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River of Smoke

The Opium Wars bring new trials—and fresh adventures—to the cast of characters introduced in the rollicking Sea of Poppies.

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A Reading Life

The Art of Fielding

A talented shortstop's story enacts a familiar literary baseball myth.

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Last Man in Tower

The Booker Prize-winning author tells the story of a Mumbai apartment building where all the residents want to sell—except one.

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A Man of Parts

A fictional portrait of H.G. Wells reveals a thinker whose exploits on paper were rivalled by his exploits in the bedroom.

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The Night Circus

An immersive traveling performance and a duel between secretive enchanters combine in this tale of dreamlike suspense.

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A Reading Life

King of the Badgers

The inhabitants of a small English town respond to a shocking crime.

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You Deserve Nothing

A teacher devoted to his students becomes the object of more than academic interest.

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The Foreigners

Two women with dreams of renewal arrive in a Buenos Aires teetering on the brink of disaster.

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Train Dreams

The author of Tree of Smoke follows a railroad man's journey through a mythic America.

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Starting from Happy

Two people try to find love together despite themselves.

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Tove Jansson's Art of Play

A sly -- and sometimes dark -- bohemianism infuses the grown-up fiction of the Moomintroll creator.

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The Submission

A committee's choice rocks a city in a novel that confronts questions of grief and the ownership of memory.

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House of Holes: A Book of Raunch

From the author of The Fermata, a headlong dive into surreal sexual hijinks.

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The Call

A novel traces the ordinary—and extraordinary—challenges of life as a New England veterinarian.

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Busy Monsters

In the pursuit of love, a hapless hero goes hunting Bigfoot.

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