Fiction Stars 2000

Fiction Stars of 2000 July - December

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 by alphabetically by author.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine - unless otherwise noted.


~ December ~ November ~ October ~ September ~ August ~ July

December

  • The Fire of Origin
    Author: Dongala, Emmanuel Boundzeki
    Publisher: Lawrence Hill $ 25 ISBN: 155652420x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus

    Updated 1/18/01
  • Provinces of Night
    Author: Gay, William
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385499272 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    In this much-awaited second novel, the author of The Long Home tells a sweeping tale of 1950s backwoods Tennessee, earning his comparisons to the South's greatest writers, from Cormac McCarthy to Larry Brown.
    Updated 11/22/00
  • Home to Harmony
    Author: Gulley, Philip
    Publisher: Multnomah $ 14.99 (trade paper) ISBN: 157673616x Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    In the small town of Harmony, Indiana, Sam Gardner is called as pastor of his hometown church. In this novel told in first person, Sam describes in a warm, down-home style the humorous adventures he encounters in his first year at Harmony Friends Meeting. Author Philip Gulley tackles the sticky issues of grace, faith and forgiveness through skillful storytelling, subtly introducing lessons on the power of relationships with each other and God.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 10/10/00
  • fButterfly Sunday
    Author: Hill, David
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24.95 ISBN: 0382318626 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Small town reverend Averill Sayres is breaking his vows with two beautiful women, while married to another he'd rather forget. But Leona Sayres won't be forgotten, and she plots the unthinkable: her husband's murder. What follows is a chain of events that will unmask secrets and change a town and its people forever.
    Updated 10/6/00
  • The Angel and the Sword
    Author: Holland, Cecelia
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312868901Date: 2000
    star LJ
    In a tale based on a traditional French legend of the Dark Ages, the story of Roderick the Beardless, Holland wields her incomparable talent to bring ninth-century Paris to vivid life. For the one known as Roderick is in truth a maiden princess who has taken up the sword to avenge the death of her mother and reclaim her own rightful crown.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 11/22/00
  • Beneath That Starry Place
    Author: Jordan, Terry
    Publisher: MacMurray & Beck $ 22 ISBN: 187844803x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    This haunting and magical novel introduces Nathan Mann, the youngest of a family of hustlers and dreamers, whose memories of family history are a jumble of the unreliable. When he visits his grandmother to fill in the gaps, she provides him with a series of watercolors that hold clues to the family's murky history.
    Updated 2/21/01
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    Author: Moore, Alan
    Publisher: DC Comics $ 24.95 ISBN:1563896656 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In 1898, as the glory days of the British Empire were waning, an incredible band of adventures was brought together to save England in its hour of greatest need. Writer Alan Moore has assembled legendary heroes Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, the Invisible Man, and other figures from classic Victorian literature for this dazzling new tale.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 2/21/01
  • A Desert in Bohemia
    Author: Paton Walsh, Jill
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312262639 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In this beautifully crafted novel, Jill Paton Walsh creates the intersecting worlds of families and friends in a fictional small town in Eastern Europe. Beginning in 1945 with a young girl whose home is destroyed by war, the novel traces the effects of the Communist party on the lives of ordinary people.
    Updated 11/15/00
  • Monkey Beach
    Author: Robinson, Eden
    Publisher: Hougthon Mifflin $24 ISBN: 0681073272 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Five hundred miles north of Vancouver is Kitamaat, an Indian reservation in the homeland of the Haisla people. When the mischievous 20-year-old Lisa Hill begins receiving visits from otherworldly guests, readers discover that this small community is alive with more than its colorful citizens.
    Updated 11/30/00

