Fiction Stars of 2002

January - June 2002

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

June

  • King: Volume 2
    Author: Anderson, Ho Che
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 9.95 (graphic novel) ISBN: 1560974966 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 5/9/02
  • Lucky in the Corner
    Author: Anshaw, Carol
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 23 ISBN: 0395940400 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLibrary Journal
    From the award-winning author of Aquamarine comes a new novel about mothers and daughters and the surprising shape of the contemporary American family.
    Booklist Top 10 Gay & Lesbian Books (June 2002)
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6/7/02
  • Anything Goes
    Author: Bell, Madison Smartt
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 0375421254 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In a complete departure from his sweeping historical novels and intense urban dramas, the author of All Souls' Rising renders a bittersweet, heartfelt coming-of-age story about a young man on tour with a band called Anything Goes.
    Suggested Reading: Music
    Updated 4/24/02
  • Oyster
    Author: Biguenet, John
    Publisher: Ecco $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060198362 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    The much-anticipated novel from the O. Henry Award-winning author of The Torturer's Apprentice, set in 1957 on the Louisiana coast, spins a tale of murder and revenge in which two women and the men who desire them play out a drama as elemental and inexorable as a Greek tragedy.
    Updated 6/29/02
  • Nuremberg: The Reckoning
    Author: Buckley, William F.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151006792 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    With his customary authority and audacity, Buckley has taken a pivotal moment in history and shaped it into absorbing and original fiction. The result is a riveting novel of insight and deep understanding exploring the characters and issues that made history.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars | Nuremberg
    Updated 6/7/02
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park
    Author: Carter, Stephen L.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 0375413634 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    The Emperor of Ocean Park is as brilliant in its suspense as in its acute social observation. Set in the privileged world of New York-Washington-Martha's Vineyard upper-crust African-American society and the inner circle of an Ivy League law school, it tells the story of a complex family with a single seductive and dangerous link to the shadowlands of crime.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | First Fiction | All Stars
    Updated 4/18/02
  • Big If
    Author: Costello, Mark
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393051161 Date: 2002
    starPW
    It's winter in New Hampshire, the economy is booming, the vice president is running for president, and his Secret Service people are very, very tense in this scary, funny novel--a riff on recent history and the American obsession with assassination.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction
    Updated 4/30/02
  • River Thieves
    Author: Crummey, Michael
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 0618145311 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Set at the turn of the 19th century along Newfoundland's rugged shore, River Thieves tells the tragic story of the extinction of the Beothuk Indians. The tragedy of miscommunication among colonists living in a crude, violent age prefigures the larger loss, that of an entire people.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 4/18/02
  • Beautiful Bodies
    Author: Cunningham, Laura Shaine
    Publisher: Washington Sq Press $ 24 ISBN: 0743434013 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    From the celebrated memoirist comes a hilarious and insightful new novel--a comedy of manners featuring six 30-something women navigating the perilous currents of single life in New York City.
    Updated 5/20/02
  • Perma Red
    Author: Earling, Debra Magpie
    Publisher: BlueHen $ 24.95 ISBN: 039914899x Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Louise White Elk dreams of both belonging and escape, and of discovering love and freedom on her own terms. Perma Red is a love-crossed saga about a young woman coming of age under perilous circumstances, and about the consequences of her often contradictory desires.
    Updated 6/29/02
  • The Sisters Mallone
    Author: Ermelino, Louisa
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0743223330 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    From the acclaimed author of The Black Madonna: A sinfully fun dark comedy about the power of sisterhood and the American dream. Through irrepressible characters, and infectious and suspenseful writing, The Sisters Mallone captures and fulfills the Italian immigrant's dream--with a twist.
    Updated 6/3/02
  • Meet John Trow
    Author: Dyja, Tom
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670030996 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Steven Armour, fighting off a mid-life crisis, joins a group of Civil War reenactors, and his life suddenly turns around. A haunting narrative of a man caught between his own life and a life he might have lived, Meet John Trow will take its place as a classic novel of history.
    Suggested Reading: Virginia Stars
    Updated 5/9/02
  • The Portrait of Mrs Charbuque
    Author: Ford, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0066211263 Date: 2002
    starPW
    New York, 1893. Society portraitist Piambo receives a commission he cannot refuse. A mysterious woman offers Piambo a fortune to paint her portrait. As Piambo's masterpiece takes shape, his relationship with the woman grows more tangled and her deranged--almost certainly murderous--husband becomes bent on revenge.
    Suggested Reading: Art Stars
    Updated 4/12/02
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
    Author: Gregory, Philippa
    Publisher: Scribner $ 15 (paper) ISBN: 0743227441 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Rich in the details and color of the times, this novel weaves historical fact and the irresistible elements of sex, scandal, and thwarted love into a powerful, compulsively engaging novel about the two Boleyn sisters and their relationship with Henry VIII.
    Updated 5/20/02
  • Sheepshagger
    Author: Griffiths, Niall
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312300735 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    This is the story of Ianto: the feral, inarticulate, inbred, ignoble savage. Ianto is a sheepshagger -- a yokel, a Welsh redneck. An extraordinary prose amalgam of Old Testament prophecy and demotic slang, of Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, Sheepshagger is written in a language saturated--like nature--with beauty and violence.
    Updated 6/7/02
  • Egg Code
    Author: Heppner, Mike
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375412905 Date: 2002
    starPW
    At the center of this novel is a computer, the Gloria 21169, which has taken command of the entire world network. This story, though, is not about computers but the people variously affected by this one machine, and the crisscrossing of many lives reveals how much human behavior has been altered by this quantum shift in communication.
    Suggested Reading: Internet Stars
    Updated 5/20/02
  • Waylaid
    Author: Lin, Ed
    Publisher: Kaya $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 188503320 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 1.25.03
  • Five Boys
    Author: Jackson, Mick
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 00601394x Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Evacuated from London during World War II to a remote English village filled with eccentrics, young Bobby is the victim of horrible mistreatment by five boys who accuse him of being a Nazi spy. At the center of these villagers is the enigmatic Bee King, a mysterious figure who exercises a powerful, hypnotic influence on the village and especially the boys.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World Wars
    Updated 3/28/02
  • The Weather in Berlin
    Author: Just, Ward S.
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618036687 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLJ
    In this astute novel of Americans abroad, Ward Just turns his keen eye toward the dark underpinnings of nationalism, fame, and artistic integrity. When a famous Hollywood director travels to post-Wall Germany to rekindle his genius, he is unexpectedly reunited with an actress who mysteriously disappeared from the set of his movie thirty years before. Masterly and atmospheric, The Weather in Berlin explores the subtleties of artistic inspiration, the nature of memory, and the pull of the past.- Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 5/3/02
  • Spring Flowers
    Author: Kadare, Ismail
    Publisher: Arcade $ 23.95 ISBN: 155970635X Date: 2002
    starBookliststarLibrary Journal
    Updated 6/29/02
  • The Solace of Leaving Early
    Author: Kimmel, Haven
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385499833 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Told with remarkable wit and sweeping empathy, The Solace of Leaving Early is the story of finding ones better self through accepting the shortcomings of others. Wisdom is arrived at only after much laughter and many tears, and Haven Kimmel charts this course of destined souls with skill and beauty.
    Updated 6/7/02
  • Lady Sophia's Lover
    Author: Kleypas, Lisa
    Publisher: Avon $ 7.50 (paper) ISBN: 0380811065 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Hoping to snare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon, Lady Sophia Sydney will do anything--even ruin his reputation to cause a scandal in London. She insinuates herself into his life and even lives in his house. Her presence tempts him beyond all reason. She knows Ross in falling in love with her. But she never counts on falling in love with him.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4/30.02
  • Iceland
    Author: Krusoe, Jim
    Publisher: Dalkey $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1564783146 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 6/3/02
  • Malaise
    Author: Lemann, Nancy
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743215486 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    A search for love, home, and meaning set between the blazing Southern California border town of Esperanza and the old-world haunts of New York, Malaise is a romantic comedy of manners from a novelist of incomparable style and wit.
    Updated 4/18/02
  • Seducing Mr. Heywood
    Author: Manning, Jo
    Publisher: Five Star $ 26.95 ISBN: 0786234008 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Upon her husband's death, a shocked Lady Sophia learns that custody of her children has gone to a humble country vicar. Although he knows of her tarnished reputation, the clergyman believes children need their mother--and soon, he needs Lady Sophia, too.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 6/3/02
  • Life of Pi
    Author: Martel, Yann
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151008116 Date: 2002
    starPWstarLibrary Journal
    This brilliant fabulist novel combines the delight of Kipling's Just So Stories with the metaphysical adventure of Jonah and the Whale, as Pi, the son of a zookeeper, is marooned aboard a lifeboat with a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger.
    Suggested Reading: Reading Group Stars
    Updated 6/29/02
  • Ariel's Crossing
    Author: Morrow, Bradford
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670030953 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    After years of secrecy, Ariel Rankin learns that her birth father is not who she thought he was and her world is shaken to its core. Audaciously writing with magic realism, Morrow offers a rhapsodic portrait of how faith, family, and self-identity are inscribed in each and everyone.
    Updated 6/3/02
  • The Big Snow
    Author: Park, David
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582342490 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Shaken free from the normal patterns of their lives by a catastrophic blizzard, the intimate desires of a northern Irish community are thrown into sharp relief as they experience love, death, and finally, murder.
    Updated 6/3/02
  • Prague
    Author: Philips, Arthur
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375507876 Date: 2002
    starPW
    It is 1990 and the Berlin Wall has come down. Young Westerners flood into the atmospheric decay of post-Cold War Eastern Europe seeking the legendary Paris of the 1920s. Prague follows four Americans and one Canadian, flush with irony and striving for success in a place they often fail to understand.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 4/5/02
  • Midnight Confessions
    Author: Proctor, Candice
    Publisher: Ivy $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0345447174 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Southern widow Emmanuelle de Saint-Colombe is devoted to the sick and injured in New Orleans, now occupied by the Union Army. When a murder puts her in the very center of investigation, Emmanuelle is put under the watchful eye of Yankee marshal Zachary Cooper. Although she despises the uniform, she finds the man who wears it impossible to resist.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 5/9/02
  • Strand of a Thousand Pearls
    Author: Rabinyan, Dorit
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 0375508112 Date: 2002
    starPW
    For fans of Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel, the sensuous, spellbinding story of the Azizyan family: a story of love, marriage, and mischief under the shade of the guava tree--by the bestselling, award-winning Dorit Rabinyan.
    Updated 3/14/02
  • Martin Sloane
    Author: Redhill, Michael
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 13.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0316739367 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    The story of a relationship across two decades, of Jolene's search for Martin Sloane when one day he disappears from their home without warning or explanation, is told in a novel that brilliantly and movingly explores the vagaries of love and friendship, the burdens of personal history, and the enigmatic power of art.
    Updated 5/20/02
  • In Open Spaces
    Author: Rowland, Russell
    Publisher: Perennial $ 13.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0060084340 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Set in the unforgiving prairie of eastern Montana, this powerful and accomplished first novel captures the compelling story of the Arbuckle family from 1916 to 1946. As the story begins with a devastating loss for the family, the author masterfully weaves a tale of psychological wars that rip the family apart and the redemption that can ultimately bring them back together.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | First Fiction
    Updated 4/12/02
  • The Russian Debutante's Handbook
    Author: Shteyngart, Gary
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 23.95 ISBN: 1573222135 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    A picaresque novel reminiscent of Michael Chabon's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, this story is infused with energy and brilliant use of language. Hilarious, yet true to life, it follows the adventures of Vladimir, a young Russian immigrant, whose capitalist dreams and desires for a girlfriend lead him off the straight and narrow and into uncharted territory.
    Updated 3/28/02
  • When Eve Was Naked: Stories of a Life's Journey
    Author: Skvorecky, Josef
    Publisher: Farrar Strauss & Giroux $ 25 ISBN: 0374149755 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 6/29/02
  • The Real McCoy
    Author: Strauss, Darin
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525946519 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    From the author of Chang and Eng comes a story loosely based on the real life of a turn-of-the-century icon and charlatan, "Kid" McCoy--a man of many talents and faces, including championship boxer, jewel thief, scam artist, and the most married man in America.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 6/3/02
  • Simple Recipes: Stories
    Author: Thien, Madeline
    Publisher: Liitle Brown $ 22.95 ISBN: 0316833169 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    With delicate language and wisdom, Thien explores the longing of families pulled apart by conflicts between generations, cultures, and values. Each of these stories captures a deeply personal world in which characters struggle to reconcile family loyalty with individual desires.
    Updated 3/28/02
  • Boomeritis: A Novel That Will Set You Free
    Author: Wilber, Ken
    Publisher: Shambala $ 24.95 ISBN: 1570628017 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Ken Wilber's latest book is a daring departure from his previous writings. Boomeritis combines brilliant scholarship with playful storytelling to convey the landmark "integral" approach to human development that Wilber expounded in his popular nonfiction work A Theory of Everything.
    Updated 6/29/02
  • Angel Rock
    Author: Williams, Darren
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375414517 Date: 2002
    starPW
    From a young Australian writer whose first novel received the Australian/ Vogel Literary Award comes a new story about the disappearance of a four-year-old boy in the Australian Outback. Menacing and mesmerizing, dazzling in its evocation of terrain--both physical and psychological--Angel Rock is a brilliant combination of the literary and the entertaining.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5/20/02

