Fiction Stars 2000

January - June

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.
Titles are listed by approximate date of publication, then alphabetically by author. Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine - unless otherwise noted.

~ June ~ May ~ April ~ March ~ February ~ January


  • In the Name of Salome
    Author: Alvarez, Julia
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 23.95 ISBN: 1565122763 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    Based on the lives of two heroic Latin women, Alvarez's sweeping fourth novelspans more than 100 years in the tumultuous history of the Caribbean.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Latino/Latina Stars | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 5/11/00
  • Emotionally Weird
    Author: Atkinson, Kate
    Publisher: Picador $ 25 ISBN: 0312203241 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In this thoroughly original and hilarious new novel from the author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum, a mother and daughter take refuge in the house of their ancestors in Scotland and spin tales of their lives, as strange things begin to happen around them.
    Updated 4/19/00.
  • The Angel on the Roof: The Stories of Russell Banks
    Author: Banks, Russell
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 27.50 ISBN: 0060173963 Date: 2000
    star PW starLibrary Journal
    Broad in scope and rich in imagination, this new collection by the author of Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter includes the best of his previous anthologies, newly revised, plus nine new short stories
    Updated 6/6/00.
  • The Marines of Autumn
    Author: Brady, James
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312262000 Date: 2000
    star PW
    The Korean War affected the lives of all Americans, yet little is known beyond "M*A*S*H". This new novel of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign is about Tom Verity, a man brought to Korea to monitor Chinese radio transmissions. Within hours, he is thrust into MacArthur's last daring foray and witnesses firsthand the horrors of war.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Marines
    Updated 4/27/00.
  • The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes
    Author: Bram, Christopher
    Publisher: Morrow $ 26 ISBN: 0688175694 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    From the imagination that created Father of Frankenstein, the basis for the Academy Award-winning film Gods and Monsters, comes an emotionally riveting historical novel about an improvisational pianist who believes his music is sometimes inspired by the spirit world.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 5/4/00.
  • When I Was Five I Killed Myself
    Author: Buten, Howard
    Publisher: Overlook $ 19.95 ISBN: 1585670391 Date: 2000
    star PW
    First published in the U.S. as a young adult novel, Buten's bittersweet portrayal of childhood received wide acclaim. In France, it has come to be considered a modern classic for children and adults alike, with more than a million sold. This is eight-year-old Burton Rembrant's story as written in pencil on the walls of the Quiet Room at a home for disturbed children.
    Updated 4/13/00.
  • The Tale of Murasaki
    Author: Dalby, Liza
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385497946 Date: 2000
    star Library Jounral
    "The Tale of Murasaki" brings vividly to life the fascinating 11th-century world of the creator of Japan's enduring masterpiece, The Tale of Genji. Liza Dalby is not only a most remarkable scholar of Japan--she is a keen storyteller".--Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha.
    The Tale of Muraraki web site.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 6/6/00.
  • Diamond Dust: Stories
    Author: Desai, Anita
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 12 (trade paper) ISBN: 061804213x Date: 2000
    star Library Journal starBooklist
    Gathering together radiant new stories, Diamond Dust travels from India to the American Northeast, deftly exploring the tensions between social obligation and personal independence, between old traditions and new.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
    Updated 6/12/00.
  • Saving Elijah
    Author: Dorf, Fran
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 039914630x Date: 2000
    star PW
    Updated 4/19/00.
  • Jim the Boy
    Author: Earley, Tony
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316199648 Date: 2000
    star PW starLibrary Journal
    A ten-year-old boy takes his first tentative steps toward adulthood in a tiny southern town in the early 20th century, measuring himself against the high standards set by his mother and uncles and the long shadows cast by his dead father.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5/19/00.
  • Cross Dressing
    Author: Fitzhugh, Bill
    Publisher: Avon $ 24 ISBN: 0380977567 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    An advertising man is forced to impersonate his twin brother, a Catholic priest, in this audacious satire from the acclaimed author of Pest Control. Soon, Dan finds himself admiring the good-looking, gun-toting Sister Peg, who gives him impure thoughts about renouncing his vow - not that he ever took one.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction | Twins | Satirical Stars
    Updated 4/19/00.
  • A & R
    Author: Flanagan, Bill
    Publisher: Random House $ 23.95 ISBN: 0375502661 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    James Joyce meets Hunter S. Thompson" (Boston Globe), in this wise and wickedly funny story - written by a music industry veteran and senior VP of VH1 - about a new golden boy at a major record label who uncovers a plot to depose its founder.
    Suggested Reading: Music - Fiction Stars
    Updated 6/22/00.
  • The Best of Jackson Payne
    Author: Fuller, Jack
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375405356 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist starLibrary Journal
    A musicologist sets out to explain the life and work of the tormented African-American jazz saxophone player, Jackson Payne. As he discovers the family secrets that tortured Payne and the musical doubts that haunted him, the musicologist begins to fathom the depths of his own obsessions.
    Suggested Reading: Music - Fiction Stars | All Stars
    Updated 5/19/00.
  • The Sooterkin
    Author: Gilling, Tom
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670891525 Date: 2000
    star PW
    This wickedly funny, magical, upside-down epic from Down Under holds up a mirror to history and human nature. It opens in the winter of 1821 as a seal pup is born to ex-convict Sarah Dyer and her husband, William, a dishonorably discharged soldier.
    Updated 6/22/00.
  • Wild Life
    Author: Gloss, Molly
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0684867982 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW starBooklist
    A free-thinking, fiercely independent writer of women's adventure stories finds herself in a mysterious world that challenges her concept of reality, after she agrees to join a search party for a missing child who has disappeared in the Great Northwest Woods.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7/5/00.
  • Bee Season
    Author: Goldberg, Myla
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385498799 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    "Myla Goldberg's Bee Season is a bittersweet coming-of-age in which wise little Eliza Naumann's quirky passion for spelling bees unites and divides her family while revealing universal truths about the often crippling pain of love".--Martha McPhee, author of Bright Angel Time.
    Suggested Reading: Bittersweet Stars
    Updated 6/12/00.
  • Blood Latitudes
    Author: Harrison, William
    Publisher: MacMurray & Beck $ 24.95 ISBN: 1878448978 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    In the harrowing and uncertain world of modern Africa, retired journalist Will Hobbs searches for his missing son, who has disappeared into the turbulent continent in search of stories, just as his father had once done. A journey through dark rings of conflict and famine, of passion and glimmering hope. - Publisher marketing.
    Updated 4/13/00.
  • The Question of Bruno
    Author: Hemon, Aleksandar
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 038549923x Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist starLibrary Journal
    A novella and stories linked by characters, by locations, and by interwoven substories, The Question of Bruno is set in Chicago and Sarajevo and is a book about the trauma of war and how an exile makes a new life in a new land.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Former Yugoslavia
    Updated 7/20/00.
  • Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District
    Author: Katchor, Ben
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 22 ISBN: 0375401059 Date: 2000
    star PW
    From one of the most poetic and gifted comic-strip artists working today - and author of The Jew of New York - comes the first collection about his beloved protagonist, Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels
    Updated 6/30/00.
  • Windchill Summer
    Author: Mailer, Norris Church
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375503196 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Absorbing summer reading for fans of Bailey White and Lee Smith: A fresh and funny debut novel that brings to life a host of unforgettable characters coming of age in a small town in Arkansas during the summer of 1969.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Summertime Stars
    Updated 4/13/00.
