Fiction Stars 2003

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.

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December

  • Oracle Night
    Author: Auster, Paul
    Publisher: Holt $ 23 ISBN: 0805073205 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, 34-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. For the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and puzzling events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality.
    Suggested Reading: Books about Books | Author Author
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Double Vision
    Author: Barker, Pat
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374209057 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    From the author of Border Crossing comes a gripping novel about the effects of violence on the journalists and artists who have dedicated themselves to representing it.
    Updated 10.30.03
  • By Night in Chile
    Author: Bolano, Roberto
    Publisher: New Directions $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 0811215474 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Updated 10.28.03
  • Faith Fox
    Author: Gardam, Jane
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 078671221x Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    A novel of comedy and conversation, birth and death, and the differences between England's well-born and plain people. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 9.25.03
  • Undone
    Author: Henley, Virginia
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451210646 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Known for her "passionate love scenes and steamy fantasies" (Booklist), the New York Times bestselling author follows up her sizzling Ravished with this seductive tale of an extraordinary beauty and the duke who knows her inside and out.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 11.17.03
  • Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories
    Author: Hernandez, Gilbert
    Publisher: Fantographics $ 39.95 ISBN: 1560975393 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars | Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 11.12.03
  • The Charmer
    Author: Hunter, Madeline
    Publisher: Bantam $ 5.99 (paper) ISBN: 0553585916 Date: 2003
    starPW
    In the third book in Hunter's Seducer series, the king of England sends a charismatic aristocrat to Paris to retrieve a duchess from her self-imposed exile and finds himself unable to resist her.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 11.12.03
  • Rope Eater
    Author: Jones, Ben
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24 ISBN: 0385509774 Date: 2003
    starPWstarBookliststarLJ
    A voyage of Arctic exploration during the American Civil War becomes an epic of madness and survival, in a stunning first novel animated by the spirits of Poe, Crane, Conrad, and Melville.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Historical Fiction Stars | Sea Stories
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Call Me the Breeze
    Author: McCabe, Patrick
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060523883 Date: 2003
    starPWstarBooklist
    From the two-time Booker Prize finalist, Patrick McCabe, comes a dark and hilarious novel about a man's fall from grace and journey to redemption, set against the political struggles of Northern Ireland during 1970s through the present day.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
    Updated 12.15..03
  • Key of Knowledge
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    Publisher: Jove $ 7.99 (paper) ISBN: 0515136379 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    In the second novel of her thrilling Key trilogy, Roberts introduces Dana, whose passion for books puts her on the quest for the Key of Knowledge. Will her search lead her to find the truth hidden among deception and lies--or succumb to her worst nightmare?
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 11.12.03
  • The Solomon Sisters Wise Up
    Author: Senate, Melissa
    Publisher: Red Dress $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 037325041x Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The Solomon sisters are all totally different and are dealing with their own life issues, but have found themselves living under one roof after too many years. Thanks to a little help from each other--and some unexpected allies--the Solomon sisters are about to wise up.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars
    Updated 12.15.03
  • There Are Jews in My House
    Author: Vapnyar, Lara
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0375422501 Date: 2003
    starPW
    From a writer who is herself a recent immigrant to the United States: an enchanting and moving collection of stories about Russians in Moscow and Russians in Brooklyn. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 10.7.03

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November

  • Yellow Dog
    Author: Amis, Martin
    Publisher: Miramax $ 24.95 ISBN: 1401352030 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    From the man the New York Times calls "the best American writer England has ever produced" comes a brilliant and unsettling novel of sex, royalty, and violence.
    Updated 8.11.03
  • The Scarlet Letters
    Author: Auchincloss, Louis
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618341595 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarPW
    With classic works like The Rector of Justin and his more recent Manhattan Monologues, Auchincloss has established himself as "one of our most useful and intelligent writers" (New York Observer). Now, in his 59th work, he offers his cleverest novel yet: a suspenseful, mischievous twist on a legendary tale.
    Updated 10.2.03
  • The Stories of Richard Bausch: New and Selected Stories
    Author: Bausch, Richard
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 29.95 ISBN: 0060196491 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    On the heels of his critically acclaimed novel Hello to the Cannibals, this definitive collection of the best of Bausch's marvelous short stories (which includes three novellas) celebrates the life's work of a great American artist.
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Kill the Competition
    Author: Bond, Stephanie
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0060539836 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Passion, wit, and thrilling suspense combine in this new novel from the RITA Award-winning author when the new girl in Atlanta learns that carpooling and climbing to the top can be murder.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 8.25.03
  • A Clean Slate
    Author: Caldwell, Laura
    Publisher: Red Dress $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 037325038x Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    A Chicago woman suddenly can''t remember the past five months of her life and begins to realize she has a clean slate. She can do anything she wants, but what, exactly, "does" she want?
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars
    Updated 10.23.03
  • Don Quixote
    Author: De Cervantes Miguel
    Publisher: Ecco $ 29.95 ISBN: 0060188707 Date: 2003
    starLJstarPW
    Updated 11.12.03
  • Tournament
    Author: Clark, John
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 19.95 ISBN: 1401300928 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Clarke presents a novel of the 20th century in which the greatest thinkers and personalities engage in a two-week tennis tournament.
    Updated 7.28.03
  • The Meaning of Consuelo
    Author: Cofer, Judith Ortiz
    Publisher: FSG $ 20 ISBN: 0374205094 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    This affecting novel is a lively celebration of Puerto Rico as well as an archetypal story of loss, the loss each of us experiences on our journey from the island of childhood to the uncharted territory of adulthood. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars | Adult Books for Young Adults
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Genesis
    Author: Crace, Jim
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 23 ISBN: 0374227306 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    The winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and the Whitbread Novel of the Year charts the sexual history of a loving, baffled man, the sexual emancipation of a city, and the sexual ambiguities of humankind.
    Updated 8.11.03
  • I Sailed With Magellan
    Author: Dybek, Stuart
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374174075 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    From the prizewinning writer comes a superb new work: a novel-in-stories, 11 masterful tales set in Chicago's south side and told by a single voice with remarkable narrative power.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 10.23.03
  • Gloriana's Torch
    Author: Finney, Patricia
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN:0312312857 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Finney's brilliant reworking of Britain's Armada legend is an imaginative tour de force. Thrilling, intricate, and inspiring, this is a tale of courage, love, and, ultimately, redemption.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.25.03
  • Lord of the Flies - 50th Anniversary
    Author: Golding William F.
    Publisher: Perigee $ 22.95 ISBN:0399529209 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic--now in a beautifully designed hardcover edition worthy of its stature.
    Updated 11.18.03
  • Pompeii
    Author: Harris, Robert
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0679428895 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Ancient Rome is the setting for the superb new novel from Robert Harris, author of the number one bestsellers Fatherland, Enigma and Archangel. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 10.23.03
  • The Salt Roads
    Author: Hopkinson, Nalo
    Publisher: Warner $ 22.95 ISBN: 0446533025 Date: 2003
    starLJstarKirkus
    "Whirling with witchcraft and sensuality, this latest novel by Hopkinson (Skin Folk; Midnight Robber) is a globe-spanning, time-traveling spiritual odyssey."--Publishers Weekly.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 10.8.03
  • The Saint
    Author: Hunter, Madeline
    Publisher: Bantam $ 5.99 ISBN: 0553585908 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Continuing her Seducer series, Hunter introduces the Saint in this sizzling tale of a mysterious aristocrat, a high-spirited American beauty, and an innocent temptation that leads to the most dangerous of seductions.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 10.2.03
  • The Garden of Departed Cats
    Author: Karaus, Bilge
    Publisher: New Directions $ 15.95 (paper) ISBN: 0811215512 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    A surreal, utterly unique Turkish novel about a human chess game.
    Updated 10.8.03
  • The Silver Lion
    Author: Kerstan, Lynn
    Publisher: Onyx $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451411161 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Kerstan wraps up her acclaimed trilogy that began with The Golden Leopard and continued in Heart of the Tiger with a novel of honor, sacrifice, and the redeeming power of love.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 10.23.03
  • If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
    Author: McGregor, Jon
    Publisher: Mariner $ 13 (paper) ISBN: 0618344586 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    McGregor pens a haunting story of the events that transpire over a single day at the end of summer on a small urban street in England.
    Suggested Reading: Time Changes
    Updated 10.23.03
  • War Torn
    Author: Marks, John
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 25.95 ISBN: 1573222542 Date: 2003
    starPWstarLJ
    From the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Wall, this gripping thematic sequel tells the story of a love affair between an American journalist and a woman from the former Yugoslavia, during the aftermath of the Cold War.
    Suggested Reading: Former Yugoslavia
    Updated 10.30.03
  • Women With Big Eyes
    Author: Mastretta, Angeles
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 19.95 ISBN: 1573223468 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    From the Mexican master, a collection of mystical, fable-like stories about the lives of extraordinary and eccentric women and the intuitive powers that all women share.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Foigleman
    Author: Megged, Aharon
    Publisher: Toby $ 19.95 ISBN: 159264032x Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Updated 12.15.03
  • Siegfried
    Author: Mulisch, Harry
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670032530 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    From the bestselling author of The Discovery of Heaven comes a compelling new novel with the daring premise that Hitler and Eva Braun produced a son.
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Key of Light
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    Publisher: Jove $ 7.99 (paper) ISBN: 051513628x Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    An unforgettable new trilogy by the bestselling author begins. Three women. Three keys. Each has 28 days to find her way through a dangerous quest that will unlock her deepest desires. The first is Mallory, who must find the Key of Light.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 11.12.03
  • The Shadow King
    Author: Stevenson, Jane
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618149139 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    In the second volume of Stevenson's masterly trilogy, Balthasar--son of Elizabeth of Bohemia and Pelagius, an African prince--is driven out of Holland by the plague. Now a young doctor, he makes his way first to the raffish, cynical world of Restoration London and then to Barbados, a land of slavery and savage racism.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 10.7.03
  • When a Texan Gambles
    Author: Thomas, Jodi
    Publisher: Jove $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0515136298 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Raffled off in a wife lottery, Sarah Andrews discovers her groom has a knife in his back. She agrees to help him, but never in her wildest dreams does she imagine that this dangerously attractive Texan would steal her heart.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 10.23.03
  • Number 10
    Author: Townsend, Sue
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 1569473498 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    In Townsend's riotously funny new novel, Edward Clare, prime minister of England, has a problem. For five years, since his landslide election, he has been universally viewed as the perfect leader and representative of the working man. But then something happens that turns the public against him.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction | Political Fiction
    Updated 9.08.03
  • The Way to Paradise
    Author: Vargas Llosa, Mario
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374228035 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJ
    The dramatic lives of two bold, independent adventurers--Paul Gauguin and his grandmother Flora Tristan, a trailblazing women's suffragist--are imagined by "one of the master storytellers of our time" (Chicago Tribune Book World).
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 10.7.03
  • Old School
    Author: Wolff, Tobias
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22 ISBN: 0375401466 Date: 2003
    starBookliststarPW
    The author of the genre-defining memoir This Boy's Life and The Barrack's Thief now presents his first novel about a young boy at New England prep school obsessed with visiting authors.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | School Days Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 10.14.03
  • Liberated Bride
    Author: Yehoshua, A.B.
    Publisher: Harvest $ 27 ISBN: 0151006539 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    In this comedy of manners, at once deeply serious and highly entertaining, Yehoshua brilliantly portrays characters from disparate sectors of Israeli life, united above all by a very human desire for, and fear of, the truth in politics and life.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.30.03

