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Father of the Rain

A daughter fights to survive the emotional cyclone of her family's needs.

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An American Type

The final posthumous volume of autobiographical fiction from Henry Roth—seven decades after his legendary debut, Call It Sleep.

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Work Song

Morrie Morgan is back, hiding out from Chicago gangsters in a Montana mining town.

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

A tale of love and intrigue set in the cultural cross-currents of 19th-century Nagasaki, from the author of Cloud Atlas.

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A Fierce Radiance

A World War II effort to develop antibiotics—and the ethical complications that arise—are seen through the lens of a photographer's eye.

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Imperial Bedrooms

The author revisits the characters of his debut novel, Less Than Zero, in a Los Angeles haunted by dread.

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Walks with Men

In Ann Beattie's latest novella, a young writer (much like the author) receives a misleading tutorial.

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The Passage

Justin Cronin's hefty new work of modern fantasy promises to transport the reader away from everyday cares—but can it deliver?

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

This girl tastes life's flavors more intently than most.

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Witz

In this overstuffed, satirical tale, the last Jew alive becomes the object of the world's fascination, desires, and fears.

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The Red Thread

The trials and triumphs of an adoption agency's director are at the heart of this emotional tale. Read more...

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The Bradshaw Variations

Rachel Cusk's new novel attempts a contemporary reprise of a Tolstoyan melody.

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Girl in Translation

Jean Kwok's novel of a Chinese-American girl's life is woven through with hard-won knowledge.

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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

A "so-called believer" explores the argument and art of Philip Pullman's reimagining of gospel narratives.

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Georg Letham: Physician and Murderer

A new look at an Austrian novel that charts a doctor's unique and uncertain path to redemption.

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