Fiction Stars 2002

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 alphabetically by author. Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine - unless otherwise noted.
~ December ~ November ~ October ~ September ~ August ~ July

December

  • Hotspur
    Author: Brown, Rita Mae
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345428226 Date: 2002
    starPW
    In her marvelous new work, bestselling novelist Brown returns to the fascinating world of foxhunting she brought so vividly to life in Outfoxed.
    Suggested Reading: Virginia Stars
    Updated 11.05.02
  • A Winter Marriage
    Author: Hardie, Kerrie
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316076228 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Divorced three times and recently widowed by her fourth husband, Hannie Bennet is an unapologetic professional wife, marrying for financial security instead of love. When she meets Ned Renvyle, writer and world traveler, Hannie believes she's found a suitable new mate. But what at first seemed to Hannie like a convenient union quickly becomes a personal prison.
    Updated 9.30.02
  • The Snowman's Children
    Author: Hirschberg, Glen
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 24 ISBN: 0786710829 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    The Snowman's Children is a moving, psychologically intense first novel that tells the story of an incident from one man's childhood in the 1970s, when a serial killer called The Snowman stalked the streets of suburban Detroit.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 9.9.02
  • A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw: Stories
    Author: Hodgen,Christie
    Publisher: Univ of Mass $ 24.95 ISBN: 1558493743 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 9.30.02
  • The Angel With One Hundred Wings: A Tale from the Arabian Nights
    Author: Horch, Daniel
    Publisher: St. Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312284187 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLJ
    A beautiful adventure story and romance, this tale opens in the City of Peace, as Baghdad was once called. With engaging characters and rich imagery drawn from alchemy, the Koran, and early Islamic mystics, this is a literary masterpiece that captures the magic of the Middle East.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists | Fairy and Folk Tales
    Updated 12.23.02
  • Duchess in Love
    Author: James, Eloisa
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0060508108 Date: 2002
    starPW
    From one of the freshest voices in romantic fiction comes a witty yet sensual tale. Forced as a young girl to marry Camden, the Duke of Girton, Gina is left by her new spouse--who also leaves the marriage unconsummated. Now a well-known lady in London, Gina is desired by many men, but gives herself to no one. Cam returns to find his bride is now the toast of the "ton"--and that he's falling in love with her.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 11.05.02
  • Ancient Joe
    Author: Morse, C. Scott
    Publisher: Dark Horse $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 1569717958 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 11.27.02
  • A Wanted Man
    Author: Parra, Nancy J.
    Publisher: Avalon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0803435668 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Adele: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story
    Author: Tennant, Emma
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060004541 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Following the success of Scarlett and Rebecca's Tale, this is the brilliant companion novel that captures the era and spirit of Charlotte Bronte's romantic classic, Jane Eyre.
    Suggested Reading: Books about Books
    Updated 10.10.02

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November

  • The Stories of Alice Adams
    Author: Adams, Alice
    Publisher: Knopf $ 30 ISBN: 0375412859 Date: 2002
    starLibrary JournalstarPW
    From the short story writer who has been called "the master of the genre" (Los Angeles Times), and praised as "an inimitable voice--quick, deft, brilliantly evocative" (Joyce Carol Oates): the best of her short fiction gathered in one volume--53 stories that reveal with candor and grace the hidden workings of human relationships.
    Updated 9.7.02
  • Bow's Boy
    Author: Babcock, Richard
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743227271 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    In the tradition of Peace Like a River and Plainsong comes a richly textured and moving novel about friendship and heroism in small-town America in the early days of the Vietnam War.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.9.02
  • Into the Night
    Author: Brockmann, Suzanne
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 26/$6.99 ISBN: 0345458850/0804119724 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    While scoping out a California naval base for a presidential visit, White House staffer Joan DaCosta is accompanied by Navy SEAL Lt. Mike Muldoon. Against her better judgment, Joan is drawn to the handsome young officer. While tensions mount between them, fueling their growing attraction, a terrorist plot soon involves them in a race to save the President's life.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 11.05.02
  • Saints of Big Harbour
    Author: Coady, Lynn
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 0618119760 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Coady's third book, her first to be published in the United States, portrays a small community in Nova Scotia and the power of gossip and violence within it. Guy Boucher, a fatherless teenager, finds himself at the center of an ugly rumor involving a girl idealized by her town. Through his eyes and the stories of those who surround him, several versions of truth emerge and combine.
    Suggested Reading: Shakespearean Stars
    Updated 11.20.02
  • Welcome to Higby
    Author: Dunn, Mark
    Publisher: MacAdam Cage $ 25 ISBN: 931561176 Date: 2002
    starPW
    From the hilarious author of Ella Minnow Pea comes a comical tour de force--a Southern tale about simple dreams--that captures the soul of small-town America with a big slice of apple pie.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Stars
    Updated 8.13.02
  • The Book of the Heathen
    Author: Edric, Robert
    Publisher: Dunne $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312288883 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    1897. In an isolated station in the Belgian Congo, an Englishman is to be tried for the murder of a native child. Imprisoned in a makeshift jail, Nicholas Frere awaits the arrival of the Company's official investigator while his friend, James Frasier, attempts to discover the circumstances which surround the charge.
    The world around them is rapidly changing: the horrors of the Belgian Congo are becoming known and the flow of its once-fabulous wealth is drying up. Unrest flares unstoppably into violence.
    Frere's coming trial will seek to determine considerably more than the killing of a child. But at the heart of this conflict is a secret so dark, so unimaginable, that one man must be willingly destroyed by his possession of it, and the other must both sanction and participate in that destruction.
    In a narrative of ever-quickening and growing intensity, "The Book of the Heathen" explores notions of honor, friendship, justice and reason in a world where men have been forced by circumstance to descend into an abyss of savagery and terror. "The Book of the Heathen "is a stunning novel that truly evokes a Conradian heart of darkness.
    - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.9.02
  • Gods and Legions: A Novel of the Roman Empire
    Author: Ford, Michael Curtis
    Publisher: Dunne $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312275382 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Fresh on the heels of his successful debut, The Ten Thousand, Ford recreates the remarkable life and times of the Emperor Julian.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.8.02
  • Forbidden Fruits
    Author: Hamilton, Julia
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312305044 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    From the author and "thoughtful, articulate novelist" (The Times London) of Other People's Rules, comes a mesmerizing tale of scandal and redemption within the ruling class.
