Fiction Stars 2004

January - June

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.

Titles are listed by approximate date of publication, then alphabetically by author. Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine - unless otherwise noted.

 


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June

  • The Smallest People Alive
    Author: Banner, Keith
    Publisher: Carnegie Mellon $ 16.95 (paper) ISBN: 0887484263 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Updated 6.1.04
  • Without Blood
    Author: Barricco, Allessandro
    Publisher: Knopf $ 18 ISBN: 1400041457 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    From the author of the acclaimed international bestseller Silk comes an unforgettable tale of the cruelty of war, a little girl's shattered world, and her lifelong quest for revenge and healing.
    Updated 4.6.04
  • Natasha: And Other Stories
    Author: Bezmozgis, David
    Publisher: FSG $ 18 ISBN: 0374281416 Date: 2004
    starLJstarKirkusstarPW
    The stories in this collection capture the immigrant experience with serious wit, while evoking boyhood and youth, and the battle for selfhood in a passionately loving Jewish family.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.19.04
  • The Dog Fighter
    Author: Bokanowski, Marc
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060595604 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    In a stunning debut novel by 26-year-old Marc Bojanowski that is set in 1940s Mexico, a young man who becomes involved in a brutally violent spectator sport must choose his loyalties in the fight for a city's future.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Poets
    Updated 4.20.04
  • Blood Kin
    Author: Chappell, Henry C.
    Publisher: Texas Tech $ 27.95 ISBN: 0896725308 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Updated 4.27.04
  • The Garden Angel
    Author: Friddle, Mindy
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312326742 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    "The Garden Angel takes on the shifting alliances defined by family, love, and friendship with quirky grace and raucous wit. Mindy Friddle's details are shocking and flawless. I'm thankful for her reminder that our frail souls can be ultimately triumphant."--Julianna Baggott (Girl Talk, The Miss America Family).
    Suggested Reading: Funny Fiction
    Updated 6.10.04
  • Waking Beauty
    Author: Friedman, Elyse
    Publisher: Three Rivers $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 1400051061 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    When Allison Penny miraculously wakes up thin and beautiful--a stark contrast to her last 22 years on earth--she experiences the blessing and curses of such an existence. This modern-day fairy tale proves that no matter how much we don't want to admit it, it's what's on the outside that counts.
    Updated 5.10.04
  • Grant Comes East
    Author: Gingrich, Newt and William R. Forstchen
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312309376 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The former Speaker of the House's re-imagination of the Civil War continues in this sequel to the New York Times bestselling Gettysburg.
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars
    Updated 5.17.04
  • Way Past Legal
    Author: Green, Norman
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060564547 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    "After The Angel of Montague Street, Green gives us the less-than-angelic thief Manny, who's so nervous about his latest big score that he flees to peaceful Maine and tries going straight."--Library Journal.
    Updated 5.7.04
  • Something Borrowed
    Author: Giffin, Emily
    Publisher: St Martins $ 21.95 ISBN: 031232118x Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Griffin presents her first novel about falling in love with the one guy you shouldn't.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Chicklit
    Updated 6.1.04
  • Scholarium
    Author: Gross, Claudia
    Publisher: Toby $ 19.95 ISBN: 1592640567 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    An overcast, rainy night in Cologne, The Chancellor of the newly-founded university charges Konrad Steiner, of the Masters in the Arts faculty, with the investigation of a brutal murder crime. Readers of Eco's The Name of the Rose will find this addictive! - Publisher's Marketing
    Updated 4.26.04
  • The Tarnished Eye: A Novel of Suspense
    Author: Guest, Judith
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743257367 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary People crafts a gripping, character-driven novel of suspense that explores the fragile dynamics of family in the aftermath of tragedy.
    Updated 3.22.04
  • The Laments
    Author: Hagen, George
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400062217 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    As odd as the globetrotting Lament family is, Hagen's feat is to make them universal through their restlessness, their responses to adversity, and especially their unwieldy love for each other.
    Updated 4.26.04
  • The Tyrant's Novel
    Author: Keneally, Thoams
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 25 ISBN: 0385511469 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    In a work that evokes the classic cautionary tale Fahrenheit 451, Keneally masters the gripping perspective of a man caught between the unconscionable demands of his government and the meager prospect of running for his life.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction | Dystopian Stars
    Updated 5.24.04
  • Crossing California
    Author: Langer, Adam
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573222747 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    Poignant, ambitious, and tremendously fun, this fiction discovery of the season is a novel about two generations of family and friendship in Chicago from November 1979 through January 1981.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 6.1.04
  • Resistance
    Author: Lopez, Barry
    Publisher: Knopf $ 18 ISBN: 1400042208 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    From the National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams comes a highly charged, stunningly original work of fiction--a passionate response to the changes shaping our country today. Telling their stories in nine fictional testimonies are men and women who have resisted the mainstream and who are now suddenly "parties of interest" to the government.
    Updated 5.7.04
  • Playing James
    Author: Mason, Sarah
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0345469550 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    A hilarious and charming debut novel, Playing James follows an adorable rookie crime reporter as she takes on love, loot, and a certain boy in blue.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Chicklit | Adult Books for Teens | Romance Stars
    Updated 4.5.04
  • The Shadow Runners
    Author: Maverick, Liz
    Publisher: Lovespell $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0505525895 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The third title in the 2176 series that features heroines who help restore democracy to the world and find love along the way. Falsely imprisoned, an escaped convict from a moon colony is asked to return to the place of her imprisonment by the one man she cannot trust--the man who stole her heart.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 11.29.04
  • The Marriage Bed
    Author: McBride, Regina
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 23 ISBN: 074325497x Date: 2004
    starLJ
    In 1920s Ireland, Deirdre O'Breen's two daughters, aged 14 and 13, are about to abandon her for boarding school. Her panic over their leaving and the necessity of letting them go brings up her own agonized past.
    Updated 5.20.04
  • No Ordinary Matter
    Author: McPhee, Jenny
    Publisher: Free Pr $ 23 ISBN: 0743260724 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Heralded as "a smart novel of love, lust and life's miraculous randomness" (O, The Oprah Magazine), this lush new novel explores the complexities of familial relationships, as well as the nature of desire, love and motherhood.
    Updated 4.8.04
  • The Work of Wolves
    Author: Meyers, Kent
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151010579 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    In this unforgettable story of horses, love, and life, the entire ensemble of characters learn, in very different ways, about the strong bonds that connect people to each other and to the land on which they live. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.1.04
  • The Last Day of the War
    Author: Mitchell, Judith Claire
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375421661 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In this beautiful love story and tragicomic tale, Yael Weiss, an 18-year-old from St. Louis, reinvents herself as Yale White, a 25-year-old Methodist, when she travels to Paris with the YMCA to work in a soldiers' canteen.
    Sugested Reading List: World War Stars
    Updated 5.24.04
  • Osprey Island
    Author: Nissen, Thisbe
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375411461 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    From the author of The Good People of New York ("Fabulous . . . Wonderfully satisfying . . . This is a voice I'd follow anywhere" --Elinor Lipman), a book about summer, that most incandescent and evanescent season -- about lazy days, fleeting love, and tempers that flare in the heat. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 6.17.04
  • Coal Run
    Author: O'Dell, Tawni
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 067089995x Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.21.04
  • Between Two Rivers
    Author: Rinaldi, Nicholas
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060578769 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Rumanian refugee and concierge Farro Fescu observes the exotic cross-section of the world's population represented in his New York City condominium. This lush tapestry demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit even in the face of tragedy.
    Updated 4.21.04
  • This Is Not Civilization
    Author: Rosenberg, Robert
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 0618386017 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Rosenberg's ambitious and addictive novel brings to life a culturally diverse group of well-meaning characters whose ambitions exceed their grasp. It is also a touching love story about those caught between age-old tradition and the contemporary world.
    Updated 4.5.04
  • Angels Crest
    Author: Schwartz, Leslie
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 038551185x Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Ethan Denton's near-perfect life is shattered when his three-year-old son disappears just before an unexpected blizzard blankets the region. Schwartz creates a rich cast of characters whose reactions to the tragedy reflect the complexities of human emotions.
    Suggested Reading: Stormy Weather Stars
    Updated 6.1.04
  • Boaz Brown
    Author: Stimpson, Michelle
    Publisher: Walk Worthy $ 22.95 ISBN:0446532479 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Prejudices that exist in the African-American church are addressed in this daring debut novel about a young Christian woman who finds her own racist attitudes--as well as those of her family, friends, and church--challenged when she is drawn to a man of a different race.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | Christian Fiction Stars | Dating Stars | Debuts
    Updated 6.1.04
  • The Master
    Author: Toibin, Colm
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743250400 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPWstarLJ
    "A deep, lovely, and enthralling book that engages with the disquiet and drama of a famous writing life: splendidly conceived and composed by a writer who is himself a master of his art."--Shirley Hazzard (The Great Fire).
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Biographical Fiction | Author, Author
    Updated 5.4.04
  • China
    Author: Wall, Alan
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 031232779x Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Updated 5.7.04
  • Oblivion: Stories
    Author: Wallace, David Foster
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316919810 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    This is the first new fiction in five years from one of the most prodigiously talented and original writers at work today.
    Updated 4.26.04
  • McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Issue Number 13
    Author: Ware, Chris (ed)
    Publisher: McSweeneys $ 12.95 ISBN: 1932416080 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Updated 7.19.04
  • The Siege of Salt Cove
    Author: Weller, Anthony
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393058867 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Powerful, poignant, deeply funny, and enriched by the villagers' diverse voices, this is a contemporary farce about a town that dares to rebel against its own government, and to fight back when attacked.
    Updated 4.12.04