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

May

  • Camouflage: Stories
    Author: Bail, Murray
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux $ 18 ISBN: 0374118272 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    It is clear in all these remarkable stories that Murray Bail--celebrated for his novels--has also extended the manifold possibilities of short fiction. Each of his stories creates a strange and fascinating new world, and none of them is easily forgotten.
    Updated 2/28/02
  • Summertime
    Author: Barker, Raffaella
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375503870 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    In this delicious romantic comedy, a charming heroine offers hilarious and touching commentary on relationships, divorce, fashion, pets, and children as she copes with her chaotic family and fractured love life in rural England.
    Suggested Reading: Summertime Stars
    Updated 4/1/02
  • See the Child
    Author: Bergen, David
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0743229258 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Paul Unger has a comfortable life, but it starts to unravel when his son becomes involved with a provocative young woman, Nicole. Soon, Paul's world is overturned, Stephen is found drowned in a field, and he is left to question his own role in the death.
    Updated 3/15/02
  • You're an Animal, Viskovitz
    Author: Boffa, Alessandro
    Publisher: Knopf $ 18 ISBN: 0375405283 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Updated 4/30.02
  • No Bones
    Author: Burns, Anna
    Publisher: Norton $ 13.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 039332303x Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    A shattering and blackly funny debut in the tradition of Roddy Doyle, No Bones follows a young woman growing up in a Belfast beset by the Troubles.
    Suggested Reading: First Fiction | Black Humor
    Updated 4/24/02
  • Kiss the Bride
    Author: Cabot, Patricia
    Publisher: Sonnett $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0743410289 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Emma Van Court never expected to be widowed--or penniless--at a young age. Although heir to a fortune, Emma receives the money only when she remarries. Suddenly the pretty schoolteacher finds the eligible men of the Scottish village of Faires scrambling for her attentions. When the forceful Earl of Denham comes calling, he offers to be her "temporary" husband to curb the desperate suitors--but he secretly longs to make his "I do's" last a lifetime.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4/18/02
  • Sunday Jews
    Author: Calisher, Hortense
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 28 ISBN:0151009309 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    From one of our most distinguished writers comes a tragicomedy about a fascinating clan of people trying to fit in and stand out in America. In this new novel, Calisher explores a family united in blood yet divided by ideas.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5/3/02
  • The City of Your Final Destination
    Author: Cameron, Peter
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 24 ISBN: 0374281971 Date: 2002
    starPWstarKirkus
    Omar Razaghi posts a letter on September 13, 1995, that will change the course of his life forever. A novel about the random nature of love and the ways in which we confront or avoid life's choices, The City of Your Final Destination is a touching comic fourth novel from Peter Cameron.
    Updated 2/18/02
  • The Sons of Heaven
    Author: Cheng, Terence
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060002433 Date: 2002
    starPW
    A stunning blend of history and fiction, here is a vividly imagined epic novel of blood, terror, and bravery set against the backdrop of one of modern history's most haunting events--the massacre at Tiananmen Square.
    Updated 5/3/02
  • The Handywoman Stories
    Author: Coberly, Lenore M.
    Publisher: Ohio Univ $ 28.95 (hardback) $16.95 (paper) ISBN: 0804010477 (hardback)0804010412 (paper) Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    An astounding collection of Appalachian stories - Publisher marketing.
    Updated 3/15/02
  • The Trials of Angela
    Author: Criswell, Millie
    Publisher: Ivy $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0804119937 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Angela DeNero's life is a mess. She's just broken up with her cheating fianc; her law practice is gasping for air; and her parents are planning to move back to Baltimore. To make matters worse, Angela finds she has to argue her biggest case against arrogant John Franco, a man she believes would send his own grandmother to jail. Instead, he sends Angela's heart soaring.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4/9/02
  • This Cold Country
    Author: Davis-Goff, Annabel
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151008477 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    An inexperienced middle-class English girl is suddenly thrust into the decadent world of the Anglo Irish--a world of treasonous plots, desperate intimacies, and dangerous estrangements--from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Dower House.
    Updated 3/19/02
  • In the Casa Azul
    Author: Delahunt, Meaghan
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN:031229106x Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Spreading before the reader a panorama of Russian history, revolution, and upheaval through the first half of the 20th century, this literary work finds Leon Trotsky taking refuge in Mexico City when he is pursued country to country by Stalin's agents.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Stalin
    Updated 4/1/02
  • Heart-Side Up
    Author: Dimmick, Barbara
    Publisher: Graywolf $ 24.95 ISBN: 155973620 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 3/19/02
  • Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits: Short Stories
    Author: Donoghue, Emma
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151009376 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Following the triumphant publication of Slammerkin this rollicking collection of short stories depicts the strangely exhilarating sideshows of humanity lost to traditional history.
    Updated 3/15/02
  • Lord Baltimore
    Author: Doster, Stephen
    Publisher: Blair $ 22.95 ISBN: 0895872641 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Partly an homage to classics ranging from Don Quixote to Huck Finn, Lord Baltimore is a novel that creates its own universe and whose characters walk the line between the real and the fantastic.
    Suggested Reading: Picaresque Stars
    Updated 4/24/02
  • Confessing a Murder
    Author: Drayson, Nicholas
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393051293 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    In this debut novel by an Australian naturalist, murder, a vanished tropical island, and a thwarted love affair are all clues to the origin of Charles Darwin's famous theory.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Darwin, Naturalists and Evolution
    Updated 2/28/02
  • Walk Through Darkness
    Author: Durham, David Anthony
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385499256 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The second novel by the acclaimed author of Gabriel's Story is history infused by myth, the intense narrative of an escaped slave trying to reunite with his pregnant wife.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | African American Stars
    Updated 3/28/02
  • The Emperor's Babe
    Author: Evaristo, Bernadine
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670030716 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 4/24/02
  • Three Junes
    Author: Glass, Julia
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 0375421440 Date: 2002
    starPW
    This symphonic first novel teems with relationships and interconnected lives--about love, death, and birth in a Scottish family.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3/21/02
  • The Seal Wife
    Author: Harrison, Kathryn
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 0375506292 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    A novel of passion by the author of The Kiss and The Binding Chair, The Seal Wife tells the story of a young scientist in 1915 Alaska and his consuming love for a woman known as the Aleut.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 4/9/02
  • A Simple Habana Melody: From When the World Was Good
    Author: Hijuelos, Oscar
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060175699 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLJstarBookliststarPW
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love returns to the world of music with this gorgeously written novel about one man's passion for his art, his family, and his country.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Music | All Stars | Latino Stars
    Updated 5/20/02
  • Moral Hazard
    Author: Jennings, Kate
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0007141084 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Jennings pens a darkly witty novel, taut as a wire, that pits love and loyalty against Wall Street.
    Updated 4/5/02
  • In This Mountain
    Author: Karon, Jan
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670031046 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In her seventh novel in the bestselling Mitford Years series, Jan Karon delivers surprises of every kind, including the return of the man in the attic and an ending that no one in Mitford will ever forget.