    Updated 8.13.02
  • The Secret
    Author: Hoffman, Eva
    Publisher: Public Affairs $ 25 ISBN: 1586481509 Date: 2002
    starPWstarLJ
    In this gripping debut novel, Hoffman uses the near future to reflect on the fast-moving present and to explore various kinds of secrets: intimate secrets and family secrets, the kinds of secrets that can be decoded from clues, and the kind that only lead to more tantalizing questions about the nature of consciousness and self-knowledge.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 9.23.02
  • A Girl from Zanzibar
    Author: King, Roger
    Publisher: Turtle Point $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1885586604 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 8.13.02
  • The Ecstatic
    Author: Lavalle, Victor
    Publisher: Crown $ 22.95 ISBN: 0609610147 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Something is wrong with Anthony, and it's getting worse. Schizophrenia runs in his family's blood, picking off an uncle here, a mother there, and has now found a home in Anthony's mind. From the acclaimed author of the short-story collection Slapboxing with Jesus comes this inventive, funny, and heartbreaking first novel.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | African American Stars
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Avoidance
    Author: Lowenthal, Michael
    Publisher: Graywolf $ 16 (trade paper) ISBN: 1555973671 Date: 2002
    starLibrary JournalstarPW
    Jeremy struggles to write his dissertation on the Amish and the laws of expulsion. How does someone, excluded entirely from the only community they have ever known, live the rest of their life? After extensive interviews with Beulah— a young woman banished— Jeremy is no closer to understanding her choice than he is to his own peculiar exile.
    Camp Ironwood, set in the Vermont woods, is more than a summer distraction for restless adolescent boys— it is a place to belong. And not unlike the Amish community, it is a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For Jeremy, first as a camper and later as the co-director, the usual camp activities become their own kind of ritual that binds the community. But when he is blindsided by the seductive charm of Max, a fourteen-year-old boy from Manhattan, all arms and legs and attitude, Jeremy must confront his desires, and worse yet, uncover the dark secrets of his beloved Camp Ironwood.
    In this powerful and daring novel, Lowenthal elegantly draws unexpected parallels between the Amish and Camp Ironwood. By doing so, he ingeniously explores an age-old dilemma: individual desires versus the good of a community. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Summer Camp
    Updated 10.08.02
  • Child of My Heart
    Author: McDermott, Alice
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374121230 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    McDermott's haunting new work--her first since the bestselling Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award--is narrated by a woman who was born beautiful. On the cusp of 15, her witty, deeply etched evocation of all that was really transpiring under the surface during a seemingly idyllic season gives her wry tale its remarkable vividness and impact.
    Suggested Reading: Reading Group Stars
    Updated 7.6.04
  • Behold Faith and Other Stories
    Author: Noyes, Tom
    Publisher: Dufour $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 0802313388 Date: 2002
    star Kirkus
    Updated 10.31.02
  • Our Simple Gifts: Civil War Christmas Tales
    Author: Parry, Owen
    Publisher: Morrow $ 14.95 ISBN: 0060013788 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    In these wonderfully poignant tales, Parry transports readers to a faraway world--a place fraught with despair and uncertainty, where only the holiday spirit could bring hope: the American Civil War. Told in the authentic voices of those who lived and fought during the conflict, here are four stories that embody the simple yet often forgotten pleasures that define the season.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Civil War Stars | Christmas Stories
    Updated 9.9.02
  • Highlander Heros
    Author: Reding, Jaclyn
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.50 (paper) ISBN: 0451207408 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 10.24.02
  • Your Mouth is Lovely
    Author: Richler, Nancy
    Publisher: Ecco $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060096772 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Your Mouth Is Lovely follows the story of Miriam, a teenager sent into Siberian exile for murder. In a letter to her daughter--whom she was forced to give up at birth--Miriam presents a haunting flashback to a shtetl in Belarus, where everyone, except herself, knew the secrets of her parents' past and the mystery behind her young mother's suicide.
    Updated 10.16.02
  • As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel
    Author: Rucker, Rudy
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0765304031 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In 16 chapters, each headed by one of the artist's famous works, Rucker brings the painter's progress and his colorful world to vibrant life, doing for Bruegel what the bestselling Girl With a Pearl Earring did for Vermeer.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Biographical Fiction | Art Stars
    Updated 12.2.02
  • The Cave
    Author: Saramago, Jose
    Publisher: Harvest $ 25 ISBN: 0151004145 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    The story of an elderly potter coping in a contemporary world, The Cave is an enigmatic, ironic, witty, and tender masterpiece by the Nobel Prize-winning author of All the Names and Blindness. "A magnificent novel and an allegory of our times."--Dario de Noticias (Portugal).
    Updated 9.9.02
  • The Glorious Cause
    Author: Shaara, Jeff
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 29.95 ISBN: 0345427564 Date: 2002
    starPW
    New York Times bestselling author Shaara brilliantly portrayed the origins of the American Revolution in Rise to Rebellion--now he continues the amazing saga of how thirteen colonies became one nation.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | 1776 Stars
    Updated 9.30.02
  • The Trelayne Inheritance
    Author: Shannon, Colleen
    Publisher: Love Spell $ 6.99 (paper) ISB0505527937 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    As women who live near her uncle's isolated estate die, their bodies drained of blood, chemist Angelina Corbett cannot help but wonder if the rumors of a "vampire" haunting the estate are true--especially after meeting their enigmatic neighbor, the Earl of Trelayne. Angelina doesn't need scientific evidence to know Apollo is her soulmate, but will his dance lead her to ecstasy or to the downward spiral of the damned?
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 12.2.02
  • The Winter Queen
    Author: Stevenson, Jane
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 0618149120 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Set in Holland in the 17th century, The Winter Queen is a sweeping portrait of the tumultuous history and politics of the era as well as an immensely moving account of a strange and magical love affair. At its center are two royal exiles: Elizabeth of Bohemia, the Winter Queen, and her clandestine lover, an African prince of shamanic gifts, sold into slavery and freed after years of bondage.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 10.16.02
  • Seek My Face
    Author: Updike, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375414908 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarKirkus
    John Updike's provocative and absorbing 20th novel, like his first, The Poorhouse Fair (1959), takes place in one day, a day that contains much discussion and some rain.
    Updated 8.27.02

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October

  • Paradise Alley
    Author: Baker, Keith
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060195827 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPW
    Three Irish immigrant women become trapped together in New York City during the Draft Riots of the Civil War. Paradise Alley is a story of the intersection of the Irish- and African-American experiences in the crucible of 19th century New York--a story of race and hatred, love and war, of risk and dauntless courage.
    Suggested Reading: Civil War Stars | Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.9.02
  • One Hundred Demons
    Author: Barry, Linda
    Publisher: Sasquatch $ 24.95 ISBN: 1570613370 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Updated 9.9.02
  • Gypsy Man
    Author: Bausch, Robert
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151001723 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Penny Bone is terrified of the town's local legend of a child-stealing phantom. Penny's husband, John, is in prison for an accidental murder. An eerie succession of events will take these people into the bull's-eye of risk that everyday life presents, and illuminates how an elusive truth lives behind every legend.
