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Trespass

 A plot of French farmland, coveted by old residents and new arrivals, becomes the catalyst for violence.

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The Instructions

A precocious boy sets himself against injustice and casts himself as a new Messiah in Adam Levin's darkly comic, epic-length debut.

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The Wake of Forgiveness

A South Texas drama of fathers, sons, and horses unfolds with Faulknerian grandeur.

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The Finkler Question

This year's Booker Prize winner is a  talkative, masterful comedy that delights and disturbs.

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Great House

A desk passes from writer to writer, mapping the connections between them.

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The False Friend

An alpha-female of the schoolyard is visited by the memory of a haunting crime.

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In Brief

The Blindness of the Heart

A powerful novel of the numbing effects of violence and war on a German mother.

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Nemesis

A new novel on a polio outbreak in Newark in the 1940s brings Philip Roth's recent series of short fictions into surprising focus.

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The Pleasure Seekers

Enjoyments both physical and otherwise can wind up both a purpose of life, and a perpetual danger, suggests this warm-hearted family tale.

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The Wilding

Mother Nature's dark side comes to the fore in Benamin Percy's tale of a woodland excursion gone wrong.

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By Nightfall

A mid-life search for meaning in an increasingly commodified world, from the author of The Hours.

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A Curable Romantic

A lovelorn demon makes appointments with Sigmund Freud in this novel of fin de siecle Vienna.

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Skippy Dies

Paul Murray embraces tragedy and ribald comedy with a coming-of-age tale set in an Irish boys' school.

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You Were Wrong

An obnoxious stepfather, a lovely burglar, and an overwhelmed young math teacher wrestle with words.

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Man in the Woods

A rescue gone wrong puts a tale of crime, punishment, and forgiveness in motion.

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