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November

  • Ice Age: Stories
    Author: Anderson, Robert
    Publisher: Univ of Georgia $ 24.95 ISBN: 0820322431 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Updated 10/10/00
  • Mall
    Author: Bogosian, Eric
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0684857278 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    From the award-winning author of such modern theater classics as Talk Radio and Drinking in America comes this outrageous first novel about five suburbanites whose banal existences intersect one violent -- and life-altering -- night at the local mall.
    Updated 10/10/00
  • In the Country of the Young
    Author: Carey, Lisa
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24 ISBN: 0380976757 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    From the author of The Mermaids Singing comes a haunting, lyrical story of love in all its many guises, set on an island off the coast of Maine. It's the story of a middle-aged artist who receives a visit from the ghost of a shipwrecked girl, beckoned on a quiet All Hallows Eve by a candle left burning in the window.
    Suggested Reading: Ghosts
    Updated 10/13/00
  • Sometimes I Dream in Italian
    Author: Ciresi, Rita
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385334931 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    "The plastic Pieta on top of the TV. The condiment dish shaped like a Venetian gondola. The crucifix studded with seashells . . ". Years later, Angel and Lina Lupo would debate: what really was the most hideous thing in their parents' cramped and quintessentially Catholic house? And why couldn't they just forget about being Italian and have a "normal" American childhood?
    Updated 8/25/00
  • Desirada
    Author: Conde, Maryse
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 1569472157 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Updated 10/5/00
  • Guess Again: Stories
    Author: Cooper, Bernard
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 21 ISBN: 0684865866 Date: 2000
    star PW
    This masterful collection of poignant and affecting short stories from the O. Henry Prize and PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author resonates with themes that transcend modern American life, such as family, sexuality, loss, love, and the specter of AIDS.
    Updated 9/14/00
  • Sharpe's Fortress
    Author: Cornwell, Bernard
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25 ISBN: 0060194243 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Richard Sharpe's old nemesis Obidiah Hakeswill commits another treason, forcing Sharpe to seek revenge. Wellesley's army is besieging the Mahattra fortress of Gawilghur, an impenetrable bastion of rock and bristling canon. But this time the defenders are standing between Sharpe and his reputation, his honor, and a sultan's stolen jewels.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 9/21/00
  • Suspension
    Author: Crabbe, Richard E.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312203713 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    In this thrilling first novel in the tradition of The Alienist and The Great Bridge, a small group of die-hard Confederates, led by their fanatical captain, endeavors to destroy the Great East River Bridge nearly 20 years after the war.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 9/7/00
  • Smokeout
    Author: Date, V.S.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399146490 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    A tobacco bill has been introduced into the Florida legislature, on its passage rests the livelihoods - and in some cases - the lives - of many of the state's finest denizens. Soon, ruthless executives, venal politicians, sexy lobbyists - and a few honest citizens - reach critical mass in this novel filled with razor-sharp characterizations and pinpoint observations. - Publisher marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Politcal Fiction | If You Like Carl Hiaasen
    Updated 10/6/00
  • Too Far Afield
    Author: Grass, Gunter
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 30 ISBN: 0151002304 Date: 2000
    star PW
    The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature tells the story of two old men in Berlin -- one a former East German cultural functionary, the other a former mid-level spy -- observing life in the former German Democratic Republic after the fall of the Wall in 1989. Grass weaves a deeply human story laced with pain and humor in equal measure.
    Updated 11/2/00
  • The Clouds in Memphis: Short Stories and Novellas
    Author: Hribal, C.J.
    Publisher: U of Mass $ 25.95 ISBN: 1558492666 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Updated 9/21/00
  • The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi
    Author: Japin, Arthur
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 0375406751 Date: 2000Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starBooklist starLJ
    In 1837, two young African princes arrive at the Dutch royal court of Willem I. Sent by the King of the Ashanti as surety in a deal they have brokered over illegal slave trading, the two boys think they are there for a European education. But as time passes, they forget their native language and become exiles. This acclaimed first novel is based on a true story.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
    Updated 11/29/00
  • Prodigal Summer
    Author: Kingsolver, Barbara
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26 ISBN: 0060199652 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus starBooklist starLibrary Journal
    In a beautiful hymn to wildness, Kingsolver celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature and of nature itself. Over the course of one humid summer, as the urge to procreate takes over the countryside, the novel's characters find their connections to one another in the forested mountains of southern Appalachia.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Reading Group Best Bets
    Updated 10/23/00
  • Orange Laughter
    Author: Ross, Leone
    Publisher: Farrar Strauss Giroux $ 23 ISBN: 0374226768 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Set in 1990s New York City and 1960s North Carolina, Orange Laughter is a multitude of tales: of Tony who fights madness; of Mikey, Tony's childhood friend, whose hopes and dreams now live on in his daughter; and of Agatha, who has a heart full of painful secrets.
    Updated 11/22/00
  • Light Action in the Caribbean
    Author: Lopez, Barry
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22 ISBN: 0679434550 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    From the author of the National Book Award-winning Arctic Dreams comes a masterful new collection of stories. Moving, tender, and demonstrating an extraordinary range, this major work of short fiction is by a writer at the top of his form.
    Updated 10/27/00
  • War Memorials
    Author: McCown, Clint
    Publisher: Graywolf $ 23.95 ISBN: 1555973124 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    This comedic novel tells the story of Jimmy Vann, twice reported dead in World War II who finds his true calling in selling life insurance, and his son Nolan, who falls short of his father's expectations. Despite a seemingly endless series of mishaps, Nolan persists in his efforts to make his life mean something.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction
    Updated 9/14/00
  • The World's Smallest Unicorn
    Author: MacKay, Shena
    Publisher: Moyer Bell $ 22.95 ISBN: 1559212470 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    Updated 8/31/00
  • Boone's Lick
    Author: McMurtry, Larry
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23.50 ISBN: 0684868865 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starLibrary Journal
    Boone's Lick is a major novel in the rich tradition of Lonesome Dove and Comanche Moon about the opening up of the American West. The first novel in a new series, it is the story of a trek by riverboat and wagon from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming, and proves to be one of McMurtry's richest and most satisfying works.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Western Stars
    Updated 10/23/00
  • The Journey Home
    Author: Olafsson, Olaf
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 0375420614 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Updated 10/17/00
  • Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men
    Author: Powell, Padgett
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 20 ISBN: 0618071687 Date: 2000
    star LJ
    At her kitchen table somewhere in the South, Powell's narrator embarks on a spirited and often hilarious imagining of certain historical figures and current national preoccupations. Ostensibly writing her grocery list, Mrs. Hollingsworth most happily loses her sense of herself until her family intrudes along with two petty criminals named Oswald and Bundy.
    Updated 11/29/00
  • La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture
    Author: Prior, Lily
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24 ISBN: 006019538x Date: 2000
    star PW
    This delicious debut novel is set in Sicily, and centers around Rosa Fiore, a middle-aged librarian who has resigned herself to a loveless life. She express her passion through cooking, which leads to an unexpected love affair.
    Suggested Reading: Cooked Books
    Updated 10/5/00
  • Island
    Author: Rogers, Jane
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 1585670766 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starBooklist
    Nikki Black, intent on punishing the mother who abandoned her at birth, goes to the island with only one aim in mind: revenge.- Publisher marketing.
    Updated 9/11/00
  • You Are My Sunshine
    Author: Saxton, Judith
    Publisher: St Martins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0312267002 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Four girls from very different backgrounds -- newlywed Kay Duffield, shy Emily Bevan, practical Biddy Bachelor, and rebellious Jo Stewart -- learn the value of true friendship as they summon their strength to support each other through the joys and hardships of the war effort in 1940s England.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | World Wars
    Updated 10/5/00
  • The Aerialist
    Author: Schmitt, Richard
    Publisher: Overlook $ 26.95 ISBN: 1585670707 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus starBooklist
    This latest title in the Sewanee Writers's Series is a gritty debut novel in the tradition of Tom McGuane and Pete Dexter that chronicles a young man's retreat into the darkly glamorous world of the circus.
    Suggested Reading: Circus Fiction | All Stars
    Updated 11/22/00
  • Licks of Love
    Author: Updike, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375411135 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    The dozen short stories in Updike's new collection revisit many of the locales of his fiction: the small Pennsylvania town of Olinger, the lonely farm to which the hero moves as an adolescent, the exurban New England of adult camaraderie and sexual mischief, and the New York City of artistic ambition and taunting glamor. To these tales, the author adds "Rabbit Remembered", a novella-length sequel to his quartet of novels about Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom.
    Updated 10/26/00
  • Best New American Voices
    Author: Wolff, Tobias (ed)
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 14 (trade paper) ISBN: 0156013223 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Culled from over 100 prestigious writing programs around the United States and Canada, this collection offers a splendid array of writing talent that showcases the literary stars of tomorrow. Includes stories written from such programs as Breadloaf, the Sewanee Conference, the University of Iowa, and others.
    Updated 10/13/00