    Suggested Reading: Virginia Stars
    Updated 10.08.02
  • All Saints' Day
    Author: Benoit, Brent
    Publisher: Overlook $ 26.95 ISBN: 1585673129 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 12.23.02
  • No Way to Treat a First Lady
    Author: Buckley, Christopher
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375507345 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    An ambitious First Lady is on trial for the death of her philandering husband and only one man can save her--her ex-boyfriend, the most shameless defense attorney in America.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction
    Updated 8.13.02
  • The Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Raw Footage
    Author: Coover, Robert
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 0802117244 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    A sparkling love song to the magic of moving pictures, and a meditation--both joyous and serious--on how sex compels and invents us, The Adventures of Lucky Pierre is a spectacular tour de force from an American master. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Hollywood & Film Stars
    Updated 7.17.02
  • Black Sunshine
    Author: Date, S.V.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399149465 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Readers have flocked to Date's darkly comic stories: novels that are "biting and irreverent" (Orlando Sentinel). Date's latest is packed with razor-sharp wit and a raft of delightfully subversive characters and is satire of the highest order.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction | If You Like Carl Hiaasen | Florida Fiction
    Updated 9.9.02
  • Forever
    Author: Deveraux, Jude
    Publisher: Pocket $ 7.99 (paper) ISBN: 067101420x Date: 2002
    starPW
    A classic fairy tale is mixed with a modern love story in Deveraux's imaginative new novel--her first original paperback since 1998's An Angel for Emily. Darci Monroe falls in love with her employer, millionaire Adam Montgomery. When Adam asks Darci to use her psychic gift to help him, she makes a sacrifice greater than he imagined.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars | Fairy and Folk Tales
    Updated 9.30.02
  • The Watchers
    Author: Djaout, Tahar
    Publisher: Ruminator $ 23 ISBN: 1886913544 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 9.9.02
  • Baudolina
    Author: Eco, Umberto
    Publisher: Harcourt Brace $ 27 ISBN: 0151006903 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    The bestselling author of The Name of the Rose returns to the Middle Ages with a wondrous, provocative an beguiling tale of history, myth an invention. As always with Eco, this abundant novel includes dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks, and vicarious reflections on the postmodern age.
    Updated 7.15.02
  • Agape, Agape
    Author: Gaddis, William
    Publisher: Viking $ 22.95 ISBN: 0670031313 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    The late William Gaddis wrote four novels during his lifetime, immense and complex books that helped inaugurate a new movement in American letters. Now comes his final work of fiction, a subtle, concentrated culmination of his art and ideas.
    Updated 9.23.02
  • I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories
    Author: Gay, William
    Publisher: Free $ 24 ISBN: 074324088x Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 9.9.02
  • The Solitude of Compassion
    Author: Giono, Jean
    Publisher: Seven Stories $ 15 (paper) ISBN: 1583225242 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    First published in France in 1932, The Solitude of Compassion is a collection of stories about small-town life in Provence. Jean Giono invents a village of characters, often warm and admirable, at times immoral or coarse, who populate a world of striking reality.
    Updated 12.02.02
  • The Torn Skirt
    Author: Godfrey, Rebecca
    Publisher: Perennial $ 11.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0060094850 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Desperate for guidance, for friendship, for some sign that she's not a freak of nature, Sara has a fleeting encounter with the mysterious Justine--the girl in the torn skirt. Already acclaimed in Canada for its raw intimacy and fresh, original voice, this is a daring debut that gives voice to the profound and universal experience of teenage isolation, desire, and despair.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.20.02
  • Disturbances of the Inner Ear
    Author: Hackett, Joyce
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 0786710462 Date: 2002
    starPWstarKirkus
    With his hypnotic internal logic, Hackett conjures a ravaged landscape in which anything is possible. Hackett's musical language creates a pitch-perfect first-person narrative that is evasive yet intimate, and utterly unforgettable.
    Updated 8.13.02
  • The Monsters of St. Helena
    Author: Hansen, Brooks
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 25 ISBN: 0374270198 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Brooks Hansen's new novel is the story of Napoleon Bonaparte's last exile, in 1815, on the island of St. Helena in the Atlantic, "the place on earth farthest from any other place." - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Napoleon
    Updated 11.20.02
  • In the River Sweet
    Author: Henley, Patricia
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 0375421270 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    From the author of Hummingbird House--a National Book Award Finalist--comes an emotionally enthralling novel about family and faith, and what it means to be moral in a world of conflicting moral codes.
    Suggested Reading: New Orleans
    Updated 8.16.02
  • The Crazed
    Author: Jin, Ha
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 0375421815 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    A luminous new novel from Ha Jin--his first since the universally praised, national Book Award-winning, and bestselling Waiting. This time Jin takes on contemporary China and its conflicts between convention and individualism.
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars
    Updated 9.30.02
  • The Navigator of New York
    Author: Johnston, Wayne
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 27.95 ISBN: 0385507674 Date: 2002
    starPWstarKirkusstarBooklist
    From the bestselling author of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams ("brilliant and accomplished"--Annie Proulx), comes an epic novel of one man's quest for the secret of his origins that ranges from the bustling streets of 19th-century New York to the remotest regions of the Arctic.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars Lists
    Updated 10.24.02.02
  • Ignorance
    Author: Kundera, Milan
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060002093 Date: 2002
    starPWstarBooklist
    A man and a woman meet by chance while returning to their homeland, which they had abandoned 20 years earlier when they chose to become exiles. Will they manage to pick up the thread of their strange love story, interrupted almost as soon as it began and then lost in the tides of history? Kundera takes dizzying concepts such as absence, memory, forgetting, and ignorance, and transforms them into a polyphonic and moving work.
    Updated 9.7.02
  • Blue Shoe
    Author: Lamott, Anne
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573222267 Date: 2002
    starPW
    In a disarming blend of everyday life and the sublime, of reverence and irreverence, and of humor and grace, Lamott speaks directly to closely held concerns, bringing comfort to anyone whose family life can feel overwhelming and uncontainable.
    Updated 8.27.02
  • The Miracle
    Author: L'Heureux, John
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871138573 Date: 2002
    starPWstarKirkus
    L'Heureux has been acclaimed as a "master storyteller ... elegant, cunning, and wickedly funny" (The Washington Post). Now, in a pitch-perfect, deeply satisfying work of fiction, he enters the world of an unorthodox young priest whose faith is put to the test.
    Suggested Reading: Questions of Faith
    Updated 8.13.02
  • The Lost Garden
    Author: Humphreys, Helen
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393051838 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Leaving London for the Land Army to grow food for the war effort, a young woman discovers a mysterious lost garden and the story of a love that becomes her own.