    Updated 6/3/02
  • Mr. Potter
    Author: Kincaid, Jamaica
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $18 ISBN: 0374214948 Date: 2002
    starPWstarBookliststarLibrary Journal
    Jamaica Kincaid's first obsession, the island of Antigua, comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffeur. In her most ambitious work to date, Kincaid breathes life into a figure unlike any in contemporary fiction, an individual consciousness emerging out of an unexamined life.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4//1/02
  • Man Walks Into a Room
    Author: Krauss, Nicole
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385503997 Date: 2002
    starLJ
    In this shimmering debut novel of memory, identity, and love, an English professor's brain tumor eradicates his memories past the age of 12 as he mourns a life well-lived and profoundly forgotten.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Atomic Age Fiction | Amnesia
    Updated 5/3/02
  • Rush Home Road
    Author: Lansens, Lori
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316069027 Date: 2002 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    In the spirit of White Oleander and The Color Purple comes a heartbreaking and page-turning story about an 80-year-old woman who confronts and relives her life when a five-year-old girl is abandoned on her doorstep.
    Updated 5/20/02
  • Lost Nation
    Author: Lent, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 25 ISBN: 0871138432 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    Bestselling author Lent retruns with Lost Nation. Set in the early 19th century, the story opens with a man known only as Blood guiding an oxcart of rum toward a land where the luckless--or outlawed--have made a fresh start.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 4/1/02
  • Soy La Avon Lady and Other Stories
    Author: Lopez, Lorraine
    Publisher: Curbstone $ 15.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1880684861 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 6/7/02
  • True Hope
    Author: Manley, Frank
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 0786710209 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Resounding with wisdom, humor, and tragedy, this novel tells the state of an anguished man who discovers the meaning of life while plumbing the depths of despair.
    Updated 3/28/02
  • Hollow Ground
    Author: Marion, Stephen
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 23.95 ISBN: 1565123239 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Debut novelist Stephen Marion offers not only the story of a father and son getting to know each other for the first time, but also that of a small town whose mining industry has literally hollowed out the ground beneath their feet.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2/8/02
  • Trespass
    Author: Mazur, Grace Dane
    Publisher: Graywolf $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1555973647 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 12.02.02
  • The Cadence of Grass
    Author: McGuane, Thomas
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0679446745 Date: 2002
    starPWstarLibrary Journal
    In a masterpiece of savage comedy, the author of the bestselling Nothing But Blue Skies writes of the perverse Whitelaw patriarch, a man who exerts his control, even in death, by means of a will that binds the family fortune to a failing marriage.
    Updated 5/20/02
  • A Debt to Delia
    Author: Metzger, Barbara
    Publisher: Signet $ 4.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451205863 Date: 2002
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    While battling Napoleon, Major Lord Tyverne is wounded and trapped behind enemy lines. A fellow redcoat comes to his aid, insisting Ty ride his horse to safety. Horrified to learn of his rescuer's death, Ty vows to repay his debt of honor. Ty offers marriage to the dead man's sister, Delia Croft. But Delia longs for love--not obligation.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 3/21/02
  • Esquire's Big Book of Fiction
    Author: Miller, Adrienne (ed)
    Publisher: Context $ 21.95 ISBN: 1893956261 Date: 2002
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    Updated 5/20/02
  • Simon Silber: Works for Solo Piano
    Author: Miller, Christopher
    Publisher: Houghton $ 23 ISBN: 061814336x Date: 2002
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    Miller's darkly hilarious first novel takes the form of liner notes to a recording of the complete works of a prodigiously cranky composer, who haunts the borderland between genius and mediocrity.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Episolatory Stars
    Updated 6/3/02
  • The Beach House
    Author: Monroe, Mary Alice
    Publisher: Mira $ 6.50 ISBN: 1551668998 Date: 2002
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    Caretta Rutledge abandoned her Southern roots and troubled family long ago. Now, as her own life takes a turn for the worse, Caretta finds herself heading back to the beach house where she spent her childhood summers. There, Caretta renews old acquaintances and reconnects with her ailing mother, learning life's most precious lessons in the process.
    Suggested Reading: Summertime Stars
    Updated 4/5/02
  • Step-Ball-Change
    Author: Ray, Jeanne
    Publisher: Crown $ 22.95 ISBN: 0609610031 Date: 2002
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    Caroline has it all: a successful dance studio in Raleigh, a long-term marriage, and four adult children, all of whom are lawyers. All it takes, though, are two back-to-back phone calls to change everything. After her sparkling, bestselling debut, Julie and Romeo, Jeanne Ray returns with this second story of love and family in all their complicated, infuriating, mystifying splendor.
    Updated 4/1/02
  • Unless: A Novel
    Author: Shields, Carol
    Publisher: Marshall Pickering $ 24.95 ISBN: 0007141076 Date: 2002
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    After 44 years, Reta Winters she is discovering the meaning of loss for the first time when her beloved eldest daughter drops out of life to sit on a street corner. A major literary event from the author of the international bestseller and Pulitzer-Prize winner, The Stone Diaries, this is a novel of love and letting go.
    Suggested Reading: Reading Group Stars
    Updated 2/18/02
  • God's Fool
    Author: Slouka, Mark
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375402160 Date: 2002
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    Stretching from ancient Siam to the fields of the American Civil War, Slouka's debut novel transforms the story of the first Siamese twins in recorded history into a universal tale of brotherhood.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Biographical Fiction | Twins
    Updated 5/20/02
  • The True Sources of the Nile
    Author: Stone, Sarah
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385503016 Date: 2002
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    In this love story of an American human rights advocate in Burundi and a high-ranking, Paris-educated member of the Tutsi ruling class, Stone marries a sexy tale of passion with a meticulously rendered look at turmoil in contemporary Africa.
    Updated 4/1/02
  • The Sands of Pride: A Novel of the Civil War
    Author: Trotter, William R.
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 28 ISBN:0786710136 Date: 2002
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    The Sands of Pride begins a two-part saga which brings America's most tragic conflict to life at Fort Fisher, a fortress on North Carolina's windswept coastline. From Secession to Gettysburg, acclaimed author Trotter paints a vivid portrait of the bloodstained battlefields, intimate boudoirs, and ordinary people swept into the hurricane of war.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Civil War Stars
    Updated 4/18/02
  • The Making of June
    Author: Ward, Anne
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399148906 Date: 2002
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    A young woman with the perfect L.A. life moves to the Balkans, where she is forced to confront her sheltered image of the world and rethink her idealized picture of the American dream.
    Updated 3/28/02
  • The Leto Bundle
    Author: Warner, Marina
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux $ 26 ISBN: 03754185484 Date: 2002
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    This novel sweeps from prehistory to the Middle Ages, to Victorian Europe, and then to the present day, as a mysterious woman named Leto searches for her long-lost son. In The Leto Bundle, the eternal story of the refugee becomes a powerful modern novel of huge scope and imaginative force.
    Updated 4/9/02
  • The Stone Carvers
    Author: Urquhart, Jane
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670030449 Date: 2002
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    A major bestseller in Canada, The Stone Carvers is set against the backdrop of World War II, bringing together history and art in a story both intimate and worldly.
    Updated 4/5/02
  • Dirt Music
    Author: Winton, Tim
    Publisher: Scribner $ 26 ISBN: 0743228022 Date: 2002
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    Set in the wild landscape of Western Australia, this novel by the author of The Riders is about the odds of breaking with the past, a love story about people stifled by grief and regret, and a journey across landscapes within and without.
    Updated 4/18/02