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October

  • Blind Assassin
    Author: Atwood, Margaret
    Publisher: Bantam $ 26 ISBN: 0385475721 Date: 2000
    star Booklist starKirkus starPW starLibrary Journal
    Containing a novel within a novel, The Blind Assassin is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. Told in a style that magnificently captures the colloquialisms of the 1930s and 1940s, it unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Reading Group Best Bets
    Updated 8/23/00
  • Wish You Well
    Author: Baldacci, David
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446527165 Date: 2000
    star PW
    It is 1940 and a tragedy sends two young children, Lou and Oz, along with their invalid mother, from New York City to the rugged mountains of Southwestern Virginia to live with their great-grandmother. The portraits of the land and its people are described with an extraordinary eye for detail as the story flows through swells of prejudice, innocence, greed, and faith, and the question of whether one can ever really wish another well.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 7/14/00
  • The Law of Averages: New and Selected Stories
    Author: Barthleme, Frederick
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 25 ISBN: 1582431159 Date: 2000
    star PW
    From one of America's premier fiction authors--a writer ahead of his time--comes a sampling of the intimate, funny, and odd stories he has written over two decades about the frailties of relationships and the ways we look at each other when we mean things we cannot bring ourselves to say.
    Updated 8/31/00
  • Schmidt Delivered
    Author: Begley, Louis
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375410880 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In the 1996 novel, About Schmidt, retired New York lawyer Albert Schmidt was almost down for the count after suffering personal tragedies. Now, Begley's best-loved anti-hero is triumphantly back from the brink, forming alliances with a mysterious Egyptian billionaire.
    Updated 9/7/00
  • Master of the Crossroads
    Author: Bell, Madison Smartt
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 30 ISBN: 0375420568 Date: 2000
    star Booklist starPW starLibrary Journal
    Against the 1793 slave revolt of Haiti's Saint Dominigue, the author of All Souls' Rising gives a kaleidoscope portrait of the remarkable Toussaint Louverture. The black leader's beliefs, passions, and compulsions unfold over the course of seven tumultuous years.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
    Updated 9/29/00
  • In the Gathering Woods
    Author: Bernardi, Adria
    Publisher: Univ of Pittsburgh $ 22.50 ISBN: 0822941317 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Updated 10/10/00
  • Good House
    Author: Burnard, Bonnie
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 0805064958 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
    A runaway bestseller in Canada, this richly layered first novel tells the story of the intricacies and rituals that shape a family's life over three generations. A Good House won the 1999 Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award.
    Updated 7/6/00
  • Don't Tell Anyone
    Author: Busch, Frederick
    Publisher: Norton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0393049736 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist starLibrary Journal
    The hungers of love and the fear of time drive the men and women, sons and daughters in these stories to speak. Busch renders precisely the need to connect and shows readers the ways--funny, tender and heartbreaking--in which connections, in spite of love, often fail.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10/23/00
  • A New World
    Author: Chaudhuri, Amit
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22 ISBN: 0375410937 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    In a story told through the eyes of an economist in the U.S. who returns with his young son to Calcutta to visit his elderly parents, readers see the rituals and customs of a middle-class family in contemporary India revealed in new and unexpected ways.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
    Updated 9/8/00
  • The River Below
    Author: Cheng, Francois
    Publisher: Welcome Rain $ 24.95 ISBN: 1566491002 Date: 2000
    star PW
    An epic novel of a painter's tumultuous life of friendship, love and exile in China and France. A bestseller and winner of a major prize in France, The River Below is a work of startling lyricism and beauty.
    Updated 10/13/00
  • Loving Graham Greene
    Author: Emerson, Gloria
    Publisher: Random $ 22.95 ISBN: 0679463240 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    A compelling story about a woman whose obsessions with a great writer inspires her to commit an act with unforeseen consequences. The author's Winners & Losers won a National Book Award in 1978.
    Updated 10/4/00
  • The Means of Escape: Stories
    Author: Fitzgerald, Penelope
    Publisher: Houghton $ 20 ISBN: 0618079947 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    Like her bestselling novels, Fitzgerald's brilliant stories are miniature studies of the endless absurdity of behavior, seen through the author's generous but unwavering moral gaze. Concise, comic, biting, and mischievous, they are vintage Fitzgerald.
    Updated 10/10/00
  • How All This Started
    Author: Fromm, Pete
    Publisher: Picador $ 23 ISBN: 0312209339 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Siblings Abilene and Austin are frustrated with small-town Texas life, and turn to each other to escape their father's account of How All This Started --how he met their mother and settled down in the middle of nowhere.
    Updated 10/4/00
  • The Years With Laura Diaz
    Author: Fuentes, Carlos
    Publisher: Farrar Strauss & Giroux $ 26 ISBN: 0374293414 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    Fuente's richly woven narrative tapestry of the life of Laura Diaz, from 1905 to 1978, is filled with a multitude of witty, heartbreaking scenes and the sounds, colors, tastes, and scents of Mexico. It is the story of a complicated and alluring heroine, whose brave honesty prevails despite her losing a brother, son, and grandson to the darkest forces of the country's turbulent, often corrupt politics.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 9/14/00
  • Disobedience
    Author: Hamilton, Jane
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 038550117x Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
    From the author of the beloved bestsellers A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth comes a warmly humorous, poignant novel about a young man, his mother's e-mail, and the often surprising path of infidelity.
    Updated 8/7/00
  • The Beast God Forgot to Invent: Novellas
    Author: Harrison, Jim
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly $ 24 ISBN: 0871138212 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    A new collection of novellas about wild men and civilization is offered by one of the major American writers of our time. These are stories of humans and beasts, of men driven crazy by longing, and of men who dream they are becoming bears. Infused with Harrison's sly humor and quiet wisdom, this book is a resonant journey through the landscape of masculinity from a writer in his prime.
    Updated 7/25/00
  • The Old American
    Author: Hebert, Ernest
    Publisher: Univ Press of New England $ 24.95 ISBN: 1584650737 Date: 2000
    star PW
    This novel is inspired by the real life story of Nathan Blake, the first frame house builder in Keene, New Hampshire who in 1746 was abducted by Algonkians and held in Canada as a slave.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 10/26/00
  • The Elementary Particles
    Author: Houellebecq, Michel
    Publisher: Random $ 25 ISBN: 0375407707 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    An international bestseller, The Elementary Particles centers around two half-brothers, Bruno and Marcel, born to a bohemian mother at the height of the '60s. While one is pursued by sexual obsession and madness, the other--a wholly asexual molecular biologist--expresses his disgust with society by engineering one in which procreation is left to genetic cloning.
    Updated 10/27/00
  • By Possession
    Author: Hunter, Madeline
    Publisher: Bantam $ 4.99 (mass market paper) ISBN: 0553582216 Date: 2000
    star PW
    "An immensely gifted new author" (Jane Feather) delivers the second in a set of three ravishing novels, beginning with By Arrangement, that are set in 14th-century London and involve love in defiance of social conventions. By Possession explores bonded servitude.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 8/25/00
  • The Bridegroom: Stories
    Author: Jin, Ha