    Updated 8.13.02
  • Darkness
    Author: Maraini, Dacia
    Publisher: Steerforth $ 21 ISBN: 1586420488 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Cloud of Sparrows
    Author: Matsuoka, Takashi
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385336403 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Set amid the violence and beauty of 19th century Japan Matsuoka takes readers beyond the epic tradition of James Clavell's Shogun and into a majestic realm of samurai and geishas, ninjas and Zen masters.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 8.13.02
  • Terrible Angel: A Novel of Michael Collins in New York
    Author: McEvoy, Dermot
    Publisher: Lyons $ 22.95 ISBN: 1585747424 Date: 2002
    starPW
    An Irish hero seeks redemption on the streets of New York, seventy years after his death.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Alternative History Stars
    Updated 9.7.02
  • Fishbowl
    Author: Mlynowski, Sarah
    Publisher: Red Dress Ink $ 12.95 (paper)ISBN: 0373250207 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Three women newly rooming together discover the meaning of living in a fishbowl after a small fire leads to a big repair bill and a big realization about insurance, bonding, and friendship.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars
    Updated 10.15.02
  • The Dark Highlander
    Author: Moning, Karen Marie
    Publisher: Dell $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0440237556 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Degeus MacKeltar crisscrosses from 16th-century Scotland to modern-day Manhattan fighting the 13 Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When antiquities student Chloe Zanders is drawn into Degeus's world, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that sweeps her back into time to medieval Scotland--where she fights the evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 9.9.02
  • The Tapestries
    Author: Nguyen, Kien
    Publisher: Litte Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316284416 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Painting a vivid portrait of the beautiful, lush, and sparkling world of turn-of-the-century Vietnam, The Tapestries is a riveting love story by the author of the brilliantly received memoir, The Unwanted.
    Updated 8.27.02
  • July, July
    Author: O'Brien, Tim
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 26 ISBN: 0618039694 Date: 2002
    starLJstarKirkus
    Terrifically rich in story, full of unforgettable characters, July, July is the definitive novel of the baby boom generation, the men and women whose lives were molded and defined by the 1960s. Set at the 30th high school reunion of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, it provides a portrait of those launched into adulthood at the moment when this country, too, lost its innocence.
    Updated 7.17.02
  • I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
    Author: Pearson, Allison
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375414053 Date: 2002
    starPWstarBooklist
    In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women--the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, and the despair.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 9.7.02
  • Reconsidering Riley
    Author: Plumley, Lisa
    Publisher: Zebra $ 5.99 ISBN: 0821773402 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Having based her bestselling relationship book on her own personal experience with gorgeous, outdoorsy photojournalist Riley Davis, who stole her heart then skipped town, author Jayne Murphy organizes a workshop for dump-ees. But the "retreat" she's planned could be a disaster when she finds out that the leader for her group's week-long nature jaunt is Riley. Will their past attraction re-ignite?
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Born Twice
    Author: Pontiggia,Giuseppe
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375413103 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The first major book by one of Italy's most distinguished novelists to appear in America, this is an award-winning fictional memoir of a man's transfiguring experiences raising a son whose disabilities were caused at birth by the carelessness of a single doctor.
    Updated 9.30.02
  • All is Vanity
    Author: Schwartz, Christina
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385499728 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Widely celebrated for her debut novel, Drowning Ruth, Schwarz once again proves herself to be a writer of depth and range as her newest novel probes into the mysteries of the human heart.
    Updated 9.9.02
  • Great Dream of Heaven: Stories
    Author: Shepard, Sam
    Publisher: Knopf $ 20 ISBN: 0375405054 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In these 17 elegantly terse stories, Shepard taps the same wellsprings that have made him one of the most acclaimed--and distinctly American--playwrights: sex and regret, the yearning for a frontier that has been subdivided out of existence, and the even deeper gulf that separates men from their true selves.
    Updated 9.9.02
  • Rosamund
    Author: Small, Bertrice
    Publisher: NAL $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0451206371 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    From the bestselling "queen of romance" (Literary Times) comes a sweeping novel of a young woman's unexpected journey from the border of Scotland into the intimate chamber doors of a young, handsome Henry VIII.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 10.15.02
  • The Autograph Man
    Author: Smith, Zadie
    Publisher: Random $ 26 ISBN: 037550186x Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    The eagerly anticipated second novel form Smith about an autograph trader on a picaresque journey in search of enlightenment.
    Suggested Reading: Picaresque Stars
    Updated 10.16.02
  • Down to a Soundless Sea: Stories
    Author: Steinbeck, Thomas
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345455762 Date: 2002
    starLJ
    Drawing upon the rich history and culture of Northern California to depict what happens at the edge of a frontier, Steinbeck traces the troubles of an extraordinary cast of characters in a world where the rocky cliffs shape their lives and the generations to come.
    Updated 8.13.02
  • The Little Friend
    Author: Tartt, Donna
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 0679439382 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPWstarLJ
    The hugely anticipated new novel by the author of The Secret History--"an elegant, edifying work of art" (Entertainment Weekly). Even more transfixingly suspenseful than its predecessor, this is a dark novel of lost childhood, rich in moral paradox, as a 12-year-old Mississippi girl sets out to find her brother's murderer.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 10.16.02
  • In Her Shoes
    Author: Weiner, Jennifer
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 0743418190 Date: 2002
    starPW
    As she did in Good in Bed, Weiner has created a story that is by turns poignant and comical as she unfolds the tale of how three women who have nothing in common but their shoe size find each other--and themselves.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars
    Updated 8.27.02
  • Cheops: A Cupboard for the Sun
    Author: West, Paul
    Publisher: New Directions $ 25.95 ISBN: 0811215199 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 10.10.02
  • Clara Callan: A Novel
    Author: Wright, Richard B.
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060506067 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Wright's celebrated novel--2001 winner of both the Governor General's Award and the Giller Prize--beautifully evokes the relationship between two sisters in a time when people escaped from reality through radio and movies, when the Dionne Quints made headlines, and when the growing threat of fascism in Europe was a constant worry.
    Suggested Reading: Epistolary Stars
    Updated 8.13.02

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September

  • The Book of Illusions
    Author: Auster, Paul
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 0805054081 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarKirkusstarLibrary JournalstarPW
    In this rich and emotionally charged work, a man's obsession with a silent film star sends him on a journey into a shadowy world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists
    Updated 8.27.02
  • The Last Good Chance
    Author: Barbash, Tom
    Publisher: Picador $ 24 ISBN: 0312287968 Date: 2002
    starPW
    This darkly funny debut is the deftly plotted story of a dying lakeside town and the four characters who must find their way through their own unexpected transformations as they question, "What is the price of loyalty, goodness, and love?"
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.13.02
  • Annie Dunne
    Author: Barry, Sebastian
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670031127 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    A summer of adventure, pain, delight, and ultimately epiphany unfolds for two children and their elderly caretakers in this poignant and exquisitely told story of innocence, loss, and reconciliation.