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October

  • Daughter: A Novel
    Author: Bandele, Asha
    Publisher: Scribner $ 23 ISBN: 0743211847 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    The gifted and charismatic author of the acclaimed memoir The Prisoner's Wife delivers a bold and heartrending first novel that explores the silence of black women and illuminates the fragile complexity of the mother-daughter bond.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | African American Stars
    Updated 8.14.03
  • Dykes and Sundry Other Carbon-Based Life-Forms to Watch Out fo
    Author: Bechdel, Alison
    Publisher: Alyson $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 1555838286 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The groundbreaking, nationally syndicated comic strip celebrates 20 years in print with a tenth collection of strips exploring the lives of its characters in a post millennium, post 9-11 America.
    Updated 10.2.03
  • The Lives of the Circus Animals
    Author: Bram, Christopher
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95/13.95 ISBN: 0060542535/0060542543 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJ
    With this enchantingly comic novel, the acclaimed author of Father of Frankenstein and the Notorious Dr. August pens an artfully imagined comedy of life and love set against the New York theater scene.
    Updated 9.25.03
  • Moloka'i
    Author: Brennert, Alan
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 031230434x Date: 2003
    starPW
    Young Rachel Kalama, growing up in Honolulu in the 1890s, is part of a big, loving Hawaiian family but, at the age of seven, Rachel's dreams are shattered by the discovery that she has leprosy.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Morning Dark
    Author: Buckman, Daniel
    Publisher: St Martins $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312314620 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    The story of three generations of men from rural Illinois, each consumed by the battles they fought and the wars they still dream of.
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Mesmerized
    Author: Camp, Candace
    Publisher: Mira $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 1551667290 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Denying her clairvoyant abilities, Olivia Moreland works instead to expose fake mediums. But when Stephen, Lord St. Leger, requests her help, she can't ignore the connection she feels toward him.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars | Mediums
    Updated 10.2.03
  • My Life As a Fake
    Author: Carey, Peter
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375414983 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    Using as a springboard a real literary hoax that transfixed Australia in his boyhood, Peter Carey wickedly and ruefully explores how a phantom poet taunts, haunts and otherwise destroys his maker, pursuing him from Melbourne to a seedy, sweaty, bitter ending in the tropical chaos of Kuala Lumpur.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Poets
    Updated 10.30.03
  • A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories
    Author: Carlson, Ron
    Publisher: Norton $ 15.95 (paper) ISBN: 0393324796 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    In this generous gathering from collections no longer available, longtime fans and new readers alike can savor the development of a master of idiosyncrasy. Prepare to be amused, moved, and disturbed by stories that make a difference.
    Updated 9.25.03
  • Elizabeth Costello
    Author: Coetzee, J.M.
    Publisher: Viking $ 21.95 ISBN: 0670031305 Date: 2003
    starPWstarLJ
    Booker Prize winner Coetzee has crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale of an Australian novelist whose life is revealed through a series of eight formal addresses.
    Updated 9.25.03
  • Heretic
    Author: Cornwell, Bernard
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060530499 Date: 2003
    starPW
    The newest installment--after The Archer's Tale and Vagabond--continues the bestselling saga about a young archer on a quest for the Holy Grail.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 8.11.03
  • Sunday at the Pool in Kigali
    Author: Courtemanche, Gil
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 1400041074 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJ
    This landmark novel--penned by a journalist who spent several years in Africa--confronts the nightmare that ravaged Rwanda in April 1994, when the Hutu-led government orchestrated genocide against the Tutsi people.
    Suggested Readng List: Rwanda
    Updated 9.25.03
  • Calligrapher
    Author: Docx, Edward
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618343970 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJ
    This fresh, original, altogether winning first novel is centered on a young London calligrapher named Jasper--an engaging, intelligent serial seducer and a breaker of hearts.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Angels on the Head of a Pin
    Author: Druzhnikov, Yuri
    Publisher: Peter Owen $ 34.95 ISBN: 0720611709 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 11.3.03
  • Politically Inspired
    Author: Elliot, Stephen (ed)
    Publisher: Macadam Cage $ 21/13 ISBN: 1931561583/1931561451 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    An anthology of original short fiction inspired by the news and current events. Includes stories by twenty authors, including Stewart O'Nan, Charles Baxter, ZZ Packer and Anthony Swofford.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction
    Updated 8.25.03
  • The Movies of My Life
    Author: Fuguet, Alberto
    Publisher: Rayo $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060534621 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    From one of the most brilliant minds of his generation to emerge from South America comes an epic novel about the power of American pop culture and a seismologist trying to make sense of the shifting world around him.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 8.11.03
  • Sandman: Endless Nights
    Author: Gaiman, Neil and various illustrators
    Publisher: Vertigo/DC $ 24.95 ISBN: 1401200893 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Our Lady of the Forest
    Author: Guterson, David
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375412115 Date: 2003
    starLJstarKirkusstarPW
    In a suspenseful and emotionally charged story of faith at a contemporary crossroads, the bestselling author of Snow Falling on Cedars offers a provocative new novel about a teenage girl who claims to see the Virgin Mary.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Questions of Faith
    Updated 7.28.03
  • Everything Will Be All Right
    Author: Hadley, Tessa
    Publisher: Holt $ 24 ISBN: 0805070656 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Spanning five decades of extraordinary changes in women's lives, Everything Will Be All Right explores the complicated relationships of a family. The young ones of each generation are sure that they can correct the mistakes of their parents; the truth, of course, is more opaque.
    Updated 9.25.03
  • The Book of Hard Things
    Author: Halpern, Sue
    Publisher: FSG $ 22 ISBN: 0374115591 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    At 18, Cuzzy Gage has never been out of Poverty, the isolated mountain hamlet where he was born, raised, and--much to the annoyance of his dreamy girlfriend, the mother of his child--seems destined to stay.
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona
    Author: Harty, Ryan
    Publisher: Univ of Iowa $ 15.95 ISBN: 0877458693 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Updated 8.13.03
  • Great Fire
    Author: Hazzard, Shirley
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 24 ISBN: 0374166447 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarPWstarBookliststarLJ
    This is Hazzard's first novel since The Transit of Venus, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The conflagration of her title is the Second World War. In war-torn Asia and stricken Europe, men and women must reinvent their lives and expectations, and learn, from their past, to dream again.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Fiction Stars | World Wars
    Updated 10.7.03
  • Garbo Laughs
    Author: Hay, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 25 ISBN: 1582432910 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    From the award-winning author of A Student of Weather comes a funny, sad-eyed novel about a woman caught between real love and movie love--and real love doesn't stand a chance.
    Updated 9.22.03
  • The Unprofessionals
    Author: Hecht, Julie
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400061741 Date: 2003
    starPWstarBooklist
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Charlie Johnson in the Flames
    Author: Ignatieff, Michael
    Publisher: Grove $ 22 ISBN: 0802117554 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJ
    By the author of The Needs of Strangers, this profound meditation explores war, guilt and one man's search for justice.
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Me and Orson Welles
    Author: Kaplow, Robert
    Publisher: Macadam $ 18.50 ISBN: 1931561494 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Set in the 1930s, this is the story of 17-year-old Richard Samuels whose theatrical dreams are answered when Welles offers him a small role in his Broadway debut of Julius Caesar.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Historical Fiction Stars | Shakespearean Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Iceland's Bell
    Author: Laxness, Halldor
    Publisher: Vintage $ 15 (paper) ISBN: 1400034256 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    In 18th century Iceland, a man becomes a fugitive after being wrongly accused of murder.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 10.8.03
  • A Girl's Guide to Vampires
    Author: Macalister, Katie