  • Dream Stuff: Stories
    Author: Malouf, David
    Publisher: Schocken $ 22 ISBN: 0375420533 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    From the internationally acclaimed author of Remembering Babylon comes a collection of evocative stories that encompass a half-century of Australian life. From tropical settings to backsoil country, from the aboriginal outback to city streets, these stories conjure the complexity of memory and the stuff of dreams.
    Updated 4/19/00.
  • The Other Side: A Novel of the Civil War
    Author: McColley, Kevin
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0684857626 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In the tradition of Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels, the author of Praying to a Laughing God takes an epic look at the Civil War through the eyes of one young man, as he makes a harrowing journey from the innocence of Ohio farm life to the violence of the battlefield.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Civil War Fiction Stars
    Updated 5/11/00.
  • Stop Breaking Down
    Author: McManus, John
    Publisher: Picador $ 18 ISBN: 0312262787 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Tales of young people pushed to the brink of endurance and survival - from the Smoky Mountains and the deserts of Utah to the Pacific Northwest and the Washington beltway -highlight this short-story collection written by a 22-year-old graduate of Goucher College.
    Updated 6/12/00.
  • Becoming Madame Mao
    Author: Min, Anchee
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 0681004076 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal starBooklist starPW
    From the bestselling author of Red Azalea comes a strikingly original, erotically charged portrayal of Madame Mao, one of the most vilified women of the 20th century.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars | Asian American Stars | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 4/13/00.
  • Living To Tell
    Author: Nelson, Antonya
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0684839334 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    In this deeply affecting novel, an author who has been selected by The New Yorker as one of the best American fiction writers under forty weaves a rich tapestry of family life that encompasses pregnancy, suicide, broken hearts, addiction, redemption, mortality, and forgiveness.
    Updated 6/12/00.
  • Plowing the Dark
    Author: Powers, Richard
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux $ 25 ISBN: 0374236412 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starLibrary Journal starPW
    On the shores of Puget Sound, a band of virtual reality researchers is building an empty white room that can become a jungle, a painting, or a cathedral. In a war-torn Mediterranean city, an American is held hostage in another empty white room. These two remote places will be linked by the power of the imagination.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4/13/00.
  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
    Author: Robbins, Tom
    Publisher: Bantam $ 27.50 ISBN: 0553107755 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    The bestselling author of Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas and Skinny Legs and All makes his triumphant return. Robbins explores, challenges, mocks, and celebrates virtually every major aspect of our contemporary era as he brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he's ever created.
    Updated 4/13/00.
  • An Obedient Father
    Author: Sharma, Akhil
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux $ 23 ISBN: 0374105014 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    Ram, a Delhi school inspector, supports his daughter and granddaughter by collecting bribes for a Congress Party boss. On the eve of Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, one reckless act bares the lifetime of violence and sexual shame behind Ram's dingy public career and thrusts him into a deadly political campaign. A debut novel .
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
    Updated 7/5/00.
  • Chang and Eng
    Author: Strauss, Darin
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525945121 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
    Everyone has a story to tell. Some of us even have two. Born attached at the chest, Chang and Eng Bunker were the Siamese twins for whom the term was coined, one of the 19th century's most fabled oddities. Narrated by Eng during the final moments of his life, Chang and Eng follows the extraordinary lives of the twins from poverty to wealth, from hopeless solititude to boundless love, from the court of the King of Siam to the crowded bedroom of their North Carolina home. Chang and Eng is an unforgettable and sublimely moving story that reveals the longings and humanity of these remarkable twins. - Publisher marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Biographical Fiction | Twins
    Updated 4/6/00.
  • First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa: Stories
    Author: Stuckey-French, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22 ISBN: 038549971x Date: 2000
    star PW
    Updated 5/11/00.
  • Marrying the Mistress
    Author: Trollope, Joanna
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670891509 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal starKirkus starPW
    What happens when the esteemed head of a family - an English judge - announces he is leaving a 40-year marriage to marry his mistress? This provocative new novel is quintessential Trollope, combining her trademark sensitivity with a new boldness and unsentimental honesty.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5/4/00.

~ June ~ May ~ April ~ March ~ February ~ January


  • The Toughest Indian In the World: Stories
    Author: Alexie, Sherman
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly $ 24 ISBN: 0871138018 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist starKirkus
    The author of Reservation Blues now presents an anthology pf love stories--his first since the bestselling The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4/17/00.
  • The Boomer
    Author: Asher, Marty
    Publisher: Knopf $ 15 ISBN: 0375410090 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Poignant, funny, persistently powerful, this meditation explores human finitude, the hollowness lurking behind the smooth surface of American life and dreams, and the lost hopes, rage, and loneliness that overtake a generation at middle-aged maturity. 100 illustrations.
    Updated 4/6/00.
  • The Year of Jubilo: A Novel of the Civil War
    Author: Bahr, Howard
    Publisher: Henry Holt $ 25 ISBN: 0805059725 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW starLibrary Journal
    Written with scrupulous respect for historical accuracy, The Year of Jubilo is the story of Civil War soldier Gawain Harper, who returns to his home in Cumberland, Mississippi, only to find that a showdown awaits him that once again pits South against North, and dignity against defeat.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Civil War Fiction | All Stars
    Updated 3/16/00.
  • The Feast of Love
    Author: Baxter, Charles
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 0375410198 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In vignettes both comic and sexy, men and women speak of and desire the ideal mates who may be hiding in the unmapped sphere of possibilities living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Characters' voices resonate together in a tapestry that depicts the most irresistible arena of life.
    Updated 3/15/00.
  • Tuff
    Author: Beatty, Paul
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375401229 Date: 2000
    star PW
    When 19-year-old Winston "Tuffy" Foshay is offered $20,000 to run for city council, he gamely embarks on one of the most outlandish campaigns in political history, one that topples both his vision of the world and his place in it.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 4/14/00.
  • Headlock
    Author: Berlin, Adam
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 21.95 ISBN: 1565122666 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Suggested Reading: Take a Gamble
    Updated 4/17/00.
  • Trans-Sister Radio
    Author: Bohjalian, Chris
    Publisher: Harmony $ 24 ISBN: 0609604074 Date: 2000
    star PW
    The bestselling author of Midwives and The Law of Similars now uses subtlety to explore the very nature of love and identity.
    Updated 4/13/00.
  • Half A Heart
    Author: Brown, Rosellen
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 24 ISBN: 0374299870 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In this unforgettable novel about race and motherhood from the bestselling author of Before and After, Miriam Vener's life is suddenly shattered with the appearance, after almost 18 years, of Ronnee, her biracial daughter. Raised by her father, Ronnee wrestles with her fury at her mother's mysterious disappearance from her life in this story of estrangement, intimacy, and identity.
  • Deus Lo Volt! A Chronicle of the Crusades
    Author: Connell, Evan S.
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 30 ISBN: 1582430659 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal starKirkus
    God Wills It! From the best selling author of Son of the Morning Star comes a magisterial recounting of the Crusades, telling - in stunning immediacy - one soldier's first-hand experience of the defining war of Christendom. - Publisher marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Crusades
    Updated 3/21/00.
  • Eating Naked
    Author: Dobyns, Stephen
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 23 ISBN: 0805060227 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In his first collection of stories, Dobyns, peerless chronicler of the menace and unease that lurk in small-town America, turns his attention to the dark, inescapable forces that test the patience, fidelity, and even good sense of the most ordinary people. The 16 stories range from surreal to poignant, from chilling to comic.
