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The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

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Papers in the Wind

In this insightful novel by Eduardo Sacheri, a young girl left destitute by the death of her soccer-playing father is uplifted by the bold schemes of her uncle, his pals, and one newbie player to the professional leagues.

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The Brunist Day of Wrath

Forty-eight years after the release of his eerie debut The Origin of the Brunists, iconoclast Robert Coover delivers a sequel of an ominous cult that forms in the wake of a mining disaster, spooking their pious township as they prepare for a worldwide reckoning.

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On Earth as It Is in Heaven

Say "Italian prize fighter" and one thinks Jake La Motta or Rocky Graziano.  But Davide Enia's bold and colorful novel featuring a Sicilian lad who embarks on a pugilistic career swings big, with a brawling cast of larger-than-life men and women learned in low crime and hard knocks.

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The Roving Party

Set in Tasmania during the early nineteenth century, Rohan Wilson's novel chronicles a despicable era of anti-aboriginal violence, with shades of Cormac McCarthy and Homeric tragedy for good measure.

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A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain

Adrianne Harun plumbs the depths of rural despair with an eclectic cast of characters who face not only the traditional pitfalls of drugs and poverty, but also the malign supernatural attentions of an itinerant musician who might be Old Scratch himself.

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The Guest Cat

Popular Japanese poet Takashi Hiraide's charming fable depicts the enigmatic ways by which a mysteriously wise cat remakes the stultified existence of a moribund husband and wife who have lost all joy in each other.

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The Sun and Other Stars

Brigid Pasulka unfolds young Etto's grief and redemption in the small Italian Riviera town of San Benedetto, where he finds an unlikely path back to joy in the company of Ukrainian soccer star Yuri Fil and his alluring sister.

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Thirty Girls

Susan Minot weaves the plight of a passel of teenage Ugandans captured by a guerilla group with the experiences of a Western journalist, offering a multivalent take on chaos and cruelty in a tumultuous country.

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The Parallel Apartments

A pregnant Texas woman's odyssey to New York includes encounters with serial killers, opera singers, and a collision course with her family secrets.

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Still Life with Bread Crumbs

When a once-famed photographer heads for the hills into country life, she literally finds love among the trees, with a roofer able to expand the lens of her worldview.  A shining portrait of unexpected romance from Anna Quindlen (One True Thing).

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The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel

A neurotic's love story, set in the fictional nation of Scalvusia in 1939.  Magdalena Zyzak creates an unforgettable antihero in Barnabas, an innocent farmer lusting after the gypsy concubine who enchants his doomed village.

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The Visionist

The City of Hope is a 1840s Shaker community in search of their Visionist, a seer of mystical trances.  When fifteen-year old runaway Polly Kimball seeks shelter in the City, a volatile chain of revelations is ignited.

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Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Who could own the heart of Robert Louis Stevenson, the adventurous creator of Jekyll, Hyde, and Treasure Island?  Only Fanny Osbourne, a brave globetrotter deserving of her own historical novel: this gem from author Nancy Horan.

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Pig's Foot

Cuban-born dancer Carlos Acosta has penned his first novel: one man's quest to find the story of his family tree, and the meaning behind an inherited swine hoof amulet.

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Andrew's Brain

In Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, E.L. Doctorow chronicled the reaches of American enterprise and ambition.  Now he ventures to new terrain: the internal mind, and a cognitive scientist's memories of his traumatic life.

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The Empty Chair

Bruce Wagner's poetic oddity shines in novellas charting two "gurus": a Buddhist looking for peace in Big Sur after the death of his son, and an aging party animal getting a second chance at her abandoned voyage to India.

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Report from the Interior

Young turk Paul Auster (the New York Trilogy) is now sixty-six years old, casting a nostalgic eye back at his New Jersey youth in the evocative, keen-eyed manner of his street-level fiction.

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TransAtlantic

Dublin native Colum McCann crisscrosses oceans and eras in a multigenerational saga that pulls both Irish and American figures out of history and into a singular work of imagination, adventure and emotion.  One of Barnes and Noble's Best New Fiction Books of 2013.

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The Apartment

Greg Baxter's single-day tale of an American ex-pat on an apartment search with a mysterious woman cleverly weaves a simple love story with meditations on current tensions between the US and a new Europe.

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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

This charming fable by South Korean author Sun-mi Hwang is a bestseller in her native land, and promises to enchant readers in English as well, delivering a touching tale about the modest aspirations of a common hen and her uncommon strength of character.

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Blinding: Volume 1

This ambitious bildungsroman by Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu focuses on a teenager and the magical-realist milieu through which he strives to grow into an untarnished adulthood.

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Gilgi

With its first presentation in English, Irmgard Keun's revolutionary and audacious 1931 novel about a little shopgirl who dared should now find the wider audience it fully deserves.

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S.

Doug Dorst (The Surf Guru) brings to life a unique mystery from the imagination of co-author (and director of the upcoming Star Wars sequels) J. J. Abrams: a novel designed to look like a library book filled with news reports, postcards, and two lovers' mash notes.

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The Dream Maker

Jean-Christophe Rufin's novel brings to vivid life the exemplary career of a little known medieval paragon:  Jacques Coeur, banker, visionary and crafter of the glory that was France.

 

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Doomed

Fight Club author Palahniuk reanimates his dead tweener heroine Madison Spencer for another feisty shamble through the brain-dead lives of mere mortals.

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The Good Lord Bird

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. The astonishing odyssey of a boy plucked out of slavery by the radical abolitionist John Brown is a marvel of storytelling in the tradition of Mark Twain. And don't miss our revealing interview with author James McBride about the challenges and joys of irreverently rewriting history.

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The Elixir of Immortality

An ancient family who has passed down instructions to achieving eternal life for centuries faces extinction when its last descendant realizes he has no heirs to whom he can entrust the secret.

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We All Sleep in the Same Room

In Paul Rome's rousing debut novel, a New York labor lawyer grows intensely attached to his cases (an abused receptionist, a teacher who fears deportation) and his young new assistant.  A taut and stylistically vanguard legal drama.

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We Are Water

Bestselling author Wally Lamb delivers an affecting story of a Connecticut family in upheaval as its wife and mother leaves and plans to marry a successful businesswoman.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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