin doesn't know who to trust and wonders how she can help protect innocent people. Why is God silent amid all the pain and injustice? And how do these people of faith continue to rejoice in their suffering?- Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
- City of Angels: Or the Overcoat of Dr. Freud
Author: Wolf, Christa
$ 27 ISBN: 9780374269357 Date: 2013
Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wolf began to sort through her newly declassified Stasi files. She found an unfamiliar--and disturbing--story: in the early 1960s, Wolf herself had been an informant for the Communist government. But 40 years later, she had absolutely no recollection of it.
Author: Wrinkle, Margaret
$ 25 ISBN: 9780802120663 Date: 2013
Wrinkle's luminous, affecting debut novel is the impassioned story of two men and a woman joined by slave breeding in early 19th-century Tennessee. Written as an accusation, a revelation, and a prayer, Wash challenges contemporary assumptions as it transcends time, revealing anew this explosive shard of national history.
- Where Tigers Are at Home
Author: Blas de Robles, Jean-Marie
$ 32.50 ISBN: 9781590515624 Date: 2013
Winner of the Prix Medicis, this multifaceted literary novel follows the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher across 17th century Europe and Eleazard von Wogau, a retired French correspondent, through modern Brazil.
When Eleazard begins editing a strange, unpublished biography of Kircher, the rest of his life seems to begin unraveling--his ex-wife goes on a dangerous geological expedition to Mato Grosso; his daughter abandons school to travel with her young professor and her lesbian lover to an indigenous beach town, where the trio use drugs and form interdependent sexual relationships; and Eleazard himself starts losing his sanity, escalated by loneliness, and his work on the biography. Patterns begin to emerge from these interwoven narratives, which develop toward a mesmerizing climax.
Shortlisted for the Goncourt Prize and the European Book Award, and already translated into 14 languages, Where Tigers Are At Home is large-scale epic, at once literary and entertaining, that belongs in the company of Umberto Eco and Haruki Murakami.- Publisher Marketing
- A Thousand Pardons
Author: Dee, Jonathan
$ 26 ISBN: 9780812993219 Date: 2013
For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Dee's novels are masterful works of literary fiction. In this sharply observed tale of self-invention and public scandal, Dee raises a trenchant question: what do we really want when we ask for forgiveness?
- Oleander Girl
Author: Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
$ 24 ISBN: 9781451695656 Date: 2013
From the bestselling author of One Amazing Thing, a sweeping, suspenseful, atmospheric coming-of-age novel about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life. Divakaruni has been hailed by Junot Diaz as a "brilliant storyteller" and by People magazine as a "skilled cartographer of the heart."
- Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Author: Fowler, Therese Anne
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9781250028655 Date: 2013
When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the "ungettable" Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn't wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner's, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick's Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.
What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel--and his witty, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera--where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.
Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby's parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous--sometimes infamous--husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott's, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda's irresistible story as she herself might have told it.- Publisher Marketing
- The Scent of Lilacs
Author: Gabhart, Ann H.
$ 14.99 ISBN: 9780800730802 Date: 2013
The past issues of several citizens in a small town--the pastor, his daughter, his maiden aunt, and a coworker--all converge in this contemporary novel.
Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
- Middle C
Author: Gass, William H.
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9780307701633 Date: 2013
A literary event--the long-awaited novel, almost two decades in work, by one of the most revered American writers, author of the universally acclaimed "The Tunnel" and "Omensetter's Luck." Gass investigates the nature of human identity and the ways in which each of person is several selves.
- The End of the Point
Author: Graver, Elizabeth
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062184849 Date: 2013
Spanning half a century, this precisely observed, superbly crafted novel combines emotional and an evocative atmosphere, charting the dramatic changes in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family and the summer place that both shelters and isolates them.
Author: Haruf, Kent
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307959881 Date: 2013
From the beloved and bestselling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado. Haruf gives an indelible portrait a small town and reveals the humanity of its inhabitants.