    Publisher: Love Spell $6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0505525305 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Armed with only a bag of rune stones and her wicked sense of humor, an American woman untangles the threads connecting a serial killer, vampires, and the handsome man who may not be as he appears.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars
    Updated 10.23.03
  • The Way the Crow Flies
    Author: MacDonald, Ann-Marie
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060578955 Date: 2003
    starPWstarBooklist
    From the acclaimed author of Fall on Your Knees--a "New York Times" bestseller and Oprah pick--comes a mesmerizing look "at childhood, marriage, families, the 1960s, the Cold War, and the fear and isolation that are part of the human condition" (Patrick Anderson, "Washington Post Book World").
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Reading Group Guide
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Mirror Mirror
    Author: Maguire, Gregory
    Publisher: Regan $ 24.95 ISBN: 006039384x Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarPW
    From the bestselling author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (debuting on Broadway this fall), Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Lost comes a master retelling of the Snow White story set in Renaissance Italy.
    Updated 9.08.03
  • In the Blind
    Author: Marten, Eugene
    Publisher: Turtle Point $ 16.95 (paper) ISBN: 1885586752 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Updated 11.12.03
  • The Pleasure of My Company: A Novella
    Author: Martin, Steve
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 19.95 ISBN: 0786869216 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJstarBookliststarPW
    From the bestselling author of Shopgirl comes a tender novella of a troubled man who finds love, and life in the most unexpected place.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • A Light Comedy
    Author: Mendoza, Eduardo
    Publisher: Harvill $ 19.95 ISBN: 1860468411 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Updated 2.10.04
  • Eyes at the Window
    Author: Miller, Evie Yoder
    Publisher: Good Books $ 22.95 ISBN: 1561484059 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Eyes at the Window is a historical novel set in a close-knit community of Amish pioneers from 1810-1861, beset by the unsolved murder of an Amish baby (based on a true incident). The interior lives of these restrained people are captured by the 8 voices of those most intimately involved, showing their anger, guilt, judgment, grace, and attempts at forgiveness.
    Updated 10.8.03
  • One Last Look
    Author: Moore, Susanna
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0679450416 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 10.14.03
  • Brave Enemies
    Author: Morgan, Robert
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1565123565 Date: 2003
    starPW
    After murdering her abusive stepfather, Josie Summers escapes into the Carolina wilderness disguised as a boy. She is befriended by John Trethman, a traveling minister, who is unaware that she's a girl.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 6.2.03
  • Love
    Author: Morrison, Toni
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 0375409440 Date: 2003
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    From the internationally acclaimed Nobel laureate comes a richly conceived novel that illuminates the full spectrum of desire. More than the wealthy owner of the famous Cosey Hotel and Resort, Bill Cosey shapes the yearnings of six women for father, husband, lover, guardian, friend--yearnings that dominate their lives long after his death.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | All Stars
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Walking into the Night
    Author: Olafsson, Olaf
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 23 ISBN: 0375422544 Date: 2003
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    Walking into the Night is a stunning portrait of a man wrestling with guilt and secret passions. Olaf Olafsson surpasses anything he has accomplished thus far in this wise and beautiful novel.
    Updated 8.25.03
  • The Night Country: Or, the Darkness on the Edge of Town
    Author: O'Nan, Stewart
    Publisher: FSG $ 22 ISBN: 0374222150 Date: 2003
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    A strange and unsettling ghost story in the tradition of Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson, The Night Country creeps through the streets of one bedroom community, reaching into the connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by a car accident.
    Suggested Reading: Ghosts | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.14.03
  • A Distant Shore
    Author: Phillips, Caryl
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400041090 Date: 2003
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    From the acclaimed author of The Nature of Blood and The Atlantic Sound comes a masterful new novel set in contemporary England about an African man and an English woman whose hidden lives are revealed in their fragile, fateful connection.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 10.2.03
  • Money to Burn
    Author: Piglia, Ricardo
    Publisher: Granta $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1862075921 Date: 2003
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    Love and betrayal complicate a robbery gone wrong in this edgy true-crime novel based on a 1965 Argentine bank robbery.
    Updated 10.8.03
  • In the Cherry Tree
    Author: Pope, Dan
    Publisher: Picador $ 14 (trade paper) ISBN: 0312422369 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    With a wholly original voice, this stunning debut novel captures the overwhelming transformation from childhood to adolescence.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Summertime Stars
    Updated 9.08.03
  • The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens
    Author: Rechy, John
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 0802117465 Date: 2003
    starPW
    From the author of the classic City of Night comes a captivating, wickedly entertaining novel in which an irrepressible young hero is set loose in the religious-fundamentalist world of Texas, the gambling palaces of Las Vegas, and the enticing mythos of Los Angeles.
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Signal Hill
    Author: Rifkin, Alan
    Publisher: City Lights $ 12.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0872864243 Date: 2003
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    Updated 9.08.03
  • Remember When
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399151060 Date: 2003
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    A thrill-ride of a novel that blends present-day romance and futuristic suspense, Remember When is a tale of deceit and secrets, of strong women and fascinating men--a brilliant combination of the incomparable talents of the two sides of Nora Roberts.
    Updated 9.08.03
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
  • The Girl Who Played Go
    Author: Sa, Shan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22.95 ISBN: 1400040256 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    In this tale of love and war, set in Japanese-occupied Manchuria in the 1930s, the deceptive simplicity of the writing makes the cruelty and tragedy of its outcome all the more shocking.
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Desire and Delusion: Three Novellas
    Author: Schnitzler, Arthur
    Publisher: Ivan Dee $ 26 ISBN: 156663542x Date: 2003
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    Updated 9.25.03
  • Quicksilver
    Author: Stephenson, Neal
    Publisher: Morrow $ 27.95 ISBN: 0380977427 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    In this wonderfully inventive follow-up to his bestseller Cryptonomicon, Stephenson brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters in a time of breathtaking genius and discovery, men and women whose exploits defined an age known as the Baroque.
    Baroque Cycle web site
    Updated 9.25.03
  • No Angel
    Author: Vincenzi, Penny
    Publisher: Overlook $ 26.95 ISBN: 185674818 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    With the publication of No Angel, a novel introducing the engaging cast of characters in the Lytton family, Overlook opens a thrilling new dimension to this author's already illustrious career.
    Suggested Reading: Publishing
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Fanny: A Fiction
    Author: White, Edmund
    Publisher: Ecco $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060004843 Date: 2003
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    This highly anticipated work is a brilliant novel based on the life of Fanny Wright--Scottish gentlewoman, early abolitionist, plantation owner, and newspaper publisher.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 10.2.03
  • Winner of the National Book Award: A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather
    Author: Willett, Jincy
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312311818 Date: 2003
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    The long-awaited novel from the author of the acclaimed collection Jenny and the Jaws of Life. In her darkly comic and unsettling first novel, Willett explores the darker side of human nature with the lightest of touches. She is a writer of astonishing power and talent.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Poets
    Updated 9.08.03
  • No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again: A Symphonic Novel
    Author: Yunque, Edgardo Vega
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374223114 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    This sweeping drama of intimately connected families conjures up the ever-shifting cultural mosaic that is America. At its heart is Vidamia Farrell, half Puerto Rican, half Irish, who sets out in search of the father she has never known.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.25.03