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 22 ISBN: 0375420673 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    From the National Book Award-winning author of Waiting comes a new collection of short fiction that confirms Ha Jin's reputation as a master storyteller. These 12 stories bring vividly to life the daily dramas of Chinese men and women who are starting to feel the influence of the West while still immersed in a society that attempts to control their every move and thought.
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars
    Updated 8/7/00
  • An Irish Christmas
    Author: Keane, John B.
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 20 ISBN: 0786708158 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In this winning collection of 17 original tales, John B. Keane plumbs the rich folk culture of Ireland as he portrays the holiday dreams and everyday shortcomings of ordinary country people during the Christmas season.
    Suggested Reading: Christmas Stars
    Updated 10/5/00
  • My Life on a Plate
    Author: Knight, India
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 21 ISBN: 0618093974 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Clara is a "plus size" woman of 33 with a perpetually mysterious husband, two small boys, and a nagging feeling that her life isn't all it should be. With razor-sharp wit and a healthy dose of insight into marriage and motherhood, Knight takes readers on a bumpy ride through a woman's search for self-fulfillment.
    Updated 10/6/00
  • Longing
    Author: Landis, J. D.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 26 ISBN: 0151004536 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Madness, genius, and passion fuel a towering novel of the Romantic era's most romantic couple, Robert and Clara Shumann. Robert shocked and confused listeners with music that heralded the beginning of the modern era and Clara was the most acclaimed pianist of her time.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Music & Fiction
    Updated 7/6/00
  • The Vintage Book of Amnesia: An Anthology
    Author: Lethem, Jonathan (ed) Publisher: Vintage $ 14 (trade paper) ISBN: 0375706615 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Jonathan Lethem is perhaps the most active literary voice mining the genre margins of the culture. In this collection he draws on the works of such unforgettable authors as Julio Cortazar, Philip K. Dick, Shirley Jackson, and Oliver Sacks. What Lethem does is nothing less than define a new genre of literature--the amnesia story.
    Updated 10/10/00
  • Mr. Irrelevant
    Author: Marshall, Jerry
    Publisher: Durban House $ 24.95 ISBN: 1930754035 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Updated 9/11/00
  • The Fisher King
    Author: Marshall, Paule
    Publisher: Scribner $ 23 ISBN: 0684872838 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    Hailed as "one of our finest American novelists" (San Francisco Chronicle), the author of Brown Girl, Brownstones returns with a moving and revelatory story of jazz, love, family conflict, and the artist's struggles in society.
    Suggested Reading: Music & Fiction
    Updated 6/22/00
  • Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
    Author: McGrath, Patrick
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN:0375500812 Date: 2000
    star PW
    From the desolate wharves of Hogarth's London to the wild stretches of the New World, master storyteller McGrath maps out a vast saga of revolt and renewal--the story of one sublime heroine, but also of the birth of America.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 8/31/00
  • Eagle's Cry: A Novel of the Louisiana Purchase
    Author: Nevin, David
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312855117 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    President James Madison learns that Napoleon Bonaparte has forced the Spanish to turn New Orleans over to him, allowing him to potentially take over the Mississippi River Valley. France could stop the aspiring free trade market growing along the Mississippi including the business of widow Danny Mulberry, a New Orleans shipping tycoon and one of the most sought-after women in the city.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 9/20/00
  • Mrs. Shakespeare: The Complete Works
    Author: Nye, Bobert
    Publisher: Arcade $ 23.95 ISBN: 1559705523 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    In this humorous and bawdy fictional memoir, Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway reminisces about her famous husband seven years after his death.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Biographical Fiction | Shakespearean Stars
    Updated 8/31/00
  • Blue Ridge
    Author: Pearson, T.R.
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670892696 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    Hogarth, Virginia Deputy Sheriff Ray Tatum begins his investigation into the discovery of a complete set of human bones on the Appalachian Trail, while at the same time his cousin Paul is summoned to New York to identify the dead body of the son he scarcely knew.
    Updated 9/11/00
  • Worthy's Town
    Author: Rolens, Sharon
    Publisher: Bridge Works $ 22.95 ISBN: 1882593359 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    Beneath the quiet surface of life in Old Kane, Illinois, love, cruelty, murder and friendship drive the destinies of Worthy and Willa Giberson and their boy Cappy in this novel spanning 1925 to 1950.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 9/7/00
  • All the Names
    Author: Saramago, Jose
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151004218 Date: 2000
    star PW starKirkus
    Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago introduces Senhor Jos, a clerk in the city's Central Registry and collector of clippings of the famous and notorious, who becomes obsessed with a young woman after coming across her birth certificate.
    Updated 8/25/00
  • Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner
    Author: Toole, F.X.
    Publisher: Ecco $ 23 ISBN: 0060198206 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Toole has exploded onto the literary scene with this astonishing collection of stories drawn from his own experience in boxing. In these five tales and a novella, he reveals a vicious netherworld of athletes and trainers, corrupt promoters, and other assorted denizens of East L.A.
    Updated 7/6/00
  • Hill Bachelors
    Author: Trevor, William
    Publisher: Viking $ 22.95 ISBN: 0670893730 Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist starLibrary Journal
    This collection of 12 beautifully rendered tales is an elegant, heartbreakingbook about men and women and their missed opportunities.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9/29/00
  • Legacy of Love
    Author: Trollope, Joanna
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670891819 Date: 2000
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    Trollope's second Caroline Harvey historical novel traces the lives and lovesof three generations of strong, adventurous women.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 10/10/00
  • The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart
    Author: Walker, Alice
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 0679455876 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal starPW
    Fictional stories based on Walker's life, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart is a wise and moving treasure about love and life by the author of The Color Purple and By the Light of My Father's Smile.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 9/7/00
  • The Quick and the Dead
    Author: Williams, Joy
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 067944646x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Over summer vacation, three girls explore a world seemingly empty of meaning yet filled with eccentricity and random events. A panorama of contemporary life, seen through the looking-glass of adolescence, The Quick and the Dead is at once mundane and magical, ominous and comic.
    Updated 10/6/00
  • The Case of Dr. Sachs
    Author: Winckler, Martin
    Publisher: Seven Stories $ 28.95 ISBN: 1583220569 Date: 2000
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    In this bestseller from France, a good doctor, trying to lead a worthwhile existence, is the object of affection for young woman for whom he performed an abortion, yet he does not believe in dating patients.
    Updated 9/21/00
  • Soul Mountain
    Author: Xingjian, Gao
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 27 ISBN: 0066210828 Date: 2000
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    Venerable Daoist masters, Buddhist nuns, mythical Wild Men, and deadly Qichun snakes populate this bold, lyrical novel, an extraordinary work of profound beauty by the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000.
    Updated 12/7/00

