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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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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 Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley
Store of the Worlds
Robert Sheckley
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An original collection of stories from an overlooked master. “One of the few acknowledged humorists in SF, and by far the funniest, Sheckley plays with myths the way Mel Brooks plays with classic movies.” —The New York Times Book Review
Contributors: Jonathan Lethem, Alex Abramovich

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Renata Adler
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Speedboat—a novel, a memoir, a lyric essay?—all questions of category fall away in its reading. What remains is Renata Adler's voice, perceptive, wry, brilliant, making what sense she can of the late 20th-century condition. Speedboat was a revelation to writers as different as Elizabeth Hardwick and David Foster Wallace, and its true influence is only beginning to be felt.
Contributors: Guy Trebay

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Ride a Cockhorse
Raymond Kennedy
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Who knows why meek, middle-aged Frances suddenly gets a libido, a new hairstyle, the desire to take over the bank that employs her—and a serious case of grandiosity. But it’s a hell of a ride. Raymond Kennedy has created in Ride a Cockhorse a rollicking cautionary tale of small-town demagoguery that prefigures both America’s current financial woes and the rise of the likes of Sarah Palin.
Contributors: Katherine A. Powers

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Red Shift
Alan Garner
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Red Shift is a passionate fever-dream of a novel. It time-slips through English history and circles around the troubled mind of Tom, a love-struck teenager in tense rebellion against the strictures of his lower middle-class upbringing. “A bitter, complex, brilliant book.” —Ursula K. Le Guin

book image The Pumpkin Eater
Pumpkin Eater
Penelope Mortimer
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An exquisitely surreal black comedy about marriage, motherhood, and the madness of modern life. "(Mortimer) is the family historian of the smart, go ahead, two-car household which has a double load of private misery packed in each boot." —Robert Pitman, Sunday Express
Contributors: Daphne Merkin

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Pitch Dark
Renata Adler
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“What’s new. What else. What next. What’s happened here.” Pitch Dark, Renata Adler’s follow-up to her prize-winning novel Speedboat, is a book of questions, questions that bedevil Kate Ennis as she considers her relationship with her married lover. “A moving, infuriating, tantalizing book.”—The Boston Globe
Contributors: Muriel Spark

book image The Outward Room
Outward Room
Millen Brand
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The Outward Room was a sensation when first published in 1937. It is the story of a young woman’s path from suffering to deep fulfillment, set in Depression-era New York City. “One of those firmly painted, exquisite miniatures of life...that contrive to be unsparing and honest, and at the same time refreshing and lovely.” —Theodore Dreiser
Contributors: Peter Cameron

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Old Devils
Kingsley Amis
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Winner of the 1986 Booker Prize, and considered by his son Martin to be Kingsley Amis’s greatest achievement, The Old Devils is delightful proof that neither Amis nor his characters mellowed in old age. In fact, a placid life is just the thing that Amis denies his old devils, whose routines of nattering, complaining, and drinking, are thrown into chaos when an old friend and rival (now a successful writer) returns to town with a new and entrancing wife.
Contributors: John Banville