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May

  • The Secrets of Jin-Shei
    Author: Alexander, Alma
    Publisher: Harper SF $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060563419 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    The epic story of seven women in ancient China and their loyal bond of sisterhood--jin shei.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 3.1.04
  • Adventures of the Artificial Woman
    Author: Berger, Thomas
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 22 ISBN: 0743257405 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    From one of the great American writers comes a hilarious and sinister new novel in which a beautiful creation goes completely haywire.
    Updated 4.6.04
  • Amy and Jordan
    Author: Beyer, Mark
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 21 ISBN: 0375422706 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In this collection of more than 275 comic strips--originally published in the New York Press from 1989 to 1992--the existential anti-heroes Amy and Jordan go through every manner of anxiety-producing trial imaginable.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novels and Comics Stars
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Delirious Summer
    Author: Blackston, Ray
    Publisher: Revell $ 12.99 (paper) ISBN: 0800759583 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    To Neil Rucker, seven months, one week, and a day is too long to wait in between dates. But life as a Spanish language teacher to missionaries in Ecuador affords little opportunity for romance. When his worst student, Jay Jarvis, suggests a respite in Greenville, South Carolina, so begins Neil's delirious summer.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 6.10.04
  • The Rule of Four
    Author: Caldwell, Ian & Dustin Thomason
    Publisher: Dial $ 24 ISBN: 0385337116 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    When a long-lost diary surfaces, it seems Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris have found the key to a secret labyrinth. However, when a fellow researcher is murdered only hours after their find, the friends suddenly realize that they are caught in a web of great danger.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Rule of Four web site
    Updated 3.15.04
  • You Remind Me of Me
    Author: Chaon, Dan
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345441419 Date: 2004
    starPWstarLJ
    You Remind Me of Me begins with a series of striking events: In 1974, a little boy is savagely attacked by his mother's pet Doberman; more than twenty years later another little boy disappears with out a trace from his mother's backyard; in 1966, a pregnant teenager admits herself to a maternity home; in 1991, a young man drifts toward a career as a drug dealer. Following the intertwined threads of these characters' lives, Chaon powerfully explores questions of identity, fate and circumstance: Why do we become who we become? And can we change the course of what seems inevitable? - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.4.04
  • The Half Brother
    Author: Christensen, Lars Saabye
    Publisher: Arcade $ 27 ISBN: 1559707151 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    In stunning detail and elegant prose, this truly gripping, epic novel--a wonderful mixture of surreal comedy and touching intimacy--relates the lives of four generations of a far-from-ordinary family.
    Updated 4.17.04
  • Flowers of Dinh Ba Forest
    Author: Clark, Robert David
    Publisher: Livingston $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1931982309 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Sweet Land Stories
    Author: Doctorow, E.L.
    Publisher: Random $ 22.95 ISBN: 1400062047 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLJstarPW
    In these magnificent portraits of people living life in American today,the bestselling author brilliantly ranges over the American continent, from Alaska to Washington D.C., in fiction that illuminates the heart of modern life.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Nothing Lost
    Author: Dunne, John Gregory
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400041430 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Dunne's fascination with "the population of the forgotten, the rejected, and the left behind" in the emptiness of the American heartland is the bedrock of a story that twists through the labyrinthine strata of the media, the prisons, the courts, and politics.
    Updated 5.4.04
  • Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry
    Author: Engel, Mary Potter
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 23 ISBN: 1582432643 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Struggling to wrest meaning from the tragic events of their lives, a motley cast of characters from the diverse and vital rural culture of the Lowcountry of South Carolina create unorthodox views of God, the world and justice, simply as a way to survive.
    Updated 4.21.04
  • American Desert
    Author: Everett, Percival L.
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 24.95 ISBN: 078686978 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    A man is decapitated in a car accident, then astonishingly comes back to life in this experimental, satirical, bizarre and oddly funny novel, which lampoons the press, religion, academia and our culture.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Eventide
    Author: Haruf, Kent
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375411585 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.4.04
  • Losing the Moon
    Author: Henry, Patti Callahan
    Publisher: New American $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0451211952 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    When her first, great love suddenly reappears, a happily married mother of two becomes obsessed with the idea that maybe they really were meant to be together.
    Updated 5.7.04
  • A Tale of Two Vikings
    Author: Hill, Sandra
    Publisher: Dorchester $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0843951583 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    When twin Viking brothers are separated during battle, each must find a way to cope. But when the way leads each into the arms of two beautiful, feisty women, the warriors learn that love, too, is a battlefield.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.21.04
  • The Cajun Cowboy
    Author: Hill, Sandra
    Publisher: Warner Forever $ 5.99 ISBN: 0446612952 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Louisiana hair stylist Charmaine LeDeux discovers that there is a second chance for love with Raoul Lanier, the man she thought she had divorced who tells her they are still married.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 6.10.04
  • Lichtenberg and the Little Flower Girl
    Author: Hofmann, Gert
    Publisher: New Directions $ 23.95 ISBN: 0811215687 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Updated 4.26.04
  • The Shunra and the Schmetterling
    Author: Hoffmann, Yoel
    Publisher: New Directions $ 16.95 (paper) ISBN: 0811215679 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Updated 3.11.04
  • The Soft Room
    Author: Hueler, Karen
    Publisher: Livingston $ 25/14.95 ISBN: 1931982317/19331982325 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Abby and Meg are nearly identical twins, with one major exception: Meg was born with a rare disease that renders her impervious to physical pain. As a child, this "ability" soon makes her contemptuous of the whimperings of children with their skinned knees and busted lips--despite medical warnings that the disease could eventually cost her life if she weren't careful to pay attention to bleeding and physical aches. The disdain over her physical imperviousness grows into a pre-teen haughtiness over her psychic superwoman self until the family is economically forced by her father's cancer to submit Meg to paying medical research. Suddenly, Meg is one of many abnormals, and like solitary high school geniuses thrown into a select university setting of hundreds of solitary geniuses, the plot thickens. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Twins
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Ordinary Wolves
    Author: Kantner, Seth
    Publisher: Milkweed $ 22 ISBN: 1571310444 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    Stirring and vivid, this evocative novel depicts the life of a white boy raised among natives on the harsh Alaskan tundra.
    Updated 5.13.04
  • Dancing Arabs
    Author: Kashua, Sayed
    Publisher: Grove $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 0802141269 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    The debut novel by 28-year-old Arab-Israeli Kashua has been praised around the world for its honesty, irony, humor, and its uniquely human portrayal of a young man who moves between two societies, becoming a stranger to both.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.20.04
  • You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Brave
    Author: Kelman, James
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151010420 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Jeremiah Brown, a Scottish immigrant in his early thirties, has lived in the United States for twelve years. He has moved as many times, from the east coast to the west coast and back again, all in the hope his luck would change. To add to his restlessness and indecision, he now has a nonrefundable ticket to Glasgow to visit his mother for the first time in seven years. The question is, will the visit help him get over the pain of separation from a woman he met and loved in New York and with whom he had a little girl, or will it make it worse? In this rich, funny, superbly crafted novel, Kelman has once again created a memorable character-compulsive, obsessive, self-doubting, beer-loving, and utterly engaging-and a singular portrait of an immigrant's America. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 4.5.04
  • The Marriage Test
    Author: Krahn, Betina
    Publisher: Berkley $ 6.99 ISBN: 0425196453 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The bestselling author of The Husband Test and The Wife Test returns to the Convent of the Brides of Virtue, where a proper young lady is about to learn some things about the way to a man's heart.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 5.7.04
  • The Hamilton Case
    Author: De Kretser, Michelle
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316735485 Date: 2004
    starBookliststarPW
    Lawyer Sam Obeysekere's involvement in murder case that shakes the upper echelons of an island society makes a name for him, but sets his life on course for disappointment.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 4.12.04
  • Herding Cats
    Author: McCabe, John
    Publisher: Black Swan $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0552770906 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Updated 2.10.04
  • Within Arms' Reach
    Author: Napolitano, Ann
    Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 1400051886 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Single, 29 and pregnant, Gracie's decision to keep the baby is just one of a series of events for which her family--largely successful, competitive, and judgmental--isn't prepared. Their individual responses and crises form the strands of a mesmerizing story of guilt, love, betrayal, and the loyalty of blood.
    Updated 4.20.04
  • Double Play
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399151885 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    In a brilliant novel about a very real man, Parker tells the story of the 1947 baseball season--when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier--through the eyes of a difficult, brooding, wounded man hired to guard Robinson.
    Suggested Reading: Biographical Fiction | Historical Fiction | Sports
    Updated 3.29.04
  • The Paid Companion
    Author: Quick, Amanda
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399151745 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    His intentions are purely practical. The Earl of St. Merryn seeks a woman to pose as his finace for a few weeks to keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The plan never included falling in love.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.6.04
  • Pushkin and the Queen of Spades
    Author: Randall, Alice
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618433600 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Balancing sharp-witted humor with profundity, sexiness with psychological depth, this exhilarating ride through the racially divided heart of contemporary America probes the universal question of what it means to be a good mother.
    Suggested Reading: African American Fiction Stars
    Updated 3.1.04
  • The Half-Life
    Author: Raymond, Jonathan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1582344485 Date: 2004
    starPW
    While filming an amateur movie in the Pacific Northwest during the 1980s, two teenage girls stumble across a pair of 160-year-old skeletons and the four lives converge in unexpected, startling ways.
    Updated 3.11.04
  • The Ballad of the Low Lifes
    Author: Remmert, Enrico
    Publisher: Toby $ 19.95 ISBN: 1592640540 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Meet Vittorio and Milo, two young drifters living by their wits in modern Turin, getting by on petty scams and swindles. The two young men have kept an idea in a back drawer for years, the Big Scam. It's going to make them rich, very rich. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 4.8.04
  • Sympotmatic
    Author: Senna, Danzy
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 22.95 ISBN: 1573222755 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    A novel of acute psychological tension and unsettling questions of identity--the much anticipated follow-up to Senna's groundbreaking debut, Caucasia.
    Updated 4.20.04
  • Dying Declaration
    Author: Singer, Randy
    Publisher: Waterbrook $ 13.99 (paper) ISBN: 1578567769 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Cultures and lawyers collide in this fast-paced, edgy, and issue-driven suspense novel, which powerfully illustrates the triumph of grace over legalism.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.7.04
  • The Perfect Age
    Author: Skyler, Heather
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393058700 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Following a middle-aged mother and her teenage daughter through three summers, this novel is an intimate picture of two sexual awakenings under one roof and their aftershocks on a family.
    Updated 5.20.04
  • The Ptolemies
    Author: Sprott, Duncan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 1400041546 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Sprott's wildly imaginative yet historically accurate, and often hilarious work re-creates the early years of the House of Ptolemy (330-23 BC)--the dark, glittering, disastrous and forgotten 10-generation dynasty of Greek pharaohs of Egypt.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Egyptian Stars
    Updated 3.25.04
  • After
    Author: Tristram, Claire
    Publisher: FSG $ 20 ISBN: 0374103909 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The thin line between love and hate is stretched to the limit in this mesmerizing fiction debut about an intense, erotic affair that veers into violence.
    Suggested Reading: Terrorism
    Updated 2.10.04
  • Mister O
    Author: Trondheim, Lewis
    Publisher: NMB $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 1561633828 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Goofy silent one-page gags crammed with little frames showing Mister O, a round doodle of a man desperately trying to get across that darn chasm and never quite making it. This will keep you in stiches for pages. More of Trondheim's genius at work. - graphic novel
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 5.3.04
  • The News from Paraguay
    Author: Tuck, Lily
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0066209447 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    "As this biting, elegant novel examines the corrosive effects of a delusional dictator, it illuminates both a little-known corner of history and the world we live in now."--Andrea Barrett, Servants of the Map.
    Updated 2.10.04
  • The Perfect Play
    Author: Wener, Louise
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060585471 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    A young woman risks everything in search of her deadbeat professional poker playing father in this novel of high stakes, lost love and poker.
    Suggested Reading: Take a Gamble | Magic & Magicians
    Updated 4.20.04
  • Mr. Famous
    Author: Wolper, Carol
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573222720 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    An aging action star attempts reinvention as a serious actor and the result is pure comedy in this dead-on Hollywood novel from the author of the national bestseller The Cigarette Girl.
    Suggested Reading: Film Stars
    Updated 5.7.04