  • Hunts in Dreams
    Author: Drury, Tom
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 22 ISBN: 039594113x Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
    One of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists" returns to the American Midwest with a powerful and often funny chronicle of one October weekend in the lives of a precarious family. Hunts in Dreams is guided by a wry and warm-hearted sensibility and populated with appealingly flawed characters whose quirks, desires, and self-contradictions are our own."--Wally Lamb.
    Updated 3/16/00.
  • Light at Dusk
    Author: Gadol, Peter
    Publisher: Picador $ 24 ISBN: 0312203365 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In this atmospheric new novel by the author of The Long Rain, three Americans launch a desperate search across Paris for a kidnapped boy. In the process, they must challenge the moral burdens of their past, and in an attempt to rescue the child, find a way to redeem themselves.
    Suggested Reading: Paris Stars
  • Stern Men
    Author: Gilbert, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0395836220 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    In this big, wise, funny first novel, the fishing feud between two Maine islands escalates daily until Ruth Thomas gets a glimpse of Owen Wishnell, a silent young Courne Haven Adonis with a preternatural gift for catching lobsters. Their passion is fast, furious, and forbidden. Their only hope is an unlikely truce.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3/16/00.
  • The Binding Chair: A Visit from the Foot Emancipation Society
    Author: Harrison, Kathryn
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0679450009 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW starLibrary Journal
    This mesmerizing novel by the author of the bestselling The Kiss is set in alluring Shanghai at the turn of the century, and it tells the story of two women whose lives intertwine - fascinating, tiny-footed Mai and Alice, her Western niece.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
    Updated 3/16/00.
  • Sam the Cat
    Author: Klam, Matthew
    Publisher: Random $ 22.95 ISBN: 0679457453 Date: 2000
    star PW
    An O. Henry Award winner, with a cult following in literary circles, distills into nine high-energy stories the pure, comically painful truth about young men and women trying to get it on with each other and on with their lives.
    Updated 4/19/00.
  • Stonedial
    Author: Konrad, George
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151006199 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    Updated 3/13/00.
  • The Fundamentals of Play
    Author: Macy, Caitlin
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375504133 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Sometimes funny, sometimes melancholy, always surprising, The Fundamentals of Play evokes with assurance and originality the twilight of an American aristocracy. It also is the debut of a commanding new voice in American fiction.
    Updated 4/6/00.
  • Anil's Ghost
    Author: Ondaatje, Michael
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375410538 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    In modern day Sri Lanka, a forensic anthropologist is sent by an international human rights group to discover the source of the organized campaigns of murder engulfing the island.
    Updated 4/3/00.
  • Destiny
    Author: Parks, Tim
    Publisher: Arcade $ 24.95 ISBN: 1559705175 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Updated 3/16/00.
  • Buddha's Little Finger
    Author: Pelevin, Viktor
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670891681 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    In this hilarious novel about identity and Russian history, a leading St. Petersburg poet unexpectedly finds himself in the midst of the 1919 civil war in Russia, serving as commissar to the legendary Bolshevik commander Vasily Ivanovich Chapaev and his machine-gunner sidekick, Anna.
    Updated 5/2/00
  • Motherkind
    Author: Phillips, Jayne Anne
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375401946 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    A major new novel from the author of Machine Dreams. The story of a young woman whose care for her dying mother coincides with the birth of her first child, and who must, in a single year, come to terms with the pairing of radiant beginnings and profound loss. - Publisher marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Hospice
    Updated 5/3/00.
  • Remembrance Day
    Author: Porter, Henry
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0684865491 Date: 2000
    After witnessing a London bus explode, Constantine Lindow wakes up the next day to find himself in the hospital with two cops frowning down at him. To prove his innocence, he must locate a maniac who sets off bombs with nothing more than a cell phone.
    Suggested Reading: Terrorism
    Updated 7.12.05
  • Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War
    Author: Pressfield, Steven
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385492529 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW starLibrary Journal starBooklist
    The internationally bestselling author of Gates of Fire returns with a stunning novel of the Peloponnesian War and Alcibiades, the man whose heroics and passions fueled the epic struggle. Narrated by the conqueror's trusted bodyguard and hired assassin in a mesmerizing death-row confession, Tides of War is historical fiction at its finest - a full-bodied, flesh-and-blood retelling of one of history's pivotal conflicts.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars | Biographical Fiction | Ancient Greece
    Updated 4/3/00.
  • Lucy Crocker 2.0
    Author: Preston, Caroline
    Publisher: Scribner $ 22.50 ISBN: 068485449x Date:2000
    star Kirkus
    The author of the beloved Jackie by Josie promises to charm readers of Cathleen Schine and Diane Johnson with her eagerly awaited second novel about a computer-clueless mom who becomes a most unlikely cyberspace superstar.
    Updated 3/16/00.
  • The Battle
    Author: Rambaud, Patrick
    Publisher: Grove $ 25 ISBN: 0802116620 Date:2000
    star Kirkus starLibrary Jounral
    The winner of the Prix Goncourt and the Grand Prix du Roman de l'Academie Francaise, The Battle is a brilliant, compelling novelization of the battle of Essling, Napoleon's first major defeat.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 4/6/00.
  • Blameless
    Author: Reardon, Lisa
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375504052 Date:2000
    star Library Journal starBooklist
    While one of her young charges - quiet enough to be overlooked - lies dead in a closet, Mary Culpepper must wrestle with the fact that she's retreated from life. As a troubled relationship tightens around her, the trial of the dead child's mother approaches.
    Updated 4/3/00.
  • The Human Stain
    Author: Roth, Philip
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 27 ISBN: 0618059458 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starBooklist starPW
    Set in 1990s America, where conflicting moralities and ideological divisions are made manifest through public denunciations and rituals of purification, the newest novel by award-winning author Philip Roth concludes his eloquent trilogy of postwar American lives begun in American Pastoral and continued in I Married a Communist.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 3/23/00.
  • Pastoralia
    Author: Saunders, George
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 22.95 ISBN: 1573221619 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
    From an author named by The New Yorker as one of the "20 Best American Fiction Writers Under 40" comes a hilarious, inventive, unforgettable collection of stories. "A savage satirist with a sentimental streak."--The New York Times.
    Updated 4/6/00.
  • Gone for Soldiers: A Novel of the Mexican War
    Author: Shaara, Jeff
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 26.95 ISBN: 0345427505 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starLibrary Journal
    With his acclaimed bestsellers Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, Shaara expanded upon his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels. Now, in Gone for Soldiers, he carries readers back 15 years before that momentous conflict, when the Civil War's most familiar names were experiencing combat for the first time in the Mexican-American War.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 5/19/00.
  • Summit Avenue
    Author: Sharratt, Mary
    Publisher: Coffee House $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1566890977 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Updated 3/16/00.
  • Fool's Gold
    Author: Smith, Jane S.
    Publisher: Zoland $ 24 ISBN: 1581950195 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    Updated 5/2/00
  • White Teeth
    Author: Smith, Zadie
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375501851 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
    A spectacular, riotously entertaining epic set in post-World War II London, White Teeth is a novel of two families - the Joneses and the Iqbals - whose hilarious and tortured lives capture all the optimism and absurdity of the past half-century. "Zadie Smith's fizzing first novel is about how we all got here - from the Caribbean, from the Indian subcontinent, from 13th place in a long ago Olympic bicycle race - and about what "here" turned out to be."--Salman Rushdie.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction | Debuts | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 3/16/00.
  • The Man Who Wrote the Book
    Author: Tarloff, Erik
    Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 0609604686 Date: 2000
    star Library Jounral
    From the author of Face-Time comes an engaging, hilarious, sexy romp of a book about a college professor's unorthodox take on the academic imperative to publish or perish.