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September

  • Love and Country
    Author: Adam, Christina
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0613765000 Date: 2003
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    The author of Any Small Thing Can Save You, a collection of stories, now pens a moving and lyrically written debut novel of love and rodeo in the American West.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.8.03
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven
    Author: Albom, Mitch
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 19.95 ISBN: 0786868716 Date: 2003
    starPW
    From the author of the New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie comes a novel that explores the unexpected connections of readers' lives and the idea that heaven is more than a place--it's an answer.
    Suggested Reading: Amusement & Theme Parks
    Updated 8.18.03
  • Brick Lane
    Author: Ali, Monica
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743243307 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJstarPW
    A stunningly accomplished debut and already an international sensation--the story of one outsider's quest to find her voice. What could not be changed must be borne. And since nothing could be changed, everything had to be borne. This principle ruled her life.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 6.25.03
  • The Pirate Next Door
    Author: Ashley, Jennifer
    Publisher: Leisure $ 5.99 (paper) ISBN: 0843952776 Date: 2003
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    What is a proper English lady to do when a pirate, now a newly titled viscount, moves in next door? Alexandra Alastair follows her instincts--and no challenge is too great and no pleasure too wicked.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 10.2.03
  • Saul and Patsy
    Author: Baxter, Charles
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 0375410295 Date: 2003
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    From the acclaimed author of The Feast of Love--nominated for a National Book Award--comes a new novel about the arcs and pitches of event and emotion that shape the lives of a young married couple.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.13.03
  • Shipwreck
    Author: Begley, Louis
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 1400040981 Date: 2003
    starPW
    From the acclaimed author of Wartime Lies and About Schmidt comes a mesmerizing novel of success, dalliance, and self-destruction.
    Updated 8.11.03
  • You Look Nice Today
    Author: Bing, Stanley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582342806 Date: 2003
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    With daily doses of bad news coming from the corporate world, Bing provides some much needed comic relief on business life.
    Updated 8.4.03
  • Fahrenheit 451
    Author: Bradbury, Ray
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0743247221 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do....
    Suggested Reading: Books About Books | On Fire
    Updated 11.18.03
  • I Was Howard Hughes
    Author: Carter, Steven
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1582343756 Date: 2003
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    Part The Great Gatsby, part This Is Spinal Tap, Carter's hilarious debut paints a fictional portrait of a biographer, his notorious subject, and the illusions held about fame and fortune.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 7.8.03
  • Mirage
    Author: Chandraratna, Bandula
    Publisher: Black Sparrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 1574231960 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Updated 9.25.03
  • Train
    Author: Dexter, Pete
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 26 ISBN: 0385505914 Date: 2003
    starPW
    National Book Award-winner Dexter crafts a stunning novel of crime, race, and unlikely liaisons in this tautly written Los Angeles noir set in the 1950s that brings to mind Chinatown and L.A. Confidential.
    Updated 7.8.03
  • One Pill Makes You Smaller
    Author: Dierbeck, Lisa
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374226490 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, One Pill Makes You Smaller is the story of a child forced to navigate a bewildering adult world where morality is turned upside down. The novel portrays a young girl's unwilling tumble toward adulthood and exposes the darker corners of America's past.
    Updated 6.19.03
  • Fox's Walk
    Author: Davis-Goff, Annabel
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 015101020x Date: 2003
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    During the First World War, ten-year-old Alice Moore is left in the care of her autocratic grandmother at Ballydavid, a lovely country house in County Waterford. After the Easter Rising, when blood is spilled close to home, the girl is forced to choose between her heritage of privilege and her growing moral and political conscience.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 6.30.03
  • Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas
    Author: Dumas, Henry
    Publisher: Coffee House $ 15.95 ISBN: 1566891493 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Updated 9.08.03
  • The Furies
    Author: Eberstadt, Fernanda
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 0375412565 Date: 2003
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    In a tale of sexual obsession gone wrong, Gwen Lewis finds herself unable to be a mother without driving away Gideon, the father of her child, while he--determined to save their daughter from Gwen's moneyed values--is driven to spectacular self-destruction.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Daimons
    Author: Fitzpatrick, Nina
    Publisher: Justin Charles $ 24.95 ISBN: 1932112146 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    "Daimons are not demons." So begins this magical, utterly beguiling new novel that weaves a lushly patterned tapestry that combines the mythic Irish tropes of triumph and sorrow with the magical realism of a Borges or Marquez.
    Updated 9.22.03
  • The Student Conductor
    Author: Ford, Robert
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399150374 Date: 2003
    starBookliststarLJ
    Cooper Barrow has returned to the competitive fray of the orchestral world after eight years of exile--bringing his talent and insecurity into Frankfurt when the Berlin Wall falls. With remarkable intensity and physicality, Ford delivers a pitch-perfect debut, brimming with intrigue and revelation.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Music & Fiction
    Updated 11.18.03
  • Unexpected
    Author: Foster, Lori
    Publisher: Brava $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0758205481 Date: 2003
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    In this deliciously erotic novel, New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster creates an unforgettable heroine in Ray Vereker, a female Rambo with quick reflexes, sharp instincts, a hot body, and a bad case of morning sickness.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 10.2.03
  • Boo
    Author: Gutteridge, Rene
    Publisher: Waterbrook $ 11.99 (paper) ISBN: 1578565731 Date: 2003
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    The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone-or, "Boo," as the locals fondly call him. For the past sixteen years, the reclusive writer has been the town's greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once-struggling Skary into a thriving tourist-trap for the dark side: from the Haunted Mansion restaurant, famous for its "bloody fingers" (fries splattered with ketchup) to Spooky's Bookstore (where employees dress like the walking dead).