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April

  • Cherries of Freedom
    Author: Andersch, Alfred
    Publisher: Toby $ 19.95 ISBN: 1592640524 Date: 2004
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    A German soldier deserts in Italy during the Second World War, and for the first time, experiences real freedom. A classic of post war Germany. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: World Wars
    Updated 4.8.04
  • A Sundog Moment
    Author: Baldacci, Sharon
    Publisher: Warner Faith $ 19.95 ISBN: 0446533661 Date: 2004
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    In Baldacci's deeply moving debut novel, a woman with multiple sclerosis faces a new journey fraught with wrenching pain, enduring wisdom, and authentic joy.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 9.7.04
  • Slightly Sinful
    Author: Balogh, Mary
    Publisher: Dell $ 6.50 (paper) ISBN: 0440236606 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In this outing of Balogh's saga of the six Bedwyn brothers and sisters, passionate middle son Alleyne Bedwyn is cut off from his past only to find his future with a beautiful woman he'll risk everything to love.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 4.19.04
  • To Err is Divine
    Author: Bozai, Agota
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 1582432775 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    A bestseller in Hungary and Germany, this is the story of a woman who awakens one day with a halo that reveals the absurdity of her neighbors and the fickleness of life in a capitalist culture.
    Suggested Reading: Questions of Faith
    Updated 4.8.04
  • My Seduction
    Author: Brockway, Connie
    Publisher: Pocket $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0743463226 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The "USA Today" bestselling author whisks readers to Regency-era Scotland with an exciting new romance trilogy--a scintillating, passionate, and surprising love story of three mysterious Highlanders and the women they are pledged to protect.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 6.1.04
  • Little Black Book of Stories
    Author: Byatt, A. S.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 21 ISBN: 1400041775 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.3.04
  • What to Keep
    Author: Cline, Rachel
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400061830 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    This unique, three-section novel looks into the lives of Denny Roman and her family, all attempting variations on the theme "parent."
    Updated 1.15.04
  • Plain Heathen Mischief
    Author: Clark, Martin
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400040965 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    Of Martin Clark's spectacular first novel, the New York Times Book Review wrote, Like Nick Hornby in High Fidelity and Thomas McGuane in Nothing but Blue Skies, Clark has produced an oddly stirring portrait of a man in existential disarray." Which--wrote Malcolm Jones in Newsweek--made me laugh so hard I fell off the sofa." Plain Heathen Mischief ups the ante in existential hilarity; as Joel King (a defrocked Baptist minister) finds life even more bedeviling once he's served six months for a highly implausible crime. Now he's being sued for a cool $5 million, his wife wants divorce, the refuge provided by his sister turns as vicious as his parole officer, and a fresh start in Montana offers no hope for ex-cons of any religious persuasion. On the upside, a kindly former parishioner soon involves the hapless Joel in a flock of con men, crooked lawyers, conniving youth, and authorities bent on prosecution and harassment. In a bravura feat of storytelling Clark ranges from the cross to the double cross from Virginia to Las Vegas, from jail cells to trout streams, as he follows his Job-like hero to a redemption that no reader could possibly predict. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Black Humor | All Stars
    Updated 5.4.04
  • Sharpe's Escape
    Author: Cornwell, Bernard
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060530472 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The newest Sharpe adventure--after New York Times bestselling Sharpe's Havoc--takes place in the fall of 1810 at the battle of Bussaco, Spain, the sack of Coimbra, Portugal, and at the Lines of Torres Vedras.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Heaven Lake
    Author: Dalton, John
    Publisher: Scribner $ 26 ISBN: 0743246349 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In this extraordinary debut novel in the tradition of Graham Greene, a Christian volunteer treks across China in search of love and revelation.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Love's Body, Dancing in Time
    Author: Duchamp, L. Timmel
    Publisher: Aqueduct $ 16 (paper) ISBN: 0974655910 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Have You Heard
    Author: Ferrell, Anderson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1582341893 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    In the tradition of the great Southern storytellers, Have You Heard explores a small town torn apart by scandal.
    Updated 1.15.04
  • An Egg on Three Sticks
    Author: Fischer, Jackie
    Publisher: Griffin $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0312317751 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Finally Abby is thirteen. A real teenager who only wants to pierce her ears, have a boyfriend, and run her own life. But when her mother suffers a nervous breakdown, Abby faces a life far different from what she hoped for. Set in the Bay Area in the '70s, An Egg on Three Sticks is Jackie Moyer Fischer's emotional, funny, and extraordinarily heartfelt novel about Abby's struggle to hold her family together, find love from a mother who has little to give, and simply try to be thirteen. With a voice completely fresh and honest, Abby takes us on a journey that is often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and overwhelmingly hopeful. But a journey no thirteen-year-old should have to take. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.7.04
  • The Jane Austen Book Club
    Author: Fowler, Karen Joy
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399151613 Date: 2004
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    Nothing ever moves in a straight line in Fowler's fiction, and in her latest, the complex dance of modern love has never been so devious or so much fun. In this newest work, six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens.
    Suggested Reading: Books About Books
    Updated 3.22.04
  • The Sea House
    Author: Freud, Esther
    Publisher: Ecco $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060565497 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Exploring the twisting paths people take, The Sea House is the story of one generation living in the footprints of another; a landscape shaped by lives, and lives shaped by landscapes.
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Awake
    Author: Graver, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Holt $ 23 ISBN: 0805065393 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    A mother seeks freedom for her young son with a rare genetic disease--and rediscovers her own need for it in the process--in this powerful novel about family, identity, and love.
    Updated 2.2.04
  • With
    Author: Harington, Donald
    Publisher: Toby $ 19.95 ISBN: 1592640508 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    The newest novel from the master of Stay More, Harington's mythical village in the Arkansas Ozarks, in which a peaceable kingdom is created in isolation from a most bizarre abduction gone wrong.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Ghosts
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Lives of Shadows
    Author: Hodgson, Barbara
    Publisher: Chronicle $ 24.95 ISBN: 0811839265 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Updated 6.1.04
  • The Heartbreaker
    Author: Howatch, Susan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400041473 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Deftly combining the sacred and the profane--the unmistakable hallmark of her fiction over the past decade--Susan Howatch gives us a spellbinding, suspenseful and psychologically intense new novel.
    The financial heart of London--the City--is an adrenaline-charged square mile deep in recession in the 1990s, a place where sex is just another commodity to be bought and sold in the marketplace. And the City is where the life of Gavin Blake, who sells sex to high flyers, is finally about to unravel. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 3.25.04
  • The Laws of Invisible Things
    Author: Huyler, Frank
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 0805073302 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In this suspenseful and finely wrought first novel, a young doctor's encounter with a mysterious disease leads him to a crossroads between faith and reason.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Questions of Faith
    Updated 3.1.04
  • Transmission
    Author: Kunzru, Hari
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525947604 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Updated 5.3.04
  • In His Arms
    Author: Laurens, Camille
    Publisher: Random $ 22.95 ISBN: 0375506527 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    A sensation in France, this international bestseller is a novel of desire, seduction, and obsession in the tradition of Marguerite Duras's The Lover and Susan Minot's Rapture.
    Updated 4.6.04
  • The Daydreaming Boy
    Author: Marcom, Micheline Aharonian
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 23.95 ISBN: 153722264x
    starBooklist
    A masterful, fabulously realized depiction of the internal dislocation of an Armenian refugee, this is a fictional self-portrait that is at once lyrical and phantasmagorical, hallucinatory, and searingly acute.
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Right as Rain
    Author: Marshall, Bev