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September

  • After the War
    Author: Adams, Alice
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375406832 Date: 2000
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    Adams' last novel picks up where her acclaimed A Southern Exposure left off, in the small Southern town of Pinehill during World War II. There, Yankee transplants Cynthia and Harry Baird and their daughter Abigail face an America caught between the past and future.
    Updated 8/9/00
  • Jayber Crow: The Life Story of Jayber Crow, Barber, of the Port William Membership, As Written By Himself
    Author: Berry, Wendell
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 25 ISBN: 1582430292 Date: 2000
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    In his latest story about the fictional town of Port William, Kentucky, Berry introduces readers to Jayber Crow, his love for his community, and his abiding and unrequited love for one special woman.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 8/17/00
  • Friend of the Earth
    Author: Boyle, T. C.
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670891770 Date: 2000
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    The bestselling author of The Tortilla Curtain and Riven Rock takes a provocative new turn with a timely and darkly funny novel about love, activism, and the future of the planet. In 2025, a former ecoterrorist is trying to survive in a bleak world but finds new hope when his wife comes back into his life.
    Updated 6/30/00
  • The Hat Box Baby
    Author: Brown, Carrie
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 22.95 ISBN: 1565122992 Date: 2000
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    The Chicago World's Fair in 1933 is the setting for this story about a desperate father who brings his premature baby to a famous incubator doctor who exhibits live premature infants to the fair's gawking crowds. All the characters who get involved in this fragile baby's life form the plot of this startlingly original novel.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 8/23/00
  • Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
    Author: Chabon, Michael
    Publisher: Random $ 26.95 ISBN: 0679450041 Date: 2000
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    This brilliant novel by the "young star of American letters", in the words of Jonathan Yardley, is a literary triumph in which two misfit young men make it big creating comic-book superheroes.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction | Cartoon Stars
    Updated 8/18/00
  • Winter Range
    Author: Davis, Claire
    Publisher: Picador $ 23 ISBN: 0312261403 Date: 2000
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    Ike Parsons is the sheriff of a small Montana ranching town, and when he hears that hard times have fallen on Chas Stubblefield, he heads out to the rancher's spread. What he finds is horrific - cattle freezing solid or starving in the fields. When Ike and several men mercy-kill the remaining cattle, Stubblefield, enraged, begins to plot his revenge.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9/29/00
  • Last Samurai
    Author: Dewitt, Helen
    Publisher: Talk Miramax $ 24.95 ISBN: 0786866683 Date: 2000
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    An intellectual tour-de-force, playful, multilayered, and wonderfully readable, The Last Samurai is full of stories of remarkable exploits, tables of Japanese grammar, snatches of Greek poetry, passages of Icelandic legend, and ingenious math problems. It is also the tale of a six-year-old child prodigy's search for a father, or even a man heroic enough to be his father, gradually revealing a new and unexpected dimension of love.
    Updated 7/25/00
  • Family Orchard
    Author: Eve, Nomi
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375410767 Date: 2000
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    A rich tapestry of Jewish life, this mesmerizing debut is a magical, multigenerational novel spanning 200 years of an unforgettable family of immigrants in Jerusalem. From Esther, the family matriarch, who was lured by the smell of baking bread into the baker's arms, to her great-granddaughter Miriam, a seamstress of intoxicating beauty, this novel captures six generations of love affairs, legends, and family secrets.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Debuts
    Updated 8/9/00
  • Properties of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal, and Quantum Physics
    Author: Goldstein, Rebecca
    Publisher: Houghton $ 23 ISBN: 0395986591 Date: 2000
    star LJ
    This grand Gothic novel is about the outer reaches of passion--of the body and of the mind--and about the betrayals that so often breed in that perilous place. Properties of Light carries the reader into the very heart of a physics problem so huge it thwarted even Einstein: the nature of light.
    Suggested Reading: Ghosts
    Updated 7/20/00
  • Worship of the Common Heart: New and Selected Stories
    Author: Henley, Patricia
    Publisher: MacMurray & Beck $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1878448021 Date: 2000
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    Updated 8/9/00
  • Nowhere Else on Earth
    Author: Humphreys, Josephine
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670891762 Date: 2000
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    The love of a young girl for a heroic outlaw is rendered in this richly textured story of a war-torn community and its forgotten history, steeped in the rich atmosphere of the South. Humphreys has grounded her tale in meticulous research and has distilled from it a saga of duplicity and honor, of bloody justice and unsung glory.
    Updated 7/5/00
  • Iron Shoes
    Author: Giles, Molly
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23.95 ISBN: 0684859939 Date: 2000
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    Set amid the woodsy affluence of Northern California, Iron Shoes is the coming-of-middle-age story of 40-year-old Kay Sorensen. This haunting debut novel is about one woman's painful search for identity and meaning following her family's disintegration.
    Updated 6/30/00
  • When We Were Orphans
    Author: Ishiguro, Kazuo
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375410546 Date: 2000
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    During the Sino-Japanese War, a young man returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of his parents' disappearance some 20 years earlier. A feat of narrative skill and soaring imagination, When We Were Orphans is Ishiguro at his brilliant best.
    Updated 7/5/00
  • Truth and Bright Water
    Author: King, Thomas
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871138182 Date: 2000
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    This warm and magical story of growing up follows the mysterious events and family secrets that unfold before the eyes of a young boy living along a river that separates the towns of Truth and Bright Water.
    Updated 8/7/00
  • The Sugar Island
    Author: Lamazares, Ivonne
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 23 ISBN: 0395860407 Date: 2000
    star PW starLibrary Journal
    Set in 1960s Cuba, as Castro's revolution begins, a girl named Tanya, her mother, and band of other refugees board a makeshift raft bound for Florida. When Tanya and her mother reach shore, they find the American Dream may not be within reach.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 8/23/00
  • Martin Bauman: Or, a Sure Thing
    Author: Leavitt, David
    Publisher: Hougton $ 26 ISBN: 0395902436 Date: 2000
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    In this epic novel of love and literature, a young gay man on the brink of a publishing career in New York is dogged by the troubling image of literary perfection and an elusive, enigmatic mentor.
    Updated 8/7/00
  • The Diagonsis
    Author: Lightman, Alan
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 0679436154 Date: 2000
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    The author of the bestselling Einstein's Dreams now gives readers the story of Bill Chalmers, an ordinary man who loses his memory and can only recall his company's motto. Worse still, when his memory returns, he descends into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which the more he discovers, the more he realizes what he has already lost.
    Updated 8/18/00
  • Gloria
    Author: Maillard, Keith
    Publisher: Soho $ 28 ISBN: 1569472068 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Gloria is attractive, popular, and the daughter of a steel company vice president father and socialite mother. Her life as prom queen and sorority girl of the Class of '57 should be perfect. So why is she so dissatisfied?
    Updated 7/5/00
  • Morgan's Run
    Author: McCullough, Colleen
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 28 ISBN: 0684853299 Date: 2000
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    From the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds comes the saga of Australia's first settlers, based on the extraordinary life of one man. Richard Morgan is a roistering, down-on-his-luck, 18th-century hero, irresistible to women and full of wily charm. He makes the awful journey from England, survives, finds his love, and makes his mark despite the odds against him.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 7/20/00