    But when a newly reformed Wolfe suddenly quits the genre and subsequently starts to pursue Skary's favorite girl-next-door, Ainsley Parker, the little town made famous by his writings becomes truly horrified. Soon, a scheme is plotted to put the fright back into Skary-and get their most famous resident out of love and back into the thrill business.
    Filled with humor, small town charm, and a gentle message of enduring faith, Boo shows how even the most colorful group of busybodies and hypocrites can become a community changed forever by God. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Dream Jungle
    Author: Hagedorn, Jessica
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670884588 Date: 2003
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    Hagedorn has received enormous critical acclaim for her edgy, high-energy novels chronicling the clash and embrace of American and Filipino cultures. With Dream Jungle she breaks through to a new level of narrative daring and has written her most complex and accomplished novel to date.
    Updated 10.2.03
  • Ghost Eater
    Author: Highland, Frederick
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312306717 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    A tale of courage, command, and self-discovery vividly re-creates the tapestry of the 19th-century East Indies, even as it immerses readers in a harrowing, suspenseful river journey.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Action & Adventure
    Updated 8.14.03
  • Jamesland
    Author: Huneven, Michelle
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375413820 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Gathering at Helen Harland's new church, several dissatisfied people encounter one another--and some significant others besides--as their particular desires dovetail in a quest not just for romance but deeper meaning in the "variety show of religious experience."
    Suggested Reading: Questions of Faith
    Updated 8.13.03
  • Deafening
    Author: Itani, Frances
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871139022 Date: 2003
    starPWstarLJstarKirkus
    Elegantly written and profoundly moving, Deafening is a tale of remarkable virtuosity and power, set on the eve of the Great War and spanning two continents and the life and loves of a young deaf woman in Canada named Grania O'Neill.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.19.03
  • L'Affaire
    Author: Johnson, Diane
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 052594740x Date: 2003
    starPW
    A story of Americans abroad and the melange of Europeans they encounter, in affairs of both the heart and of business, L'Affaire firmly upholds the true comic-literary talent of a writer of whom the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "If one were to cross Jane Austen and Henry James, the result would be Diane Johnson."
    Updated 8.18.03
  • The Known World
    Author: Jones, Edward P.
    Publisher: Amistad $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060557540 Date: 2003
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    Henry Townsend, a black bootmaker and former slave in antebellum Virginia, becomes a proprietor of his own plantation--as well as his own slaves. This modern masterpiece explores what happens when he dies and "the known world" unravels.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | African American Stars | All Stars | Virginia Stars
    Updated 10.2.03
  • Infiltration
    Author: Kenaz, Yehoshua
    Publisher: Steerforth $ 19.95 (paper) ISBN: 1589152058 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Waking the Princess
    Author: King, Susan
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451208838 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    In the second title of King's historical romance trilogy set in Victorian Scotland, Sir Aedan MacInnes has little time for the local legend that claims he is cursed, and Christina Blackburn hides a smoldering past. So how will fate bring them together?
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • How to Meet Cute Boys
    Author: Kizis, Deanna
    Publisher: Warner $ 21.95 ISBN: 0446530727 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    This hilarious work of women's fiction is about a young woman writing for a women's magazine who's experiencing the L.A. dating scene. This book depicts itself as a "novelzine," where the protagonist's magazine articles are relevantly interspersed throughout the novel.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars | Dating Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • To Catch a Wolf
    Author: Krinard, Susan
    Publisher: Berkley $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0425192083 Date: 2003
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    When crippled Denver socialite Athena Munroe sees werewolf Morgan Holt in a traveling circus, she will have to fight tooth and nail to keep her passion for him at bay--or discover her own extraordinary destiny.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 10.2.03
  • A Garden in the Rain
    Author: Kurland, Lynn
    Publisher: Berkley $ 7.99 (paper) ISBN: 0425192024 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The novel Kurland's fans have been waiting for--the untold story of Highland lord Patrick MacLeod, the first in his Scottish clan to travel through time for love.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Far
    Author: Lancelotta, Victoria
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 1582431140 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    A dark, unsetting novel about a woman whose reluctance to adopt traditional female roles of marriage and motherhood results in a painful alienation from her Italian-American family and community.
    Updated 7.8.03
  • Mailman
    Author: Lennon, J. Robert
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393057313 Date: 2003
    starLJstarBooklist
    This extraordinary novel is a blackly comic epic, a twisted voyage through small-town America which tells the story of a brilliant, neurotic man desperately in search of love.
    Suggested Reading: Black Humor
    Updated 9.22.03
  • The Fortress of Solitude
    Author: Lethem, Jonathan
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 26 ISBN: 0385500696 Date: 2003
    starPW
    From the National Book Critics Award winner comes a daring, riotous, sweeping novel that spins the tale of two friends from a Brooklyn neighborhood, one black and one white, and their adventures in late 20th-century America.
    Updated 6.19.03
  • Swagbelly: A Pornographer's Tale
    Author: Levien, D.J.
    Publisher: Plume $ 13 ISBN: 0452284546 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    From acclaimed screenwriter and film director D.J. Levien, Swagbelly is a wry, erotic, and hilariously satirical tale of a pornographer in search of a decent life.
    Suggested Reading: Satirical Stars
    Updated 7.28.03
  • Broken Ground
    Author: Maristed, Kai
    Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard $ 24 ISBN: 1593760051 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    A novel of family, betrayal, and Berlin past and present is penned by the author of Out After Dark and Fall.
    Updated 10.7.03
  • Scion: The Far Kingdom
    Author: Marz, Ron, Jim Cheung, Don Hillsman II & Jason Keith
    Publisher: CrossGen $ 15.95 (paper) ISBN: 1931484813 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 10.2.03
  • Epicurus the Sage
    Author: Messner-Loebs, Willam & Keith, Sam
    Publisher: DC/Cliffhanger $ 19.95 (paper) ISBN: 1401200281 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 12.15.03
  • One Last Look
    Author: Moore, Susanna
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0679450416 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Updated 8.11.03
  • A Window Across the River
    Author: Morton, Brian
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151007578 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Fueled by her rediscovered love for Isaac, a photographer, Nora realizes that the story she's working on has turned into a fictionalized portrait of him, exposing his frailties and compromises and sure to be viewed as a betrayal.
    Updated 8.04.03
  • Four Spirits
    Author: Naslund, Sena Jeter
    Publisher: Morrow $ 26.95 ISBN: 0066212383 Date: 2003
    starPWstarLJ
    From the acclaimed author of the bestseller Ahab's Wife comes this eagerly anticipated new bestseller--an inspiring, brilliantly rendered novel set in the Deep South of the 1960s.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.14.03
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
    Author: Niffenegger, Audrey
    Publisher: MacAdam/Cage $ 25 ISBN: 193156146x Date: 2003
    starPWstarLJ
    The love story of Henry and Claire whose lives are punctuated by Henry's disappearance to different points in time--sometimes even back to visit Claire as a young woman. When Henry meets Claire, he is twenty-eight, and she is twenty. He's a hip, handsome librarian; she is an art student with Botticelli hair. Henry has never met Claire before; Claire has known Henry since she was six...
    Suggested Reading: Time Travel Stars | Immortalism Stars | Reading Group Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.14.03
  • Inch by Inch: A Novel of Breast Cancer and Healing
    Author: Norman, Geoffrey
    Publisher: Lyons $ 22.95 ISBN: 1592281974 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Based on true events, this novel tells the story of Jake and Leslie, a couple who have been married for 25 years, have two children in college, and a life they had expected. Then abruptly, on the way home from a business trip, Leslie tells Jake that she has breast cancer. Suddenly their world is turned upside down. Norman presents a scenario all too real for the quarter million women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States each year-and their families. There are books that map what is to be expected, but none present the husband's journey that parallels his partner's. And none are able to depict the searing emotional landscape of grief, fear, and healing, that Norman does with such grace. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 10.11.05
  • How to Breathe Underwater: Stories
    Author: Orringer, Julie
    Publisher: Knopf $ 21 ISBN: 1400041112 Date: 2003
    starLJstarBooklist
    This guide to life in a hostile world is an astonishing debut story collection from a young writer who has already received immediate worldwide attention.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Swan's Way: A New Translation
    Author: Proust, Marcel (translated by Lydia Davis)
    Publisher: Viking $ 27.95 ISBN: 067003245x Date: 2003
    starPW
    The transmutation of sensation into sentiment, the ebb tide of memory, waves of emotion such as desire, jealousy, and artistic euphoria--this is the material of this enormous and yet singularly light and translucent work.
    Updated 7.8.03
  • Waxwings
    Author: Raban, Jonathan
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 0375410082 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarPW
    From the bestselling author of Passage to Juneau comes an unsettling, funny, and tender novel set in Seattle at the turn of the millennium, when the high-tech Gold Rush threatens to overwhelm the actual world with myriad virtual alternatives.
    Updated 9.08.03
  • The Perfect Summer
    Author: Rice, Luanne
    Publisher: Bantam $ 7.50 (paper) ISBN: 0553584049 Date: 2003
    starPW
    The "New York Times" bestselling author of Firefly Beach delivers this dazzling original paperback novel that explores the mysteries hidden within a marriage and the enduring powers of heart and home.
    Suggested Reading: Summertime Stars
    Updated 7.8.03
  • When the Finch Rises
    Author: Riggs, Jack
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345467949 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Two twelve-year-old boys in 1960s North Carolina are caught between the exhilaration of boyhood and the harsh realities of their unstable families.
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Remember When
    Author: Roberts, Nora & J.D. Robb
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399151060 Date: 2003
    starPW
    A thrill-ride of a novel that blends present-day romance and futuristic suspense, Remember When is a tale of deceit and secrets, of strong women and fascinating men--a brilliant combination of the incomparable talents of the two sides of Nora Roberts.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 8.25.03
  • Miracle Girl
    Author: Scribner, Keith
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 157322250x Date: 2003
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    A wry, gritty, absorbing follow-up to The Good Life, Miracle Girl is a book about the visions of a beautiful, young Vietnamese-American girl as they bring chaos, controversy, and hope to one man and his city.
    Updated 7.8.03
  • My Paris
    Author: Scott,Gail
    Publisher: Dalkey $ 12.95 ISBN: 1564782972 Date: 2003
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    Updated 8.13.03
  • Heartsnatcher
    Author: Vian, Boris
    Publisher: Dalkey $13.95 (paper) ISBN: 1564782999 Date: 2003
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    Vian's final and most serious novel begins with an elegant psychiatrist arriving in a remote town, where he helps deliver the triplets of a woman whose husband is locked up in a bedroom because she abhors him for causing the pain and discomfort of her pregnancy. A mix of disturbing incidents and verbal wit, Heartsnatcher is as funny and strange as the best of Raymond Queneau and Eugene lonesco. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Black Box: A Novel in 840 Chapters
    Author: Walker, Nick
    Publisher: Perennial $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0060532246 Date: 2003
    starPW
    A dark, complex, and stunning debut novel in the tradition of Palahniuk and Ballard, this is a highly original and wildly morbid story about a disparate group of people connected by an airplane accident.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Dislocation: Stories from a New Ireland
    Author: Walsh, Caroline (ed)
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $14 (paper) ISBN: 0786712066 Date: 2003
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    Eleven stories from 11 up-and-coming Irish writers are handpicked by the literary editor of The Irish Times.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
    Updated 10.2.03
  • Present Value
    Author: Willett, Sabin
    Publisher: Villard $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400060869 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJ
    The story of a power couple whose lives go astray, this clever, funny, energetic novel is a postmillennial snapshot of America by the author of The Deal and The Betrayal.
    Updated 8.14.03
  • What Ever: A Living Novel
    Author: Woodbury, Heather
    Publisher: Farber $ 15 (trade paper) ISBN: 0571211720 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Taking off from her one-woman show of the same title, Woodbury focuses on the lives of more than a dozen characters in this unique fiction that combines the immediacy of performance art with the narrative structure and subtle characterization of a traditional novel.
    Updated 8.14.03
  • Eagles and Angels
    Author: Zeh, Juli
    Publisher: Granta $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1862075662 Date: 2003
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    Updated 10.23.03