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345468414
    starPW
    The acclaimed novelist's new work traces 20 years of an unlikely friendship between two black women alongside the white family who employs them--set mid-century in America's rural South.
    Updated 2.16.04
  • Caramba: A Tale Told in Turns of the Card
    Author: Martinez, Nina Marie
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375413758 Date: 2004
    starLJstarBooklist
    This fast-paced, feisty tale of female friendship is the debut of a fresh and enchanting new literary voice. By turns a soap opera and a honky tonk spiritual guide, Caramba! combines romance with adventure and rolls them into one big hot tamale.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Some Great Thing
    Author: McAdam, Colin
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151010285 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Jerry McGuinty is a simple, self-made builder who claims he can plaster a wall that will change one's life. Simon Struthers is a disaffected businessman who proves the old adage about money and happiness. Together they face the new Ottawa of the seventies: brash, bright, and ready for the taking.
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Heaven Lies About Us: Stories
    Author: McCabe, Eugene
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582344272 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    In these 12 stories, McCabe plumbs the soul of the Irish border counties, where confusion, divided loyalties, and heightened emotions are part of everyday life, whether that life is lived in the aftermath of "the great hunger" or in the face of the current Catholic/Protestant conflict.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
    Updated 2.23.04
  • The Full Cupboard of Life
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0375422188 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Here is the fifth novel in the internationally bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency hit series. Once again we are transported to Gaborone, capital city of Botswana, and into the world of Mma Ramotswe and her friends. - Book Jacket.
    Updated 3.29.04
  • Poe & Fanny
    Author: May, John
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1565124278 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    This first-rate historical fiction revolves around one of the most famous andtragic figures in American literature--Edgar Allan Poe.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Authors | Biographical Fiction | Poe Stars
    Updated 4.27.04
  • A Question of Attraction
    Author: Nicholls, David
    Publisher: Villard $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400061814 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    A brilliant romantic comedy, set in England in the 1980s, is about a young man discovering the world and himself during his first year at university.
    Updated 2.23.04
  • A Secret Word
    Author: Paddock, Jennifer
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 13 (paper) ISBN: 0743247078 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Capturing "the dreamy rhythms of adolescence between staccato moments of crisis," A Secret Word is about three young women "who find themselves transported into the cosmopolitan landscape of womanhood" (Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City).
    Updated 4.6.04
  • The Matter of Desire
    Author: Paz Soldan, Edmundo
    Publisher: Mariner $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 0618395571 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Paz Soldan--leading spokesperson for the McOndo literary movement, which embraces an urban vision of American pop culture in today's Latin America--combines elements of political thriller and family mystery with a torrid illicit love affair.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 4.5.04
  • Women in the Grove
    Author: Peterson, Paula W.
    Publisher: Beacon $ 22 ISBN: 08077083256 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Paula Peterson"s memoir, Penitent, with Roses, was an unflinching account of her life as a woman and mother after being diagnosed as HIV positive. All the stories in Women in the Grove feature women living with HIV infection. Shot through with humor, warmth, and insight, Peterson succeeds in bringing us to a radically new understanding of life with AIDS. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: AIDS
    Updated 2.2.04
  • My Sister's Keeper
    Author: Picoult, Jodi
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 0743454529 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Written with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity, this novel is about a teen who was conceived as a bone marrow match for her sister Kate, and what happens when she begins to question who she really is.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.10.04
  • I Dream of Microwaves
    Author: Rahman, Imad
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374174016 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Absurd and unerringly close to the bone, this bitingly funny debut story collection trails a Pakistani-American actor searching for a way to play himself in "real, actual life."
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Asian American Stars
    Updated 4.27.04
  • Auriel Rising
    Author: Redfern, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN:0399151052 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Redfern works literary alchemy in a novel that seamlessly incorporates the best of historical fiction, romance, and intrigue. Her storytelling powers have been compared to le Carr and Dickens, Thomas Harris and lain Pears.
    Updated 1.26.04
  • Dreaming the Bull
    Author: Scott, Manda
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 25 ISBN: 0385336713 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The second part of the stunning fictionalization of the life of Britain's warrior queen, Boudica, immerses readers in a world of druids and dreamers, warriors and lovers, passion and courage.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.21.04
  • Like the Red Panda
    Author: Seigel, Andrea
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 13 (paperback) ISBN: 0156030241 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Beneath Stella's mordantly funny take on her life is the decisiveness with which she disengages from it, planting clues and providing explanations for those who will try to understand the act she is about to commit. With perfect pitch, remarkable wit, and a spare, vivid prose, Stella turns her farewell to suburbia into a wry philosophical inquiry.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.2.04
  • Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories
    Author: Silber, Joan
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393059081 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    Supple and precise, these stories cover lifetimes, much in the manner of Alice Munro and William Trevor. Set in France, Italy, New York, and China, in the past and present, they are about longings--about how sex and religion become parallel forms of dedication and comfort.
    Updated 3.15.04
  • The Confusion
    Author: Stephenson, Neal
    Publisher: Morrow $ 27.95 ISBN: 0060523867 Date: 2004
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    In this profoundly compelling adventure, Stephenson brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters in the late 1600s on the high seas. It is a time of breathtaking genius and discovery for men and women whose exploits define an age known as Baroque.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Fiction Stars | Pirate Stars | Sea Stories
    Updated 4.5.04
  • Brother and Sister
    Author: Trollope, Joanna
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 1582344000 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarLJ
    From the celebrated author of Marrying the Mistress and The Rector's Wife comes a keenly observed and elegant new novel about the families people are born into, and the ones they create.
    Updated 2.13.04
  • Y: The Last Man Book 3: One Small Step
    Author: Vaughan, Brian, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan
    Publisher: DC $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 1401202012 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Suggested for a mature audience, this perfect blend of humor and drama is a fascinating tale of catastrophe and consequences when a mysterious occurrence instantaneously kills every male human on Earth--except for one.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 4.12.04
  • Our Kind: A Novel in Stories
    Author: Walbert, Kate
    Publisher: Scribner $ 23 ISBN: 0743245598 Date: 2004
    starPW
    From the award-winning author of The Gardens of Kyoto comes a witty novel about the lives of a group of women--once 1950s country-club housewives; today divorced, independent, and breaking the rules.
    Updated 12.1.03
  • Good Grief
    Author: Winston, Lolly
    Publisher: Warner $ 18 ISBN: 0446533041 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Good Grief is a brilliantly funny and heartwarming debut about a young woman who stumbles, then fights to build a new life after the death of her husband.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 3.1.04
  • A Hole in Texas
    Author: Wouk, Herman
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25 ISBN: 0316525901 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    From the legendary bestselling author comes a rollicking Washington novel about a media firestorm swirling around a vast hole in Texas and one obscure NASA scientist who gets swept up in the vortex and becomes a national figure overnight.
    Suggested Reading: Space Age Stars
    Updated 2.10.04
  • Shadow of the Wind
    Author: Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200106 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The international literary sensation--a runaway bestseller in Spain--is about a boy's quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.29.05

