Fiction Stars 2009: July - December

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

July

  • A Girl Made of Dust
    Author: Abu-Ezzi, Nathalie
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802118950 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    A coming-of-age story sparked, but not consumed, by violence and loss, this poetic debut captures both a country and a childhood plagued by a conflict that even at its most threatening, carries the promise of healing and retribution.
    Updated 4.22.09
  • Girl in a Blue Dress
    Author: Arnold, Gaynor
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307462268 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Beloved writer Alfred Gibson's funeral has all of London in tears. Yet his very own wife is not in attendance. Estranged for years from her husband, Dorothea cannot bring herself to demonize Alfred, choosing instead to rethink her life and face those who once turned against her.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 7.31.09
  • The Embers
    Author: Bass, Hyatt
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805089943 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A once-charmed family is forced to confront the devastating tragedy that had struck it years ago, in this skillfully structured debut novel of buried secrets and deep regrets that crush a family while bonding its members irrevocably.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.21.09
  • A Cold Place in Hell
    Author: Blinn, William
    $ 5.99 ISBN: 9780786020768 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    An award-winning Hollywood screenwriter (Gunsmoke, Bonanza) delivers an extraordinary Western debut--a powerful tale of two men's undying friendship, of a murder, and a fight for justice.
    Suggested Reading: Western Stars | Debuts
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Don't Tempt Me
    Author: Chase, Loretta
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780061632662 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    RITA Award-winning author Chase delivers another passionate and romantic novel about a marriage of convenience between two scandalous souls, set in Regency England.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 7.29.09
  • Heroic Measures
    Author: Ciment, Jill
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780375425226 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From the author of The Tattoo Artist comes a taut, moving, accomplished work, set in a fraught, post-9/11 New York City on panic-alert.
    Updated 5.20.09
  • Faces
    Author: Cole, Martina
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780446179973 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    From international bestselling author Cole comes a gritty, gripping, and utterly unforgettable new tale set in the heart of London's criminal gangland.
    Updated 5.21.09
  • Something Missing
    Author: Dicks, Matthew
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780767930888 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A career criminal with OCD tendencies and a savant-like genius for bringing order to his crime scenes, Martin considers himself one of the best in the biz. After all, he's been able to steal from the same people for years on end--virtually undetected. Of course, this could also be attributed to his unique business model--he takes only items that will go unnoticed by the homeowner. After all, who in their right mind would miss a roll of toilet paper here, a half-used bottle of maple syrup there, or even a rarely used piece of china buried deep within a dusty cabinet? Even though he's never met these homeowners, he's spent hours in their houses, looking through their photo albums and reading their journals. In essence, Martin has developed a friendship of sorts with them and as such, he decides to interfere more in their lives--playing the part of a rather odd guardian angel--even though it means breaking many of his twitchy neurotic rules. Along the way Martin not only improves the lives of others, but he also discovers love and finds that his own life is much better lived on the edge (at least some of the time) in this hilarious, suspenseful and often profound novel about a man used to planning every second of his life, suddenly forced to confront chaos and spontaneity. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 7.29.09
  • Persona Non Grata
    Author: Downie, Ruth
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781596916098 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Kirkus
    Engrossing, intricate, and wonderfully comic, Persona Non Grata the third novel in the "New York Times"-bestselling Gaius Petreius Ruso series.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 8.19.09
  • Huge
    Author: Fuerst, James
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780307452498 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Life hasn't been easy for Eugene "Huge" Smalls. Sure, his IQ is off the charts, but that doesn't help much when you're growing up in the 1980s in a dreary New Jersey town where your bad reputation precedes you, the public school system's written you off as a lost cause, and even your own family seems out to get you. But it's not all bad. Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett have taught Huge everything he needs to know about being a hard-boiled detective . . . and he's just been hired to solve his first case. What he doesn't realize is that his search for the truth will change everything for him. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.21.09
  • How I Became a Famous Novelist
    Author: Hely, Steve
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780802170606 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    Narrated by an unlikely literary legend, this work moves from the post-college slums of Boston to the fear-drenched halls of Manhattan's publishing houses and tells the horrifying, hilarious tale of how one man's self-described pile of garbage novel becomes the most talked about book in America.
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Blame
    Author: Huneven, Michelle
