Future of Love
The author of the bestselling memoir, The Bookmaker’s Daughter (1991), offers a beautifully written, multigenerational debut novel set in Manhattan in 2001. Abbot observes the marriages and extra-marital entanglements of eight compelling characters whose relationships are changed by the events of 9/11, in a novel quintessentially of New York City.
The White Tiger
This dark satirical debut exposes the corruption of India’s caste system in the coarse, convictional language of an unforgettable villain. Born into wretched poverty, Balram Halwai gets his first break when he’s hired to drive for the wealthy village landlord. Balram’s rise to become a Bangalore entrepreneur is a ruthless tale of greed, bribery, and murder.
After years living in the U.S., Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut in 2003, where his father lay dying. Osama’s grandfather was a “hakawati,” or storyteller, and his descendants have inherited garrulity. In a dazzling literary performance, Alameddine weaves a rich tapestry of stories related by Osama and his family, interspersed with classic tales from Arabic folklore.
A Prisoner of Birth
Four chums from Cambridge University (known as “the Musketeers”) frame Danny Cartwright, an illiterate East Ender, for murder. Confined to Belmarsh prison, Danny learns to read and write from an erudite cellmate, and, eventually, he escapes to exact revenge against the men who framed him. A wonderfully entertaining pastiche of The Count of Monte Cristo.
Man in the Dark
August Brill, a widower, lies awake and miserable in his daughter’s home. To distract himself from thoughts of his bereaved granddaughter whose boyfriend has just died, Brill imagines an alternate, dark, and surreal reality in which the 9/11 attacks and Iraq war never happened. In his nightmare of America fueled by insomnia, civil war rages, politically liberal states secede, and a New Yorker named Owen Brick ruthlessly attempts to assassinate Brill for initiating the war.
On Christmas Eve, 1940, two trains head toward collision on the old deep South Pelican Road line between Mississippi and New Orleans. Bahr builds the story with slow inevitability as he looks back at the lives of the crews�weary World War I vets, an elderly engineer, a raw boy running the backwoods switching station. A powerful tragedy.
The Whole Truth
In Baldacci’s first “international thriller,” the CEO of a weapons manufacturer hopes to boost sales by fomenting war between Russia and China. But his plan results in a retaliatory slaughter by Russian gunmen. Shaw, a secret agent who lost a fianc� in the carnage, joins a has-been woman journalist to try and thwart a world crisis in a fast-paced novel of suspense.
On July 4, 1936, Jordan Groves, a married artist and political radical, lands his biplane on private lake in the Adirondacks. Watching on the shore is Vanessa, the owner’s notorious, twice-divorced daughter. Two volatile characters collide explosively in Banks’ betwixt-the-wars melodrama of adultery, madness, and murder among the wealthy families of the Empire State.
Paul Tarrant flees his working class background in the North to study painting at London’s Slade School of Fine Art, but the outbreak of WW I intercedes. In this beautifully written novel of love, art, and war, the author of the Booker Prize-winning Ghost Road (1995) follows young artists serving as noncombatants, who witness the carnage at Ypres.
“Be warned. This book has no literary merit whatsoever.” This frank declaration by an unnamed narrator opens a striking debut historical thriller. The brutal murder of a wealthy actor leads stage magician-detective Edward Moon and his giant, mute, eponymous assistant to investigate a covert anti-government cult lurking in the shadows of Victorian London.
In the brutal Italian winter of 1944, a U.S. patrol slogs up a mountain near Cassino in the freezing rain. They watch as their sergeant shoots an unarmed woman collaborator. Hopelessly lost, the men enlist as a guide an elderly farmer, who may be a facisti. Bausch’s terse and chilling novella is a powerful tale of weary soldiers and the moral uncertainties in war.
In the Land of No Right Angles
Budding photographer and nerdy Des Moines college student Alex backpacks through Nepal, resulting in a lusty triumvirate among American expatriate Will, and Nepali-born Maya. As Maya struggles to escape traditional and confining family values, Alex grapples with identity issues and attempts to help Maya, who sometimes disappears amidst the exotic backdrops of Kathmandu and Bombay. A sensitive and intuitive first novel by Beal̬a New Yorker editor and McSweeny’s writer—touted as a “new-generation Paul Bowles” by Vogue.
African American disc jockey and narrator DJ Darky records the perfect groove, but he needs the sound of a reclusive, mystically gifted saxophonist to complete it. So DJ embarks on a journey to Berlin, just before the fall of the Wall, in search of his musical alter ego, generating a wide-ranging comic discourse on music, race, sex, Cold War culture, and identity.