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  • Remember Me
    Author: Azzopardi, Trezza
    Publisher: Grove $ 23 ISBN: 0802117678 Date: 2004
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    The only debut novel to be short-listed for the Booker Prize in 2001, The Hiding Place became a national bestseller. With her second novel Azzopardi delivers a harrowing, elegant, and vivid portrait of a lost life at last reclaimed.
    Updated 1.10.04
  • Shining Hero
    Author: Banerji, Sara
    Publisher: Flamingo $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 0007135688 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Updated 5.10.04
  • The Miniaturist
    Author: Basu, Kunal
    Publisher: Phoenix/Weidenfeld & Nicholason $ 13/22.95 ISBN:0753817497/0297829262 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Updated 4.26.04
  • A Deal With the Devil
    Author: Carlyle, Liz
    Publisher: Pocket $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0743470036 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The USA Today bestselling author of The Devil You Know pens a shimmering novel about a Scottish noblewoman on the run from her past and a powerful English lord brought to his knees by desire.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Romance Stars
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Bright Starry Banner: A Novel of the Civil War
    Author: Carter, Alden R.
    Publisher: Soho $ 27 ISBN: 1569473552 Date: 2004
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    December 1862, outside Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the 43,000 men of Gen. Rosencrans' Army of the Cumberland faced the 38,000 Confederate soldiers of Gen. Bragg's Army. In arenas dubbed "the Slaughter Pen" and "Hell's Half Acre," Blue and Gray collide.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Civil War Stars
    Updated 2.16.04
  • Miss Wonderful
    Author: Chase, Loretta
    Publisher: Berkley $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0425194833 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The beloved USA Today bestselling author offers her long-awaited new novel--the tale of a bluestocking and a reformed rake who clash over a matter of business, and soon find themselves facing an entirely different sort of tension.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Clay Center
    Author: Condon, Phil
    Publisher: Eastern Washington Univ. $ 18.95 ISBN: 0910055955 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Updated 4.21.04
  • The Lucky Ones
    Author: Cusk, Rachel
    Publisher: Fourth Estate $ 24.95 ISBN: 000716131x Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The prize-winning author of The Country Life evokes the magnetic bonds of family in this story of accidental connections and overlapping relationships.
    Updated 12.10.03
  • Dew Breaker
    Author: Danticat, Edwidge
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22 ISBN: 1400041147 Date: 2004
    starLJstarKirkusstarBooklist
    From the acclaimed author of Breath, Eyes, Memory comes a powerful story of a man known as a "dew breaker," a Haitian torturer, whose past crimes lie beneath his new American reality.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Antonio's Wife
    Author: Dejohn, Jacqueline
    Publisher: Regan $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060558008 Date: 2004
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    This warmly moving first novel is about an opera diva searching for the daughter she abandoned and a sensitive married seamstress torn between duty and destiny.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 2.5.04
  • Ibid: A Life
    Author: Dunn, Mark
    Publisher: MacAdam/Cage $ 22 ISBN: 1931561656 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    The author of Ella Minnow Pea and Welcome to Highby returns with an hilarious novel written entirely in footnotes.
    Suggested Reading: Books About Books
    Updated 4.5.04
  • Celestial Harmonies
    Author: Esterhazy, Peter
    Publisher: Ecco $ 29.95 ISBN: 0060501049 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    A biographical, structurally innovative novel in the grand European literary tradition that spans multiple generations and three centuries of tumultuous Central European history.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Links
    Author: Farah, Nuruddin
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573222658 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    Jeebleh is returning to Mogadiscio from New York for the first time in 20 years. It is not a nostalgia trip for him--Jeebleh's last residence here was a jail cell. Gripping, provocative, and revelatory, Links is the finest work yet from Nuruddin.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Moon in the Water
    Author: Grayson, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Bantam $ 6.50 (paper) ISBN: 0553584243 Date: 2004
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    Against the beauty, danger, and romance of the wild Missouri River country, two souls seek to make their marriage of convenience into something more in this compelling historical romance.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 3.22.04
  • My Fine Lady
    Author: Joe, Yolanda
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525948082 Date: 2004
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    Joe has wowed thousands of fans with her lively storylines and savvy heroines. Now she introduces Imani, a rising star whose dreams and challenges will capture the hearts of many more. A delight on every page, My Fine Lady presents the dilemmas of romance, family, and career with Joe's signature wit and flair.
    Suggested Reading: African American Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.15.04
  • Maze
    Author: Karnezis, Panos
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374204802 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The New York Times Book Review calls Karnezis's writing "spry and playful, sly and macabre," observing that it "brings to mind the young Eudora Welty, especially in the fun it has with Greek legend and myth, while its intersection of gritty quotidian detail with flights of fancy recalls Gabriel Garcia Marquez." This first novel confirms Karnezis as one of Britain's most remarkable young authors.
    Updated 12.10.03
  • From Africa: New Francophone Stories
    Author: King, Adele (ed)
    Publisher: Univ of Nebraska $ 40/15 ISBN: 0803227582/78101 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Dirty Little Lies
    Author: Lane, Connie
    Publisher: Dell $ 6.50 (paper) ISBN: 0440237475 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    In this hilarious, action-packed tale, a sophisticated FBI agent is assigned to protect a Midwestern beauty queen from a stalker with ties to her past.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Romance Stars
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Aloft
    Author: Lee, Chang-Rae
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 23.95 ISBN: 1573222631 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    Lee burst on the scene with Native Speaker, which won numerous awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award. Now, with Aloft, Lee has expanded his range and proves himself a master storyteller, able to observe his characters' flaws and weaknesses and, at the same time, celebrate their humanity.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Asian American Stars
    Updated 3.1.04
  • Breaking the Tongue
    Author: Loh, Vyvyane
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393057925 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    This brilliant novel chronicles the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in World War II. Central to the story is one Chinese family. Expatriates, spies, fifth columnists, and nationalists--including the elusive young woman Ling-Li--mingle in this exotic culture as the Japanese threat looms.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World War Stars
    Updated 2.2.04
  • The Madonna of Excelsior
    Author: Mda, Zakes
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374200084 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarLJstarPW
    A new novel by a towering presence in contemporary South African literature. By turns earthy, witty, and tragic, The Madonna of Excelsior is a brilliant depiction of life in South Africa and of the dramatic changes between the 1970s and the present.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Questions of Faith
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Wedded Bliss
    Author: Metzger, Barbara
    Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451208595 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The RITA Award-winning author delivers a heart full of bliss with this witty Regency tale of a bride who must convince her groom that love is more important than convenience.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Romance Stars
    Updated 3.11.04
  • The Outside World
    Author: Mirvis, Tova
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 1400041619 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    From the author of the bestselling The Ladies Auxiliary comes a hilarious comedy of manners about two Orthodox Jewish families brought together by the marriage of their children.
    Updated 4.27.04
  • Sabbath Creek
    Author: Mitcham, Judson
    Publisher: Univ of Georgia $ 22.95 ISBN: 0820325775 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    With elegant simplicity, Mitcham transcends the tired theme of race relations in the South with the tale of a lonely, heartbroken 14-year-old who, at long last, finds the closest thing to a father figure in a prickly old African-American man.
    Updated 3.15.04
  • One for My Baby
    Author: Parsons, Tony
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 0743456645 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    As his world crumbles around him, Alfie Budd loses himself in a string of numbingly pointless affairs with his students at Churchill's Language School and tries to learn tai chi from an old Chinese man named George. Alternating seamlessly between laughter and tears, One for My Baby is an ingeniously turned story full of biting social insight and naked emotion.
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Little Children
    Author: Perrotta, Tom
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312315716 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarLJ
    "Tom Perrotta . . . is like an American Nick Hornby: companionable and humane, lighthearted and surprisingly touching."--Newsweek. "An absorbing, fleshed-out portrait of an American male edging toward adulthood by crossing seemingly rigid social boundaries. . . An overwhelmingly pleasing book."--The New York Times.
    Updated 2.13.04
  • The Curious Case of Sidd Finch
    Author: Plimpton, George
    Publisher: Four Walls Eight Windows $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 156858296x Date: 2004
    starLJ
    In April 1985, Sports Illustrated published an article that stunned the sports community. George Plimpton's 13-page profile of Sidd Finch, a mysterious pitcher who had been signed by the New York Mets and reportedly threw 168 mph, came complete with photos from spring training, scouting reports, and interviews with Mets players and management. A week later, SI apologized to readers around the world for their role in what is generally regarded as the greatest hoax in the history of sports journalism. The magazine had teamed up with the legendary author and Paris Review bon vivant for an April Fool's Day prank of unprecedented proportions. After the success of the article, Plimpton decided to turn the story into a novel - a rousing baseball fairy tale that is considered one of the most memorable sports novels of the last half-century. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 4.5.04
  • Late Bloomer
    Author: Pritchard, Melissa
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385503040 Date: 2004
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    After one failed marriage and numerous dating disasters, Prudence True Parker begins a journey for salvation. In a hilarious conclusion, the pieces of Parker's life fall into place at the annual Romance Writers convention in Texas. Smartly written, this is a high-spirited tale of romance, captivity, and savage love women of all ages will relish.
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Why She Went Home
    Author: Rosenfeld, Lucinda
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400061857 Date: 2004
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    In this second installment of Phoebe Fine's life story, author Rosenfeld raises the emotional and romantic stakes for the protagonist--a single woman on the cusp of 30.
    Updated 1.15.04
  • The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga
    Author: Rutherfurd, Edward
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 27.95 ISBN: 0385502869 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Rutherfurd has introduced millions of readers to the human dramas that are the lifeblood of history. His latest is a sweeping panorama steeped in the tragedy and glory that is Ireland, epitomizing the power and richness of Rutherfurd's storytelling magic.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Irish Stars
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Referred Pain: And Other Stories
    Author: Schwartz, Lynne Sharon
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 1582433011 Date: 2004
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    Updated 12.10.03
  • The Anxiety of Everyday Objects
    Author: Sheehan, Aurelie
    Publisher: Penguin $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0142003700 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarLJ
    An original, witty, compulsively readable tale for any woman who has struggled with creative yearning and duty to the daily grind. In her absorbing debut novel, Sheehan's depiction of the working girl's life in the big city is as charming as it is inspiring.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | The Office
    Updated 2.13.04
  • Troll: A Love Story
    Author: Sinisalo, Johanna
    Publisher: Grove $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 0802141293 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Sinisalo's sparklingly original novel is a wry, peculiar, and beguiling story of nature and man's relationship to wild things, and of the dark power of the wildness in ourselves.
    Updated 3.25.04
  • Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
    Author: Slott, Dan, and others
    Publisher: DC Comics $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 1401201938 Date: 2004
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    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 4.6.04
  • Delicate
    Author: Sojourner, Mary
    Publisher: Scribner $ 13 (paper) ISBN: 0743229703 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Animal Crackers: Stories
    Author: Tinti, Hannah
    Publisher: Dial $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385337434 Date: 2004
    starPWstarLJ
    Updated 2.2.04
  • The Book of Joe
    Author: Tropper, Jonathan
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 19.95 ISBN: 0385337418 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Optioned by Warner Bros. for a motion picture, this witty and heartwarming novel is a captivating debut that proves hilariously and poignantly that sometimes you "can" go home again.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.15.04
  • The Fires of Pride: A Novel of the Civil War
    Author: Trotter, William R.
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 26 ISBN: 0786712236 Date: 2004
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    The Fires of Pride concludes a two-part Civil War saga which brings America's most tragic conflict to life at Fort Fisher, a fortress on North Carolina's windswept coastline.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Civil War Stars
    Updated 2.16.04
  • Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction
    Author: Wheeler, Kate (ed)
    Publisher: Wisdom $ 16.95 (paper) ISBN: 0861713540 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Updated 3.11.04
  • The Unveiling
    Author: Wolfe, Suzanne M.
    Publisher: Paraclete $ 19.95 ISBN: 1557253544 Date: 2004
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    When Rachel Piers, a brilliant conservateuse at a Manhattan art gallery, is given the dream assignment of restoring a mysterious medieval painting in a church in Rome, she uncovers layers of her soul that continue to haunt.
    Suggested Reading: Questions of Faith
    Updated 4.6.04