    Suggested Reading: Books about Books
    Updated 5/9/00.
  • The Pied Piper's Posion
    Author: Wallace, Christopher
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 1585670138 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    In 1648, the ancient town of Hamelin struggled to survive the most savage war Europe has ever known. In 1946, group of refuges is falling victim to a mysterious disease at a quarantine camp in Poland. Is there a connection between the two calamities?
    Suggested Reading: Folk and Fairy Tale Stars
    Updated 4/17/00.
  • Deep in the Heart
    Author: Warner, Sharon Oard
    Publisher: Dial $ 23.95 ISBN: 038532006x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Warner's first novel tells the story of two women living worlds apart in Austin, Texas, until difficult choices about love and motherhood force their lives to converge.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Married Man: A Love Story
    Author: White, Edmund
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 03754000052 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starLibrary Journal starBooklist
    Pushing 50, an American furniture scholar in Paris has an affair with a young and married French architect. In a desperate quest for health and happiness, they travel from Venice to Key West to Montreal to Providence. Finally, in the Sahara, their love is pushed to the ultimate crisis.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | AIDS
    Updated 5/19/00.


  • Ravelstein
    Author: Bellow, Saul
    Publisher: Viking $ 22.50 ISBN: 067084134x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW starBooklist starLibrary Journal
    When Abe Ravelstein, a brilliant professor, suggests that his friend write a memoir or life of him, the two share a celebratory trip to Paris where they explore thoughts on mortality, philosophy, history, old suits, and friends old and new. The mood of this journey turns more somber once they have returned to the Midwest and Ravelstein succumbs to AIDS in this elegy to friendship and lives well (or badly) lived.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | AIDS
  • Like Normal People
    Author: Bender, Karen E.
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0395945151 Date: 2000
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    An acclaimed debut already excerpted in The New Yorker, this novel follows Lena, a 45-year-old, child-like woman, and her day-long escape from her residential home with her troubled 11-year-old niece.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 4/3/00.
  • The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living
    Author: Clark, Martin
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375407251 Date: 2000
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    Undistracted by children, hobbies, or a rewarding marriage, Evers Wheeling, a semi-dissolute judge from Norton, North Carolina, is moving quickly down the road to nowhere - until the morning he is confronted by a young woman whose dim-witted brother is up on drug charges.
    Suggested Reading: Black Humor
  • Being Dead
    Author: Crace, Jim
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux $ 23 ISBN: 0374110131 Date: 2000
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    A haunting new novel about love, death and the afterlife by the award-winning author of Quarantine. Baritone Bay, mid-afternoon: A couple, naked, married almost 30 years, lies murdered in the dunes.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | After Life Stars
    Updated 4/17/00.
  • Pillars of Gold
    Author: Ellis, Alice Thomas
    Publisher: Moyer Bell $ 22.95 ISBN: 1559212845 Date: 2000
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  • Ladysmith
    Author: Foden, Giles
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375409203 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    From the author of the Whitbread Award-winning The Last King of Scotland comes a tale of a town under siege in colonial Africa during the Boer War, and a young woman who finds love and freedom in the midst of the horror and deprivation of war.
    Updated 4/13/00.
  • American Skin
    Author: de Grazia, Don
    Publisher: Scribner $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 0684862220 Date: 2000
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    A timeless story about a young man's need to find comfort and a sense of belonging, as well as a stunning portrait of the class and racial tensions that pervade our society, American Skin is the American story American literature is not complete without. . . . Full of images and humor and action and questions" (Carolyn Chute, author of The Beans of Egypt, Maine.
  • Requiem Shark
    Author: Griffin, Nicholas
    Publisher: Villard $ 23 ISBN: 0375503366 Date: 2000
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    Set in the 18th century's golden age of piracy, this literary debut is the tale of a young recruit, William Williams, and his forced apprenticeship to Captain Roberts, slaver-turned-pirate captain.
    Suggested Reading: Sea Stories | Historical Fiction Stars | Pirate Stars
  • More Than You Know
    Author: Gutcheon, Beth
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23 ISBN: 0688174035 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal starPW
    This haunting novel bridges two centuries, two mother-daughter relationships, and two tragic love stories in a small town called Dundee on the coast of Maine.
  • Keeneland
    Author: Hagy, Alyson
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0684855038 Date: 2000
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    A compelling novel set at Kentucky's Keeneland race track. When her estranged husband becomes indebted to impatient loan sharks, Kerry Connolly learns that liking a horse doesn't make it faster and loving one means genuine risk.
    Suggested Reading: Horse Tales
  • Never Love a Cowboy
    Author: Heath, Lorraine
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.50 (mass market paper) ISBN: 0380803305 Date: 2000
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    An award-winning author returns with an exuberant romance featuring the wayward son of an English earl who falls in love against his will with a sassy Texas saloon keeper's daughter.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 3/24/00.
  • Blue Bedspread
    Author: Jha, Raj Kamal
    Publisher: Random $ 21.95 ISBN: 0375503129 Date: 2000
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    Described by John Fowles as "remarkable, almost a coming of age of the Indian novel, " this powerful, penetrating debut work by a young Calcutta journalist is about the love and hope that can survive in the midst of family violence.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
    Updated 4/3/00.
  • Le Mariage
    Author: Johnson, Diane
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525945180 Date: 2000
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    In her sparkling, new comedy of manners, the bestselling author of Le Divorce puts a contemporary twist on this venerable form with her keen-eye portraits of modern-day Americans living in Paris.
    Suggested Reading: Paris Stars
    Updated 3/13/00.
  • Traveling Light
    Author: Kittle, Katrina
    Publisher: Warner $ 18.95 ISBN: 04465248085 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    A dancer-turned-school teacher encounters a string of bad luck in the form of a career-ending injury and the slow death of her brother but slowly to come to terms with life and relationships and discovers how fortunate she really is.
    Suggested Reading: AIDS
    Updated 4/17/00.
  • English Passengers
    Author: Kneale, Matthew
    Publisher: Doubleday/Talese $ 25 ISBN: 0385497431 Date: 2000
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    When a band of smugglers sails for Tasmania, believed to be the Garden of Eden, they find the British "civilization" of the aboriginal tribes is in full force. Each character has a voice in the narration in this bravura performance, which sets new standards for historical and nautical adventure writing.
    Suggested Reading: Sea Stories | Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars |
    Also, Kalimantaan by C.S. Godshalk.
  • Shopping
    Author: Kramer, Gavin
    Publisher: Soho $ 22 ISBN: 159471894 Date: 2000
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    Suggested Reading: Shopping
    Updated 4/3/00.
  • Mr. Phillips
    Author: Lanchester, John
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399146040 Date: 2000
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    With his eye for the telling detail, his ear for the commonplaces of speech that make us who we are, his sympathy for the very ordinariness that sets us each apart, the author of Debt of Pleasure has created another jewel of a novel.
  • In the Fall
    Author: Lent, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly $ 25 ISBN: 0871137658 Date: 2000
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    "An extraordinary first novel that bears no resemblance to a first novel" (Jim Harrison), In the Fall tells the heartrending story of three generations of an interracial American family, from the end of the Civil War to the Great Depression.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Civil War Fiction | All Stars | Debuts
  • Madame
    Author: Libera, Antoni
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 24 ISBN: 0374200068 Date: 2000
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    Madame is an unexpected gem: a first novel about Poland during the grim years of Soviet-controlled mediocrity - and the comic "sentimental education" of a schoolboy who falls in love with his French teacher.