    Updated 8.13.02
  • Hello to the Cannibals
    Author: Bausch, Richard
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 27.95 ISBN: 006019295x Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    At the end of the 20th century, Lily Austin is writing a play about the famed British explorer and travel writer Mary Kingsley. Through Kingsley's writings, Lily finds in Kingsley's courage and resourcefulness the inspiration she needs to navigate the complicated waters of intimacy and betrayal, kindness and love. Hello to the Cannibals is Bausch's most dazzling and beautifully crafted novel to date.
    Suggested Reading: Virginia Stars
    Updated 10.15.02
  • The Sheltering Sky / Let It Come Down / The Spider's House
    Author: Bowles, Paul
    Publisher: Library of America $ 35 ISBN: 1931082197 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Three works by America's great writer-in-exile are gathered in this annotatedcollector's edition, the companion to Collected Stories and Later Writings.
    Updated 9.23.02
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt 3w
    Author: Brownstein, Gabriel
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 039305151x Date: 2002
    starPW
    In this brilliantly inventive collection of stories, the author captures the disparate lives of the residents of Manhattan's West 89th Street from marriages, car accidents, love affairs, and adoptions.
    Updated 7.22.02
  • Caramelo
    Author: Cisneros, Sandra
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0679435549 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPWstarBookliststarLJ
    An extraordinary new novel from the author of The House on Mango Street is a multigenerational story of a Mexican-American family whose myriad voices create a dazzling weave of passion, poignancy, and the stuff of life.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists | Latino/Latina Stars | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 9.23.02
  • The Contortionist's Handbook
    Author: Clevenger, Craig
    Publisher: Macadam Cage $ 23 ISBN: 193156115x Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Suggested Reading: First Fiction
    Updated 7.17.02
  • How the Water Feels
    Author: Eggers, Paul
    Publisher: Southern Methodist $ 19.95 ISBN: 0870744739 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 8.27.02
  • Skirt & Fiddle
    Author: Egolf, Tristan
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 0802117228 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Egolf burst onto the literary scene with his first novel, Lord of the Barnyard, garnering renown around the world and instantly establishing himself as an audacious and inventive young writer. Skirt and the Fiddle is his frenetic, hilarious love story about a group of misfits in a flophouse.
    Updated 6.29.02
  • Middlesex
    Author: Eugenides, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux $ 27 ISBN: 0374199698 Date: 2002
    starLJstarKirkus
    Spanning eight decades, Eugenides's long-awaited second novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire. Eugenides was named one of America's best young novelists by both Granta and The New Yorker.
    Suggested Reading: Reading Group Stars
    Updated 7.17.02
  • Crimson Petal and the White
    Author: Faber, Michael
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 26 ISBN: 015100692x Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLJstarPW
    Richly textured, this novel is set in 1870s London. Nineteen-year-old prostitute Sugar yearns for escape from a terrifying brothel. Her ascent through Victorian society offers an intimacy with host of unforgettable characters as Sugar tries to lift her body and soul out of the gutter.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars Lists | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Quiet Storm
    Author: Howzell, Rachel
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 074322616x Date: 2002
    starLJ
    Smart, kind, and beautiful, Rikki Moore was always the star of her well-bred family. But the world doesn't know that storms ripple just beneath Rikki's image of perfection. Addressing a subject often avoided in many African-American families, A Quiet Storm reveals the secret anguish of a family pulled apart by mental illness and the tragedy that results from their denial.
    Updated 7.16.02
  • Coast Liners
    Author: Harris, Joanne
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060198125 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The New York Times bestselling author of Chocolat and Five Quarters of the Orange returns with a poignant, sensual story of love and rebirth. Coastliners has been optioned for a movie.
    Updated 9.7.02
  • Nowhere Man: The Pronek Fantasies
    Author: Hemon, Aleksander
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385499248 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    The author of the celebrated debut, The Question of Bruno, returns with the engrossing and hilarious mind-and language-bending adventures of his endearing hero, Jozef Pronek.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists
    Updated 9.7.02
  • The Mulberry Empire
    Author: Hensher, Philip
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 0375414886 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Spanning a decade and moving between London and Calcutta, The Mulberry Empire explores the doomed 1839 mission of some 50,000 forces of the British Empire as they entered Afghanistan to overthrow a hostile amir.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | First Fiction Debuts | Biographical Fiction | Aghanistan Stars
    Updated 9.7.02
  • Things You Should Know
    Author: Homes, A. M.
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0688167128 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The most daring voice of her generation, Homes writes with terrifying compassion about the things that matter most. Her distinctive narratives illuminate dreams and desires, memories and losses, and the profound need for connection, demonstrating how extraordinary the ordinary can be.
    Updated 7.15.02
  • In the Image
    Author: Horn, Dara
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393051064 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    Not just a fine first novel, this is a young woman's coming of age story, a romantic love story, and a spiritual journey, each infused with the lessons of history.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.27.02
  • The House on Eccles Road
    Author: Kitchen, Judith
    Publisher: Graywolf $ 22 ISBN: 155597368x Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Miniatures
    Author: Labiner, Norah
    Publisher: Coffee House $ 23 ISBN: 1566891361 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPW
    Updated 9.16.02
  • Sinclair Lewis: Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth
    Author: Lingeman, Richard R. (ed)
    Publisher: Library of America $ 40 ISBN: 1931082081Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Written at the height of his power in the 1920s, the three novels in this volume continue the rigorous unmasking of American middle-class life begun by Lewis in Main Street and Babbit.
    Updated 10.16.02
  • Speaks the Nightbird
    Author: McCammon, Robert R.
    Publisher: Elliott & Clark $ 29.95 ISBN: 1880216620 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 6.29.02
  • Piano Tuner
    Author: Mason, Daniel Philippe
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375414657 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    A hypnotic tale of myth, romance, and self-discovery, this extraordinary fiction debut tells the story of a British piano tuner sent deep into Burma in the 19th century, where he encounters thieves, soldiers, and an enchanting but elusive woman.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Debuts | Reading Group Stars | Burma
    Updated 8.16.02
  • Gorgeous Lies
    Author: McPhee, Martha
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 015100613x Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Returning to the Furey-Cooper family introduced in her Bright Angel Time, McPhee sets this follow-up 20 years later and explores the fate of this American family as it comes to terms with the complex tangle of its emotional legacies.
    Updated 6.29.02
  • Heart of Redness
    Author: Mda, Zakes
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 24 ISBN: 0374528349Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Zakes Mda sets a story of South African village life against a notorious episode from the country's past, the result is a novel of scope and deep human feeling, of passion and reconciliation. As the novel opens Camugu, who left for America during apartheid, has returned to Johannesburg only to be disillusioned by the problems of the new democracy.