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February

  • The Importance of a Piece of Paper: Stories
    Author: Baca, Jimmy Santiago
    Publisher: Grove $ 22 ISBN: 0802117651 Date: 2004
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    In his first foray into short fiction, award-winning poet and memoirist Santiago Baca maps the territory where old-world traditions contend with new-world ambitions and disenfranchised characters struggle to make something of themselves in the world while somehow keeping their souls intact.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars
    Updated 12.10.03
  • Uncle Rudolf
    Author: Bailey, Paul
    Publisher: St Martins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312318340 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    A two-time Booker Prize shortlisted author pens this haunting novel about the relationship between a man and his talented and eccentric uncle.
    Updated 2.5.04
  • Handsome Harry
    Author: Blake, James Carlos
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060554789 Date: 2004
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    The renowned author pens his most commercial novel to date--a thrilling retelling of the John Dillinger story.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 11.12.03
  • Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography
    Author: Brown, Chester
    Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly $ 24.95 ISBN: 1896597637 Date: 2004
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    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 3.15.04
  • The Cloud Atlas
    Author: Callahan, Liam
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385336942 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarLJ
    In a richly inspired debut reminiscent of Snow Falling on Cedars and The English Patient, this stirring novel, set against a magnificent Alaskan backdrop, reveals one of the most closely guarded secrets of World War II in a tale that is both a heart-quickening mystery and a unique love story.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Historical Fiction Stars | World War Stars
    Updated 3.1.04
  • Epicure's Lament
    Author: Christensen, Kate
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0767910303 Date: 2004
    starPWstarKirkusstarLJ
    From the author of In the Drink, a compelling novel about a man smoking himself to death. A literary tour de force of bitter humor and gorgeously articulated misanthropy to rival the works of Martin Amis and John Lanchester.
    Suggested Reading: Black Humor | All Stars
    Updated 1.15.04
  • Bet Me
    Author: Crusie, Jennifer
    Publisher: St Martins $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312303467 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The biggest gamble of all is true love in this story about long shots, risk management, and great shoes--the best novel yet from the author of Faking It.
    Suggested Reading: Best Bets | Romance Stars | Dating Stars
    Updated 12.10.03
  • Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You
    Author: Drummond, Laurie Lynn
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060561629 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Women cops are the focus of this riveting debut collection of short fiction by a former policewoman.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 11.18.03
  • One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead
    Author: Dudman, Clare
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 067003276x Date: 2004
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    A haunting first novel based on the fascinating life of an Arctic explorer whose fearless pursuit of scientific discovery revolutionized our perception of the world. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 2.10.04
  • Birth of Venus
    Author: Dunant, Sarah
    Publisher: Knopf $ 21.95 ISBN: 1400060737 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    The Birth of Venus is a tour de force from one of Britain's most innovative thriller writers. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a remarkable heroine with the same vibrancy as her beloved city.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 12.29.03
  • The Duet
    Author: Elmer, Robert
    Publisher: Waterbrook $ 12.99 (paper) ISBN: 1578567408 Date: 2004
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    When widower Gerrit Vandekamp takes his granddaughter to piano lessons one day, he finds himself drawn to her music teacher, a woman unlike any he has known. Neither can predict how their duet will sound as they practice the music of renewed hope and second chances.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.6.04
  • Daisy's Back in Town
    Author: Gibson, Rachel
    Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 006000925x Date: 2004
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    Former cheerleader Daisy Lee Monroe returns to her hometown of Lovett, Texas, to rock the world of Jackson Lamont Parrish--the bad boy she left behind--in this sassy, hot, and hilarious treat from the RITA Award-winning author.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 1.26.04
  • Confessions of Max Tivoli
    Author: Greer, Andrew Sean
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374128715 Date: 2004
    starPWstarLJstarBooklist
    A beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, The Confessions of Max Tivoli reveals the world through the eyes of "monster," a being who confounds the very certainties by which people live and in doing so embodies in extremis what it means to be human.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Fiction Stars | Immortalism Fiction Stars
    Updated 2.5.04
  • Holy Fools
    Author: Harris, Joanne
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060559128 Date: 2004
    starPWstarLJ
    From the bestselling author of Chocolat comes a novel of love and betrayal, friendship and revenge, set in 17th-century France.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Miranda's Vines
    Author: Kafka, Kimberly
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525947639 Date: 2004
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    Suggested Reading: Drink Up Stars
    Updated 10.8.03
  • The Teapots Are Out and Other Eccentric Tales from Ireland
    Author: Keane, John B.
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 0786712988 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    A fitting tribute to John B. Keane, for decades Ireland's favorite storyteller, this winning short story collection typifies the late author's folkloric imagination and storytelling arts.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
    Updated 12.29.03
  • The Swallows of Kabul
    Author: Khadra, Yasmina
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 18.95 ISBN: 0385510012 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    The extraordinary bestselling novel from France, set in Kabul, this is a stunning portrait of life under the Taliban.
    Suggested Reading: Afghanistan Stars
    Updated 2.5.04
  • An Almost Perfect Moment
    Author: Kirshenbaum, Binnie
    Publisher: Ecco $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060520868 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Set in Brooklyn between the Eisenhower Era and the Age of Disco, a bittersweet novel about a mother and daughter whose search for faith and love leads to unexpected consequences.
    Updated 1.6.04
  • A Week in Winter
    Author: Landor, Barth
    Publisher: Permanent Press $ ISBN: 157962099x Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Updated 11.12.03
  • The Song of Names
    Author: Lemprecht, Norman
    Publisher: Anchor $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 1400034892 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    A man searches for his friend who has been missing for 40 years.
    Updated 11.25.03
  • Hash: A Novel
    Author: Lindgren, Torgny
    Publisher: Overlook $ 23.95 ISBN: 1585674087 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Ira Foxglove
    Author: McMahon, Thomas
    Publisher: Brook St $ 21.95 ISBN: 0972429530 Date: 2004
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    Updated 11.12.03
  • Hellboy Vol. 5: Conqueror Worm
    Author: Mignola, Mike
    Publisher: Dark Horse $ 17.95 (paper) ISBN: 1593070926 Date: 2004
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    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Empress Orchid
    Author: Min, Anchee
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618068872 Date: 2004
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    Empress Orchid is the story of a fascinating, strong-willed woman who for generations has been vilified as a grand seductress and murderer. Min draws a vivid portrait of a flawed yet utterly compelling woman and, through her life, of the world of the Chinese court and the sexual and political lives of the royal concubines.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Asian American Stars | Biographical Fiction | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.25.03
  • Waterborne
    Author: Murkoff, Bruce
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400040388 Date: 2004
    starLJstarPWstarBooklist
    A panorama of human desire and enterprise, this debut novel is exceptional for its ambition, generosity, characters and grasp of history.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | All Stars
    Updated 2.5.04
  • The Singing Fire
    Author: Nattel, Lilian
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743249666 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    From the acclaimed author of The River Midnight comes a remarkable tale of two women who abandon everything they know for the maelstrom of London at the turn of the century.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 10.28.03
  • Triomf
    Author: Niekerk, Marlene
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 1585675008 Date: 2004
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    Triomf, one of the best novels ever written in Afrikaans, is acclaimed internationally for its black humor and insight into South Africa on the brink of revolutionary change--"exquisitely written" (The Economist).
    Suggested Reading: Black Humor
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Kilbrack
    Author: O'Neill, Jamie
    Publisher: Scribner $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 074325595x Date: 2004
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    A cast of rampant miscreants, brilliantly witty dialogue, and dark imaginings make for compulsive comic reading in Kilbrack, written more than a decade before At Swim, Two Boys established O'Neill as "one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Irish fiction" (The Observer).
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
    Updated 1.15.04
  • Cottonwood
    Author: Phillips, Scott
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345461002 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The author of The Ice Harvest and The Walkaway returns with a novel set in 1870s and 1880s Kansas and California.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 11.24.03
  • The Goddess of Kitchen Avenue
    Author: Samuel, Barbara
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345445694 Date: 2004
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    From an acclaimed voice in women's fiction, here is a wry, beguiling, heartfelt, and warmly wise novel about second chances, and the dreams that everyone hungers to fill.
    Updated 12.15.03
  • The Snow Fox
    Author: Shaeffer, Susan Fromberg
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 039305814x Date: 2004
    starPW
    A great samurai and a beautiful poet fall in love in a novel that captures medieval Japan in breathtaking detail. The heartbreaking story of their renewed love is fraught by the Japanese concept of "mono no aware"--life's ephemeral nature--that weighs on the lovers.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 10.20.03
  • Charming Grace
    Author: Smith, Deborah
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316805874 Date: 2004
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    Full of enchanting folklore and Southern charm, Smith's latest is a beautifully written and touching tale.
    Updated 2.23.04
  • City Boy
    Author: Thompson, Jean
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 0743242823 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Updated 1.15.04
  • The Forest Lover
    Author: Vreeland, Susan
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670032670 Date: 2004
    starPW
    A historical novel that tells the story of painter Emily Carr, who shook up the early 20th century art scene with uncompromising brushstrokes that captured the fading wilderness of an increasingly industrialized British Columbia as well as the indigenous villages, the tribal peoples and their dying customs and art forms.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.24.03
  • The Hound in the Left-Hand Corner
    Author: Waterfield, Giles
    Publisher: Washington Square $ 13 (paper) ISBN: 0743475534 Date: 2004
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    Think that a day in the life of a London museum director is cold, quiet, and austere? Think again. Giles Waterfield now brings a combination of intellectual comedy and knockabout farce to the subject, in the story of one long day in a museum full of scandals, screw-ups . . . and more than a few scalawags.
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Dancing With Einstein
    Author: Wenner, Kate
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743251644 Date: 2004
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    From acclaimed author Kate Wenner comes a highly original new novel that explores the lasting effects of the fear of nuclear war on a woman whose father helped develop the atomic bomb.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Atomic Age Stars
    Updated 3.11.04

