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book image The Water Theatre
Water Theatre
Lindsay Clarke
Clarke
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A novel that follows war reporter Martin Crowther as he travels to Italy hoping to convince the estranged children of his ailing mentor to visit their father one last time.

book image The World As I Found It
World as I Found It
Bruce Duffy
Duffy
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An enthralling experiment that goes beyond biography to reveal the imagined lives of some of the greatest thinkers of the last century: Ludwig Wittgenstein, G.E. Moore, and Bertrand Russell. “One of the more astonishing literary debuts in recent memory.... Mr. Duffy gave...more than 500 pages of dazzling language and dizzying speculation on the life of Ludwig Wittgenstein.” —A.O. Scott
Contributors: David Leavitt

book image The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
Book of Ebenezer Le Page
G.B. Edwards
Edwards
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Curmudgeonly and wise, Ebenezer le Page recounts his eighty years on the small island of Guernsey. "A true epic, as sexy as it is hilarious." — Allan Gurganus, O, The Oprah Magazine
Contributors: John Fowles

book image In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist
Courtyard of the Kabbalist
Ruchama King Feuerman
Feuerman
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This novel, set in Jerusalem, is the story of two expatriate Americans—a kabbalist's assistant and a beautiful motorcycle-riding woman—and an Arab janitor, whose lives become intertwined in a variety of ways in the courtyard of an elderly kabbalist and his wife.

book image The Abandoned
Abandoned
Paul Gallico
Gallico
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Young Peter sees a striped kitten in a park across the road from his house. As he crosses the street, he is struck by a truck. When he awakes, he discovers he has been transformed into a cat. Luckily, he is befriended by the street-smart stray, Jennie, who shows him how to survive in a world where dangers are many and humans are cruel.

book image Red Shift
Red Shift
Alan Garner
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 Nightmare Alley
Nightmare Alley
William Lindsay Gresham
Gresham
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Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek— the object of the voyeuristic crowd's gleeful disgust—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There's no way that anything like that will ever happen to him.
Contributors: Nick Tosches

book image The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick
New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick
Elizabeth Hardwick
Hardwick
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Celebrated stories of living, loving, and surviving in New York's bohemian and literary circles. This collection is the first to gather the short fiction of Elizabeth Hardwick, one of the leading figures of twentieth-century American letters.
Contributors: Darryl Pinckney

book image In Love
In Love
Alfred Hayes
Hayes
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If Indecent Proposal had been written by Jean Rhys and shot by Edward Hopper, the result might have been something like In Love, in which lonely, searching strangers strive to make connections that will outlive last call at the local dive. “Hayes addresses the human condition and its heartbreaks with brevity and brutal honesty.”—The Guardian
Contributors: Frederic Raphael

book image My Face for the World to See
My Face for the World to See
Alfred Hayes
Hayes
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In Hayes's hypnotically intense reckoning with self-deception and desolation, a disillusioned screenwriter falls into an affair with an actress who, like him, has missed the big time. Nelson Algren called My Face for the World to See “the most vivid picture of Hollywood since Nathanael West’s Day of the Locust.”
Contributors: David Thomson