  • Ghostwritten
    Author: Mitchell, David
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0679463046 Date: 2000
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    A sensation upon its publication in England, Ghostwritten is the story of nine strangers in nine countries whose lives are entwined in a strange chain of circumstance.
    Updated 8/18/00
  • Norwegian Wood
    Author: Murakami, Haruki
    Publisher: Vintage $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 0375704027 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Now available to American audiences for the first time, Norwegian Wood is the story of a young Japanese student devoted to a beautiful young woman, but their mutual passions are marred by the tragic death of their best friend.
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars
    Updated 7/5/00
  • Joe College
    Author: Perrotta, Tom
    Publisher: St. Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312261845 Date: 2000
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    For Danny, a Yale junior and the sympathetic everyman hero of this new novel, Spring Break means two weeks behind the wheel of the Roach Coach, his father's lunch truck. Danny uses the time to make sense of his love life, which gets pretty complicated.
    Updated 7/14/00
  • The End of War: A Novel of the Race for Berlin
    Author: Robbins, David L.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0553108301 Date: 2000
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    The bestselling author of War of the Rats now forges a masterpiece out of the flames of history. In the trenches of Eastern Europe, in the bomb-ravaged halls of Berlin, and along the speeding Western front, millions wage a war whose victors will rule the latter half of the 20th century. Between the Russian marshal and the British prime minister sits the dying American president who plays each leader against the other, seeking victory, seeking peace.
    Suggested Reading: World Wars Stars | Berlin Stars
    Updated 6/22/00
  • The Song and the Truth
    Author: Ruebsamen, Helga
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 0375402616 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    A five-year old Jewish girl living on Java in 1939 lives in her own mysterious world of fantasy until her family returns to their homeland of Holland and they are forced into hiding by the German invasion.
    Suggested Reading: World Wars Stars
    Updated 9/8/00
  • Lying Awake
    Author: Salzman, Mark
    Publisher: Knopf $ 21 ISBN: 0375406328 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    In a Carmelite monastery outside present-day Los Angeles, Sister John of the Cross experiences visions of such dazzling power and insight that she is considered a spiritual master. But they are accompanied by powerful headaches, and when a doctor reveals they may be dangerous, she faces a devastating choice since she fears a "cure" may end her spiritual gifts.
    Suggested Reading: Epilepsy | Questions of Faith
    Updated 10/4/00
  • Drowning Ruth
    Author: Schwarz, Christine
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 038549971x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    Drowning Ruth is a mesmerizing first novel set in the period of post-World War I about the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that drive them apart.
    Updated 6/27/00
  • How the Dead Live
    Author: Self, Will
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 080211671x Date: 2000
    star PW starBooklist
    An unforgettable portrait of the human struggle with mortality, this novel revolves around an aging American woman dying from cancer in a London hospital. Sliding in and out of consciousness, she rails against everything through the lens of her paranoid bigotry.
    Updated 8/18/00
  • An Empire of Women
    Author: Shepard, Karen
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399146679 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    A photographer and her secrets are exposed in this beguiling literary debut. With penetrating wit and an eye for telling detail, Shepard captures the reunion of an autocratic French-Chinese photographer with her emotionally and culturally displaced Asian-American daughter and granddaughter. This is an entrancing tale of custody, artistic creation, and the ferocity with which we sometimes sacrifice loved ones to gain our own ends.
    Updated 10/6/00
  • The Man Who Ate the 747
    Author: Sherwood, Ben
    Publisher: Bantam $ 19.95 ISBN: 0553801821 Date: 2000
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    J.J. Smith is the Record Man. He knows all about the longest kiss, the fastest snail, the farthest cab ride. But while visiting Superior, Nebraska, to cover the story of a man eating a plane piece by piece, he finally understands why hearts, not just records, can be broken--and he discovers why love is truly the greatest wonder of all.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction
    Updated 7/20/00
  • In the Country of the Young: Stories
    Author: Stern, Daniel
    Publisher: $ ISBN: Date: 2000
    star PW
    Updated 12/14/00
  • Only with the Heart
    Author: Szeman, Sherri
    Publisher: Arcade $ 24.95 ISBN: 1559705388 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    This riveting new novel is about a woman and a family pushed to the brink of destruction by a fatal disease and facing that most difficult question: How far can you go in the name of love?
    Updated 8/18/00
  • Ostrich
    Author: Thomas, Michael
    Publisher: Univ of Nevada $ 17 (trade paper) ISBN: 0874173515 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Updated 8/18/00
  • The Golden Age
    Author: Vidal, Gore
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 27.50 ISBN: 0385500750 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    The concluding volume in Gore Vidal's celebrated and bestselling series of American Chronicle novels -- a unique pageant of the American experience from just before our entry in World War II to the end of the Korean War. - from the Advance Reading Copy.
    Suggested Reading: World Wars Stars | McCarthyism
    Updated 7/21/00
  • Chancers
    Author: Vizenor, Gerald
    Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma $ 19.95 ISBN: 0806132663 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    Updated 8/23/00
  • The Lily Theatre: A Novel of Modern China
    Author: Wang, Lulu
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 25 ISBN: 0385489854 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Updated 9/11/00
  • Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
    Author: Ware, Chris
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 27.50 ISBN: 0375748407 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In the tradition of Art Spiegelman's Maus comes Jimmy Corrigan, a comic book masterpiece seven years in the making by one of the medium's brightest young stars. It's Gasoline Alley as written by Dickens and Joyce. Color illustrations throughout.
    Updated 8/31/00
  • Diamond Dogs
    Author: Watt, Alan
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316925810 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    With the emotional acuity of This Boy's Life and the narrative power of White Oleander, Watt's debut novel is an utterly original father-and-son drama about an accidental crime and its cover-up.
    Updated 6/22/00
  • Velma Still Cooks in Leeway
    Author: Wright, Vinita Hampton
    Publisher: Broadman & Holman $ 12.99 (paper) ISBN: 0805421289 Date: 2000
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    The chief cook in Leeway, Kansas, and the part-time janitor for Jerusalem Baptist Church, Velma takes good care of everyone around her. Then her husband stops talking, her cousin comes to live with her, and she finds herself dealing with the town's problems. Her journey of love and forgiveness lies at the heart of this novel. Recipes included.
    Suggested Reading: Cooked Books | Christian Fiction
    Updated 10/10/00
  • The Wishing Garden
    Author: Yorke, Christy
    Publisher: Bantam $ 5.99 (paper) ISBN: 0553580361 Date: 2000
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    Savannah Dawson takes her teenage daughter to Arizona so she can be with Savannah's dying father. Thus begins the battle of wills between Savannah, who believes only in good fortune, and her mother, Maggie, who always expects the worst. The situation deteriorates when two men come into their lives.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 7/14/00
  • Louisa
    Author: Zelitch, Simone
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399146598 Date: 2000
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    Following the holocaust, Nora and her German daughter-in-law, Louisa, enter an Israeli absorption camp for immigrants to await an uncertain future. Stranded in a new land, both women are forced to face the past and the responsibility each bears for what they have lost.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8/29/00