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August

  • Calpurnia
    Author: Beller, Anne Scott
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375413804 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    An elegant debut novel about a once grand Philadelphia mansion called Calpurnia; about its owner, who has died under mysterious circumstances; and about the woman who unravels the secrets and intrigues hidden away in the 100-year-old house.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 6.5.03
  • Pretty Boy
    Author: Brooks, Bill
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765304732 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    From the author of the Western classic, The Stone Garden: The Epic Life of Billy the Kid, comes the life of one of the Depression's most dangerous outlaw, Pretty Boy Floyd.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 5.29.03
  • Secret Father
    Author: Carroll, James
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 0618152849 Date: 2003
    starLJstarPW
    Secret Father is a suspenseful drama of family and politics set in Cold War Berlin. Missed signals, cloaked motives, false postures, and panicked responses echo tragically across borders and generations when, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a father and son recount the tense events of nearly thirty years before. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.1.03
  • American Woman
    Author: Choi, Susan
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060542217 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    American Woman, this gifted writer's second book, is a novel of even greater scope and dramatic complexity, about a young Japanese-American radical caught in the militant underground of the mid-1970s. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars
    Updated 7.1.03
  • Moon's Crossing
    Author: Croft, Barbara
    Publisher: Mariner $ 12 ISBN: 0618341536 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    "In August of 1914, on the eve of World War I, Jim Moon, then sixty-eight years old, stepped off the stern of a ferry in New York Harbor just as the boat passed under the Brooklyn Bridge." So begins this spare, cinematic novel that explores a unique time in American history.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 6.19.03
  • Just the Way You Want Me
    Author: Eisenberg, Nora
    Publisher: Leapfrog $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0967952085 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    A year after her stunning debut The War at Home, Eisenberg returns with a gripping and humorous novel about a daughter's search for the truth about her father.
    Updated 8.14.03
  • Ascension
    Author: Galloway, Steven
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 23 ISBN: 0786712082
    starLJ
    A gripping novel that details the perils of Gypsy life, the enchantment of the circus, and the death-defying feats of a high-wire artist.
    Suggested Reading: Circus Fiction
    Updated 9.08.03
  • A Treasury of Victorian Murder: The Beast of Chicago
    Author: Geary, Rick
    Publisher: NMB/Comics Lit $ 15.95 ISBN: 1561633623 Date: 2003
    starPW
    He was the world's first serial killer and he existed in the late 19th century, operating around the Chicago World's Fair, building a literal house of horrors, replete with chutes for dead bodies, gas chambers, surgical rooms. He methodically murdered up to 200 people, mostly young women. The infamous H.H. Holmes is the next subject of Geary's award-winning and increasingly popular series. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 10.14.03
  • Eggshell Days
    Author: Gregson, Rebecca
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312310412 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Three friends given a second chance at life move to the country to "simplify, " but as emotions intensify and secrets threaten to be revealed, the friendships are put to the test .
    Updated 6.25.03
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    Author: Haddon, Mark
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385509456 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    Narrated by a 15-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.
    Suggested Reading: Reading Group Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.26.04
  • What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal
    Author: Heller, Zoe
    Publisher: Holt $ 23 ISBN: 0805073337 Date: 2003
    starLJstarBooklist
    A lonely schoolteacher reveals more than she intends when she records the story of her best friend's affair with a pupil in this sly, insightful novel. "Heller writes with a precision that stirs the blood and an uncommon insight into the darker sides of love."--Nuala O'Faolain.
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars
    Updated 8.13.03
  • Krazy & Ignatz: 1929-1930
    Author: Herriman, George
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1560975296 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Designed by bestsellers Jimmy Corrigan and author Chris Ware, this love triangle of the brick throwing mice Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse has major historical appeal, and is widely considered to be the greatest example of the comic strip artform.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 11.17.03
  • The Mammoth Cheese
    Author: Holman, Sheri
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871139006 Date: 2003
    starLJstarPWstarKirkus
    On publication of her last novel, The Dress Lodger, The New York Times declared Holman an author with "an outstanding, generous, and fertile imagination." Now Holman delivers a sharp, contemporary story steeped in history that will captivate a new audience while gratifying readers of her earlier work.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Virginia Stars
    Updated 6.19.03
  • What Are You Looking At: the First Fat Fiction Anthology
    Author: Jarrell, Donna (ed)
    Publisher: Harvest $ 14 (trade paper) ISBN: 0156029073 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    This bountiful feast of fiction and poetry by top contemporary American writers looks at the perennial American obsession: fat. Includes works by Andre Dubus, Tobias Wolff, George Saunders, and others.
    Updated 8.14.03
  • Love Me
    Author: Keillor, Garrison
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034268 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    From one of America's most beloved writers comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about ambition, success, and failure as well as the virtues of real love and a steady writing job.
    Updated 8.13.03
  • Some Men's Dreams
    Author: Korbel, Katherine
    Publisher: Silhouette $ 4.75 ISBN: 037327307x Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 8.13.03
  • Postcards from Berlin
    Author: Leroy, Margaret
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 22.95 ISBN: 0316738131 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Catriona Lydgate is a housewife with two children and an adoring husband. Butbeneath the surface of her seemingly perfect life are the dark secrets of thepast she's tried to forget. This is a haunting, heartbreaking novel--domesticfiction at its very finest.
    Updated 6.19.03
  • Batman: Hush
    Author: Loeb, Jeph, Jim Lee & Scott Williams
    Publisher: DC Comics $ 19.95 ISBN: 1401200613 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 7.21.03
  • Tiger in a Trance
    Author: Ludington, Max
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385507046 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    The Grateful Dead's unique partnership with Dead Heads generated not only devotion but artistic inspiration--and Tiger In A Trance is the finest literary sample of that creativity. It is a brilliant novel of life in the world of one subgroup of Dead Heads.--Dennis McNally, author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead.
    Suggested Reading: Music & Fiction
    Updated 6.30.03
  • Well
    Author: McIntosh, Matthew
    Publisher: Grove $24 ISBN: 0802117511 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Well marks the astonishing debut of an author with a singular and unflinching voice and vision. Set among the working class of a Seattle suburb called Federal Way, this original novel extols the lives of a large cast of characters lost in various modes of darkness and despair.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 5.19.03
  • The True Story of Hansel and Gretel
    Author: Murphy, Louise
    Publisher: Penguin $ 13 (paper) ISBN: 0142003077 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    A powerful retelling of the famous fairy tale is set in Nazi-occupied Poland as two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest.
    Updated 5.29.03
  • Diary
    Author: Palahniuk, Chuck
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385509472 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarPW
    The bestselling author of Fight Club, Choke and Lullaby continues his 21st-century reinvention of the horror novel in this alarming and profound look at the quest for fame and immortality.
    Updated 7.7.03
  • Last Citadel: A Novel of the Battle of Kursk
    Author: Robbins, David L.
    Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell $ 24.95 ISBN: 0553801775 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    A remarkable, passionate tale of espionage, deceit, and unprecedented valor, the tension builds to an unbearable degree as each soldier waits for the sun to rise on July 5, 1943, the day that will change history--and their lives--forever.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World Wars
    Updated 8.14.03
  • Kartography
    Author: Shamsie, Kamila
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151010102 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Crib mates, raised together from birth, narrator Raheen and her best friend Karim dream each other's dreams. But as distance and adolescence split them apart, Karim takes refuge in the rationality of maps while Raheen searches for the secret behind her parents' exchange.
    Updated 7.8.03
  • A Dictionary of Maqiao
    Author: Shaogong, Han
    Publisher: Columbia Univ. $ 27.95 ISBN: 0231127448 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 6.19.03
  • Bloody Mary
    Author: Solwitz, Sharon
    Publisher: Sarabande $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 1889330930 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    After her debut with the widely praised stories in Blood and Milk, Solwitz offers her first, darkly radiant, full-length novel which takes its title from the childhood game, and tells the story of socially adept, 12-year-old Hadley and her protective mother.
    Updated 7.17.03
  • Stella Descending
    Author: Ullman, Linn
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375414991 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    On a warm summer night in Oslo, Martin draws Stella into a risky games that ends with her plummeting to her death. With a quiet power, Stella Descending gives the backlit dailiness--and the dark metaphysical underworld--of life in a fabled metropolis.
    Updated 6.19.03
  • And Now You Can Go
    Author: Vida, Vendela
    Publisher: Knopf $ 19.95 ISBN: 1400040272 Date: 2003
    starLJstarPW
    A sharply humorous and fast-paced debut novel about the effects--some predictable, some wildly unexpected--that an encounter at gunpoint have on a (previously) assured young woman.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 5.19.03
  • Quimby the Mouse
    Author: Ware, Chris
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 24.95 ISBN: 1560974850 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 11.17.03
  • Orchard
    Author: Watson, Larry
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 037550723x Date: 2003
    starPW
    The bestselling author of Montana 1948, Watson spins an unforgettable story of obsession and betrayal, set against the stark backdrop of rural Wisconsin.
    Updated 5.6.03
  • A Summer Affair
    Author: Wiggs, Susan
    Publisher: Mira $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 155166710x Date: 2003
    starPWstarBooklist
    Isabel Fish-Wooten arrives at Blue Calhoun's surgery with a gunshot wound suffered in a shootout. He treats her wounds and thinks that he's seen the last of the troublesome woman until he finds her unconscious in his barn. Will he save her from the police and herself?
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars | Summertime Stars
    Updated 8.13.03
  • To Live
    Author: Yu, Hua
    Publisher: Anchor $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 1400031869 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Bestselling Chinese novel tells story of a man's transformation from spoiled son of a rich landlord to simple peasant.
    Updated 8.14.03