  • Krupp's Lulu: Stories
    Author: Lish, Gordon
    Publisher: Four Walls Eight Windows $ 22 ISBN: 1568581548 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Updated 4/19/00.
  • No Great Mischief
    Author: MacLeod, Alistair
    Publisher: W.W. Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393049701 Date: 2000
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    This novel weaves together the story of a Scottish man who sets sail with his wife and 12 children for Cape Breton in 1779 and the tale of his descendant, who struggles with family loyalty 200 years later on the same bleak landscape.
    Updated 6/6/00.
  • Summer Gone
    Author: Macfarlane, David
    Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 0517702622 Date: 2000
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    This haunting novel about love experienced and love remembered is also an unforgettable celebration and evocation of the brief beauty of a northern summer.
    Suggested Reading: Summertime Stars
    Updated 3/21/00.
  • Shadow Baby
    Author: McGhee, Alison
    Publisher: Harmony $ 23 ISBN: 0609606328 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Shadow Baby is eleven-year-old Clara Winters' story. Clara, who lives with her no-frills mother Tara in the foothills of the Adirondacks, is obsessed by a need for family - or at the very least the knowledge of one. She learns that she had a twin sister who died at birth; she knows she must have a father somewhere; she knows little bits and pieces about her mother's father, whom she's never met; and that's all she has. In her search for information and attention, Clara meets an elderly immigrant who lives in a trailer park on the outskirts of her town. Their relationship, along with Clara's overactive fantasy life, finally brings her to learn the truth about her history and to gain some knowledge about what it means to be a grown-up. - Publisher marketing.
  • Tulip Fever
    Author: Moggach, Deborah
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385334893 Date: 2000
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    With critical raves from Britain and film rights already sold to Steven Spielberg, Tulip Fever is a tour de force set in 1630s Amsterdam - a tale about a smoldering passion that develops between a married woman and the artist painting her portrait.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • In Babylon
    Author: Moring, Marcel
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24 ISBN: 0688176453 Date: 2000
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    Published in Europe to critical acclaim, this richly imagined international bestseller weaves a gloriously inventive and very human story about man's constant drive from the Old World to the New - and his desire, despite everything, for home and homeland.
    Updated 3/16/00.
  • Blonde
    Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
    Publisher: Ecco $ 27.50 ISBN: 0060196076 Date: 2000
    In her most ambitious work to date one of America's most celebrated writers examines the inner, spiritual life of the woman who became Hollywood's most enduring legend--Marilyn Monroe--as seen through her own eyes. "Grimly compelling".--Wall Street Journal.
    Suggested Reading: Hollywood & Film Stars
    Updated 8.2.04
  • Wild Decembers
    Author: O'Brien, Edna
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618045678 Date: 2000
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    O'Brien's latest novel charts the quick and critical demise of relations between "the warring sons of warring sons" fighting over inherited land in the countryside of western Ireland.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
  • Blue Angel
    Author: Prose, Francine
    Publisher: Harpercollins $ 25 ISBN: 006019541x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    Deliciously risque, this new work by the author of Guided Tours of Hell offers a withering take on modern academic mores, a scathing tale of colliding cultures that vividly shows just what can happen when academic politics crash head-on with political correctness.
  • Horse Heaven
    Author: Smiley, Jane
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 037540600x Date: 2000
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    The universe of horse racing - passionate, cold-hearted, pure, corrupt - is revealed in Smiley's new novel that combines the intense feeling of her Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres with the wit, pace, and brightness of Moo.
    Suggested Reading: Horse Tales | All Stars | Humorous Fiction
    Updated 4/12/00
  • Music and Silence
    Author: Tremain, Rose
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux $ 25 ISBN: 0374199892 Date: 2000
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    In the year 1629, a young English lute player named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish court where he must find the path that will realize his hopes and save his soul. Short-listed for the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Music and Fiction | All Stars
    Updated 4/17/00.
  • Ray in Reverse
    Author: Wallace, Daniel
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 21.95 ISBN: 1565122607 Date: 2000
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    In this follow-up to Big Fish, Ray Williams, now sitting in heaven, reflects back on his difficult life - including his adulterous marriage, moments of sexual confusion, his worst deed, and his one good one.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Humorous Fiction
  • The Republic of Wine
    Author: Yan, Mo
    Publisher: Arcade $ 26.95 ISBN: 1559705310 Date: 2000
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    Updated 4/6/00.


  • Despair
    Author: Alexis, Andre
    Publisher: Holt $ 23 ISBN: 0805059792 Date: 2000
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  • Kitty and Virgil
    Author: Bailey, Paul
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 1585670103 Date: 2000
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    Kitty Crozier wakes up in the hospital and sees the fleeting image of Virgil Florescu, a dissident poet who swam across the Danube to escape Ceausescu's Romania. A subsequent vision of Virgil signals the beginning of the most important relationship of Kitty's life - one in which previous lives will be oddly connected.
  • Banyan Tree
    Author: Nolan, Christopher
    Publisher: Arcade $ 25.95 ISBN: 1559705116 Date: 2000
    star PW
  • Prozac Highway
    Author: Blackbridge, Persimmon
    Publisher: Marion Boyers $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 071453059x Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
  • Fay
    Author: Brown, Larry
    Publisher: 1565121686 $ 24.95 ISBN: 1565121686 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
  • Making Love to the Minor Poets of Chicago
    Author: Conrad, James
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312204728 Date: 2000
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    In a novel of love, ambition, poetry, and nuclear waste, Conrad imagines an influential poetry professor who insists that a nuclear storage project also include an epic poem.
    Suggested Reading: Poets
  • Welcome to Temptation
    Author: Crusie, Jennifer
    Publisher: St. Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312252943 Date: 2000
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    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
  • The Sound of One Hand Clapping
    Author: Flannagan, Richard
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly $ 24 ISBN: 0871138026 Date: 2000
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    Winner of the Australian Bookseller's Book of the Year Award, The Sound of One Hand Clapping is a dazzling novel of war, family, migration, and the search for new beginnings.
  • Place Last Seen
    Author: Freeman, Charlotte
    Publisher: Picador $ 23 ISBN: 0312242271 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    The unforgettable story of a family crisis, Place Last Seen is written in the tradition of Ordinary People and The Deep End of the Ocean.
  • The Gates of the Alamo
    Author: Harrigan, Stephen
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0679447172 Date: 2000
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    This full-scale novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo weaves in a love story between an American naturalist and a widow innkeeper who, along with her 16-year-old son, get swept up in the harrowing events of the heroic battle.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Western Stars | All Stars
  • Gambler's Rose
    Author: Hawkes, G.W.
    Publisher: MacMurray & Beck $ 24.95 ISBN: 187844896x Date: 2000
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  • American By Blood
    Author: Huebner, Andrew
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0684857707 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Three U.S. Army scouts leading an infantry column arrive a day late to the battle of Little Bighorn to find the bloody ruins of Custer's troops. Their mission to clear the land of the Indian tribes then becomes one of vengeance, forever changing their sense of manhood, honor, and country.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Western Stars
  • Conspiracy of Paper
    Author: Liss, David
    Publisher: Random $ 25 ISBN: 0375502920 Date: 2000
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    "In A Conspiracy of Paper, David Liss has woven a tale of 18th-century finance, murder, and religion that is a remarkable debut and a thoroughly satisfying novel." - Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars | Debuts
  • The Barbarians Are Coming
    Author: Long, David Wong
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399146032 Date: 2000
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    In a tale that alternates between black comedy and out-and-out slapstick, Louie explores the painful alienation between a Chinese-American man and his immigrant father - a conflict that is deepened by the son's decision to become a chef instead of a doctor.