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August

  • Her Infinite Variety
    Author: Auchincloss, Louis
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 0618021914 Date: 2000
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    Her Infinite Variety spins the rollicking tale of the devilish yet wholly beguiling Clara Hoyt through the tumultuous, heady times of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. From the time she enthralls the first of her husbands, Clara charts a wildly entertaining course to the inner sanctum of New York's aristocracy and to the boardrooms of the publishing world.
    Updated 6/7/00
  • A Hole in the Earth
    Author: Bausch, Robert
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 015100529x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starPW
    At the heart of this compelling novel about why men act the way they do is a profound and affecting story of a family, of what tears them apart and what can bring them back together.
    Updated 6/2/00
  • An Invisible Sign of My Own
    Author: Bender, Aimee
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385492235 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    Mona Gray is a 20-year-old second-grade teacher who is "in love with quitting" until she meets the new science teacher, a man with burn marks on his fingers and a genius for teaching children the symptoms of scurvy. Mona's strange and tidy universe is suddenly threatened by love, the supreme disorder.
    Updated 6/12/00
  • A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You
    Author: Bloom, Amy
    Publisher: Random House $ 22.95 ISBN: 0375502688 Date: 2000
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    The author of Come to Me and Love Invents Us now presents a stunning new collection of short stories on the frontiers of emotion.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6/12/00
  • The Storyteller's Collection: Tales of Faraway Places
    Author: Carlson, Melody (com)
    Publisher: Multnomah $ 16.99 ISBN: 1576737381 Date: 2000
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    Short works by some of CBA's best-loved fiction authors--including Jerry Jenkins, Randy Alcorn, Terri Blackstock, Deborah Raney and Angela Elwell Hunt--are compiled in one gripping volume. These masterfully told short stories transport readers around the globe with amazing tales of international romance, mystery and humor.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 10/10/00
  • Lethal Harvest
    Author: Cutrer, William
    Publisher: Kregal $ 10.99 (trade paper) ISBN: 0825423716 Date: 2000
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    A brilliant embryologist-the nephew of the president of the United States-is dead. The freakish accident that sent Dr. Tim Sullivan's car plunging into an icy river has left troubling questions: Why is his in vitro fertilization clinic suddenly mired in a lawsuit? What was the nature of the embryo research with which he was obsessed? Is the president somehow involved?
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 10/10/00
  • Nearer Than the Sky
    Author: Greenwood, T.
    Publisher: St. Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312265034 Date: 2000
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    In her sophomore effort, Greenwood delves into the frightening illness, Munchausen syndrome. Indie Brown is haunted by a childhood that she'd as soon forget. While at her family home in Arizona, light begins to shine on her past. Indie is forced to re-evaluate her relationships with both her sickly mother and her younger sister, Lily, who is following in her mother's footsteps just a bit too closely.
    Updated 7/25/00
  • Ben, in the World
    Author: Lessing, Doris
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23 ISBN: 0060196289 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starLibrary Journal
    A mesmerizing sequel to Lessing's bestselling novel The Fifth Child, which introduced readers to Ben Lovatt - a child so hideous and so abnormally strong and brutal that he was almost not human. From London to France to Brazil, readers follow the travails and adventures of Ben as he is both taken care of and taken advantage of by the people he meets.
    Updated 6/12/00
  • The Twins
    Author: De Loo, Tessa
    Publisher: Soho $ 25 ISBN: 1569472009 Date: 2000
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    Twins who were orphaned at six and sent to live with different relatives on opposite sides of WW II are reunited by chance seventy years later at a Belgian health resort. This international bestseller, a powerful novel, is both a European allegory and a poignant story of family ties.
    Updated 6/22/00
  • An Obvious Enchantment
    Author: Malarkey, Tucker
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 0375504095 Date: 2000
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    The irresistible heroine of this sumptuous, beguiling adventure sets off in search of her missing professor only to be plunged into a world of mystery, romance, magic, and crime--where clues lurk in the pages of the Koran.
    Updated 8/18/00
  • Daniel Plainway: Or the Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath League
    Author: Reid, Van
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670891711 Date: 2000
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    It's Christmastime in 19th-century Maine. When Mr. Plainway learns that the stolen portrait of a deceased friend has been recovered and that her lost son may still be alive, he begins a search that leads him to the kidnapped boy and several life-changing experiences.
    Updated 6/12/00
  • The Lost Legends of New Jersey
    Author: Reiken, Frederick
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151005079 Date: 2000
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    Teenage life, love, betrayal, and destiny on the Jersey shore in the Bruce Springstein era is told in bold swaths of writing by the author of a beloved first novel, The Odd Sea.
    Updated 6/6/00
  • All We Know of Love
    Author: Schneider, Katie
    Publisher: Broadway $ 22.95 ISBN: 0767904087 Date: 2000
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    All We Know of Love tells a tale that deftly blends themes of female spirituality and creativity as it sets the burgeoning creative and romantic life of a young woman against the backdrop of the art and history of Florence.
    Updated 6/12/00
  • The Lucky Gourd Shop
    Author: Scott, Joanna C.
    Publisher: MacMurray & Beck $ 27 ISBN: 1878448013 Date: 2000
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    Joanna Scott's "smart, sensitive book about independence, identity and survival"--"The New York Times Book Review, " tells the haunting tale of three fatherless Korean children--and the mother who gave them away.
    Suggested Reading: Adoption
    Updated 7/25/00
  • I Loved You All
    Author: Sharp, Paula
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 0786862661 Date: 2000
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    Marguerite Diagle struggles to survive in a small New York town she considers the edge of nowhere, always holding her family together by a thread. In the summer of 1977, that thread unravels when her older daughter forms a bond with a zealous, but well-meaning, religious right-to-lifer. A lyrical, funny, moving portrait of family life and of the peculiarly American politics of abortion rights.
    Updated 6/27/00
  • The Royal Family
    Author: Vollman, William T.
    Publisher: Viking $ 40 ISBN: 0670891673 Date: 2000
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    Henry Tyler is a failing private detective in San Francisco. When the love of his life commits suicide, he clings despairingly to her ghost. Struggling to turn his grief into something precious, Henry enters into new life of nightmare beauty and degradations as he attempts to track down the legendary Queen of the Prostitutes.
    Updated 6/12/00
  • The Heartsong of Charging Elk
    Author: Welch, James
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24 ISBN: 0385496745 Date: 2000
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    From a master of contemporary Native American fiction, a haunting novel of an Oglala Sioux's odyssey from the Great Plains to the back streets of 19th century France. - From the Advance Reading Copy.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Western Stars
    Updated 5/26/00