    Updated 7.3.02
  • In Revere, in Those Days
    Author: Merullo, Roland
    Publisher: Crown $ 22 ISBN: 0609610325 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLibrary Journal
    From acclaimed novelist Merullo comes a poignant and compelling coming-of-age story set in a large Italian-American family in the working-class community of Revere, Massachusetts.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists
    Updated 9.7.02
  • Family Matters
    Author: Mistry, Rohinton
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 0375403736 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    At once sweeping and intimate, comic and tragic, Family Matters--by the author of A Fine Balance --is the story of a 1990s Bombay family dealing with their elderly patriarch, who is suffering from Parkinson's disease.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists
    Updated 7.15.02
  • Not a Sparrow Falls
    Author: Nichols, Linda
    Publisher: Bethany House $ 16.99 ISBN: 0764227556 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In this powerful story of redemption and love, a prodigal young woman from the hills of Virginia flees the men who have lured her away from a godly upbringing into a life of desperation. A heart-tugging tale about the extraordinary struggles that turn ordinary people into heroes.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 8.13.02
  • When the Emperor was Divine
    Author: Otsuka, Julie
    Publisher: Knopf $ 18 ISBN: 0375414290 Date: 2002
    starPWstarLibrary JournalstarBooklist
    Otsuka's commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any previously written--a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World War Fiction Stars | Debuts | All Stars Lists | Asian American Stars | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 9.7.02
  • Lullaby: A Novel
    Author: Palahniuck, Chuck
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385504470 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    From the author of The New York Times bestseller Choke and the cult classic Fight Club comes a scintillating, cunningly plotted novel about the ultimate verbal weapon, one that reinvents the apocalyptic thriller for our times.
    Updated 6.29.02
  • Touch Wood
    Author: Porter, Joe Ashby
    Publisher: Turtle Point $ 15.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1885983647 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Desolation
    Author: Reza, Yasmina
    Publisher: Knopf $ 19 ISBN: 0375410872 Date: 2002
    starPW
    In this symphonic monologue, the author--an internationally acclaimed playwright--offers a first novel of extraordinary brilliance: An old man reflects upon his life, marriage, friendships, love affairs, and the enragingly separate existence of his spoiled, and lost, only son.
    Updated 8.27.02
  • The Last Girls
    Author: Smith, Lee
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1565123638 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarKirkusstarPW
    Revered for her powerful female characters, Smith tells a brilliant story of how college pals who grew up in an era when they were still called "girls" have negotiated life as "women."
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 7.31.02
  • The Ties That Bind
    Author: Snoe, Eboni
    Publisher: BET $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 1583143386 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    The conclusion to the Family Reunion series finds Essence Stuart confronting her biological father, politician Cedric Johnson, after he cruelly rejects her. Essence also has a chance encounter with detective Titan Valentine, who Cedric has hired to investigate her. When they fall in love, it takes Grandfather Johnson's meddling to get the couple to admit their feelings and take a chance at love.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 9.23.02
  • The Story of Lucy Gault
    Author: Trevor, William
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670031542 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPWstarBookliststarLibrary Journal
    The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of arson leads nine-year-old Lucy's parents to leave Ireland for England. On the day before they are to leave, Lucy runs away. In this profound and moving story of love, guilt and forgiveness, Trevor has written a novel that stands alongside the best literature in the English language.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 9.7.02
  • The Divine Economy of Salvation
    Author: Uppal, Priscila
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 23.95 ISBN: 1565123654 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    In the tradition of The Secret History and Lying Awake, The Divine Economy of Salvation is a dark, powerful, and suspenseful story that captures the innocence and cruelty of adolescence and the mysteries of adulthood.
    Updated 7.3.02
  • One Man's Bible
    Author: Xingian, Gao
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0066211328 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The Nobel Prize-winning author of Soul Mountain presents this shockingly candid novel--a fictionalized account of his own life under the Chinese communist regime--that reveals one man's experience of China's brutal Cultural Revolution.
    Updated 8.13.02

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August

  • A Summer to Remember
    Author: Balogh, Mary
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385335350 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Readers have been clamoring for the story of Lauren, the jilted bride from Balogh's One Night for Love. Now, the wait is finally over, for Lauren finds true love when she strikes a bargain with the handsome Viscount "Kit" Ravensberg.
    Suggested Reading: Summertime Stars | Romance Stars
    Updated 6.29.02
  • The Soldier's Return
    Author: Bragg, Melvyn
    Publisher: Arcade $ 25.95 ISBN: 1559706392 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarLibrary Journal
    When Sam Richardson returns in 1946 from the "Forgotten War" in Burma to his home in England, he finds the war has changed him and his family. As they strive to adjust, the bonds of love and loyalty are stretched to the breaking point in this taut and profoundly moving novel.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World War Fiction Stars
    Updated 8.16.02
  • Bridal Favors
    Author: Brockway, Connie
    Publisher: Dell $ 6.99 ISBN: 0440236746 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Evelyn White has never forgotten the first time she met Justin Powell--or the shocking indiscretion that left the military hero in her debt. Desperate to save her aunt's foundering enterprise as a wedding planner, Evelyn's ready to call in her IOU. All she needs is Justin's ancestral home, where she's determined to prove that a woman innocent in the ways of love can turn a simple wedding into the social event of the season.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Faking It
    Author: Crusie, Jennifer
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312284683 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Matilda "Tilda" Goodnight and Davy Dempsey both want something gorgeous gold-digger Clea Lewis has. When they cross paths in Clea's bedroom, Tilda and Davy reluctantly join forces to battle with a determined femme fatale, an inept art collector, a disgruntled heir, false identities, and worst of all, real love.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars | Romance Stars
    Updated 6.29.02
  • The Vintage Book of War Stories
    Author: Faulks, Sebastian (ed)
    Publisher: Vintage $ 14 (trade paper) ISBN:1400030404 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    The editors have assembled a powerful collection including some of the past century's finest writers--from Isaac Babel to Tim O'Brien--coming to terms with the dismal inheritance of war.
    Suggested Reading: World War Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Standing in the Rainbow
    Author: Flagg, Fannie
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0679426159 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    Fannie's back in town--at her funniest, most touching, rooted, and surprising best. She has also brought along several characters from her earlier bestseller, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, plus some new folks to make readers smile, laugh, and cry.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists | Humorous Fiction
    Updated 7.22.02
  • A Parchment of Leaves: A Novel
    Author: House, Silas
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 23.95 ISBN: 1565123670 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    When House made his debut with Clay's Quilt, it touched a nerve and became a bestseller. His second novel, set in 1917, tells the story of Vine, a beautiful Cherokee woman who marries a white man. As haunting as an old-time ballad, this book is filled with the imagery, dialect, music, and thrumming life of the Kentucky mountains.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 8.13.02
  • Dear Mr. President
    Author: Hudson, Gabe
    Publisher: Knopf $ 19 ISBN: 0375413952 Date: 2002
    starPW
    From one of the brilliant newcomers featured in The New Yorker's Fiction Debut Writers of 2001 issue--eight stories and a novella that take on the Gulf War with audacity, inventiveness, humor, and a startling emotional resonance.
