The Word from Stockholm

The Appointment CoverThe 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Herta Müller, the Romanian-born German novelist. We are, sadly, unfamiliar with her work, which frequently dealt with the experience of totalitarian oppression and exile. Her novel, The Land of Green Plums, a tale of youth corroded by the monstrosities of Ceausescu's police state, is issued by Northwestern University Press. Other works include The Appointment.

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).