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April

  • April Witch
    Author: Axelsson, Majgull
    Publisher: Villard $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375505172 Date: 2002
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    Desiree lies in a hospital bed thinking, dreaming--she cannot walk or talk, but she has other capabilities. Desiree is an April witch, clairvoyant and omniscient, traveling through time and space into the world denied her.
    Suggested Reading: Witches
    Updated 1/29/02
  • Miss America Family
    Author: Baggott, Julianna
    Publisher: Pocket $ 24 ISBN: 0743422961 Date: 2002
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    A soulful, mordantly funny follow-up to the bestselling Girl Talk stars a fading beauty queen and her 16-year-old son as the delightfully nimble co-chroniclers of Baggott's inspired new take on suburban dissolution.
    Updated 3/19/02
  • Century's Son
    Author: Boswell, Robert
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375412379 Date: 2002
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    From one of America's most skilled, subtle, and critically acclaimed writers--a novel about an eccentric midwestern family, and the history of love and tragedy that holds it together and tears it apart.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3/26/02
  • The Incantation of Frida K.
    Author: Braverman, Kate
    Publisher: Conari $ 23.95 ISBN: 1583224696 Date: 2002
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    Braverman's imagined life of Frida Kahlo begins and ends within the hallucinatory mind of the painter, at 46, on her deathbed. Reflecting on people, places, and events in her past, Frida talks of men, art, and philosophy.
    Suggested Reading: Biographical Fiction | Art Stars
    Updated 3/19/02
  • Nothing Makes You Free: Writings by Descendants of Jewish Holocaust Survivors
    Author: Bukiet, Melvin Jules (ed)
    Publisher: Norton $ 27.95 ISBN: 0393050467 Date: 2002
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    Updated 2/28/02
  • Sunstroke: Selected Stories of Ivan Bunin
    Author: Bunin, Ivan
    Publisher: Ivan R. Dee $ 25 ISBN: 1566634261 Date: 2002
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    Updated 3/28/02
  • Moon of Bitter Cold
    Author: Chiaventone, Frederick J.
    Publisher: Forge $ 26.95 ISBN: 0765300931 Date: 2002
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    In 1866, the war in the West, with its bloody collision of cultures, is increasing in tension and danger. As the U.S. Army builds ever more forts on the Great Plains, Red Cloud, a Lakota Sioux war leader, assembles more than 3,000 warriors to drive out the white man.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Western Stars
    Updated 2/1/02
  • The Bondwoman's Narrative
    Author: Crafts, Hannah, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446530085 Date: 2002
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    Possibly the first novel written by a black woman slave, this work is both a historically important literary event and a gripping autobiographical story in its own right.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 3/28/02
  • Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish
    Author: Flanagan, Richard
    Publisher: Grove $ 27.50 ISBN: 0802117112 Date: 2002
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    The latest novel from internationally renowned author Flanagan. A rich tragicomic saga of art, fish, and the founding of new worlds.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 3/26/02
  • Everthing Is Illuminated
    Author: Foer, Jonathan Safran
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618173870 Date: 2002
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    A writer journeys to the farmlands of eastern Europe to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Passionate and marked by an indelible humanity, Everything Is Illuminated mines the black holes of history and is ultimately a story about searching for people and places that no longer exist.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Humorous Fiction | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 3/14/02
  • 13 Albatrosses
    Author: Harington, Donald
    Publisher: Holt $ 26 ISBN: 0805068554 Date: 2002
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    For decades Donald Harington has delighted fans with his thrilling, magical tales of Stay More, a small enclave in northern Arkansas. Now Harington expands on his fictional realm with the strange, quixotic quest of Vernon Ingledew to win the governorship of Arkansas.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction
    Updated 3/19/02
  • Fox Girl
    Author: Keller, Nora Okja
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670030732 Date: 2002
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    The author of Comfort Woman returns with her latest beautifully imagined and unflinchingly honest novel. Set in the aftermath of the Korean War, Fox Girl is the story of its forgotten victims, the abandoned children of American GIs who live in a world where life is about survival.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3/26/02
  • The Impressionist
    Author: Kunzru, Hari
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 052594642x Date: 2002
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    Sweeping from India to England to France and Africa and played out on a teeming world canvas, The Impressionist is the unforgettable riches-to-rags story of a boy who is born a lie and must adapt--or perish.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | First Fiction
    Updated 1/3/02
  • The Horned Man
    Author: Lasdun, James
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393003361 Date: 2002
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    Updated 4/1/02
  • Death and Nightingales
    Author: McCabe, Eugene
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1582342377 Date: 2002
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    Through the events of a single day in the life of Elizabeth Winters--on the Irish farms of County Fermanagh in 1883--readers see decades of pain, betrayal, and resentment build to a devastating climax.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 1/3/02
  • Oxygen
    Author: Miller, Andrew
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151007217 Date: 2002
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    From the celebrated author of Ingenious Pain comes an intimate, compelling meditation on loss, regret, and self-discovery.
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Video: Stories
    Author: Nair, Meera
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 21.95 ISBN: 0375421114 Date: 2002
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    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3/14/02
  • Female Trouble: Stories
    Author: Nelson, Antonya
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 074321871x Date: 2002
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    In her first story collection since being selected as one of The New Yorker's 20 best writers for the 21st century, Nelson presents 13 stories about the vagaries of marriage, the uncertainties of family, and the revelations of female life.
    Updated 1/29/02
  • The Haunting of L
    Author: Norman, Howard A.
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 24 ISBN: 0374168253 Date: 2002
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    In 1927 Manitoba, young Peter Duvett accepts a job as assistant to elusive portraitist Vienna Linn, and helps him photograph gruesome accidents for a private collection in London. Duvett falls under the spell of Linn's brilliant wife and starts to see more and more terrifying scenes come to life in the darkroom.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 1/4/02
  • The Dive from Clausen's Pier
    Author: Packer, Ann
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375412824 Date: 2002
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    A suspenseful, richly layered first novel that asks: How much do people owe the people they love? The Dive from Clausen's Pier will speak to all those who have ever thought about leaving when they knew they should stay or felt trapped, not only by circumstance, but by the strength of their own love.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 3/26/02
  • The Last of the Amazons
    Author: Pressfield, Steven
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 038550098x Date: 2002
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    The internationally bestselling author of Tides of War and Gates of Fire delivers his most gripping and imaginative novel of the ancient world yet--a stunning epic of love and war that breathes life into the grand myth of the ferocious female warrior culture of the Amazons.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 3/19/02
  • The Memory Room
    Author: Rakow, Mary
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 25 ISBN: 1582431728 Date: 2002
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    The Memory Room is a poetic, debut novel-in-verse about a woman who goes to hell and back in order to understand the depth of human evil and its possible transcendence. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: First Fiction
    Updated 2/21/02
  • Blue Bayou
    Author: Ross, JoAnn
    Publisher: Pocket $ 6.99 (paperback) ISBN: 0743436822 Date: 2002
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    First book in a new trilogy. Danielle Dupree's passionate teen love affair with Jack Callahan, the son of her family's housekeeper, was cut short for reasons unclear to her--but not to Jack. Now, 13 years later, Dani, a widow with a son, comes home to Blue Bayou and is surprised Jack, a bestselling author, has returned home, too. Even as their passion reignites, Dani and Jack know that secrets hang in the air.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4/9/02
  • Sea Glass
    Author: Shreve, Anita
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316780812 Date: 2002
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    From the international bestselling author (The Weight of Water, Resistance) comes a moving new novel about marriage, memory, and troubled times, set in 1929 on the coast of New Hampshire.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 3/19/02
  • Instances of the Number 3
    Author: Vickers, Salley
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 23 ISBN: 0374177023 Date: 2002
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    Popular British author Vickers brings to life a loving marriage and a love affair that exist side by side for years--and continue to reverberate after Peter Hansome dies in a car accident, on his way home from an assignation with yet another lover.
    Updated 3/14/02
  • A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga
    Author: Whitty, Julia
    Publisher: Mariner $ 12 (trade paper) ISBN: 0618119809 Date: 2002
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    Bringing a unique perspective and a singular voice to contemporary fiction, this collection features lush, poignant stories about the natural world. Here are characters--mammals, historical figures, everyday people--who discover the liberating properties of memory, rebellion, and knowledge in the face of captivity and loneliness.
    Updated 4/1/02