    Suggested Reading: Gulf War Stars
    Updated 7.3.02
  • When Strangers Marry
    Author: Kleypas, Lisa
    Publisher: Avon $ 7.50 (paper) ISBN: 0060507365 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Dreading her wedding to a fianc she despises, Lysette Kersaint seeks sanctuary with Maximilien Vallerand, whom she fears. Everyone talks about his dark past, yet her heart races when she's near him. Maximilien sees the alluring Lysette as the perfect instrument of his sworn vengeance. But can an innocent beauty free the love trapped in his tormented soul?
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 7.15.02
  • Paradise Dance
    Author: Lee, Michael
    Publisher: Leapfrog $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0967952069 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    A trace of Raymond Carver mixed with Dave Barry.
    - Publisher marketing.
    Updated 10.08.02
  • In the Middle of All This
    Author: Leebron, Fred G.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151008345 Date: 2002
    starPW
    A gripping and skillful novel of escalating suspicions and family tensions written by a literary talent who has been compared to Richard Ford and Raymond Carver. Leebron's compelling novel brings readers into the world of domestic unease as two couples and their families wrestle with empathy's limitations in the uncompromising teeth of mortality.
    Updated 6.29.02
  • The Music of a Life
    Author: Makine, Andrei
    Publisher: Arcade $ 21.95 ISBN: 1559706376 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLJ
    His father is a dramatist, his mother an opera singer. But during Stalin's reign of terror in the 1930s, both parents are arrested. Alexei Berg flees, and begins his endless journey until he lands, two decades later, in a snowbound train station in the Urals, where he relates his harrowing saga to the novel's narrator.
    Suggested Reading: Stalin
    Updated 7.16.02
  • The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch
    Author: Moyer, Marsha
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060081651 Date: 2002
    starPW
    A sparkling new voice introduces farm wife Lucy Hatch, a widow at age 33 who returns to her tiny Texas hometown, contemplating a life of solitude. The last thing she expects is to find Ash Ferrell, a dashing man who teaches Lucy to work through her heartache. As their romance blossoms, Lucy and Ash must endure an irate ex-girlfriend, a false arrest, and a 20-year flood.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 6.29.02
  • After the Quake
    Author: Murakami, Haruki
    Publisher: Knopf $ 21 ISBN: 0375413901 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    In 1995, the physical and social landscape of Japan was transformed by the Kobe earthquake and the poison gas attacks in the Tokyo subways. By a world-class writer, this is a short but powerful book whose importance is emphasized by its hideous timeliness, and whose great gift is both comfort and understanding.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists
    Updated 7.30.02
  • Transplanted Man
    Author: Nigam, Sanjay
    Publisher: Morrow $24.95 ISBN: 068818191 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Sonny Seth is a medical resident at a New York hospital servicing a community of eccentric expatriates from India. Sonny's most demanding patient--known as the Transplanted Man--is a high-level Indian government official whose major organs have been transplanted at least once. Now deathly ill and hunted, he pulls Sonny into a soul-searching journey.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India | Medical Fiction
    Updated 7.9.02
  • Girl, in Parts
    Author: Paul, Jasmine
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 158243218x Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Gritty and realistic, A Girl, In Parts is never sentimental about either poverty or childhood as it follows a young girl with limitless dreams and confidence in an uncertain world. First novelist Jasmine Paul has crafted an elegant coming-of-age story in 97 perfectly told vignettes.
    Suggested Reading: First Fiction
    Updated 6.10.02
  • New Stories from the South: The Year's Best 2002
    Author: Ravenel, Shannan (ed)
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1565123751 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 6.29.02
  • Must Be Magic
    Author: Rice, Patricia
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451206754 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Feeling like an outcast among her magically gifted sisters, Lady Leila Staines plans to seek out scientist Dunstan Ives, a dark, brooding, logical aristocrat who may help her unlock her potential and help her grow herbs and flowers for her potions. But soon their explosive mix of botany and biology creates a spark that is pure magic--and pure passion.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 8.13.02
  • Fruit of Stone
    Author: Spragg, Mark
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 12 (trade paper) ISBN: 1573222232 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    From the author of the award-winning memoir Where Rivers Change Directions comes a brave, soulful, and poetic first novel that depicts the friendship between blood brothers as it plays out on a strange and fateful journey across the American West.
    Suggested Reading: First Fiction Debuts
    Updated 7.15.02
  • The Girl from the Coast
    Author: Toer, Pramoedya Ananta
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 22.95 ISBN: 0786868201 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In feudal Java, where both privilege and poverty lived side-by-side, women were little more than chattel. From the world-renowned author of The Mute's Soliloquy and The Buru Quartet comes a heartbreaking novel about innocence and power.
    Updated 8.13.02
  • Heaven of Mercury: A Novel
    Author: Watson, Brad
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393047571 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    A dark, riotous Southern novel of sex, death, and transformation. Brad Watson's first novel has been eagerly awaited since his award-winning debut collection of short stories, Last Days of the Dog-Men. Here, he fulfills that literary promise with a humorous and jaundiced eye.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.20.02
  • The Judges
    Author: Wiesel, Elie
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375049092 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    From the writer, humanist, activist, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, a gripping story of guilt, innocence, and the perilousness of judging both. This powerful novel reflects the philosophical, religious, and moral questions that are at the heart of Elie Wiesel's work.
    Updated 6.7.02

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July

  • Mahattan Monologues
    Author: Auchincloss, Louis
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 061815289x Date: 2002
    starPW
    Auchincloss is "one of the essential American writers" (Kirkus Reviews), and his 57th book testifies to this fact. In Manhattan Monologues, Auchincloss charts a colorful New York century through a series of personal accounts from the rarefied circle that fills his best fiction.
    Updated 6.29.02
  • Critical Injuries
    Author: Barfoot, Joan
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 25 ISBN: 1582432082 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 6.29.02
  • The Hermit's Story
    Author: Bass, Rick
    Publisher: Houghton $ 22 ISBN: 061813932x Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    From the author of Colter and Where the Sea Used to Be comes a new and diverse collection of short stories.