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January

  • Kissing Frogs
    Author: Altom, Laura Marie
    Publisher: Dorchester $ 5.99 (paper) ISBN: 0505525682 Date: 2004
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    Biologist Lucy Gordon dreams of discovering a new species of frog. When she finds one, she joyfully gives it a kiss--and it transforms into a bad-boy medieval prince.
    Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
    Updated 12.15.03
  • Ironfire: A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades
    Author: Ball, David W.
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385336012 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    In the Mediterranean, 16th-century, a mighty struggle looms between the Christian kingdoms, roiled by religious strife and political intrigue, and the surging Ottoman Empire. All that stands in the sultan's way is a tiny island and its small band of defenders--the Knights of Malta.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Pirate Stars
    Updated 11.18.03
  • Powers Vol.5: Anarchy
    Author: Bendis, Brian Michael and Mike Avon Oeming
    Publisher: Image $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1582403317 Date: 2004
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    Anarchy! Society is violently lashing out at their superheroes. Anti-powers groups are rising up with a series of gruesome murders against the cities most colorful capes. With Walker retired, Detective Pilgrim teams up with a new partner to investigate this murderous super-hero backlash and the people behind it.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars
    Updated 3.22.04
  • A Very Private Gentleman
    Author: Booth, Martin
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312309082 Date: 2004
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    From the Booker Prize short-listed author of The Industry of Souls and Islands of Silence comes a fascinating portrait of a man with a double life and a dark trade.
    Updated 12.15.03
  • The Rules of Engagement
    Author: Brookner, Anita
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400061652 Date: 2004
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    In this masterly new novel, the Booker Prize-winning author of Hotel du Lac and Making Things Better gives readers an exquisite story about the changes in relationships over time, and how life choices can both reflect the past and direct the future.
    Updated 12.29.03
  • The Good Wife Strikes Back
    Author: Buchan, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670032808 Date: 2004
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    From the New York Times bestselling author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman comes a compulsively readable, insightful novel about the true meaning of marriage.
    Updated 10.28.03
  • Shooting the Sun
    Author: Byrd, Max
    Publisher: Bantam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553802089 Date: 2004
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    From historic novelist Byrd comes an enthralling novel of fact and fiction as eccentric genius Charles Babbage and free-spirited astronomer Selena Cott set out to use the dawning technology of 1839 to record a total solar eclipse.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Gone to the Dogs
    Author: Carmichael, Emily
    Publisher: Bantam $ 6.50 (paper) ISBN: 0553586335 Date: 2004
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    Miss Piggy, the femme fatale reincarnated as a Welsh corgi, is back in this first title of a new trilogy. Piggy must determine if her owner's suitor wants romance or the $12 million Piggy has just inherited.
    Suggested Reading: Dog Stars
    Updated 11.25.03
  • The Lady and the Unicorn
    Author: Chevalier, Tracy
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525947671 Date: 2004
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    An extraordinary story exquisitely told, Chevalier's The Lady and the Unicorn weaves history and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry that rivals in grace and grandeur the masterpiece that inspired it.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 12.8.03
  • Kate Hannigan
    Author: Cookson, Catherine
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743237730 Date: 2004
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    A sweeping historical romance about love across the social divide, this classic first novel--the one that launched the career of England's late, great Cookson--is now available in the U.S. in hardcover for the first time.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Historical Fiction Stars | Romance Stars
    Updated 11.24.03
  • Crofton's Fire
    Author: Coplin, Keith
    Publisher: Putnam $ 21.95 ISBN: 0399151125 Date: 2004
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    A highly original first novel, in which a green second lieutenant barely escapes Little Bighorn - only to find that his life's adventures have just begun.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Western Stars | Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Picaresque Stars
    Updated 11.25.03
  • Marrying Mozart
    Author: Cowell, Stephanie
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670032689 Date: 2004
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    Cowell's richly textured tale captures a remarkable historical figure and the four young women who engage his passion, his music, and his heart.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Historical Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.24.03
  • The Saints and Sinners of Okay County
    Author: Dunbar, Dayna
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345460391 Date: 2004
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    In this heartfelt and compelling debut novel, a down-on-her-luck woman faces down pain to reclaim her own belief in herself and restore order to a life that's gone desperately off track.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 11.12.03
  • Mourning Ruby
    Author: Dunmore, Helen
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399151486 Date: 2004
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    Updated 2.10.04
  • Port Hazard: Page Murdock
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765301903 Date: 2004
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    The latest tale of Page Murdock takes readers into a hell more decadent, corrupt and dangerous than even he has ever seen--San Francisco's Barbary Coast.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Western Stars
    Updated 11.25.03
  • Voyage to the End of the Room
    Author: Fischer, Tibor
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 23 ISBN: 158243297x Date: 2004
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    Updated 10.28.03
  • Bad Publicity
    Author: Frank, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 22 ISBN: 0743247760 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Frank's last novel The Columnist was called "A lusty, witty novel of Washington." --Newsweek. This is his latest story of what makes news and why there is no bad PR.
    Suggested Reading: The Office
    Updated 10.28.03
  • Something Rising Light and Swift
    Author: Kimmel, Haven
    Publisher: Free Pr $ 24 ISBN: 0743247752 Date: 2004
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    From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir A Girl Named Zippy comes a heartbreaking novel about a young female pool hustler trapped in a small Indiana town.
    Updated 12.8.03
  • Cello Player
    Author: Kruger, Michael
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 0151005915 Date: 2004
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    The narrator of this wonderfully perceptive, highly entertaining tale of love and loss is a middle-aged German composer who writes serious avant-garde music. When Judit, an ambitious young cello player from Budapest, shows up on his doorstep, he agrees to take her in while she studies at the conservatory in Munich.
    Suggested Reading: Music & Fiction
    Updated 11.12.03
  • Superworse: The Novel: A Remix of Superbad: Stories and Pieces
    Author: Greenman, Ben
    Publisher: Soft Skull $ 11.95 (paper) ISBN: 1932360131 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The original hardcover "Superbad from "McSweeney's was a collection of two dozen pieces ranging from postmodern satire to more serious fiction. the lot of it has been remixed--much like popular music--and reprinted in trade paper. the result a challenging novel with a clear set of themes and characters, tightly constructed and intricately interwoven. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Stones of My Accusers
    Author: Groot, Tracy
    Publisher: Moody $12.99 (paper) ISBN: 0802431062 Date: 2004
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    In this stand-alone sequel to The Brother's Keeper, the transforming difference that Christ's mercy makes on each character's life is forever impacted by the amazing mercy of God.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.15.04
  • Someone to Run With
    Author: Grossman, David
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374266573 Date: 2004
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    Someone to Run With is the most popular work to date from "a writer who has been, for nearly two decades, one of the most original and talented . . . anywhere" (The New York Times Book Review) The bestseller is hailed by the Israeli press for its mixture of fairy-tale magic, emotional sensitivity, and gritty realism.