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July

  • Thin Pink Line
    Author: Baratz-Logsted, Lauren
    Publisher: Mira $ 21.95 ISBN: 0373250304 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Jane Taylor gets so blissfully caught up in the fact she's pregnant that she can't live up to the truth when, mere days later, she finds out that there's no proverbial bun in the oven. But she is only human, and what woman doesn't want the kind of attention that comes with pregnancy?
    Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars
    Updated 5.9.03
  • The Passion of Reverend Nash
    Author: Basch, Rachel
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393057682 Date: 2003
    starLibrary JournalstarKirkus
    In the vein of Gail Godwin's Evensong, Basch presents a novel about the role of faith in contemporary life that tells the story of a wounded healer who must make sense of her own grief if she is to continue caring for her flock.
    Suggested Reading: Questions of Faith
    Updated 5.9.03
  • Birth of an Age: The Christ Clone Trilogy, Book Two
    Author: BeauSeigneur, James
    Publisher: Warner $ 18.95 ISBN: 044653126x Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    In book two of the Christ Clone Trilogy, Christopher Goodman--cloned from the ancient cells of Jesus Christ--is forced to sit back and watch the seeming destruction of Earth in order to fulfill his destiny.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.9.03
  • Isle of Palms
    Author: Frank, Dorothea Benton
    Publisher: Berkley $ 22.95 ISBN: 0425191362 Date: 2003
    starPW
    A hot summer turns into a steaming one in this long-awaited hardcover debut featuring characters from Dorothea Benton Frank's previous bestsellers, Sullivan's Island and Plantation.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars | Summertime Stars
    Updated 7.1.03
  • Time Between Trains
    Author: Bukoski, Anthony
    Publisher: Southern Methodist $ 22.50 ISBN: 0870744798 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Welcome to Superior, Wisconsin, home to a declining population, often-dismal weather, and dying ethnic communities. Despite the ore dust blanketing the city, miracles occur here. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 7.17.03
  • A Son of War
    Author: Bragg, Melvyn
    Publisher: Arcade $ 25.95 ISBN: 1559706864 Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarLJstarBooklist
    This novel takes up where The Soldier's Return left off, following the lives of the Richardson family from 1947 to the mid-1950s. If the earlier novel focused on the father, Sam, the sequel gives equal emphasis to the son, Joe, who is eight as the story opens and an adolescent as it closes.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
    Updated 8.13.03
  • The Truth About Celia
    Author: Brockmeier, Kevin
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 22 ISBN: 0375421351 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Celia is seven years old on the day she goes missing. She throws a rubber ball against the roof. She disappears. The Truth About Celia is a novel of remarkable understanding--an extraordinary exploration of profound loss and inconsolable grief.
    Updated 4.24.03
  • Love in Idleness
    Author: Craig, Amanda
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385507763 Date: 2003
    starLJstarKirkus
    Craig spins the ever-resonant themes of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream into a modern-day tale of love and lies, set against the magical landscape of Tuscany. It will appeal to readers of The Nanny Diaries and other pitch-perfect social satires.
    Suggested Reading: Shakespearean Stars
    Updated 6.19.03
  • Fabulous Small Jews
    Author: Epstein, Joseph
    Publisher: Houghton $ 23 ISBN: 0395944023 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    The New York Times recently called Epstein "a writer who can make you laugh out loud on every third page." Fans of his bestselling Snobbery: The American Version will recognize the wit, insight, and incisive social examination in Epstein's new collection of stories.
    Updated 6.19.03
  • The First Thing Smoking: Stories
    Author: Eubanks, Nelson
    Publisher: One World $ 19.95 ISBN: 0345451783 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    A provocative new voice in fiction that blends the urban and exotic locales of New York City and Brazil--for readers of Junot Diaz, Aleksandar Hemon, and Dan Chaon. This collection of 17 interconnected stories traces the evolution of Maceo, from impressionable adolescent to an adult black man.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | African American Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.19.03
  • Beemer
    Author: Gaslin, Glenn
    Publisher: Soho $ 23 ISBN: 1569473293 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    What Lewis Carroll did for rabbits and Kurt Vonnegut did for war, Gaslin does for ambition in this zany send-up of all that's holy in America. His pixelated dreamscapes titillate and unsettle, as his video gamer's mind pulls the rug out from under everyone at the most unexpected moments.
    Updated 5.29.03
  • Breaking Her Fall
    Author: Goodwin, Stephen
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 015100806x Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Just before 11 o'clock on a summer night in Washington, D.C., Tucker Jones hears a devastating allegation about his daughter, a party, and some boys. From that heart-stopping moment, Breaking Her Fall moves with irresistible force to its wrenching and redemptive conclusion.
    Updated 7.17.03
  • Bibliophilia: A Novella and Stories
    Author: Griffith, Michael
    Publisher: Seaver $ 24.95 ISBN: 1559706767 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    If Spikes was a breathless ride, Bibliophilia is a veritable roller coaster. The stories are zany and wide-ranging, in settings as diverse as southern Louisiana and North Africa. What the fictions have in common is an astute mixture of comedy and pathos.
    Updated 5.9.03
  • Lucca
    Author: Grondahl, Jens Christian
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 26 ISBN: 015100594x Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    On an evening in April, Lucca Montale is rushed to the hospital after a car accident. Robert, her doctor, has to break the news that she may never see again. The result is a love story of emotional reach that will enhance Grondahl's reputation as one of the most readable novelists writing today.
    Updated 5.14.03
  • The Light of Eidon
    Author: Hancock, Karen
    Publisher: Bethany $ 12.99 (paper) ISBN: 0764227947 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The first novel in a new dynamic series follows the life of Abramm Kalladorne in his turbulent search for truth and self--a search that will transform him from a sickly, head-in-the-clouds youth to a legendary hero of strength and courage.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 10.8.03
  • The King's Evil
    Author: Heinrich, Will
    Publisher: The King's Evil $ 23 ISBN: 0743235045 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    In the tradition of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and, more recently, Bernhard Schlink's The Reader, comes a provocative and unsettling modern morality tale of subtly evolving horror--a mesmerizing debut from a brilliant young writer.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 4.24.03
  • Due Preparations for the Plague
    Author: Hospital, Janette Turner
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 039305764x Date: 2003
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    Hospital's electrifying new novel is a tightly woven web of familial and national histories, of sexual and political passions, and of individual and national complicities in the age of terrorism. She probes with astonishing acuity the murky worlds of espionage and intelligence gathering and the painful meaning of survival.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.2.03