- Cities of Refuge
Author: Helm, Michael
$ 15.95 ISBN: 9781935639497 Date: 2013
In Cities of Refuge, a single act of violence resonates through several lives, connecting closeby fears to distant political terrors. At the story's center is the complex, intensely charged relationship between a twenty-eight-year-old woman and the father who abandoned her when she was young.
One summer night on a side street in downtown Toronto, Kim Lystrander is attacked by a stranger. Thrown deep into turmoil, in the weeks and months that follow, she confronts her fear by returning to the night, in writing, searching for harbingers of the incident and clues to the identity of her assailant. The attack also torments Kim's father, Harold, a historian of Latin America. As he investigates the crime on his own, the darkest hours from his past revisit him, and he gradually begins to unravel. Entwined in their stories are Kim's ailing mother, Marian; Father Andre Rowe, whose mission to guide others involves him in a decision with troubling consequences; Rodrigo Cantero, a young Colombian man living illegally in the city; and Rosemary Yates, a woman whose faith-based belief in the duty to give asylum to any who seek it, even those judged guilty, draws Harold to her, before a fateful choice changes the future for them all.
Cities of Refuge is a novel of profound moral tension and luminous prose. It weaves a web of incrimination and inquiry, in which mysteries live within mysteries, and stories within stories, and the power to save or condemn rests in the forces of history and in the realm of our deepest longings.- Publisher Marketing
- Telling the Bees
Author: Hesketh, Peggy
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399159053 Date: 2013
With echoes of The Remains of the Day, Albert, an elderly beekeeper looks back on his quiet life. When his friend Claire is killed in a senseless accident during a burglary, Albert is haunted by the loss, and by the secrets and silence that hovered between them for so long.
Author: Holt, Tom
$ 13.99 ISBN: 9780316226103 Date: 2013
- The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
Author: Jansma, Krisotpher
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670026005 Date: 2013
Jansma asks timeless questions in this enchanting debut novel about three great friends--two men and one woman--who experience triumphs and failures in life, love, globe-spanning adventures.
Author: Keane, Mary B.
$ 26 ISBN: 9781451693416 Date: 2013
A bold, mesmerizing novel about the woman known as "Typhoid Mary," the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever in the early twentieth century--by an award-winning writer chosen as one of 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation.
Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless medical engineer proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier"--and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.
In order to keep New York's citizens safe from Mallon, the Department of Health sent her to North Brother Island where she was kept in isolation from 1907-1910. She was released under the condition that she never work as a cook again. Yet for Mary--spoiled by her status and income and genuinely passionate about cooking--most domestic and factory jobs were heinous. She defied the edict.
Bringing early twentieth-century New York alive--the neighborhoods, the bars, the park being carved out of upper Manhattan, the emerging skyscrapers, the boat traffic--Fever is as fiercely compelling as Typhoid Mary herself, an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life. In the hands of Mary Beth Keane, Mary Mallon becomes an extraordinarily dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising, and unforgettable character.- Publisher MarketingUpdated 1.31.13
- Child of Vengeance
Author: Kirk, David
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385536639 Date: 2013
A bold and vivid historical epic of feudal Japan, based on the real-life exploits of the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely teenager living in his ancestral village. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful warrior father Munisai has abandoned him for a life of service to his Lord.