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March

  • Shadows of Blue and Gray: The Civil War Writings of Ambrose Bierce
    Author: Bierce, Ambrose
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0786302446 Date: 2002
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    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Civil War Stars
    Updated 2/1/02
  • The Wooden Nickel
    Author: Carpenter, William
    Publisher: 0316134007 $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316134007 Date: 2002
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    Lucky Lunt is an endangered species: a third generation lobsterman who works the same Maine waters as his ancestors. As waves of trouble turn into a flood tide, Lucky enters an epic confrontation with his enemies and a rogue whale--a battle his unreliable heart may not survive.
    Suggested Reading: Sea Stories
    Updated 2/18/02
  • Casanova in Bohemia
    Author: Codrescu, Andre
    Publisher: Free Press $ 25 ISBN: 0684868008 Date: 2002
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    Beloved NPR commentator and popular author Codrescu makes a stunning return to historical fiction, detailing the adventurous life and erotic times of the famed illuminist Giacomo Casanova. Codrescu creates a surreal portrait of the legendary Casanova, as the old adventurer plays out his final years in a dilapidated castle in Bohemia.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 1/29/02
  • The House of Blue Mangoes
    Author: Davidar, David
    Publisher: HarperCollins $26.95 ISBN: 0066212545 Date: 2002
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    The House of Blue Mangoes tells the story of the Dorai family in south India during a time of tremendous political and social upheaval. Sophisticated, filled with brilliant historical and emotional insight, enlivened by touches of humor and deeply felt tragedy that draw on the author's own family history.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
    Updated 2/24/02
  • Baseball: A Literary Anthology
    Author: Dawidoff, Nicholas (ed)
    Publisher: Library of America $ 35 ISBN: 193108209x Date: 2002
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    Full of heroism and heartbreak, the most beloved of American sports is also the most poetic, and writers have been drawn to this sport as to no other. With Baseball: A Literary Anthology, The Library of America presents the story of the national adventure as revealed through the fascinating lens of the great American game.
    Suggested Reading: Sports Stars
    Updated 2/24/02
  • Leaving
    Author: Dry, Richard
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312283318 Date: 2002
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    Leaving begins in 1959, when newly-widowed and pregnant Ruby Washington and her half-brother, Easton, board a bus in rural South Carolina destined for California. Their lives, and the lives of Ruby's daughter Lida and her children are played out against the turbulent backdrop of the '60s and the drug-infested neighborhoods of the '80s and '90s.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2/24/02
  • The Disappearing Body
    Author: Grand, David
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385500343 Date: 2002
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    Grand, whose first novel, Louse, transformed the last days of Howard Hughes into compelling fiction, works the same dark magic in The Disappearing Body, weaving suspenseful mystery into his stunning, perversely hilarious portrait of the corruption, ambition, passion, and innocence of post-Prohibition America.
    Updated 1/24/02
  • The Idea of Perfection
    Author: Grenville, Katherine
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670030805 Date: 2002
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    Published to great acclaim in Britain, Grenville's fifth novel is set in the eccentric little backwater of Karakarook, Australia, and tells the unlikely love story of Douglas Cheesman, a shy, gawky engineer with jug-handle ears, and Harley Savage, a large, rawboned, plain woman who is a part-time museum curator.
    Updated 2/1/02
  • Flotsam & Jetsam
    Author: Higgins, Aidan
    Publisher: Dalkey $ 15.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1564783162 Date: 2002
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    Updated 3/14/02
  • Woman Made of Sand
    Author: Kobin, Joann
    Publisher: Delphinium $ 23 ISBN: 1883285232 Date: 2002
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    Updated 1/15/02
  • All I Could Get: A Novel of Wall Street
    Author: Lasser, Scott
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375413251 Date: 2002
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    Barry Schwartz has everything: a strong marriage, a life in the Colorado mountains, and a job that lets him ski a hundred days in a good year. But at 30, still paying off student loans and struggling to make the rent, he makes a harrowing journey into the heart of New York's financial world on the way to discovering what exactly is "enough."
    Updated 2/21/02
  • Darlington's Fall
    Author: Leithauser, Brad
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375411488 Date: 2002
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    The protagonist of this unexpected novel is Russel Darlington, a born naturalist and an unlikely romantic hero born in the late 1890s. Ultimately, Darlington's Fall is a love story written in verse that is vivid, accessible, and witty, and gives a luminosity to the tale and its people.
    Suggested Reading: Word Play Stars
    Updated 3/26/02
  • Shackling Water
    Author: Mansbach, Adam
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385502052 Date: 2002
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    In the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison, Adam Mansbach captures the rhythms of jazz in a remarkable debut novel about a young man looking for his muse in Harlem.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | First Fiction | All Stars
    Updated 2/28/02
  • Notable American Women
    Author: Marcus, Ben
    Publisher: Vintage $ 12 (trade paper) ISBN: 0375713786 Date: 2002
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    The acclaimed author of The Age of Wire and String writes an allegory of the power and impotence of modern women. On a farm in "Ohio," a mother and father attempt to raise a boy without feelings. He tells the only story a boy with no feelings can, until the arrival of Jane Dark, whose fierce belief in Silence brings the family to a terrible crisis.
    Updated 1/15/02
  • Atonement
    Author: McEwan, Ian
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 26 ISBN: 0385503954 Date: 2002
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    In this rich novel by the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel Amsterdam, a young girl unwittingly tells a tale that turns her family upside down. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class, Atonement is at its center a profound--and profoundly moving--exploration of shame and forgiveness, of atonement and the difficulty of absolution.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 12/6/01
  • By the Lake
    Author: McGahern, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0679419144 Date: 2002
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    Widely considered to be one of the finest Irish writers of fiction at work today, McGahern now renders a novel that brings to vivid life the world and the people of a contemporary Irish village with insight, humor, and deep sympathy.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Desirable Daughters
    Author: Mukherjee, Bharati
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 24.95 ISBN: 0786865989 Date: 2002
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    From a respected writer of fiction comes a stirring novel of three Calcutta-born women, two continents, and a perilous journey from the old world to the new.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India | Asian American Stars
    Updated 1/24/02
  • In the Forest
    Author: O'Brien, Edna
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618197303 Date: 2002
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    Taken from a true story, this psychological thriller returns to the countryside of western Ireland, the vivid backdrop of the author's Wild December. Michen O'Kane's problems go beyond early loss and abuse--the killing instinct is already kindled in him as he earns the title of Kinderschreck: someone of whom children are afraid.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
    Updated 2/1/02
  • Rouse Up, O Young Men of the New Age
    Author: Oe, Kenzaburo
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN:0802117104 Date: 2002
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    A remarkable portrait of the inexpressible bond between a famous writer and his cipher of a son, this magnificent novel of startling candor is from a Nobel Prize-winning Japanese master. As the man struggles to understand his family, he must evaluate himself as he deals with parenting a disabled child.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2/6/02
  • At Swim, Two Boys
    Author: O'Neill, James
    Publisher: Scribner $ 27 ISBN: 0743222946 Date: 2002
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    In the tradition of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children comes an astonishingly ambitious and resonant novel that transports readers to Dublin in the year preceding the Easter uprising--a pivotal time in Irish history and in the lives of two very young men from different backgrounds.
    Booklist Top 10 Gay & Lesbian Books (June 2002)
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Irish Stars
    Updated 2/6/02
  • A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity
    Author: Otto, Whitney
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 0375505458 Date: 2002
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    The bestselling author of How to Make an American Quilt spins a story of youth and yearning by brilliantly juxtaposing life in 1980s San Francisco with the exquisite pleasures of Japan's ancient Floating World.