  • Platform
    Author: Houllebecq, Michel
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0373414622 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Updated 6.19.03
  • Theater of Stars: A Novel of Physics and Memory
    Author: Kelby, N. M.
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 086868589 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    From the critically acclaimed author of In the Company of Angels comes a novel of physics, memory, and the mystery of a mother's forgotten past.
    Updated 7.17.03
  • Taming the Heiress
    Author: King, Susan
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451209559 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    The USA Today bestselling author presents the first title in a brand-new trilogy, set in Victorian Scotland. Take one spoiled heiress, add one unimpressed suitor, and let the sparks fly.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 7.17.03
  • A Sad Affair
    Author: Koeppen, Wolfgang
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393057186 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    A romantic roman a clef that tells the story of Sibylle one of the greatest literary femmes fatales since Salome. Banned by the Nazis in 1936 for its frank sexual themes, Wolfgang Koeppen's first novel is at last appearing in English. - Publishers Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Roman - Livre a clef Stars
    Updated 5.29.03
  • The King is Dead
    Author: Lewis, Jim
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375414177 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    A powerful novel of love, murder, and redemption, of politics and justice, The King Is Dead combines the resonance of a 19th-century epic with the surprise and intimacy of 21st-century storytelling.
    Updated 6.5.03
  • Reunion
    Author: Lightman, Alan P. Date: 2003
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 22 ISBN: 037542167x
    starBooklist
    At 52, Charles is a professor at a little college, a once-promising poet, divorced, admiring of passion but without passion himself. Written with crystalline prose, at once precise and mysterious, Reunion explores the pain of self-examination, the nature of memory, and the impossible hopefulness of youth.
    Updated 6.25.03
  • Blessed Are the Cheesemakers
    Author: Lynch, Sarah-Kate
    Publisher: Warner $22.95 ISBN: 0446531286 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Set on a small Irish dairy farm, this tender and funny debut novel follows two lost souls as they try to carve out new lives amid a colorful cast of characters reminiscent of those in the hit film Waking Ned Divine.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 6.5.03
  • The Rice Mother
    Author: Manicka, Rani
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670031925 Date: 2003
    starLibrary JournalstarKirkus
    A multigenerational narrative that spans the nightmare of World War II and the Japanese occupation, The Rice Mother gorgeously evokes a world of exotic beauty and vivid characters, where small pleasures offset unimaginable horrors.
    Updated 5.9.03
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again
    Author: Miller, Frank and Lynn Varley
    Publisher: DC Comics $ 29.95 ISBN: 1563898446 Date: 2003
    starPW
    The long awaited sequel to Batman: the Dark Knight Returns is in hardcover, with a cover designed by Chip Kidd.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 4.28.03
  • Skyward
    Author: Monroe, Mary Alice
    Publisher: Mira $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 1551667002 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Monroe delivers this story of healing and new beginnings, set in the mystical South Carolina Lowcountry. Single father Harris Henderson finds himself torn between the troubled wife who left him and their young daughter and the woman who has awakened his feelings.
    Updated 7.17.03
  • Center of Everything
    Author: Moriarty, Laura
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 22.95 ISBN: 1401300316 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    In Moriarty's extraordinary first novel, a young girl tries to make sense of an unruly world spinning around her. Growing up with a single mother who is chronically out of work and dating a married man, ten-year old Evelyn Bucknow learns early how to fend for herself.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.19.03
  • Downhill Chance
    Author: Morrissey, Donna
    Publisher: Mariner $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0618189270 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    With Kit's Law, Morrissey established herself as a gifted storyteller. Downhill Chance is a captivating successor, set in a pair of fishing communities in Newfoundland during and after the Second World War. This is the story of two families joined by friendship but torn apart by fear and sorrows.
    Updated 6.25.03
  • Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima
    Author: Nakazawa, Keiji
    Publisher: Last Gasp $ 14.95 ISBN: 0867194502 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 7.8.03
  • Land that Moves, Land That Stands Still
    Author: Nelson, Kent
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670032263 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    Set on the bleak pains east of the Black Hills of South Dakota, this remarkable novel about three women explores the nuances of place, character, grief and renewal.
    Updated 7.17.03
  • Chinese Takeout
    Author: Neresian, Arthur
    Publisher: Perennial $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0060548827 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    Updated 7.1.03
  • New Stories From the South
    Author: Ravenel, Shannon (ed)
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1565123956 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    New Stories from the South has become sine qua non in creative-writing classes, in Southern-literature classes, for any serious writer following the competition, and above all, for any lover of Southern literature. The stories in the 18th volume carry on that tradition.
    Updated 4.24.03
  • Mrs. Roberto: Or the Widowy Worries of the Moosepath League
    Author: Reid, Van
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670032255 Date: 2003
    starKirkus
    Van Reid's Moosepath League rides again in their latest "charming, old-fashioned romp through Victorian New England" (Boston Herald).
    Updated 5.29.03
  • Jonah Sees Ghosts
    Author: Sullivan, Mark
    Publisher: Akashic $ 13.95 ISBN: 1888451041 Date: 2003
    starLibrary Journal
    Jonah Sees Ghosts is a shocking, touching, and humorous first novel that blends magical realism with a figurative study of how alcohol abuse shapes the personalities within a family. A stylish blend of S.E. Hinton, Stephen King and Tom McGuane, Jonah Sees Ghosts tells the story of fifteen-year-old Jonah Hart, a boy with a problem he's afraid to share. Not only does he see ghosts, but when he dreams at night, he can also leave his body and travel in the ether--a compellingly addictive form of retreat. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 4.7.03
  • Blankets
    Author: Thompson, Craig
    Publisher: Top Shelf $ 29.99 (paper) ISBN: 1891830430 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.18.03
  • The Frank Book
    Author: Woodring, Jim
    Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 39.95 ISBN: 1560975342 Date: 2003
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • Hunting Midnight
    Author: Zimler, Richard
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385336446 Date: 2003
    starLJ
    In the tradition of An Instance of the Fingerpost comes a spellbinding mystery from the bestselling author of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon. A freed African slave, a bereft child, and the rich history of the secret Jews in 19th-century Portugal collide memorably in this mesmerizing epic.
    Updated 6.5.03

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