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780374114305 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    Michelle Huneven, Richard Russo once wrote, is "a writer of extraordinary and thrilling talent." That talent explodes with her third book, Blame, a spellbinding novel of guilt and love, family and shame, sobriety and the lack of it, and the moral ambiguities that ensnare us all. The story Huneven tells is this: Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late twenties, has a brand-new PhD from Berkeley and a wild streak. She wakes up in jail after an epic alcoholic blackout. "Okay, what'd I do?" she asks her lawyer and jailers. In fact, two Jehovah's Witnesses, a mother and daughter, are dead, run over in Patsy's driveway, and Patsy will spend the rest of her life trying to atone. She goes to prison, gets sober, and upon her release finds a new community (and a husband) in AA. She resists temptations, strives for goodness, and becomes a selfless teacher, friend, and wife. Then, decades later, another unimaginable piece of information turns up. For the reader, it is an electrifying moment; a joyous, fall-off-the-couch-with-surprise moment. For Patsy, it is more complicated. Blame must be reapportioned, her life reassessed. When Huneven's first novel, Round Rock, was published, Valerie Miner, in the "Los Angeles Times," celebrated the book's "moral nerve, sharp wit and uncommon generosity." The same spirit blooms in Blame. The novel crackles with life--and, like life, can leave you breathless. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.19.09
  • In the Heart of the Canyon
    Author: Hyde, Elizabeth
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307263674 Date: 2009
    starPW
    From the author of The Abortionist's Daughter comes a gripping new novel about a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon that changes the lives of everyone on board.
    Updated 4.22.09
  • Exiles in the Garden
    Author: Just, Ward
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780547195582 Date: 2009
    starPW star Booklist
    One of the most astute writers of American fiction ("New York Times Book Review") delivers the resonant story of Alec Malone, a senator's son who rejects the family business of politics for a career as a newspaper photographer.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Glover's Mistake
    Author: Laird, Nick
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670020973 Date: 2009
    star PW
    When David Pinner introduces his former teacher, the American artist Ruth Marks, to his friend and flatmate James Glover, he unwittingly sets in place a love triangle loaded with tension, guilt, and heartbreak, in this artful meditation on love and life in contemporary London.
    Updated 7.31.09
  • The Game of Opposites
    Author: Lebrecht, Norman
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307377258 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    From the author of the award-winning The Song of Names comes a powerful new work that explores the reverberations of both love and hate in the story of one man's unlikely survival.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Straight from the Hip
    Author: Mallery, Susan
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780373773831 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Isabel has always been the fearless Titan sister. When an oil rig blows up, leaving her barely able to see, her sisters as are concerned about her emotional withdrawal as they are by the possibility that the explosion was no accident.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Let the Great World Spin
    Author: McCann, Colum
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400063734Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    McCann's most ambitious work to date offers a dazzling and hauntingly rich vision of the loveliness, pain, and mystery of life in New York City in the 1970s.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 5.21.09
  • American Adulterer
    Author: Mercurio, Jed
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439115633 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Mercurio presents an explosive, provocative fictional work about the life and times--and sexual dalliances--of John F. Kennedy during his administration.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Home Boy
    Author: Naqvi, Husain
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780307409102 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Beautifully written, sharply observed, and very funny, Home Boy is a heartbreaking story of a young immigrant's romance with America.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Loving a Lost Lord
    Author: Putney, Mary Jo
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781420103281 Date: 2009
    star LJ star PW
    "New York Times"-bestselling author Putney returns to the genre that made her a household name and delivers the first book in a dazzling new historical romance series about lifelong friends who are both noble and notorious.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Wife of the Gods
    Author: Quartey, Kwei
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781400067596 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist
    Lyrical and captivating, Kwei Quartey's debut novel brings to life the majesty and charm of Ghana-from the capital city of Accra to a small community where long-buried secrets are about to rise to the surface.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.21.09
  • The End Is Now
    Author: Stennett, Rob
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780310286790 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In two weeks, at precisely 6: 11 in the morning, the rapture is going to occur. But only in Goodland, Kansas. The Hendersons are caught in the middle as the town--and the family--divides between belief and unbelief in this satirical and illuminating apocalyptic novel.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 6.1.09
  • The Night Counter
    Author: Yunis, Alia
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307453624 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    At age 85, Fatima Abdullah knows that on the 1001st night of her storytelling, her life will end. But Fatima has many loose ends to tie up first, including finding a wife for her openly gay grandson and making amends with her estranged husband.
    Updated 6.10.09