    It's been two years since the mysterious accident took Sandra Winslow's politician husband, Victor--the favorite son of a town called Paradise--and left Sandra under a cloud of suspicion. She decides to sell her beach house on the edge of town and hires Mike Malloy, who touches her lonely heart. Can she trust a man with unbreakable ties to a community she's eager to leave behind--and who is determined to unearth her
    Updated 1/2/02
  • The Apprentice Lover
    Author: Parini, Jay
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0066210712 Date: 2002
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    When Alex Massolini's brother is killed in Vietnam, he drops out of school and leaves his family behind to become secretary to world famous writer Rupert Grant. Told with wry humor in an elegant prose style, The Apprentice Lover is a remarkable piece of fiction that includes appearances by such colorful literary figures as Graham Greene and W. H. Auden.
    Updated 2/4/02
  • Bitch Goddess
    Author: Rodi, Robert
    Publisher: Plume $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 0452283108 Date: 2002
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    Told entirely through interviews, e-mails, fan magazine puff pieces, film reviews, shooting scripts, greeting cards, extortion notes, and court depositions, this is a hilarious account of the on-again, off-again career of Viola Chute, the B-grade sex symbol who slept her way to the middle and slid downward from there.
    Booklist Top 10 Gay & Lesbian Books (June 2002)
    Suggested Reading: Hollywood & Film Stars | Epistolary Stars
    Updated 2/24/02
  • Places to Look for Mother
    Author: Stansbury, Nicole
    Publisher: Caroll & Graf $ 24ISBN: 0786709782 Date: 2002
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    In the tradition of Mona Simpson's Anywhere But Here and Larry McMurtry's Terms of Endearment, Places to Look for a Mother tells a tale of mostly maddening mother-daughter bonds. Stansbury conjures a family that proves Tolstoy right once again: All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
    Updated 2/24/02
  • The School of Night
    Author: Wall, Alan
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 031228778X Date: 2002
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    Sean Tallow has only two overriding desires in life. One is to step into the shoes of his glamorous friend Daniel Pagett, and the other is to establish the truth about the School of Night, a shadowy group of Elizabethans who clustered around Sir Walter Ralegh.
    Tallow pursues the School of Night and its entanglement in the question of whether the man from Stratford-on-Avon could really have written the plays ascribed to William Shakespeare. If he didn't, then who did? The harder he studies, the less light is thrown on this troublesome question, and the more his interest in the School of Night becomes a grim fixation.
    Just when it seems Tallow is ready to give up the quest, day becomes night and everything he once believed is turned on its head as he enters a fearful world where there are no longer any rules except survival. Like the original members of the School of Night, he finds himself treading on the wrong side of the law. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Shakespearean Stars
    Updated 2/24/02
  • Passing Through Paradise
    Author: Wiggs, Susan
    Publisher: Warner $ 6.99 ISBN: 044661078x Date: 2002
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    It's been two years since the mysterious accident took Sandra Winslow's politician husband, Victor--the favorite son of a town called Paradise--and left Sandra under a cloud of suspicion. She decides to sell her beach house on the edge of town and hires Mike Malloy, who touches her lonely heart. Can she trust a man with unbreakable ties to a community she's eager to leave behind--and who is determined to unearth her deepest secrets?
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 1/29/02
  • Burden
    Author: Walters, Tony
    Publisher: St Martins $23.95 ISBN: 0312287054 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    In this lyrical and funny novel, a young man named Burden tries to get himself killed by sleeping with as many married women as possible in his home town of Walterboro, South Carolina.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2/1/02
  • Henderson's Spear
    Author: Wright, Ronald
    Publisher: Holt $25 ISBN: 0805069968 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarLJ
    Through unforgettable characters and a mesmerizing story, Wright traces two tales of obsession, intrigue, and loss--from the 1890s and the 1990s. With a deep understanding of the landscape and culture of the South Sea Islands, Henderson's Spear explores the patterns of history and the accidents of love.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 3/5/02