City of Thieves
From the author of The 25th Hour comes a gripping novel based on his grandfather’s tale of survival in World War II. In 1941 Leningrad, young Lev Beniov can escape execution only if he crosses German lines to steal eggs to make a cake for the wedding of a Russian colonel’s daughter. This affecting and fast-paced thriller combines elements of coming-of-age and suspense genres.
How Perfect is That
Oh, how the socially prominent have fallen! A messy divorce leaves Blythe Young on the doorstep of Austin’s high society. Her business is failing, and the IRS lurks, but what really bugs Blythe is moving back to the housing co-op where she lived ten years earlier. It’s filled with people she stepped on while social climbing in a hilarious comedy of manners, Texas style.
Orange Mint and Honey
Frazzled African American grad student Shay Dixon is advised by the spirit of Nina Simone to go home and chill. Shay discovers that her mother, Nona, with whom she had a fractious relationship, is now sober, self-possessed, and an avid gardener. Positive energy flows for Shay in a heartfelt debut novel that considers home as a place to rediscover oneself.
People of the Book
A conservator of rare books is asked to appraise the Sarajevo Hagggadah, a beautifully illustrated Jewish codex that disappeared during the Bosnian war in 1992. A parallel narrative traces the manuscript’s journey through time from its creation in Seville in 1480. This is a captivating and literary novel about the enduring cultural legacy of a treasured artifact.
His Illegal Self
In 1972, seven year-old Che Selkirk, the son of fugitive radicals, is seized from his grandmother’s Upper East Side apartment by Dial, a woman sent by the underground to deliver the boy to his mother in Australia. On the long journey, Che becomes convinced that Dial must be his mother in a lucid, suspenseful, and beautifully observed psychological novel.
Seen It All and Done the Rest
In Cleage’s latest affecting novel of family and community, expatriate African American actress Josephine Evans leaves her home in Amsterdam and returns to Atlanta to support her troubled granddaughter and reclaim her family’s dilapidated West End mansion. Josephine and friends undertake no less than the rejuvenation of an entire neighborhood and its residents.p>
Diary of a Bad Year
J. M. Coetzee
An elderly South African novelist living in Australia (much like Coetzee) writes a series of essays on contemporary issues and hires Anya, his desirable young neighbor, as typist. The essays, the author’s musing on Anya, and her remarks on his writing form a textual triptych of viewpoints in an audacious meta-fictional study of the author/character dynamic.
Always a good cook, 43-year-old Myriam reroutes her life, forging diplomas, conjuring a bank loan, and opening a little Parisian restaurant, where she also sleeps (and bathes in the sink!). Painful memories from Myriam’s conflicted past emerge as a cast of eccentrics help her establish the business. Chez Moi is a wonderful, redolent culinary novel about love and second chances.
The Firemaster’s Mistress
The setting is London during the reign of James I, and Guy Fawkes plots to blow up Parliament and assassinate the king. Explosives expert Francis Quoynt accepts a charge to infiltrate Fawkes’ band of conspirators�making Quoyont a traitor to England. While in the throes of chaos and suspicion, Quyount dangerously rekindles a romance with former lover Kate Peach, amongst a complex web of mistrust and fear. As London changes forever, will the doomed lovers survive?
Urgently summoned by his Russian mother, London editor Gabriel Glover arrives in St. Petersburg to find her dead. Gabriel and his twin sister arrange for her funeral unaware of the existence of Arkady, an illegitimate half-brother, who bled their mother of money and aims to have more from the Glovers. This is a churning, gripping tale of secrets in an Anglo-Russian family.
Interior designer Anna begins renovation of a “perfect” little cottage in Cotswold. And her adoption of a stray greyhound helps her in matters involving the handsome building inspector, who is also the local greyhound rehoming officer. But a crush from Anna’s college days returns to provoke a romance/rehab quandary in this bright and winning Brit chick lit.
The Serpent’s Tale
Fair Rosamund, the mistress of Henry II, is murdered with poison mushrooms. Eleanor of Aquitaine, who has escaped captivity and is fomenting war, falls under suspicion. In her second wonderful outing, Adelia Aguilar, a trained physician forced to pose as a male doctor’s assistant, is called upon to launch a forensic investigation to reveal the true killer.
The Spies of Warsaw
The Polish capital swarms with foreign agents in 1937. Colonel Mercier, the French military attach�, entraps a German businessman into smuggling military plans that make clear Germany’s hostile intentions. While his superiors slumber, Mercier begins a love affair with a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations in a splendid literary and atmospheric novel of suspense.