- The Fun Parts: Stories
Author: Lipsyte, Sam
$ 24 ISBN: 978037428904 Date: 2013
A hilarious collection of stories from the writer The New York Times called the "novelist of his generation"
Returning to the form in which he began, Sam Lipsyte, author the bestseller The Ask, offers up The Fun Parts, a book of bold, hilarious, and deeply felt fiction. A boy eats his way to self-discovery while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Meanwhile, an aerobics instructor, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, makes the most shocking leap imaginable to save her soul. Combining both the tragicomic dazzle of his beloved novels and the compressed vitality of his classic debut collection, The Fun Parts is Lipsyte at his best--an exploration of new voices and vistas from a writer Time magazine has said "everyone should read."- Publisher Marketing
- The Abundance
Author: Majmudar, Amit
$ 26 ISBN: 9780805096583 Date: 2013
A luminous, bittersweet novel of India and the American midwest, immigrants and their first-generation children, and the power of cooking to bridge the gulfs between them When Mala and Ronak learn that their mother has only a few months to live, they are reluctantly pulled back into the midwestern world of their Indian immigrant parents--a diaspora of prosperous doctors and engineers who have successfully managed to keep faith with the old world while claiming the prizes of the new. More successfully than their children--equally ill at ease with Holi and Christmas, bhaji and barbecue, they are mysteries to their parents and themselves. In the short time between diagnosis and deterioration, Mala sets about learning everything she can about her mother's art of Indian cooking. Perfecting the naan and the raita, the two confront their deepest divisions and failures and learn to speak as well as cook. But when Ronak hits upon the idea of selling their experience as a book and a TV documentary, India and America, immigrant and native-born are torn as never before. With grace, acuity, and wry compassion, Amit Majmudar has written anew the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations.- Publisher Marketing
- Jacob's Folly
Author: Miller, Rebecca
$ 26 ISBN: 9780374178543 Date: 2013
A luminous novel--funny and moving in equal measure--that shines with the author's unique talents.
Jacob's Folly is a rollicking, ingenious, saucy book, brimful of sparkling, unexpected characters, that takes on desire, faith, love, acting--and reincarnation.- Publisher Marketing
In eighteenth-century Paris, Jacob Cerf is a Jew, a peddler of knives, saltcellars, and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous teenage marriage, he is determined to raise himself up in life, by whatever means he can. More than two hundred years later, Jacob is amazed to find himself reincarnated as a ﬂy in the Long Island suburbs of twenty-first-century America, his new life twisted in ways he could never have imagined. But even the tiniest of insects can inﬂuence the turning of the world, and thanks to his arrival, the lives of a reliable volunteer fireman and a young Orthodox Jewish woman nursing a secret ambition will never be the same.
Through the unique lens of Jacob's consciousness, Rebecca Miller explores change in all its different guises--personal, spiritual, literal. The hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, the collision of fate and free will: Miller's world--which is our own, transfigured by her clear gaze and by her sharp, surprising wit--comes brilliantly to life in the pages of this profoundly original novel.
- The Supreme's at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat
Author: Moore, Edward Kelsey
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307959928 Date: 2013
Told with wit, style, and compassion, this is the story of friendship among three women weathering the ups and downs of life in a small Midwestern town. Sitting at the same table for almost 40 years, Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean will be friends forever.
- The Accursed
Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
$ 27.99 ISBN: 9780062231703 Date: 2013
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A major historical novel from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation): an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power and loss in early 20th-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned.
- A Tale for the Time Being
Author: Ozeki, Ruth
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9780670026630 Date: 2013
A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling author Ozeki. In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century.
- Ghana Must Go
Author: Selasi, Taiye
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594204494 Date: 2013
Kweku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. The news of Kweku's death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story. Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go is a testament to the transformative power of unconditional love, from a debut novelist of extraordinary talent.
Moving with great elegance through time and place, Ghana Must Go charts the Sais' circuitous journey to one another. In the wake of Kweku's death, his children gather in Ghana at their enigmatic mother's new home. The eldest son and his wife; the mysterious, beautiful twins; the baby sister, now a young woman: each carries secrets of his own. What is revealed in their coming together is the story of how they came apart: the hearts broken, the lies told, the crimes committed in the name of love. Splintered, alone, each navigates his pain, believing that what has been lost can never be recovered--until, in Ghana, a new way forward, a new family, begins to emerge.
Ghana Must Go is at once a portrait of a modern family, and an exploration of the importance of where we come from to who we are. In a sweeping narrative that takes us from Accra to Lagos to London to New York, Ghana Must Go teaches that the truths we speak can heal the wounds we hide.- Publisher Marketing
- The Magic of Saida
Author: Vassanji, M.G.