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February

  • Servants of the Map: Stories
    Author: Barrett, Andrea
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393043487 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLibrary JournalstarPW
    Ranging across two centuries, and from the western Himalaya to an Adirondack village, these wonderfully imagined stories and novellas travel the territories of yearning and awakening, of loss and unexpected discovery.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Achilles
    Author: Cook, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Picador $ 16 ISBN: 0312288840 Date: 2002
    starPWstarBooklist
    Born of god and king, and hidden as a girl until Odysseus discovers him, Achilles becomes the Greeks' greatest warrior at Troy. This passionate retelling of the epic tale of Achilles recreates Homer's hero in a new and vivid reality.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Ancient Greece | Mythology Stars | Trojan War
    Updated 2/6/02
  • Deep in the Shade of Paradise
    Author: Dufresne, John
    Publisher: Norton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0393020207 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Welcome to Shiver-De-Freeze, a boot-shaped precinct deep in the Louisiana swamp, famous for its healing waters and curious fauna. With his signature tragic-comic voice and cast of unforgettable and lively characters, DuFresne explores love, death, imagination, and memory.
    Updated 12/6/01
  • The Broken Lands: A Novel of Arctic Disaster
    Author: Edric, Robert
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312288891 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In this enthralling, richly inventive novel, Edric re-creates what may have happened to the doomed Franklin expedition which set sail in 1845. - from the jacket copy.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Artic Stars
    Updated 11/20/01
  • The War At Home
    Author: Eisenberg, Nora
    Publisher: Leapfrog $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0967952042 Date: 2002
    starLJ
    Updated 1/15/02
  • A Multitude of Sins
    Author: Ford, Richard
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0375412123 Date: 2002
    starPWstarBookliststarLibrary Journal
    With this masterful new book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author evokes with unflinching candor our failures to achieve what we consider to be most important: to be faithful, patient, honest, passionate, and loving toward those we care for.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1/29/02
  • Africa Speaks
    Author: Goldblatt, Mark
    Publisher: Permanent $ 24 ISBN: 157962037x Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 12/6/01
  • The Shadow Boxer: A Novel
    Author: Heighton, Steven
    Publisher: Mariner $ 14 (trade paper) ISBN: 0618139338 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    Updated 2/18/02
  • True Valor
    Author: Henderson, Dee
    Publisher: Multnomah $ 11.99 (trade paper) ISBN: 1576738876 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In this second book in the Uncommon Heroes series, Air Force pararescueman Bruce "Striker" Stanton must save his love, a pilot, when she crash lands in Turkey after a deadly air battle.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Wavemaker 2
    Author: Hughes, Mary-Beth
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871138352 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarLibrary Journal
    An exhilarating debut, Wavemaker II is a heart-stopping story of what happens when one man takes a fall for another, leaving his family in disarray. Combining poetic intensity with a gritty realism, Mary-Beth Hughes has delivered a masterpiece of page-turning suspense.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | McCarthyism
    Updated 1/29/02
  • Burning Marguerite
    Author: Inness-Brown, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375411968 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Waking to the chill of a snow-cloaked morning, carpenter James Jack finds his 94-year-old "Tante, " Marguerite Deo, lying dead outside his cabin. As he confronts the mystery of her death, an emotionally intricate and unexpected tale unfolds in a narrative that moves from the present back to a windswept New England island at the turn of the century, and to New Orleans during the Depression and World War II.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Debuts | New Orleans
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Enemy Women
    Author: Jiles, Paulette
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0066214440 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    The Colley family are modest farmers in the Missouri Ozarks. The Colleys try to remain neutral, a fact ignored by the Union militia who confiscate their livestock, burn their farm, and arrest their daughter on charges of "enemy collaboration." Yet as this innocent young woman soon discovers, fate can have a double edge. In unsentimental yet elegant prose, Jiles reveals the universal horrors of war and its irreparable damage, and introduces a wonderful new character in a memorable story.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Civil War Stars | Debuts | All Stars
    Updated 1/19/02
  • Hester Among the Ruins
    Author: Kirshenbaum, Binnie
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393041522 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Born in New York in 1963, historian Hester Rosenfeld--very American and marginally Jewish--goes to Munich to research the life of Heinrich Falk and becomes his mistress. As the lovers' intimacy grows, each suspects the other of hiding something about the past. Called a "rare and remarkable writer" by Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours), Binnie Kirshenbaum has written a searing novel about history's unforgettable legacy and its continuing impact.
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Billie's Kiss
    Author: Knox, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24 ISBN: 0345450523 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    In the tradition of Drowning Ruth and The Dress Lodger comes a beautifully written, darkly romantic mystery set in the stark landscape of the Scottish islands at the beginning of the 20th century.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Crow Lake
    Author: Lawson, Mary
    Publisher: Dial $ 23.95 ISBN: 038533611x Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPW
    For the farming Pye family of northern Ontario, life is a Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, and terrible events occur offstage. In this universal drama of family love and misunderstandings, Lawson ratchets up the tension with heartbreaking humor and consummate control.
    Suggested Reading: Reading Group Stars
    Updated 3/2/02
  • The Sweetest Dream
    Author: Lessing, Doris
    Publisher: HarperCollins $26.95 ISBN: 0066213347 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    Frances Lennox ladles out dinner every night to the motley, youthful crew assembled around her hospitable table--her sons and their friends, girlfriends, ex-friends, and fresh-off-the-street friends. Set against the backdrop of the decade that changed the world, The Sweetest Dream is a riveting look from one of the greatest writers of our time at a group of people who dared to dream--and faced the inevitable cleanup afterward.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Whitegirl
    Author: Manning, Kate
    Publisher: Dial $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385332874 Date: 2002
    starPW
    A poignant anatomy of an interracial marriage undone by the pressure of fame and the struggle for identity, Whitegirl is the arresting debut of a significant new voice in fiction.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1/29/02
  • It's My F***ing Birthday
    Author: Markoe, Merrill
    Publisher: Villard $21.95 ISBN: 0375507124 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Legendary comedy writer Merrill Markoe makes her fiction debut in this scathingly funny tale of an L.A. woman's ongoing quest to find happiness.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Dating Stars
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Miracle at St Anna
    Author: McBride, James
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573222127 Date: 2002
    starLJ
    Based on the historical incident of an unspeakable massacre at the site of St. Anna Di Stazzema, a small village in Tuscany, and on the experiences of the famed Buffalo soldiers from the 92nd Division in Italy during World War II, Miracle at St. Anna is a singular evocation of war, cruelty, passion, and heroism. It is the story of four American Negro soldiers, a band of partisans, and an Italian boy who encounter a miracle--though perhaps the true miracle lies in themselves.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | World Wars | Questions of Faith
    Updated 2/19/02
  • Number9Dream
    Author: Mitchell, David
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN:0375507264 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    A young dreamer from remote rural Japan, Eiji Miyake, finds himself thrust out and on his own following his sister's death and his mother's breakdown. He comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father he never knew, and promptly trips over and crosses the hidden power centers that rule this great city.
    Updated 3/14/02
  • The Dream Room
    Author: Moring, Marcel
    Publisher: Morrow $ 22.95 ISBN: 0066212405 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Internationally acclaimed novelist Marcel Moring returns with a poignant, emotionally intense novel of betrayal, love, and loss. Set in the 1960s, it is the story of a family's dissolution, witnessed through the eyes of 12-year-old David.
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Lovers & Murderers
    Author: Paral, Vladimir
    Publisher: Catbird $ 27 ISBN: 0945774524 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 1/29/02
  • Gone
    Author: Roper, Martin
    Publisher: Holt $ 23 ISBN: 0805067752 Date: 2002
    starPW
    In this erotic, emotional debut novel, a young Dubliner is torn between two cities, two cultures, and two women. "A marvelously nasty novel about love in our time" (Jim Harrison, author of The Beast God Forgot to Invent).
    Suggested Reading: Debut
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Radiance
    Author: Scholz, Carter
    Publisher: Picador $ 24 ISBN: 0312268939 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Out of the desire to be safe from nuclear weapons comes a program to build a shield against them. A brilliant and detailed expose of the way in which the bright hopes and dreams of talented scientists are turned on the grindstone of political expediency until all that remains are the rough deceptions of self and nation.
    Updated 12/7/01
  • Claire Marvel
    Author: Schwartz, John Burnham
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 25 ISBN: 038550344x Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 1/24/02
  • The Illuminated Soul
    Author: Stollman, Aryeh Lev
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573222011 Date: 2002
    starLJ
    Eva Laquedem, a scientist who has fled Prague at the outbreak of World War II, arrives, by accident, in Windsor, Canada, at the home of a devout widow and her two sons. Within her purse she carries the renowned Augsburg Miscellany, a magnificent 15th-century illuminated Hebrew manuscript, which gives them all a new experience of the world and its possibilities.
    Updated 1/15/02
  • Without a Name and Under the Tongue
    Author: Vera, Yvonne
    Publisher: Farrar $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 0374528160 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 10/8/01
  • Fingersmith
    Author: Waters, Sarah
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 25.95 ISBN: 1573222038 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    From the author of the New York Times Notable Book Tipping the Velvet comes a spellbinding, twisting tale of a great swindle, of fortunes and hearts won and lost, set in Victorian London among a family of thieves.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 1/2/02