    Suggested Reading: Black Humor Reading List | Asian American Stars | All Stars
  • Vacant Possession
    Author: Mantel, Hilary
    Publisher: Owl $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 0805062718 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Ten years after Muriel does her mother in, she gets out of the mental asylum ready for vengeance in a macabre, terrible twist. Through disguises, she's able to torment those who sent her to the asylum.
    Suggested Reading: Black Humor Reading List
  • Mondo Desperado: A Serial Novel
    Author: McCabe, Patrick
    Publisher: HarperColllins $ 24 ISBN: 0060194618 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    With his trademark blistering wit and macabre genius, McCabe presents a series of connected narratives that interweave the surreal lives of dementedly funny inhabitants of the insular Irish town of Barntrosna.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
  • Every Thing in This Country: A Novella & Two Stories
    Author: McCann, Colum
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 21 ISBN: 0805063986 Date: 2000
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    In his fourth book, McCann, a "bold and mesmerizing" writer, turns to the Troubles and reveals, as only fiction writers can, the reverberations of political tragedy in the most intimate lives of men and women, parents and children.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
  • Water, Carry Me
    Author: Moran, Thomas
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 23.95 ISBN: 1573221384 Date: 2000
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    The author who made an impressive literary debut with The Man in the Box pens this breathtaking love story of a young woman's journey from innocence to betrayal, across the vivid brightness and darkness that is the heartbreaking landscape of her beloved Ireland.
  • A Trip to the Stars
    Author: Nicholas, Christopher
    Publisher: Dial $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385318049 Date: 2000
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    Christopher draws powerfully on his singular gifts to craft an epic tale about a young boy and his adopted aunt who are separated when he is kidnapped while in her care.
  • Exile
    Author: O'Conaire, Padraic
    Publisher: Clo Iar-Chonnachta Teo $ 13.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1874700621 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Updated 4/3/00.
  • Bodega Dreams
    Author: Quinonez, Ernesto
    Publisher: Vintage $ 12 (trade paper) ISBN: 0375705899 Date: 2000
    star PW
  • Carolina Moon
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399145923 Date: 2000
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    Returning as an adult to her hometown of Progress, South Carolina, Tory Bodeen plans to put the past behind her and open a stylish home-design shop. Following her friend, Hope's, brutal murder - unsolved to this day - she is determined to find a measure of peace and free herself from the haunting visions of that terrible night. But her return will be more difficult and frightening than she ever expected because Hope's killer is nearby as well.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
  • In America
    Author: Sontag, Susan
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 25 ISBN: 0374175403 Date: 2000
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    In a glorious, sweeping new novel by the bestselling author of The Volcano Lover, Sontag once again bases her work on a real story. In 1876, a group of Poles led by Maryna Zalewska, Poland's greatest actress, travels to California to found a "utopian" commune. In America is a big, juicy, surprising book about a woman's search for self-transformation, about the fate of idealism, and about the world of the theater.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
    Updated 3/13/00.
  • Gertrude and Claudius
    Author: Updike, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375409084 Date: 2000
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    Updike's 19th novel brings to life the story of Gertrude and Claudius, King and Queen of Denmark, before the action of Shakespeare's Hamlet begins.
    Suggested Reading: Shakespearean Stars | Legendary Characters


  • The Plato Papers
    Author: Ackroyd, Peter
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385497687 Date: 2000
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    The Plato Papers treads a thin line between fantasy and biography as London's greatest orator lectures at the turn of the 38th century. Perfectly timed for the year 2000 as we imagine millennia beyond our own, "this masterpiece of contemporary writing will entertain readers for years to come" (Jay Parini, author of The Last Station).
  • The Verificationist
    Author: Antrim, Donald
    Publisher: Knopf $ 21 ISBN: 0375408223 Date: 2000
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    A gathering of psychoanalysts and a narrator with a dissociated personality whose vantage point is the ceiling of a pancake house - these are the basic elements of this deadly serious, desperately playful, off-the-wall and perfectly on-target new novel.
  • The Natural Order of Things
    Author: Antunes, Antonio Lobo
    Publisher: Grove $ 25 ISBN: 0802116582 Date: 2000
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    Antonio Lobo Antunes has been described by Paris Vogue as "the greatest living Portuguese writer.... He has been compared to Celine ... (but) he owes as much to Proust in the complexity of his style. One could also invoke Malcolm Lowry or Cormac McCarthy for the visionary power, the buried violence."
    The Natural Order of Things is a tale of two families and the secrets that bind them; the history of Portugal as family history. The voices and memories of his characters -- an army officer being tortured in prison on charges of conspiracy; an elderly man, once a miner in Mozambique, now reduced to dreams of "flying underground"; a diabetic teenage girl and the middle-aged husband she despises; the officer's illegitimate sister, locked away to haunt the house, like Bertha Rochester in Jane Eyre -- create a portrait of a disintegrating society that attains the brilliant surreality of Elias Canetti and Nikolai Gogol. - Publisher Marketing.
  • Rose Garden and Other Stories
    Author: Brennan, Maeve
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 23 ISBN: 1582430500 Date: 2000
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    From the author of The Springs of Affection comes a second collection of 20 masterly short stories written during the glory days of The New Yorker.
  • The Suburbs of Heaven
    Author: Brown, Merle
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 1569471827 Date: 2000
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  • Mr. Spaceman
    Author: Butler, Robert Olen
    Publisher: Grove $ 23 ISBN: 0802166604 Date: 2000
    star PW starLJ
    A humorous and touching novel about an alien being's arrival at the turn of the millennium - by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.
  • City of God
    Author: Doctorow, E.L.
    Publisher: Random $ 25 ISBN: 0679447830 Date: 2000
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    Beginning in mystery - the theft of a large brass cross from St. Timothy's Episcopal Church and its reappearance on the roof of the Synagogue for Evolutionary Judaism - this mordantly funny masterwork by the author of Billy Bathgate and The Waterworks emerges as a narrative of the 20th century written for the 21st. "Doctorow is a master of atmosphere . . . he knows the art of storytelling inside and out."-- Newsweek.
    Updated 3/13/00.
  • The Fifth Season
    Author: Downs, Robert
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 1582430489 Date: 2000
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  • S: A Novel from the Balkans
    Author: Drakulic, Slavenka
    Publisher: Viking $ 22.95 ISBN: 0670890979 Date: 2000
    star LJ
    Set in 1992, during the height of the Bosnian war, S. reveals one of the most gruesome aspects of war - the rape and torture of civilian women by occupying forces. Through a series of flashbacks, S., a Bosnian woman, relives the unspeakable crimes she has endured and in telling her story, depicts the blackest side of human nature during wartime.
    Suggested Reading: Former Yugoslavia
  • With Your Crooked Heart
    Author: Dunmore, Helen
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly $ 24 ISBN: 0871137739 Date: 2000
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    Bestselling British author Helen Dunmore delivers a dark, twisting tale of betrayal and fierce love - the story of Louise, a tough and introspective Londoner trapped in a subtle battle between two brothers.
  • The Danish Girl
    Author: Ebershoff, David
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670888087 Date: 2000
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    Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks "What do you do when someone you love wants to change?"