After his estranged older brother dies, Marcus Ripps inherits Shining City, a dry cleaning business that’s merely a front for a ridiculously profitable West Hollywood escort service. Plagued by debt and other troubles, Marcus becomes an unlikely pimp, improving the business and offering his hookers benefits in a rollicking satire of L.A. and its questionable values.
A Mississippi jury returns a huge verdict against a major chemical company held responsible for introducing cancer causing toxic chemicals to a small town’s water supply. But the verdict faces an inevitable appeal. Undue corporate influence on the appellate court system is the focus of Grisham’s latest engrossing legal and political thriller.
The Monsters of Templeton
Archaeologist Willie Upton returns home to Templeton, N.Y., to learn that her father was not a peripatetic hippie, as she’d been informed, but a solid citizen of the town. In this lyrical debut novel, a woman’s genealogical search for the truth gives voice to past generations of Templeton and exposes the town’s dark secrets its various and sundry “monsters”.
In 1757, young Alice Cole and her family depart England for the colonies, but her mother and brothers perish on the violently stormy crossing. In Boston, her penniless father sells Alice into indentured servitude. Although she flees an abusive master, Alice is left pregnant and troubled in a pre-Revolutionary America where indentured servants suffered cruel indignities.
Killers hunt for Jin Li, the owner of a Manhattan office cleaning company, who disappeared after stealing corporate secrets that she passed to her brother, a Shanghai speculator. Ray Grant, Li’s ex-lover, is the reluctant “finder,” an ex- New York City firefighter caught in a deadly investment conspiracy in Harrison’s compulsively readable thriller.
The Outlaw Demon Wails
In a future Queen City filled with witches and vampires, bounty hunter Rachel Morgan is grieving the murder of her boyfriend, still unsolved. Meanwhile, a demon whom Rachel sent to ever-after is back in town and looking for revenge. Sound crazy? Not to thousands of loyal fans of this imaginative fantasy-romance-suspense series set in Cincinnati.
In 1976, Frank and Paulette’s daughter is diagnosed with Turner’s Syndrome, a disorder that causes her body to fail to mature. Haigh gently moves from viewpoint to viewpoint to show how that shapes the whole family—and how twenty years later an unexpected romance changes their familiar bonds. This is a wonderfully sympathetic and subtle family novel.
Late Nights on Air
In 1975, the radio crew in a tiny Canadian town awaits the corporate ax, but meanwhile two new staff members stir them up: a rookie and a glamorous announcer. Office romance, friendships, and changing alliances blossom. Told with deceptive simplicity, this lovely work of fiction is as intimate as the sound of midnight radio voices.
The Northern Clemency
This rich and deeply absorbing novel about two families in the northern English coal town of Sheffield will have you reading late into the night. A neighborhood cocktail party in 1974 introduces us to the Glover family and their new neighbors, the Sellers family, and the novel follows their lives through the next twenty years.
Remembering the Bones
An eighty-year-old Canadian widow, on her way to meet the queen, drives her car off the road and into a deep ravine. Gravely injured, she recalls her long life in episodes linked to the catalog of the bones in her body, learned from her grandfather’s copy of Grey’s Anatomy. This is a poignant interior character study of a woman’s life beautifully recalled.
Following a debilitating accident on a jobsite, contractor Edgar Freemantle develops psychological difficulties. His marriage disintegrates, and Edgar relocates to an island in the Florida Keys, where a sudden impulse to draw and paint gains him many admirers. But strange and ominous effects accompany Edgar’s artwork in another gem from the master of horror fiction.
Outtakes From a Marriage
With her TV-actor husband up for a Golden Globe Award, Julia Ferraro overhears a steamy message on his voicemail, and it shatters her self-confidence. She frets about the caller’s identity, stalks her husband, tries an affair with her psychiatrist, and embarks on dubious personal makeovers in a hilarious novel about the troubles and insecurities of a celebrity’s wife.
A Most Wanted Man
John Le Carre
A skinny young Chechnyan who has the marks of torture on his body shows up at a Hamburg railway station. A Muslim widow, a young German lawyer, and a middle-aged British banker become involved as the politics of terrorism and dirty money determine his fate. Le Carre offers a scathing view of post-9/11 international policy.