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January

  • Fair Warning
    Author: Butler, Robert Olen
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871138336 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    From one of the most acclaimed authors of our time comes a stirring new novel based on the prizewinning short story of a modern woman separating love from possession in Manhattan's moneyed world of power and greed.
    Updated 11/6/01
  • Bread for the Baker's Child
    Author: Caldwell, Joseph
    Publisher: Saranabande $ 21.95 ISBN: 1889330655 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 11/6/01
  • From the Place in the Valley Deep in the Forest
    Author: Cullin, Mitch
    Publisher: Dufour $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0802313361 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 11/20/01
  • Palladio
    Author: Dee, Jonathan
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 038550179x Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In this masterful novel, critically acclaimed writer Jonathan Dee explores the price of compromise, the pain of lost love, and whether it pays to have a conscience in our cynical age.
    Suggested Reading: Virginia Stars
    Updated 1/2/02
  • The Vine of Desire
    Author: Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385497296 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The Vine of Desire continues the story of Anju and Sudha, the two young women at the center of Divakaruni's bestselling novel Sister of My Heart. Far from Calcutta, the city of their childhood, and after a year of living separate lives, Anju and Sudha rekindle their friendship in America.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India | Asian American Stars
    Updated 11/27/01
  • Shell Collector: Stories
    Author: Doerr, Anthony
    Publisher: Scribner $ 23 ISBN: 0743212746 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    A prize-winning young writer's finely crafted and imaginative debut takes readers from the African coast to the suburbs of Ohio in a fiercely beautiful language.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11/27/01
  • The Seige
    Author: Dunmore, Helen
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 0802117007 Date: 2002
    starPublishers WeeklystarLibrary Journal
    Dunmore's beautiful new drama of two intertwined love stories unfolding during the 1941 siege on Leningrad has already been deemed "a pinnacle in her fiction, and in the year's fiction too" (The Telegraph) and "a world-class novel" (The Times). At once epic and intimate, The Siege is a modern masterpiece
    Updated 11/6/01
  • Beyond Illusions
    Author: Duong, Thu Huong
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 0786864176 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Queenmaker: A Novel of David's Queen
    Author: Edgehill, India
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312289189 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    For more than 40 years, Michal lived and reigned in David's court. Speaking as a sister, a wife, a mother, a lover, a woman both scorned and worshipped, and above all, as a friend to David's other women, Queen Michal reveals her hopes and pains, as the fire of God burns and war, passion, murder, and prophecy fill the Promised Land.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | First Fiction | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 11/20/01
  • Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa
    Author: Estrin, Marc
    Publisher: Blue Hen $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399148361 Date: 2002
    starPWstarLibrary Journal
    In this delightfully original work of imagination, compassion, and good reason, readers follow the trajectory of Kafka's salesman-turned-cockroach across two continents and 30 years as he touches the most significant flash points of his time.
    Updated 12/18/01
  • On Green Dolphin Street
    Author: Faulks, Sebastian
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375502254 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In a year of great change, Mary van der Linden is undergoing a transformation, guided in her search by Frank, a New York journalist who introduces her to Greenwich Village, Miles Davis and adultery. The bestselling author of Birdsong and Charlotte Gray has written his first novel set in America, a richly atmospheric story of love and loss at the close of the comfortable Eisenhower era.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Pen Pals
    Author: Goldsmith, Olivia
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525946446 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    The bestselling author of The First Wives Club delivers her best revenge novel to date when Jennifer, a major player on Wall Street, takes the fall when her boss is caught playing fast and loose on the SEC. Landing in Jennings Correctional Facility for Women, she waits in vain for the rescue she was promised.
    Updated 12/7/01
  • Undressing the Moon
    Author: Greenwood, T.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 031228473x Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    The summer she turned 14, Piper Kincaid's free-spirited mother packed her bags and disappeared, never to be seen again. Overwhelmed and confused, Piper becomes entangled with an older man. The devastating consequences of this relationship continue to haunt her. Now 30 and suffering from breast cancer, Piper looks back at that summer, and tries to make peace with her past and her uncertain future.
    Suggested Reading: Breast Cancer
    Updated 10/8/01
  • River Woman
    Author: Hermans, Donna
    Publisher: Washington Square $ 23 ISBN: 0743410394 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    From a new literary talent comes a first novel set in Jamaica and New York that explores the ties which bind mother to child and weaves a mesmerizing tale of promises broken and dreams deferred.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 12/6/01
  • The Love of Stones
    Author: Hill, Tobias
    Publisher: Picador $ 25 ISBN: 0312287739 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The Love of Stones follows three lives all linked by one precious jewel. An epic story spanning two continents and six centuries, at the heart of their quests is the Three Brethren, a legendary jewel that binds them together in an irresistible narrative.
    Updated 11/6/01
  • The Jazz Bird
    Author: Holden, Craig
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743212967 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Based on a true story, The Jazz Bird is at once a love story, a crime novel, and the tale of the courtroom battle between two powerful men whose respective futures hang in the balance, set at the apex of that time of glitz and innocence known as the Jazz Age.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Prohibition
    Information and excerpt
    Updated 10/23/01
  • When the Elephants Dance
    Author: Holthe, Tess Uriza
    Publisher: Crown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0609609521 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLibrary JournalstarPW
    Inspired, in part, by the experiences of her father, who was a boy in the Philippines during World War II, this debut novel begins during the final week of the Japanese-American battle for the islands. As they hide in a cellar from the Japanese, several Filipino civilians tell magical tales to help pass the time, fuel their courage, and teach important lessons of hope.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World War Stars | First Fiction | All Stars | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 1/2/02
  • L.A. Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl
    Author: Huddle, David
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618081739 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 2/4/02
  • The Justice
    Author: Hunt, Angela Elwell
    Publisher: W $ 15.99 (trade paper) ISBN: 0849916313 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    A gripping political mystery about the first woman president of the United States examines the corrupt side of government and the intense impact produced when Christ changes a life.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Depraved Indifference
    Author: Indiana, Gary
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060197269 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    A dead ringer for Elizabeth Taylor, Evangeline is driven by the thrill of seducing and killing. No one--not even her husband, children, or friends--is exempt from her bizarre compulsions and grandiosity in this novel of obsession from the acclaimed author of Resentment.
    Updated 11/6/01
  • Smoking Poppy
    Author: Joyce, Graham
    Publisher: Pocket $ 23 ISBN: 0671039393 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    From award-winning author Graham Joyce comes a gripping new work of literary suspense about a man on a dark and harrowing journey through Thailand's underworld in search of his estranged daughter.
    Suggested Reading: Thai Stars
    Updated 11/6/01
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    Author: Kesey, Ken
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670030589 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Marking the 40th anniversary of Viking's publication of this American classic, this deluxe hardcover edition includes a new Introduction by Robert Faggen and 20 drawings Kesey made when he worked at the psychiatric hospital that was the inspiration for the novel.
    Updated 1/29/02
  • Roscoe
    Author: Kennedy, William
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670030295 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarLibrary JournalstarPW
    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ironweed. Roscoe, the seventh novel in the Albany cycle, illuminates the high and low of Albany life between the world wars. It is an odyssey of great scope and linguistic verve, a deadly comic masterpiece from one of America's most important novelists.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
    Updated 11/20/01
  • Just Like Beauty
    Author: Lerner, Lisa
    Publisher: Farrar $ 24 ISBN: 0374180628 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    A darkly comic and surprisingly sweet coming-of-age story is set in the dystopic suburban near future, where a plague of mutant grasshoppers invades a hopelessly artificial landscape and bands of teenage boys run amok.
    Suggested Reading: Dystopian Stars
    Updated 10/8/01
  • My Happy Life
    Author: Millet, Lydia
    Publisher: Holt $ 20 ISBN: 0805068465 Date: 2002
    starPublishers WeeklystarBooklist
    At the opening of My Happy Life, the unnamed narrator of this bittersweet fictional memoir has been abandoned in a locked room of a defunct hospital for the mentally ill, where she looks back on her harsh life with extraordinary insight and unexpected joy.
    Updated 1/25/02
  • Rapture
    Author: Minot, Susan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 18 ISBN: 0375413278 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Using a single interlude--a brief encounter of old lovers; two bodies entwined on a bed at midday--the author of Evening defines the distance that erupts at what seems to be the height of connection and meditates on romantic love, sex, and their reflections in the life of the mind.
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Duke of Egypt
    Author: Moor, Margriet De
    Publisher: Arcade $ 24.95 ISBN: 1559705469 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 11/6/01
  • The Caprices
    Author: Murray, Sabina
    Publisher: Mariner $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 061809525x Date: 2002
    starPW
    From an acclaimed young author of Filipino background comes a history of the Pacific Campaign of World War II, told through individual lives. Her accomplished stories depict a savage war and the lives that it altered.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World War Stars
    Updated 1/4/02
  • Free: Stories
    Author: Nailah, Anika
    Publisher: Doubleday $21.95 ISBN: 0385502931 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In spare, elegant stories, Anika Nailah brilliantly exposes the injustices and struggles African Americans confront, the skills they develop in order to survive, and the psychological and spiritual costs of survival.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 2/24/02
  • Italian Stories
    Author: Papaleo, Joseph
    Publisher: Dalkey $ 13.94 (trade paper) ISBN: 156783065 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 12/6/01
  • Violence, Nudity, Adult Content
    Author: Passaro, Vince
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 068485726x Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLibrary JournalstarBooklist
    With Violence, Nudity, Adult Content, the noted essayist and short story writer Vince Passaro offers a revelatory first novel of crime, sexual damage, and personal redemption--in a story that combines the grit of a Scott Turow courtroom thriller with an astute vision of a crumbling marriage, worthy of Russell Banks or Lorrie Moore. With present-day New York City teeming darkly as a backdrop to the relentless action, this thriller fires on all cylinders as a compelling literary page-turner.
    Suggested Reading: First Fiction | All Stars
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Polar
    Author: Pearson, T.R.
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 067003035x Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Clayton is a ne'-er-do-well notorious among the townies for his devotion to pornographic movies on the satin channel. Suddenly without warning, he asks to be called "Titus" and appears to possess prophetic gifts which win him fame and popularity. With his newfound powers, can he help in the search for a missing child?
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Making Callaloo: 25 Years of Black Literature 1976 - 2002
    Author: Rowell, Charles H. (ed)
    Publisher: St Martins $ 17.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0312288980 Date: 2002
    starPW
    A stunning anthology of African-American literature featuring some of today's most prominent authors, this volume is a compelling collection of poetry and fiction, all previously published within the pages of Callaloo.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 1/15/02
  • In Pursuit of a Vanishing Star
    Author: Sobin, Gustaf
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN:0393042049 Date: 2002
    starLJ
    Drawing on the legendary life of Greta Garbo, Gustaf Sobin spins a masterful tale about the enigmatic nature of idolatry.
    Suggested Reading: Hollywood & Film Stars
    Updated 1/15/02
  • Wide Blue Yonder
    Author: Thompson, Jean
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 074320512x Date: 2002
    starLibrary JournalstarKirkus
    From the 2001 National Book Award finalist for Who Do You Love, a tale of storms both meteorological and human in Springfield, IL.
    Suggested Reading: Stormy Weather

    Updated 11/6/01
  • Tepper Isn't Going Out
    Author: Trillin, Calvin
    Publisher: Random $ 22.95 ISBN: 0375506764 Date: 2002
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    In a delightful new novel full of the lore of New York, Murray Tepper regularly parks in Manhattan and reads his paper. Not surprisingly, his reading is regularly interrupted by people who want his spot. But Tepper isn't going out.
    Suggested Reading: Eccentric Stars
    Updated 11/6/01
  • The Mysterious Island
    Author: Verne, Jules
    Publisher: Modern Library $ 23.95 ISBN: 0679642366 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, a man who survived by himself for almost five years on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is a page-turner about five men and a dog who escape Civil War Richmond in a balloon during a storm and land on a faraway and uncharted island.
    Updated 2/19/02
  • The Passion of Artemesia
    Author: Vreeland, Susan
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670894494 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarLibrary Journal
    From the bestselling author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue comes an exquisite portrait of the life of one of the most remarkable female painters in history.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Biographical Fiction | Reading Group Stars | Art Stars
    Updated 12/18/01
  • I'll Let You Go
    Author: Wager, Bruce
    Publisher: Villard $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375500022 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    A brilliantly imagined, elegantly constructed novel about the intersecting lives of the super-rich and the wretched of the earth, from the author of the lavishly praised I'm Losing You.
    Updated 10/8/01
  • The Execution
    Author: Wilcken, Hugo
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060188235 Date: 2002
    starPWstarBooklist
    From one of England's hottest new writers comes a smart, suspenseful tale about a self-assured young man's descent into madness and despair.
    Updated 1/24/02

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