  • Moth Smoke
    Author: Hamid, Mohsin
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 24 ISBN: 0374213542 Date: 2000
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    When Daru loses his job as a banker in Lahore, he begins a long fall from grace. Too clever for his own good, he descends into drug dealing and heroin addiction, and he rapidly spirals downward in a society increasingly polarized between decadent haves and discontented have-nots.
  • Delirium of the Brave
    Author: Harris, William C.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312254954 Date: 2000
    star LJ
    Two friends -- one white, one black -- die in each other's arms during a Civil War battle. Follow their families from the Civil War to the present as four generations of soldiers, aristocrats, and hardball politicians confront new challenges and celebrate new triumphs, while trying to uncover the secret the two men left behind. Surrender to this tale of murder, intrigue, love, war, and friendship set against the backdrop of Savannah's powerful Irish-Catholic aristocracy and the South's most sensuous locale. - Publisher marketing.
  • The Vision of Emma Blau
    Author: Hegi, Ursula
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0681829975 Date: 2000
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    From one of our century's most distinctive literary voices comes the eagerly anticipated companion novel to the bestselling Stones from the River. Hegi creates a fascinating picture of immigrants in America: their dreams and disappointments, the challenges of assimilation, the love that bonds generations, and the cultural wedges that drive them apart.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Slab Rat
    Author: Heller, Ted
    Publisher: Scribner $ 23 ISBN: 0684864967 Date: 2000
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    In the pitch-perfect tradition of Nick Hornsby, Christopher Buckley, and Martin Amis comes Ted Heller with a razor-sharp, highly comic novel of ambition, deception and lethal office politics.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction | Office Stars
  • Pay It Forward
    Author: Hyde, Catherine
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0684862719 Date: 2000
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    Already optioned for film, this poignant novel of a young boy's unfailing belief in an individual's power to change the world and the ultimate goodness of the human spirit is destined to become a classic. Demonstrating the same universal appeal as Forrest Gump, Hyde's story is a down-to-earth look at the virtue of innocence and of faith - not in a deity, but in humankind.
  • Test Pattern
    Author: Klein, Marjorie
    Publisher: William Morrow $ 25 ISBN: 0688172849 Date: 2000
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    Brilliantly recreating the innocence and energy of the '50s, Test Pattern is a tour de force of imagination showing how a new TV set forever changes the lives of the Palmer family in 1954.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Storm Riders
    Author: Leslie, Craig
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24 ISBN: 0312245548 Date: 2000
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    Storm Riders follows the challenges and tragedies of Clark Woods, a single father who is raising a troubled adopted Native American son - a psychological page-turner from the award-winning author of Winterkill and The Sky Fisherman.
  • Two Moons
    Author: Mallon, Thomas
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 0375400257 Date: 2000
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    Astronomy, politics, and romance join forces in this post-Civil War novel from the writer John Updike has called "one of the most interesting American novelists at work."
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Among Prisoners: Short Stories
    Author: Manley, Frank
    Publisher: Coffeehouse Press $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1566890896 Date: 2000
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    In this searing new collection after his successful novel, The Cockfighter, Frank Manley continues his deft exploration of the underside of the American experience. In the tradition of Flannery O'Connor, Manley presents a cultural snapshot that is poignant, grotesque, ironic, and ultimately fascinating. Manley's contemporary characters are prisoners of their own view of the world and their own beliefs and prejudices about those who are different from them. - Publisher Marketing.
  • Handyman
    Author: Nichols, Linda
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 20 ISBN: 0385334370 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    An accidental therapy session is the catalyst for change in this winsome, witty debut novel - a love story about two people who don't realize they're made for each other until it's almost too late.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Wonderful Town: New York Stories from the New Yorker
    Author: Remnick, David with Susan Choi (editors)
    Publisher: Random $ 26.95 ISBN: 0-375-50356-0 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Published for The New Yorker's 75th anniversary, this anthology of works of and about the city features such authors as John O'Hara, Harold Brodkey, Wendy Wasserstein, John Updike, Jamaica Kincaid, John Cheever, and Julie Hecht - the list reads like a literary pantheon.
  • Reap
    Author: Ricstad, Eric
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670885177 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    A bold debut novel weaves a coming-of-age story into the gritty lives and desolate beauty of Vermont's northeast kingdom.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Scandalmonger
    Author: Safire, William
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 27 ISBN: 0684867192 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    Exploding any notion that political sex scandal is a recent phenomenon, our press-hounded Founding Fathers star in an outrageous - and fact-based - novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. Safire demonstrates how media intrusiveness into private lives and politicians' manipulation of the press are as old as the Constitution in this entertaining and thought-provoking historical novel.
    Suggested Reading: 1776 Stars
  • Make Believe
    Author: Scott, Joanna
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316776165 Date: 2000
    star PW
    When four-year-old Bo is orphaned in the car accident that kills his mother, he becomes the focus of a fierce custody struggle between his two sets of very different grandparents. As the grownups play out their secret desires, hidden resentments, and stubborn self-righteousness, Bo finds himself at the mercy of a fallible adult world. With a child's perfect but partial understanding, he flees into himself - away from the sea of strangers - where he inhabits an eerie inner landscape filled with the dreamlike intensity unique to the imagination of a child. - Publisher marketing.
  • The Lion Next Door
    Author: Simonds, Merilyn
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399145915 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    The author of The Convict Lover offers a debut collection of stories that follows one woman's journey from child to adult through spectacular and enchanting landscapes and through the darker, more mysterious terrain of the human heart.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Abe
    Author: Slotkin, Richard
    Publisher: Holt $ 27.50 ISBN: 0805041230 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In a brilliant work of historical imagination, award-winning historian Slotkin recreates the childhood of Abe Lincoln, including a dramatic flatboat journey down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans.
    Suggested Reading: Biographical Fiction | Lincoln
  • Fly-Truffler
    Author: Sobin, Gustaf
    Publisher: Norton $ 19.95 ISBN: 0393048322 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starLibrary Journal
    Through his whole life, Philippe Cabassac has fly-truffled - stalking the flies that lay their eggs directly over the tasty truffles. But after his wife's death, the truffles represent more than a delicacy; they open up a dream world where Philippe often visits his deceased spouse.
    Suggested Reading: After Life Stars
  • Book of Revelation
    Author: Thompson, Rupert
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375409270 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
  • Harbor Lights
    Author: Weesner, Theodore
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly $ 23 ISBN: 0871137666 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    When a Maine lobster fisherman is diagnosed with a rapidly developing cancer, he finds himself driven to make peace with his family and is forced to confront the compromises of his past.
  • When Mountains Walked
    Author: Wheeler, Kate
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 23 ISBN: 0395859913 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    In her much-anticipated first novel, the award-winning writer Kate Wheeler weaves a romantic, multi-generational story that travels from South America to India to New England. It tells of two parallel love affairs, years apart, in places remote and exotic.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Some Things That Stay
    Author: Willis, Sarah
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux $ 24 ISBN: 0374105804 Date: 2000
    star PW
    For the first time in her nomadic-style life, 15-year-old Tamara Anderson is happy. But once again, Tamara's life is shaken when she learns her mother has tuberculosis, which leaves the teenager in charge of two younger siblings and an artistic - and near lunatic - father.


  • Rails Under My Back
    Author: Allen, Jeffrey Renard
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 25 ISBN: 0374246262 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starLJ
    In an astonishing debut novel exploring the bonds and boundaries of an African-American family, Allen tracks the interwoven lives of two brothers married to two sisters.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | Debuts
  • New City
    Author: Amidon, Stephen
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385497628 Date: 2000
    star LJ
    An American tragedy on a grand scale, The New City is about a white lawyer and a black master builder on a fateful collision course. In a city born of a vision of racial harmony, the seeds have been sown for a series of mixed signals and human failings that culminate in an inexorable slide toward destruction.