The Whiskey Rebels
Alexander Hamilton’s whiskey tax pits famers against financiers in the compelling novel of post-revolutionary America. Ethan Saunders, once a masterful spy—now a down and out drunk—investigates the disappearance of speculator having ties to his romantic past. Saunders unearths crimes and conspiracies that fuel the Panic of 1792, in lively historical concerning the power, politics, and money behind the young nation's whiskey trade.
The House on Fortune Street
Four characters’ lives meet, but the complex story of each one is barely glimpsed by the others. The stories of two troubled lovers, their downstairs neighbor, and the neighbor’s father are told in turn with compassionate understanding and superb craft. A triumph of sympathetic imagination.
“The Butcher,” Aberdeen’s dreaded serial killer, chops his way through this dark humorus Scottish thriller. Sergeant Logan McRae and his colorful, infighting cohorts attempt to lift the lid, while stymieing the usual police investigation, on who just who is murdering so gruesomely. MacBride’s fourth novel has been hailed as “superbly unsettling” and “a big, shaggy, robust procedural.”
The Chocolate Lover’s Club
When Lucy Lombard discovers her commitment-phobic boyfriend wooing and another woman, she convenes a meeting of the Chocolate Lovers Club at a tony London chocolatier. Four thirty-something women support and console one another through the trials of love and marriage in a delightful Brit chick lit slathered in chocolate.
A young and impressionable Anne Boleyn accompanies her father’s delegation to the court of the French king. In an atmosphere of royal intrigue and passion—her father has been sent to spy on the French regent; her sister, Mary, to seduce him̬Anne undergoes a dizzying process of maturation in a sumptuous prequel to The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn.
Dear American Airlines
On a trip to L.A. for his daughter’s wedding, failed poet and translator Benjamin Ford is marooned in O’Hare airport. He begins a letter to the airline demanding reimbursement of his fare that becomes a satirical lament, touching upon his drinking life, a ruined marriage, his daughter’s estrangement, and even the wounded soldier-protagonist in the novel he is translating.
Dutch banker and narrator Hans drifts in Manhattan after his British wife takes their son to London, following the 9/11 attacks. Then he meets Chuck, an Indian-born Trinidadian, who shows Hans a vision of America reshaped by the game of cricket. O’Neill has written a subtle and substantial post-9/11 novel about loss, estrangement, and ultimately, deliverance.
Kansas native Paretsky departs from her popular V. I. Warshawski mysteries, returning to her home state for a thoughtful mainstream novel focusing on conflict between neighboring farm families in the Kaw Valley. The return of young lesbian Wiccan to her family’s ancestral home triggers a series of divisive events touching upon antiwar protest and issues of religious tolerance.
In the Manhattan office of a struggling company, a collective “we” expresses the fear of downsizing experienced by a cadre of workers clinging to their dignity and humanity in the cubicle jungle. This engaging and amusing debut novel should find fans among viewers of The Office and readers who enjoyed Joshua Ferris’ Then We Came to the End.
Tip and Teddy are the adopted black sons of widowed Irish-American politician Bernard Doyle. But that’s just the beginning of how complicated their family is. The woman who pushes Tip out of the path of an oncoming car one snowy night isn’t a random stranger. Slyly plotted, gorgeously written, perfect in so many ways.
A Cure for Night
Kicked out of a cushy law firm and demoted to working as a public defender, Joel Deveraux must defend a black pot-dealing youth for the murder of a white college student. Deveraux navigates the racially-charged labyrinth of Brooklyn criminal law, which could make or break his career. The Washington Post writes, “When the prizes are awarded for this year’s best first novel, A Cure for Night will be competing for the gold.”
Change of Heart
Her life filled with inexplicable tragedy, June Nealson now awaits a heart transplant for her 11-year-old daughter. On New Hampshire’s death row, the man convicted of murdering June’s husband and other daughter ten years ealier wishes to donate his heart to the girl. Picoult handles a hot button social issue with customary style and grace in a compelling 15th novel.
In 1943 North Africa, R. Lawrence “Chap” Chapman is a young lieutenant assigned to implement a plan by British Intelligence to assassinate German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, the fabled Desert Fox. Acclaimed for his brilliant novels about the wars of antiquity, Pressfield here delivers an exhaustively researched and expertly realized World War II thriller.
On Lower East Side, a robbery that escalates into a murder serves as a departure point for a police investigation that reveals the landscape of a neighborhood at cross purposes: comfortable with its tough, elemental core, yet embracing the influx of gentrification wealth. This is a brilliant novel of crime and a time and a place--and an all-around masterful literary performance.