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July

  • The Color of Summer: Or the New Garden of Earthly Delights
    Author: Arenas, Reinaldo
    Publisher: Viking $ 28.95 ISBN: Date: 2000
    star Kirkus starLJ
    The final work from the author of Before Night Falls is the penultimate installment in his "secret history of Cuba" and a powerful tale about the triumph of the human spirit over political and sexual repression.
    Updated 7/20/00
  • Money, Love
    Author: Barkley, Brad
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393049299 Date: 2000
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    Ever Since 16-year-old Gabe Strickland can remember, his father, Roman, has believed in the sale: that magical moment on the customer's porch, the deal about to close. But with each dizzying success he learns that love is, ultimately, the one thing that can't be bought or sold.
    Updated 6/22/00
  • Gemini
    Author: Dunnett, Dorothy
    Publisher: Knopf $ 27.50 ISBN: 0679454780 Date: 2000
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    In this eagerly awaited final installment of Dunnett's brilliant House of Niccolo series, Nicholas finally unlocks the door to his past, but not before his physical strength, his willpower, and his humanity have been tested to the breaking point.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 6/2/00
  • The Black Rose: The Magnificent Story of Madame C.J. Walker, America's First Black Female Millionaire
    Author: Due, Tananarive
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345439600 Date: 2000
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    Before his death in 1992, Alex Haley embarked on the research and planning of a major novel based on C.J. Walker's life. Now critically acclaimed writer Due brings Haley's work to inspiring completion in a compelling, richly textured narrative.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 5/12/00
  • Pure
    Author: Gay, Rebecca
    Publisher: Grove/Atlantic $ 13.50 (trade paper) ISBN: 08102137008 Date: 2000
    star Library Journal
    Updated 5/2/00
  • Watch Your Mouth
    Author: Handler, Daniel
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312209401 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    When Joseph goes to stay with his girlfriend Cynthia's family for the summer, he plans running the crafts shack at camp by day, and romping in Cyn's bed by night. As the summer grows hotter and stickier, life in the Glass house begins to shatter in all kinds of irresistibly gruesome ways that only the fiendishly funny imagination of the author of The Basic Eight could conjure up.
    Suggested Reading: Summer Camp
    Updated 6/30/00
  • Not a Day Goes By
    Author: Harris, E. Lynn
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 19.95 ISBN: 0385498241 Date: 2000
    star PW
    In a book destined to enlarge his readership, bestselling author Harris soars to new heights with Not a Day Goes By, a wicked little love story that will be a beach read favorite. "What's got audiences hooked? Harris's unique spin on the ever-fascinating topics of identity, class, intimacy, sexuality, and friendship".--"Vibe".
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 6/27/00
  • River King
    Author: Hoffman, Alice
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399145990 Date: 2000
    star Booklist starPW
    A suspenseful, lyrical account of one man's search for the truth - a novel as compelling as it is daring, an exploration of forgiveness and hope, of innocence and evil written by the master storyteller whom The Washington Post has called "a writer of great wisdom and compassion".
    Updated 6/1/00
  • The High Flyer
    Author: Howatch, Susan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 0375410570 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Once again, Howatch weaves together the ecclesiastical and the earthly in an electrifying story about a woman who begins to doubt the certainties of her life. A young lawyer in her 30s, Carter Graham seeks help at St. Benet's Healing Centre and sets out on a psychological and spiritual journey that will bring her to a startling understanding of her life.
    Updated 5/1/00
  • The Name of the World
    Author: Johnson, Denis
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23 ISBN: 0060192488 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    In a tour de force, The Name of the World is a mesmerizing portrait of a professor at a small Midwestern college who has permitted grief to enlarge him after an accident takes the lives of his wife and child.
    Updated 5/12/00
  • Harper's Moon
    Author: Judson, Suzanne
    Publisher: Berkley $ 6.99 (mass market paper) ISBN: 0425175421 Date: 2000
    star PW
    A troubled quiltmaker takes refuge in a small town in North Carolina and meets up with a travel writer who is locked in a struggle with his own demons. Jed and Annie share an overwhelming desire to conquer their fears and let go of the past. But first they must confront the desire consuming their hearts.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 6/7/00
  • Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me
    Author: Karbo, Karen
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1582340838 Date: 2000
    star LJ
    In a comedy of manners and biology, Karbo provides a laugh-out-loud look at the wonders of pregnancy and motherhood: a world where the women are fierce and strong and the men duck and cover; a world turned upside-down when the expecting mother turns out a most unexpected child.
    Updated 7/20/00
  • Time of Light
    Author: Kopperud, Gunnar
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1582340889 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    Markus, a former German soldier, seeks atonement from an Armenian priest for his part in the Nazi invasion of Russia. Framed by the nine-day Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of 1994, this book is skillfully created from a series of tales that arise from Markus's conversations with the priest.
    Updated 7/25/00
  • The Iceweaver
    Author: Lawrence, Margaret
    Publisher: Avon $ 24 ISBN: 0380976218 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    In January 1809, John Frayne returns to New York state to reclaim his father's confiscated lands and the affection of his abandoned son. There, he is drawn to a beautiful, mute "madwoman" named Jennet Trevor, who has been declared indigent and put up for auction. It is Frayne who bids for her future.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 7/25/00
  • The Knight of the Sacred Lake
    Author: Miles, Rosalind
    Publisher: Crown $ 24 ISBN: 0609606239 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Miles's bestselling Guenevere: Queen of the Summer Country, the fate of the glorious realm of Camelot stands vulnerable to the dark designs of Arthur's half-sister, Morgan, and the irresistible power of the love shared by Guenevere and her young knight, Lancelot.
    Updated 5/19/00
  • Conditions of Faith
    Author: Miller, Alex
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0684869357 Date: 2000
    star Booklist
    When the author's mother died, she left him her fragmented journal from the 1920s. Inspired by her exotic tales of a young woman living in Paris, he was compelled to write a novel based on her experiences, telling the story of an intelligent, ambitious woman whose struggle for personal freedom challenged society's deeply cherished beliefs about motherhood and family.
    Updated 7/25/00
  • That Summer's Trance
    Author: Salamanca, J.R.
    Publisher: Welcome Rain $ 24.95 ISBN: 1566491258 Date: 2000
    star PW
    Updated 5/24/00
  • A Pure Clear Light
    Author: St. John, Madeline
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 22 ISBN: 0786707569 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    Faith collides with infidelity in this illuminating tale from Booker Prize nominee Madeleine St John, which fixes an unflinching eye on the modern, nearly perfect marriage of Flora and Simon Beaufort as it goes awry.
    Updated 5/12/00
  • The Lake
    Author: Villasenor, Daniel
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670891614 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    The brilliant young philosopher Zachary Brannagan is undone by years of grappling with intellectual abstractions. He meets a woman who draws him from a life of the mind to a life of concrete, physical experience. Together they come through tragedy to the lasting succor of love.
    Updated 6/6/00

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