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307961501 Date: 2013
- The Dream Merchant
Author: Waitzkin, Fred
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250011367 Date: 2013
Jim can sell anything to anyone. Born into abject poverty, he uses street smarts, irresistible charms, and increasingly sophisticated schemes to pull himself up from door-to-door salesman to international mogul, the father of the pyramid scheme.
Jim becomes fabulously wealthy, owning estates and dining with royalty, but along the way he leaves an army of disillusioned customers broke and ruined in his wake. To escape his past, as well as government investigators, he leaves the country to become the leader of a lawless and predatory gold-mining operation in the Brazilian Amazon---an entirely lush, violent, dissolute life.
Worn down by age, and a lifetime of shady enterprise, his world suddenly changes when he meets Mara, a beautiful, young Israeli woman with dark ambitions of her own. In the process of their unlikely life together, Mara finds herself attracted to this ruined old man, as if his profligate history of glory and big money, and finally his weakness and proximity to death, creates an urgency and eroticism for her.
Narrated by an anonymous writer who is equally mesmerized and repulsed by Jim, Fred Waitzkin's The Dream Merchant is an unwavering look at the price of heedless ambition, the indissoluble bonds of male friendship, and the unsettling nature of love and sexuality.- Publisher Marketing
- The Retrospective
Author: Yehoshua, Abraham B.
$ 26 ISBN: 9780547496962 Date: 2013
From the acclaimed author of A Woman in Jerusalem, a novel about a director, a screenwriter, and an actress, old friends, and colleagues who meet up for the first time in decades in Santiago de Compostela, and are forced to face the demons that undid them years before, and the ones haunting them now.
- A Nearly Perfect Copy
Author: Amend, Allison
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385536691 Date: 2013
Richly drawn and sharply observed, A Nearly Perfect Copy is a smart and affecting novel of family and forgery set amidst the rarefied international art world.
Elm Howells has a loving family and a distinguished career at an elite Manhattan auction house. But after a tragic loss throws her into an emotional crisis, she pursues a reckless course of action that jeopardizes her personal and professional success. Meanwhile, talented artist Gabriel Connois wearies of remaining at the margins of the capricious Parisian art scene, and, desperate for recognition, he embarks on a scheme that threatens his burgeoning reputation. As these narratives converge, with disastrous consequences, A Nearly Perfect Copy boldly challenges our presumptions about originality and authenticity, loss and replacement, and the perilous pursuit of perfection.- Publisher Marketing
- Tapestry of Fortune
Author: Berg, Elisabeth
$ 26 ISBN: 9780812993141 Date: 2013
Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a successful motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves in to a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden, a chef's kitchen--and three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a roadtrip to find again the people and things they miss. One woman wants to connect with a daughter she gave away at birth; another wants to visit her long-absent ex-husband; a third woman, a professional chef, is seeking new inspiration from the restaurants along the way. And Cecilia is looking for Dennis Halsinger, the man she never got over, who recently sent her a postcard out of the blue. This novel is classic Elizabeth Berg--a portrait of how women grow through the relationships that define them, and a testament to the power of female friendship.- Publisher Marketing
- Though My Heart is Torn
Author: Bischof, Joanne
$ ISBN: Date: 2013
- The Wanderer
Author: Carr, Robin
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778314479 Date: 2013
- Between My Father and the King: Uncollected Stories
Author: Frame, Janet
$ 26 ISBN: 978161902963 Date: 2013
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- Last Friends
Author: Gardam, Jane
$ 16 ISBN: 9781609450939 Date: 2013
Third book in the Old Filth trilogy (Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, Last Friends). The marriage of Edward Feathers and Betty as seen through the eyes of Edwards friend and Betty's lover Terry Veneering.
Author: Kimberling, Brian
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307908056 Date: 2013
A great, hilarious new voice in fiction: the poignant, all-too-human recollections of an affable bird researcher in the Indiana backwater as he goes through a disastrous yet heartening love affair with the place and its people.
