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Every Contact Leaves a Trace

Elanor Dymott’s debut novel retraces the rivalries between recently murdered Rachel and her mysterious friends, as husband Alex begins to unravel his wife's secret double life.

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The Whispering Muse

Icelandic fabulist Sjón presents a tale of oddball merchants sailing on the Black Sea, set as a modern retelling of the Argonauts' pursuit of the Golden Fleece.

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Falling to Earth

Marah, Illinois, 1925: a man, his family, his home and his lumberyard survive the deadliest tornado in U.S. history.  Kate Southwood’s ambitious novel begins in the wreckage.  A Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Astragal

A cult classic of 1960s France returns, newly reissued: a prisoner breaks her ankle escaping her cell, and is nursed back to health by a small time crook in this Godard-style tale of love on the run. 

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Z

Theresa Anne Fowler imagines the Jazz Age revelry of Zelda Sayre -- muse, wife, and raison d'être of F. Scott Fitzgerald -- as told by Zelda herself, in this artful ballad of the Lost Generation.

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Odds Against Tomorrow

In a near future, corporations place bets on natural disasters so as to bypass their own culpability.  Nathaniel Rich's debut novel proves a scathing, hilarious satire of ecological ruin and mass-market greed.

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Woke Up Lonely

A Cincinatti cult leader who promises to cure humanity of loneliness must first cure his own, in Fiona Maazel's globe-spanning comedy of secret agents and offbeat philosophy.

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Blood of Dragons

In the lost city of Kelsingra, war is brewing, and the existence of dragonkind itself hangs in the balance. The Rain Wilds Chronicles comes to an exhilarating climax with a new epic from Robin Hobbs.

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All That Is

The author of A Sport and a Pastime returns with his first full-length novel in over thirty years.  A tale of love and loss follows an ex-Naval officer coming of age in a new combat zone.

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Ghana Must Go

The death of a brilliant surgeon and flawed father reunites the disparate family he abandoned years earlier in suburban Accra, in Taiye Selasi's debut novel of jolting candor and the power of unconditional love. A 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection. Read our interview with Selasi here.

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Hemlock Grove

With its forthcoming adaptation into a Netflix series upon us, now is a great time to read Brian McGreevey's chilling modern take on werewolf mythology.

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Beautiful Ruins

Spanning Hollywood, Italy, and Pacific Northwest over five decades, Jess Walter's movie-biz comedy is a tale of reunited lovers, Richard Burton, crafty idealism, and the impeccably named Hotel Adequate View.  A BN Review Best Fiction of 2012 selection, and a Tournament of Books Finalist.

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HHhH

Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler's most feared disciple, met his end in broad daylight on a crowded Prague avenue.  But who were his dual assassins?  Laurent Binet's novel – a 2013 Tournament of Books Finalist -- follows their desperate mission. 

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Arcadia

Lauren Groff renders a kaleidoscopic view of a hippie commune’s arduous slog to utopia, as seen through the knowing eyes of lifetime resident Ridley “Little Bit” Stone.  A 2013 Tournament of Books Finalist.

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A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

Twin sisters Saba and Mahteb come of age in 1980s Iran, obsessing over American pop culture, until revolution tears them apart.  Saba dreams that Mahteb has been swept away to the States, but will the two girls be reunited? A vivid evocation of a young woman facing a radically changing world.  A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Fellow Mortals

A carelessly discarded match ignites a raging fire that destroys a neighborhood and changes the victims' lives in this soulful and compassionate debut novel.  A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Wise Men

Stuart Nadler renders an elegiac portrait of post-WWII Cape Cod,  as which teenager Hilly Wise's budding romance with the niece of his home's caretaker is shattered by his racist father.  An ambitious saga of prejudice, class, and family secrets.

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The Rainbow Troops

A phenomenal bestseller in the author's native Indonesia, and already turned into a highly praised film, this semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel by Andrea Hirata charts the fortunes of a posse of poor young students eager for knowledge in a culture where such aspirations are not always honored among their socio-economic class.

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The River Swimmer

A divorced professor, reunited with his high school sweetheart, and seventeen year old Thad Love, a swimming phenom prone to fistfights, star in Jim Harrison’s matched pair of novellas.

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The Death of Bees

Fifteen-year-old Marnie Doyle and her kid sister Nelly are on their own: free from their neglectful parents, and living with a little secret buried in the backyard.  By turns whimsical and macabre, Lisa O’Donnell’s debut novel has been named a Discover Great New Writers selection for Spring 2013.

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Parlor Games

Is May Dugas a glamorous baroness, or a con artist named the world's ''most dangerous woman'' by her foes at the Pinkerton Detective Agency?  Based on true events, Maryka Biaggio's novel tracks a grifter's daring ruse through early 20th century high society.

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Testing the Current

William McPherson’s modern classic – a wry and winning story of a boy’s life in a Depression-era Midwestern town -- is brought back to glorious life in this new edition.  The Pulitzer-winning author brings a journalist’s eye to an idyllic world threatened by the secrets, prejudices and vanities of its privileged inhabitants.

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Ways of Going Home

Readers suffering from Roberto Bolaño withdrawal: look no further.  Alejandro Zambra's fifth novel begins with an earthquake and only shakes up from there, as the story of a Chilean boy enlisted by mysterious forces to spy on his uncle inventively alternates with a tale of an author's familial ties to Pinochet's regime.

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Prosperous Friends

Can this marriage be saved?  Ned and Isabel are attractive, talented, and on a quest to understand why their partnership seems headed for failure.  Christine Schutt's slender yet powerful novel examines modern love with a poet's insight.

 

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Rage is Back

Adam Mansbach's novel of NYC graffiti artists with a justifiable grudge echoes the best work of Tom Robbins, Tom Wolfe and Edward Abbey.  As corrupt politicos are confronted by a ragtag group of the angry dispossessed, Rage is Back brings the flavor of the 1960s into the era of the Occupy movement.

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Happy Moscow

Exhumed some sixty years after its composition, long after it was judged too transgressive for publication, this satirical novel by Soviet-era author Andrey Platonov stars a heroine named Moscow. Her wild, allegorical odyssey through Stalin's empire traces her journey from innocent excitement to hard-won experience.

 

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By Blood

A disgraced professor finds himself able to overhear the therapy sessions in the office next door, and a young woman’s occluded journey into her family history becomes his obsession -- and ours. Ellen Ullman’s novel is a haunted and haunting vision of madness, shot through with grace. One of our picks for Best Fiction of 2012.

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

This Swedish debut might recall the work of Tom Robbins and J. P. Donleavy's The Ginger Man -- if Donleavy's hero had been a reprobate centenarian. Bolting from his nursing home, Allan Karlsson  encounters rollicking adventures in both the present and in  flashbacks into his eventful life. Already being filmed, Jonas Jonasson's novel has won acclaim across Europe.

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Zoo Time

Trust the witty Howard Jacobson to transcend any melancholy or self-pity about the condition of his stymied novelist hero, whose talents these days are more directed at conducting  shocking relationships than at putting words to paper. But this rambunctious comedy asserts that while our basest desires are eternal, maybe our noblest ones are, too.

 

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Birds of a Lesser Paradise

This story collection from Megan Mayhew Bergman charts the intersection of the human heart with the wild and domestic animals that share the planet with us. Human vicissitudes and victories find their perfect expression in a dog's fondness for eating socks or a parrot's ability to mimic the voice of a departed loved one.  A Discover Great New Writers selection.

 

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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

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