  • Recipe for Bees
    Author: Anderson-Dargetz, Gail
    Publisher: Harmony/Crown $ 23 ISBN: 0609604511 Date: 2000
    star PW
    As Augusta anxiously awaits news of her dearly loved son-in-law Gabe, who is undergoing brain surgery miles away, she worries and reminisces, reliving the story of her sometimes harsh, sometimes magical life.
  • The Testament of Yves Gundron
    Author: Barton, Emily
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 25 ISBN: 0374221790 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starBooklist
    After Gundron introduces her new invention to the town of Mandragora, conflict develops amongst the fewer than 20 townspeople. In this playful, adventurous debut, Barton explores the two-edged sword of technology, asking what is lost in the fervent pursuit of modernity.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Undue Influence
    Author: Brookner, Anita
    Publisher: Random $ 24 ISBN: 037550334x Date: 2000
    star PW
    Brookner, who has been called "one of the finest novelists of her generation" (The New York Time), explores what happens when a young woman, whose life has been quiet and merely satisfactory, begins to work in a bookstore and embarks on a complicated affair.
  • Girl With a Pearl Earring
    Author: Chevalier, Tracy
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 052594527x Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus starBooklist
    With the precision and focus of an Old Master's painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring paints a vivid portrait of colorful 17th-century Delft, as well as the hauntingly poignant story of one young girl's rite of passage.
    Suggested Reading: Vermeer | Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars | Biographical Fiction | Reading Group Stars
  • Saving Agnes
    Author: Cusk, Rachel
    Publisher: Picador $ 23 ISBN: 0312252560 Date: 2000
    star PW
    When Agnes discovers that her roommates and her boyfriend are keeping secrets from her, she decides to make it her business to set things right. Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first novel.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • In the Gloaming: Stories
    Author: Dark, Alice Elliott
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0684865211 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    Dark's most famous story, "In the Gloaming, " inspired two film adaptions, most notably the HBO production starring Glenn Close and directed by Christopher Reeve. That tale and nine others are included in this collection which probes the dislocations of modern life.
  • Tea
    Author: D' Erasmo, Stacey
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 23 ISBN: 1565122437 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Of all the women in Isabel's life, the one who still eludes her is herself. Funny, poignant, and sexy, Tea speaks to those who discovered they were gay and had to find a way to tell the rest of the world.
  • Fasting, Feasting
    Author: Desai, Anita
    Publisher: Mariner $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 0618065822 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist starLibrary Journal
    Short-listed for the 1999 Booker prize.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Pilgrim
    Author: Findley, Timothy
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25 ISBN: 006019197x Date: 2000
    star PW
    Populated with a fascinating parade of historical characters, including Leonardo da Vinci, Carl Jung, Oscar Wilde, and Gertrude Stein, Pilgrim is the story of a man who cannot die - ageless, sexless, and timeless - whose many lives span across 4,000 years.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Immortalism
  • Habitus
    Author: Flint, James
    Publisher: St. Martins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0312245459 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Jennifer is born in an asylum. Joel is the son of Hasidic Jews, and a math genius. Judd is the mixed-race child of a computer salesman and an actress. When the deeply connected forces bring the three characters together, Jennifer gets pregnant and her child has two fathers.
  • Memories of a Pure Spring
    Author: Huong, Duong Thu
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 0786865814 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
  • So I Am Glad
    Author: Kennedy, A.L.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375407316 Date: 2000
    star PW starLibrary Journal
    In a new kind of ghost story, prizewinning novelist A.L. Kennedy follows the moving and hilarious windings of a love affair between a young Scottish woman and a man who claims to be, and perhaps is, the ghost of Cyrano de Bergerac.
    Suggested Reading: Scottish Stars | Ghosts
  • Lieutenant-Colonel De Maumort
    Author: Martin Du Gard, Roger
    Publisher: Knopf $ 35 ISBN: 067943397x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starBooklist
    In a profound summation of human behavior that builds suspensefully, du Gard tells the story of Maumort, a contemplative soldier who aspires to free himself from dogma and prejudice, only to find himself overwhelmed by his own contradictions.
  • Blackden
    Author: McLean, Duncan
    Publisher: W.W. Norton $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 039331975x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Although winter has overtaken the Scottish Highlands town of Blackden, 18-year-old Patrick Hunter's brain is boiling. When his off-balanced mother leaves for a weekend, the teen spends his time racing from the drudgery of small-town life in pursuit of sex, fun, and a witches' Sabbath.
    Suggested Reading: Scottish Stars
  • The Distance Between
    Author: Osborne, Eliza
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 1569471800 Date: 2000
    star Booklist starLJ
  • Scar Vegas
    Author: Paine, Tom
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 22 ISBN: 0151004897 Date: 2000
    star PW
    With explosive narrative skill, these stories pull readers into the myriad worlds of a cross-dressing Army general, a confused lowlife being offered an incredible opportunity, and a despairing man whose mother hates him for no reason.
  • Houseguest
    Author: Rossi, Agnes
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 052594365x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Moving from a small town in the north of Ireland to Depression-era New Jersey, The Houseguest offers an eloquent and morally complex story that perfectly captures the rhythms of grief, hope, and humor that are indelible parts of the Irish-American experience.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Hotel Alleluia
    Author: Roy, Lucinda
    Publisher: H arperCollins $ 25 ISBN: 0060193956 Date: 2000
    star PW
    From the critically acclaimed author of Lady Moses comes a powerful new novel of sisterhood and racial identity set against the violence of revolution-torn Africa.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
  • The Realm of Secondhand Souls
    Author: Shea, Sandra
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 23 ISBN: 039583810x Date: 2000
    star LJ
    A first novel of remarkable assurance. The Realm of Secondhand Souls is about the ways in which our families possess us and our posessions become our families. With shades of Alice Hoffman, Anne Tyler and Laura Esquival, it redefines magic realism with an emphasis on the real.The Realm of Secondhand Souls is the story of Novena, a girl whose uncommon sensibilities cross the filmy boundaries of time and cultures. In the somewhere town of Nile Bay, the orphaned Novena is raised by her overwhelmed aunt Elegia along with her four voracious boy cousins. The youngest of the boys is the feral Zan, torturer of frogs and other helpless creature, who can never forgive Novena for usurping his place as the baby of the family. This is where Novena's true trials begin arid end, crystallizing with a tragic disappearance that haunts Novena as she seeks her fortune in the wider world. It is a wider world like our own, where nostalgia is paramount, and in an odd jumble of secondhand shops Novena finds her salvation. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • How She Knows What She Knows About Yo-Yos: Stories
    Author: Taylor-Hall, Mary A.
    Publisher: Sarabande $ 13.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 188933037x Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    In these five novelistic short stories, Taylor-Hall searches out the complex truth of critical moments in the lives of five mature women, addressing their choices and giving a wise, sorrowful, and deeply funny cost-benefit analysis of erotic experience and attachments.
  • The Summer After June
    Author: Warlick, Ashley
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 23 ISBN: 0395926904 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
    When her beloved sister, June, is murdered, Lindy abandons her hometown of Charlotte for the heat of the Texas coast and the chance to leave her grief behind. She also does the unthinkable: she steals June's infant son.
  • On Parole
    Author: Yoshimura, Akira
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 22 ISBN: 0151002703 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW

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