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book image A View of the Harbour
View of the Harbour
Elizabeth Taylor
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An unsparing look at a seedy seaside town and the sexual and emotional tensions that preoccupy its inhabitants. Beautifully observed, Taylor’s novel examines the lies and truths around which we build our lives. “Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen—soul sisters all.” —Anne Tyler
Contributors: Roxana Robinson

book image Ending Up
Ending Up
Kingsley Amis
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“I finished Kingsley Amis’s Ending Up with…a conviction, confirmed in work after work, that he is one of the few living novelists totally incapable of boring me. Ending Up is a sardonic little masterpiece which, with incredible economy and stylistic restraint, shows what old age is really like, and also—far, far better than any other writer I know—what contemporary England is like.” —Anthony Burgess
Contributors: Craig Brown

book image Take a Girl Like You
Take a Girl Like You
Kingsley Amis
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Kingsley Amis’s most ambitious reckoning with his central theme—the degradation of modern life—introduces one of the rare unqualified good guys in Amis’s rogue-ridden world: Jenny Bunn, a girl from the North English country has come south to teach school in a small smug town where she hopes to find love and fortune.
Contributors: Christian Lorentzen

book image Alive: New and Selected Poems
Elizabeth Willis
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This collection of new and selected poetry from Elizabeth Willis is a perfect primer on the work of one of America's most important and talented contemporary poets. “Willis has the finest ear for the lyric amongst her generation.... The intense beauty of the work is an unblinking testament to the poet’s sense that the stakes for language are becoming impossibly high.” —Richard Deming, Boston Review

book image Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition
Walt Whitman
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Whitman wrote the poems that make up Drum-Taps in reaction to the suffering "soldier boys" he witnessed in Civil War field hospitals. It was immediately published as a single volume after the end of the war. Later, the poems that make it up were reordered and incorporated into Leaves of Grass. This volume is the first in 150 years to present this work in the form originally intended by its author, revealing the full force of these powerful and profoundly moving poems.
Contributors: Lawrence Kramer

book image The Door
Magda Szabó
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In a prizewinning translation by Len Rix, Magda Szabó’s unsettling and beautiful novel about friendship and tragedy marks Szabó as a major modern European author and formidable writer of female characters. “Clever, moving, frightening, [The Door] deserves to be a bestseller.” —The Telegraph
Contributors: Ali Smith , Len Rix

book image Tristana
Benito Pérez Galdós
Perez Galdos
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Until now Pérez Galdós's tale of a beautiful and brilliant young woman's attempt to free herself from an imprisoning relationship to a womanizing older man has been recognized more as the inspiration for a Buñuel film of the same name than as a masterpiece in its own right. Margaret Jull Costa's new and fluid translation brings the Spanish realist's story to glorious life.
Contributors: Jeremy Treglown , Margaret Jull Costa

book image The Land Breakers
Land Breakers
John Ehle
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A historical saga that chronicles Appalachian settlement during the Revolutionary War years. "The Land Breakers is a great American novel, way beyond anything most New York literary icons have produced." —Michael Ondaatje, from “My Book of the Decade,” The Globe and Mail
Contributors: Linda Spalding

book image In the Heart of the Heart of the Country: And Other Stories
Heart of the Heart of the Country
William H. Gass
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"This collection defines Gass not as a special but as a major voice … Gass engenders brand-new abrupt vulnerabilities. We read about the becalmed Midwest, about farmers mired in their dailiness, and realize too late that we’ve been exposed to a deadly poetry. It says that America is lost … No writer I’ve ever read, not even Joyce, can celebrate his world with a more piercing sadness."—Frederic Morton, The New York Times
Contributors: Joanna Scott

book image Totempole
Sanford Friedman
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Friedman's psychologically acute and empathetic masterpiece traces the coming-of-age—from two to twenty-four—of a boy growing up on the Lower East Side of New York. “Vivid and utterly convincing...The truth of Mr. Friedman’s book is not the truth of autobiography, but the truth-making that the best fiction is.”—James Dickey
Contributors: Peter Cameron

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