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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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Dirty Love

The author of House of Sand and Fog elegantly chronicles the tragedies and epiphanies of average Joes and Janes, in four bittersweet novellas of grace, ingenuity and intimacy.

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The Last Banquet

A man who has an insatiable quest to taste every flavor in existence is the engaging protagonist of this sensuous novel set against the backdrop of the French Enlightenment.

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The Black Spider

This infamously creepy horror tale recounts a remote Swiss village coming into contact with pure evil, and the horrifying consequences of one woman's defiance.

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The Night Guest

A thrilling psychological portrait of an aging mother, isolated in her home by the Australian seaside until she receives a visit from a live-in nurse with dark secrets of her own.

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Vintage Attraction

A frustrated young teacher and a bewitching sommelier begin a love affair as complicated as the flavors beneath a Pinot Noir in this unique and scintillating novel.

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As Flies to Whatless Boys

Young love blossoms in the colonies of 19th-century Trinidad, as two Brits wrestle with the limitations of social class, and a rebellion that yields tragic consequences.

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Songs of Willow Frost

A Chinese-American orphan boy believes he's found his mother - now an exotic Hollywood starlet - in this sweeping novel of Depression-era Seattle.

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Tinderbox

A seemingly innocuous nanny starts showing a darker side to her psychotherapist employer in Lisa Gornick's creepy, perceptive novel.

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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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