Nathan Lochmueller studies birds, earning just enough money to live on. He drives a glitter-festooned truck, the Gypsy Moth, and he is in love with Lola, a woman so free-spirited and mysterious she can break a man's heart with a sigh or a shrug. Around them swirls a remarkable cast of characters: the proprietor of Fast Eddie's Burgers & Beer, the genius behind Thong Thursdays; Uncle Dart, a Texan who brings his swagger to Indiana with profound and nearly devastating results; a snapping turtle with a taste for thumbs; a German shepherd who howls backup vocals; and the very charismatic state of Indiana itself. And at the center of it all is Nathan, creeping through the forest to observe the birds he loves and coming to terms with the accidental turns his life has taken.- Publisher Marketing
- The Flamethrowers
Author: Kushner, Rachel
$ 26 ISBN: 97814391420004 Date: 2013
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- The Thief of Words
Author: Lawrence, Starling
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780670014897 Date: 2013
- Starting Now: Blossom Street
Author: Macomber, Debbie
$ 26 ISBN: 97803455288410 Date: 2013
- The Best of Us
Author: Pekkhanen, Sarah
$ 15 ISBN: 9781451673517 Date: 2013
An all-expense-paid week at a luxury villa in Jamaica--it's the invitation of a lifetime for a group of old college friends. All four women are desperate not just for a reunion, but for an escape: Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie is shattered by the news that a genetic illness runs in her family. Savannah is carrying the secret of her husband's infidelity. And, finally, there's Pauline, who spares no expense to throw her wealthy husband an unforgettable thirty-fifth birthday celebration, hoping it will gloss over the cracks already splitting apart their new marriage.
Languid hours on a private beach, gourmet dinners, and late nights of drinking kick off an idyllic week for the women and their husbands. But as a powerful hurricane bears down on the island, turmoil swirls inside the villa, forcing each of the women to reevaluate everything she knows about her friends--and herself.- Publisher Marketing
- Amity & Sorrow
Author: Riley, Peggy
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316220880 Date: 2013
A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she's convinced will follow them wherever they go--her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can't imagine what the world holds outside their father's polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley's abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, AMITY & SORROW is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.
- The Shelter Cycle
Author: Rock, Peter
$ 23 ISBN: 9780547859088 Date: 2013
Francine and Colville were childhood friends whose families belonged to an extreme religion, the Church Universal and Triumphant, whose members built elaborate underground shelters to protect themselves from a nuclear apocalypse that never came. Reunited twenty years later by the search for an abducted girl, Francine and Colville must reckon with the powerful memories of their former church's teachings, and the haunting feeling of leading adult lives in a world they once believed would be destroyed.
- The Last Telegram
Author: Tenow, Liz
$ 14.99 ISBN: 9781402279454 Date: 2013
- The Carrion Birds
Author: Waite, Urban
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062216885 Date: 2013
- The Ashford Affair
Author: Willig, Lauren
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250014498 Date: 2013
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig comes The Ashford Affair, a page-turning novel about two women in different eras, and on different continents, who are connected by one deeply buried secret.
As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she's been working towards--but now she's not sure it's enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie's ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything. . . .
Growing up at Ashford Park in the early twentieth century, Addie has never quite belonged. When her parents passed away, she was taken into the grand English house by her aristocratic aunt and uncle, and raised side-by-side with her beautiful and outgoing cousin, Bea. Though they are as different as night and day, Addie and Bea are closer than sisters, through relationships and challenges, and a war that changes the face of Europe irrevocably. But what happens when something finally comes along that can't be shared? When the love of sisterhood is tested by a bond that's even stronger?
From the inner circles of British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl. - Publisher Marketing
- The Interestings
Author: Wolitzer, Meg
$ 27.95 ISBN: 9781594488399 Date: 2013
From bestselling author Meg Wolitzer a dazzling, panoramic novel about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships.