Timber baron George Pemberton brings his unconventional bride, Serena, to his North Carolina mountain logging camp in 1929, setting off a chain of events as tragic and irrevocable as the despoiling of the magnificent forest. This compelling novel of greed, passion, and ambition has been hailed as “an Appalachian retelling of Macbeth.”
Three Girls and Their Brother
A brother and his three beautiful, red-haired, teenaged sisters are propelled into the spotlight after a celebrity profile of the girls appears in The New Yorker. The rewards and perils of the “next big thing” designation are revealed through the siblings’ alternating narratives in playwright Rebeck’s piercing cult-of-youth satire of celebrity adoration and media hype.
The Enchantress of Florence
In this lush and beautifully written historical, a 16th century Indian emperor dreams into being his ideal mistress. While in Renaissance Florence, there lives a woman so bewitchingly beautiful that her uncovered face causes men to swoon. And Rushdie’s agent of cross-pollination between cultures of East and West is the myth-building potency of storytelling itself.
John Burnham Schwartz
John Burnham Schwartz
In post-war Japan, Haruko Tsuney narrates her transformation from university student to royal princess, the first non-aristocrat asked to join the Imperial family. But ostracized by the empress and her court, Haruko finds life in the palace stifling and emotionally crippling. This culturally instructive novel is based on the true story of the Empress Michiko.
On a night when her husband is away, Claire Cooper surprises an intruder abducting her young daughter. Though she suffers panic attacks, Claire finds the will to blurt, “Take me instead!” Tied to a bed while held for ransom, Claire pours over her life, marriage, and the deeply buried source of her fears in a chilling debut novel of domestic suspense.
Olive Kitteridge: A Novel in Stories
In this collection of thirteen interconnected short stories, Strout (Abide With Me), insightfully describes the difficulties of life in a small Maine town through the eyes of Olive, a prickly junior-high school math teacher. Alienated from husband and son, Olive does her irascible best to enlighten her students by forcing them to confront family tragedies and personal grief.
Cheating at Canasta
In “The Dressmaker's Child,” an O. Henry Award-winning story, a village auto mechanic, driving pilgrims to a reputedly miraculous shrine, has a tragic accident that becomes, for him, a life-changing moment. Trevor’s undeviating and incomparable appraisal of love, loss, and memory is manifest in a dozen admirable stories of contemporary Irish life.
London retiree Eleanor hosts Friday night get-togethers with some of her younger women neighbors and their friends. Male interference intrudes into this convivial group, such that one woman’s joy is met by disapprobation from the others. Trollope’s piercing insights into the character, psychology, and friendship of women make Friday Nights a satisfying and remarkable fictional study.
Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love
These charming tales come from the Russian immigrant author of the well-received, debut collection, There Are Jews in my House (2004). In �Luda and Milena,� two elderly women compete for the same eligible man in their English language class, each preparing him sumptuous dishes, until an unexpected and ironic event unites them in single purpose.
The Chameleon�s Shadow
Lt. Charles Acland returns from Iraq with disfigurement, head trauma, and understandable problems of adjustment. But his public displays of rage attract the attention of London police investigating a series of murders. Could a wounded war hero be a serial killer? Walters examines this disturbing possibility in a riveting novel of psychological suspense.
Thirteen years after publication of her sensational debut novel, Good in Bed, Weiner revisits irrepressible Candace �Cannie� Shapiro. Cannie is now happily married to a doctor, but she struggles with her weight (as always) and with Joy, her rebellious teenaged daughter. Mother and daughter narrate alternating chapters of this very funny, and sometimes quite touching, sequel.
Randy Wayne White
Marine biologist Doc Ford�a man with a shadowy past as a government agent�agrees to help his goddaughter, who is being blackmailed by someone holding sexually compromising photos. When the extortionist pulls a double-cross, he ignites Doc’s considerable fury. This is a solid 15th entry in the popular suspense series set on Sanibel Island.
In a costal town in 1970s Australia, 15-year-old Bruce and his pal, Loonie, hook up with Sando, a surfing guru married to Eva, a sultry, embittered, American woman. Sando teaches the boys to surf in ever more dangerous waters. In Winton’s engrossing novel of maturation, Sando and Loonie search for distant monster waves, leaving Bruce to find danger of another sort.
Our Story Begins: New and Collected Stories
Tobias Wolff is one of America’s finest craftsman of the short story form. This new compilation offers twenty-one previously collected stories, including the unforgettable �Hunters in the Snow� from his first collection, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs (1981), as well as ten new tales. This volume is a real treat for readers who love short stories.