    Updated 5.23.02
  • Epileptic, Book 1
    Author: B., David
    Publisher: Fantogrpahics $ 24.95 (paper) ISBN: 2844140858 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Grahic Novel
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 6.3.02
  • House Under Snow
    Author: Bialosky, Jill
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151006857 Date: 2002
    starPWstarLibrary Journal
    The first novel by an acclaimed poet and author of Subterranean, House Under Snow is a story of mothers and daughters, of sexual identity, and of a family slowly disintegrating after the premature death of its patriarch.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 6.29.02
  • No True Gentleman
    Author: Carlyle, Liz
    Publisher: Pocket $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0743437845 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Lady Catherine Wodeway knows the dark, mysterious Maximilian de Rohan is no true gentleman--especially when he gives her a scandalous kiss. But when a woman of means is brutally murdered--and Catherine's brother is suspected--Max is called in to investigate. Catherine knows it will take more than a gentleman to uncover the truth--and capture her heart.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 6.3.02
  • Tales of Protection
    Author: Hansen, Erik Fosnes
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 25 ISBN: 0374272409 Date: 2002
    starPWstarKirkus
    Tales of Protection is a novel about people in different places in different epochs--contemporary Norway, 19th century Sweden, and Renaissance Italy--whose stories are bound together by the author's original and searching inquiry into why things happen the way they do.
    Updated 6.29.02
  • You Are Not a Stranger Here
    Author: Haslett, Adam
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385501676 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Carrying the reader into the lives of people confronting the concerns of both classic literature and contemporary life, the nine stories of this collection are written with an arresting combination of finely wrought prose and strong feeling.
    Updated 7.9.02
  • Life at These Speeds
    Author: Jackson, Jeremy
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312288085 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    The Sweet Hereafter meets Chariots of Fire in this touching first novel about a teen who runs track and endures a horrible tragedy. Years later, when he has come to terms with his past and begins to heal, another tragedy enters his life. Jackson relates a story of fearsome sadness, yet imbues it with humor, creating an understated novel of remarkable poignancy.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 6.10.02
  • The Moth Diaries
    Author: Klein, Rachel
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 1582432058 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Updated 7.15.02
  • Inflating a Dog: The Story of Ella's Lunch Launch
    Author: Kraft, Eric
    Publisher: Picador $ 25 ISBN: 0312288042
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Ella Leroy dreams of escaping the dreary routine of her 1950s wife-and-mom life. Without telling her husband, she enlists her son Peter and his locally-notorious girlfriend Patti in a scheme: to buy a run-down clamboat and reinvent it as an elegant cruising vessel for summer people in the beach town of Babbington, Long Island.
    Updated 6.29.02
  • Fragrant Harbor
    Author: Lanchester, John
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399148663 Date: 2002
    starPWstarKirkusstarLJ
    Fragrant Harbor takes the reader from the intrigue and double-dealing of the 1930s through the savagery of the Japanese occupation to contemporary Hong Kong. The result is a novel that proves Lanchester is a versatile and talented contemporary novelist.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
    Updated 7.16.02
  • The Year of Ice
    Author: Malloy, Brian
    Publisher: St Martins $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312289480 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In this debut novel about a boy dealing with his mother's death, a painfully revealing year threatens to shatter the tenuous bonds between the teen and his father.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 6.29.02
  • Half in Love: Stories
    Author: Meloy, Maile
    Publisher: Scribner $ 23 ISBN: 0743216474 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    This much-anticipated debut confirms that Maile Meloy is a writer to watch, with 15 stories that combine a distinct voice and a striking wisdom about her characters and the worlds they occupy.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.9.02
  • Peter Loon
    Author: Reid, Van
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 067003052x Date: 2002
    starLibrary JournalstarKirkus
    Readers have been clamoring for a new Van Reid novel with the easy, innocent charm and page-turning exploits of Cordelia Underwood, Mollie Peer, and Daniel Plainway. Their wait is over. Set a century earlier, just after the American Revolution, Peter Loon brings us more of the irresistibly etched characters, intriguing adventures, and wonderful storytelling that we've come to expect. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 6.10.02
  • The Whore's Child: And Other Stories
    Author: Russo, Richard
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375411682 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    In his first collection, a master storyteller focuses on a fresh and fascinating range of human behavior. With a fluency of tone that will surprise even his devoted readers, Russo captures both bewildering horror and heartrending tenderness with an absorbing, compassionate authority.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars Lists
    Updated 7.16.02
  • Lovely Bones
    Author: Sebold, Alice
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 21.95 ISBN: 031666343 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarLibrary JournalstarPW
    In the hands of a brilliant new novelist, and through the eyes of her winning new heroine, this tale of family, memory, love, and living is told by 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is already in heaven. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and builds out of her family's grief the most hopeful and joyful of stories.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | All Stars Lists | Reading Group Stars
    Updated 6.29.02
  • The Book of Splendor
    Author: Sherwood, Frances
    Publisher: Norton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0393021386 Date: 2002
    starPWstarBooklist
    An epic tale reminiscent of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, this is a historical novel about the most unlikely of lovers, interwoven with the mysticism of the Jewish occult.
    Updated 6.3.02
  • Trolley
    Author: Simon, Claude
    Publisher: New Press $ 22.95 ISBN: 156847342 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 6.10.02
  • A Rose in Winter
    Author: Sole, Linda
    Publisher: Severn $ 25.99 ISBN: 0727856537 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 9.23.02
  • All the Way Home
    Author: Tatlock, Ann
    Publisher: Bethany $ 11.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0764226630 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    From the award-winning author of the compelling novel A Room of My Own comes a heart-wrenching story of two women and their rediscovery of a childhood friendship. Laced with soul-touching humor, All the Way Home is a moving portrayal of the vital importance of family and the bitter consequences of prejudice.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 6.29.02
  • Portable Promised Land: Stories
    Author: Toure
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316666432 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    With stunning language and dazzling characters, this debut by Tour introduces Soul City, a wholly imagined utopia where magic happens and black is beautiful.
    Suggested Reading: First Fiction Debuts | African American Stars
    Updated 6.7.02
  • In Search of Klingsor
    Author: Volpi, Jorge
    Publisher: Scriber $ 26 ISBN: 0743201183 Date: 2002
    starPWstarLJ
    Already an international bestseller, In Search of Klingsor traces an American physicist's thrilling search to unmask HitlerUs chief science advisor, the man whose work on the German atomic bomb threatens Allied security.
    Updated 7.16.02
  • That's True of Everbody
    Author: Winegardner, Mark
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151008647 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    In the multicolored canvas of this debut short-story collection, the author of Crooked River Burning returns to the Midwest to cast a compassionate eye on its denizens who lead lives of not necessarily quiet desperation.
    Updated 5.20.02
  • Fierce People
    Author: Wittenborn, Dirk
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582342423 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Dropped into a world more savage than anything in "National Geographic, " more cutthroat than anything New York's grimy downtown streets have to offer--the exclusive rural community of Vlyvalle, New Jersey--15-year-old Finn Earl and his recovering mother must fight for survival.
    Updated 5.3.02

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