The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.
The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules's now-married best friends, become shockingly successful--true to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken.
Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.- Publisher Marketing
Author: Adichie, Chimanda Ngozi
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307271082 Date: 2013
- Maya's Notebook
Author: Allende, Isabel
$ 25 ISBN: 9780062105622 Date: 2013
- The Blind Man's Garden
Author: Aslam, Nadeem
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307961716 Date: 2013
- He's Gone
Author: Caletti, Deb
$ 15 ISBN: 9780345534354 Date: 2013
- Southern Cross Dog
Author: Cheng, Bill
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062225009 Date: 2013
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- Questions of Travel
Author: De Krester, Michelle
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316219228 Date: 2013
- Can't Stand the Heat
Author: Ellis, Shelly
$ 15 ISBN: 9780758290366 Date: 2013
- Lady Vivian Defies a Duke
Author: Grace, Samantha
$ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402258404 Date: 2013
- A Dual Inheritance
Author: Hershon, Joanna
$ 26 ISBN: 978034568475 Date: 2013
PW LJ Booklist
- And the Mountains Echoed
Author: Hosseini, Khaled
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9781594631764 Date: 2013
- A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Author: Marra, Anthony
$ 26 ISBN: 9780770436407 Date: 2013
- Against the Edge
Author: Martin, Kat
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778314431 Date: 2013
- Heart of Iron
Author: Mcmaster, Bec
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9781601424235 Date: 2013
- Norwegian by Night
Author: Miller, Derek
$ 26 ISBN: 9780547934877 Date: 2013
- The Other Typist
Author: Rindell, Suzanne
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399161469 Date: 2013
- Fools: Stories
Author: Silber, Joan
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780393088700 Date: 2013
PW Booklist LJ
- The Burgess Boys
Author: Strout, Elizabeth
$ 26 ISBN: 9781400067688 Date: 2013
- The Kings and Queens of Roam
Author: Wallace, Daniel
$ 24 ISBN: 9781476703978 Date: 2013
- The Apple Orchard
Author: Wiggs, Susan
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780778/314936 Date: 2013
- The Wonder Bread Summer
Author: Blau, Jessica Anya
$ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062199553 Date: 2013
Author: Barry, Max
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594205385 Date: 2013
- The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Author: Disclafani, Anton
$ 27.95 ISBN: 9781594486401 Date: 2013
- We Are Completely Beside Ourselves
Author: Fowler, Karen Joy
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399162091 Date: 2013
- King of Cuba
Author: Garcia, Cristina
$ 26 ISBN: 9781476710242 Date: 2013
- I'll Be Seeing You
Author: Hayes, Suzanne and Loreta Nyhan
$ 15.95 ISBN: 9780778314950 Date: 2013
- Flat Water Tuesday
Author: Irwin, Ron
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250030030 Date: 2013
- Sight Reading
Author: Kalotay, Daphne
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062246936 Date: 2013
- The Son
Author: Meyer, Philipp
$ 27.99 ISBN: 9780062120397 Date: 2013
- Good Kings, Bad Kings
Author: Nussbaum, Susan
$ 23.95 ISBN: 9781616202637 Date: 2013
- Big Brother
Author: Shriver, Lionel
$ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061458576 Date: 2013
Author: Sittenfeld, Curtis
$ 27 ISBN: 9781400068319 Date: 2013
- The Center of the World
Author: Van Essen, Thomas
$ 15.95 ISBN: 9781590515495 Date: 2013
- The Silver Star
Author: Walls, Jeannette
$ 26 ISBN: 9781451661507 Date: 2013
- The Blood of Heaven
Author: Wascom, Kent
$ 26 ISBN: 9780802121189 Date: 2013
- The Hanging Gardens
Author: White, Patrick
$ 15 ISBN: 9781250028525 Date: 2013
- She Rises
Author: Worsley, Kate
$ 26 ISBN: 9781620400975 Date: 2013
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