    Updated 10.8.03
  • The Changeling of Finnistuath
    Author: Horsley, Kate
    Publisher: Shambhala $ 22.95 ISBN: 1590300483 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    A young girl who is raised as a boy searches for identity and redemption in this compelling and provocative coming-of-age story set in 14th century Ireland--from the author of Confessions of a Pagan Nun.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Gender Identity Stars | Irish Stars
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Sunday Clothes
    Author: Lemmons, Thom
    Publisher: Broadman & Holman $ 14.99 ISBN: 0805727635 Date: 2004
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    Addie Caswell finds herself in a precarious position in the turn-of-the-twentieth-century South, especially for a young girl from a religious, proud family. Addie falls in love with a traveling Church of Christ salesman, much to the disapproval of her stern, Methodist father. Defying her father in the face of estrangement, she marries Zeb, only to be betrayed by his subsequent infidelities. Alone but determined, Addie must find redemption as she comes to terms with her faith and the healing power of family and relationships. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.6.04
  • The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
    Author: Lessing, Doris
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060530103 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarLJ
    With the four novellas in this collection, Lessing once again proves that she is unequaled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition.
    Updated 11.18.03
  • But Come Ye Back
    Author: Lordan, Beth
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060530367 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    A gorgeous collection of interconnected stories revolves around love and marriage, from the O. Henry Award-winning author of And Both Shall Row.
    Updated 10.28.03
  • The Floating Book: A Novel of Venice
    Author: Lovric, Michelle
    Publisher: Regan $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060578564 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    This ravishing historical novel is set in the alleys and canals of 15th-century Venice as the revolution of movable type captivates--and terrifies--the city.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Venice
    Updated 11.25.03
  • Bandbox
    Author: Mallon, Thomas
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375421165 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    From the author of Henry and Clara comes a dazzling, hilarious novel that captures the heart and soul of New York in the Jazz Age. Mallon pens a madcap and poignant book that brilliantly portrays the gaudiest American decade of them all.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | All Stars | Music & Fiction | Humorous Fiction
    Updated 12.15.03
  • Above the Thunder
    Author: Manfredi, Renee
    Publisher: MacAdam $ 24 ISBN: 1931561591 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Above the Thunder tells the story of three generations of women and the men with whom their lives often unexpectedly converge.
    Suggested Reading: AIDS
    Updated 1.5.04
  • Vanishing Point
    Author: Markson, David
    Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard $ 15 (paper) ISBN: 1593760108 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    An elderly writer (identified only as "Author") sets out to transform shoe boxes crammed with notecards into a novel, and in so doing will dazzle readers with an astonishing parade of revelations about the trials and calamities and absurdities and often even tragedies of the creative life--all the while trying his best (he says) to keep himself out of the tale.
    Suggested Reading: Author Author
    Updated 1.26.04
  • The Man in My Basement
    Author: Mosley, Walter
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 22.95 ISBN: 0316570826 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Stepping away from his summertime thriller series featuring Easy Rawlins and Fearless Jones, Mosley delivers a literary novel of astonishing originality and power.
    Suggested Reading: African American Fiction Stars
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Mourning Wood
    Author: Paisner, Daniel
    Publisher: Bonus $ 21.95 ISBN: 1566252091 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Best-selling author Daniel Paisner makes an indelible impression with a moving and funny novel reminiscent of Carl Hiassen and Peter Lefcourt. From its dramatic and humorous opening to its touching conclusion, Mourning Wood hooks readers with its eccentric characters and offbeat sense of humor. -Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Carl Hiaasen | Amusement & Theme Parks
    Updated 2.23.04
  • The Darkest Child
    Author: Phillips, Delores
    Publisher: Soho $ 26 ISBN: 1569473455 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Rozelle Quinn is so fair skinned that she can pass for white. Yet everyone in her small Georgia town knows Rozelle's ten children by ten different daddies are mostly light too. They sleep on the floor in her drafty, rickety three room shack, but they are all vital to her--and not for well-intentioned reasons.
    Suggested Reading: African American Fiction Stars
    Updated 9.25.03
  • The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
    Author: Robinson, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316735027 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    The bestselling status (and subsequent blockbuster film adaptations) of Bridget Jones's Diary and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is proof of the enduring strength of this category. Although the novel is invented, Robinson is a successful Hollywood producer whose credits include Braveheart and Last Orders.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | All Stars | Humorous Fiction | Film Stars | Epistolary Stars
    Updated 11.12.03
  • The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo
    Author: Sacco, Joe
    Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 24.95 ISBN: 1896597602 Date: 2004
    starPW
    When bombs are falling and western journalism is the only game left in town, local "fixers" sell war correspondents the human tragedy and moral outrage that makes news editors back home happy. American Book Award winner Sacco goes behind the scene of war correspondence to reveal the anatomy of the big scoop.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel Stars | Former Yugoslavia
    Updated 11.24.03
  • Project X
    Author: Shepard, Jim
    Publisher: Knopf $ 20 ISBN: 140004071x Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Hanratty and Flake, two junior high school students, feel powerless against their situation at school until they gradually begin flirting with the most horrible revenge of all.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.15.04
  • All That Is Gone
    Author: Toer, Pramoedya Ananta
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 1401366635 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Pramoedya's semi-autobiographical stories deal with life's major themes: birth and death, sexual knowledge and love, compassion and revenge. This is the first time Pramoedya's short fiction has been widely available to the English reading public; its publication represents a significant addition to the cannon of world literature in translation.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Asian American Stars
    Updated 2.5.04
  • The Amateur Marriage
    Author: Tyler, Anne
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400042070 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Michael and Pauline seem like the perfect couple until their 17-year-old daughter disappears and they are forced to rescue her little boy, named Pagan, from drug-infested San Francisco. Tyler captures the nuances of everyday life through the decades of this mismatched marriage and its consequences.
    Updated 12.29.03
  • The Last Crossing
    Author: Vanderhaeghe, Guy
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 087113912x Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    A #1 bestseller in Canada, The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale of breathtaking quests, adventurous detours and hard-won redemption which takes us on a journey from Oxford to the dusty whiskey trading posts of the 19th century American and Canadian west. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Western Stars | All Stars
    Updated 1.5.04
  • Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z
    Author: Weinstein, Debra
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 1400061555 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    In a wickedly funny first novel, Weinstein writes about an aspiring young poet and the celebrated mentor who tries to hold her back.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Poets
    Updated 11.18.03
  • Prisoners of War
    Author: Yarbrough, Steve
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 0375414789 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Set in a Mississippi farming town in 1943, Prisoners of War is the story of Marty Stark, returned mysteriously from the front and reassigned to guard men he had been trained to kill--German soldiers whose fighting days are over.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World War Stars
    Updated 11.12.03

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