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book image During the Reign of the Queen of Persia
During the Reign of the Queen of Persia
Joan Chase
Chase
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Joan Chase’s subtle story of three generations of women in the American Midwest in the 1950s negotiating lifetimes of “joy and ruin” deserves its place alongside such achievements as Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine. "Moving, unusual and accomplished."—Margaret Atwood
Contributors: Meghan O'Rourke

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 The Land Breakers
Land Breakers
John Ehle
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 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 Totempole
Totempole
Sanford Friedman
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

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 In the Heart of the Heart of the Country: And Other Stories
Heart of the Heart of the Country
William H. Gass
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