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The Mangan Inheritance

By Brian Moore
Introduction by Christopher Ricks

coverAfter splitting with his glamorous film star wife, the once promising poet James Mangan is adrift until he comes across an old daguerreotype of a man bearing a remarkable resemblance to him. Realizing that this could be a photograph of the great 19th-century Irish poet James Clarence Mangan, rumored to be his ancestor, the 20th-century Mangan sets off for Ireland determined to uncover the truth behind this discovery and his family’s shadowy past. Equal parts suspenseful and contemplative, the story pulses with cinematic energy, chilling intrigue, and the tragedy of thwarted self-discovery. The Mangan Inheritance is, in short, Brian Moore at his best and most inventive, thus rendering it impossible to put down or to forget.

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Also by Brian Moore

book coverThe Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Afterword by Mary Gordon

“…Judith Hearne, the Catholic spinster drifting into alcoholism and isolation, is the lyric embodiment of repressed, claustrophobic Belfast, a descendant of the ageing spinsters of James Joyce’s Dubliners.” —Joyce Carol Oates, TLS

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Mr. Fortune

By Sylvia Townsend Warner
Introduction by Adam Mars-Jones

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Brilliant and subversive, Mr. Fortune combines Sylvia Townsend Warner’s two short novels, Mr. Fortune’s Maggot and its sequel, The Salutation.

The story of a London bank-clerk-turned-minister who sets his heart on serving on a remote island, a place that turns out to be not at all what he expected, shows why John Updike described Townsend Warner as “a witty, poetic, clairvoyant writer.”

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Also by Sylvia Townsend Warner

book coverLolly Willowes
Introduction by Alison Lurie

A classic story of cool feminist intelligence about an aging spinster’s struggle to break away from her controlling family.

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book coverSummer Will Show
Introduction by Claire Harman

This thrilling novel brings 19th-century Paris to life will the tale of a proper Victorian aristocrat’s political and emotional awakening among the barricades.

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The Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story

By Glenway Wescott
Introduction by Michael Cunningham
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A work of classical elegance and concision, Glenway Wescott’s The Pilgrim Hawk stands with Faulkner’s The Bear as one of the best American short novels.

The events of this novel take place during a single afternoon: an American
expatriate and sometime novelist is staying with a friend outside of
Paris, when a well-heeled, itinerant Irish couple drops in, with Lucy,
their trained but restless hawk.

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Also by Glenway Wescott

book coverApartment in Athens
Introduction by David Leavitt

Set in Nazi-occupied Athens, this novel stages an intense and unsettling drama of accommodation and rejection, resistance and compulsion.

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The Radiance of the King

By Camara Laye
Introduction by Toni Morrison
Translated from the French by James Kirkup

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Clarence, a white man, has been shipwrecked on the coast of Africa. He demands to see the king, only to learn the king has left for the south of his realm. Traveling through an increasingly phantasmagoric landscape, Clarence is gradually stripped of his pretensions, until he is sold to the royal harem as a slave.

A classic work of modernism—a signal work in the African canon and one that every lover of literature will admire and enjoy.”
— Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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