August

  • Beat
    Author: Boaz, Amy
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781579621865 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus

    Updated 6.10.09
  • Laced with Magic
    Author: Bretton, Barbara
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780425227527 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    From a master storyteller ("Booklist") comes more magic, knitting, and love, in the delightful follow-up to Casting Spells, featuring knit-shop owner and sorcerer's daughter Chloe Hobbs.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 8.19.09
  • A Dark Love
    Author: Carroll, Margaret
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061652783 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Only Caroline knows the truth about her husband, a brilliant psychoanalyst whose list of patients includes some of Washington, D.C.'s, most celebrated denizens. With only a few precious minutes allotted to her, escape from this cruel psychopath is now or never.
    Updated 7.20.09
  • The Puzzle King
    Author: Carter, Betsy
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781565125940 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist
    Inspired by her own family's legends, Carter tells a story of unlikely heroes, the lively, beautiful Flora and her husband, the brooding, studious Simon, two German Jewish immigrants who are each sent to America by their families to find better lives.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 8.19.09
  • To Heaven by Water
    Author: Cartwright, Justin
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781596916210 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Kirkus
    With the subtlety of Ian McEwan and the pathos of Kazuo Ishiguro, Cartwright pens a wise, compassionate novel about age, loss, and moving forward.
    Updated 6.10.09
  • Amigoland
    Author: Casares, Oscar
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780316159692 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star PW
    With winsome prose and heartfelt humor, Casares' debut novel of family lost and found radiates with generosity and grace and confirms the arrival of a uniquely talented new writer.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Immortals
    Author: Chaudhuri, Amit
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307270221 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The award-winning author of A New World now presents an incantatory novel--at once plaintive and comic--about the powerful undercurrent of cultural and familial tradition in a society enthralled with the future.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Gone to Green
    Author: Christie, Judy
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9781426700248 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Lois, a corporate journalist at a large paper in the Midwest, inherits a small twice-weekly newspaper in rural North Louisiana. She must keep it for at least a year--a year with a host of challenges, lessons, and blessings.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Goddess of the Hunt
    Author: Dare, Tessa
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780345506863 Date: 2009
    star LJ star PW
    The first novel of a new trilogy of lighthearted, love-laden Regency romance tradition follows the fortunes of a lady tangled in a passionate triangle of her own making.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 7.31.09
  • In This Way I Was Saved
    Author: Deleeuw, Brian
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439103135 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    From a powerful new voice in literary fiction comes an intense psychological thriller. In This Way I Was Saved is a novel about mothers and sons, the dangers of the imagination, the precariousness of sanity, and the temptations of power.
    Updated 6.10.09
  • The Invisible Mountain
    Author: De Robertis, Carolina
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307271631 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    A gripping and lyrical story--at once expansive and lush with detail--this debut novel is a deeply intimate exploration of the search for love and authenticity, power and redemption, in the lives of three women.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated8.19.09
  • Red to Black
    Author: Dryden, Alex
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780061803864 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Anna, a beautiful and brilliant KGB Colonel who comes from a family of Soviet spies and power brokers, falls in love with her mark and together they have to face the truth about her country.
    Updated 6.10.09
  • Sacred Hearts
    Author: Dunant, Sarah
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400063826 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    The year is 1570, and in the convent of Santa Caterina, in the Italian city of Ferrara, noblewomen find space to pursue their lives under God's protection. But any community, however smoothly run, suffers tremors when it takes in someone by force. And the arrival of Santa Caterina's new novice sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the convent to its core. Ripped by her family from an illicit love affair, sixteen-year-old Serafina is willful, emotional, sharp, and defiant-young enough to have a life to look forward to and old enough to know when that life is being cut short. Her first night inside the walls is spent in an incandescent rage so violent that the dispensary mistress, Suora Zuana, is dispatched to the girl's cell to sedate her. Thus begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal between the young rebel and the clever, scholarly nun, for whom the girl becomes the daughter she will never have. As Serafina rails against her incarceration, others are drawn into the drama: the ancient, mysterious Suora Magdalena-with her history of visions and ecstasies-locked in her cell; the ferociously devout novice mistress Suora Umiliana, who comes to see in the postulant a way to extend her influence; and, watching it all, the abbess, Madonna Chiara, a woman as fluent in politics as she is in prayer. As disorder and rebellion mount, it is the abbess's job to keep the convent stable while, outside its walls, the dictates of the Counter-Reformation begin to purge the Catholic Church and impose on the nunneries a regime of terrible oppression. Sarah Dunant, the bestselling author of The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan, brings this intricate Renaissance world compellingly to life. Amid Sacred Hearts is a rich, engrossing, multifaceted love story, encompassing the passions of the flesh, the exultation of the spirit, and the deep, enduring power of friendship. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 7.20.09
  • The Magicians
    Author: Grossman, Lev
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670020553 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist
    A thrilling and original comingof- age novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, heas still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesnat bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentinas fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart. At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil arenat black and white, love and sex arenat simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Truth About Love
    Author: Hart, Josephine
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307272614 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    The Truth About Love opens in a small Irish town in the 1960s with the accidental death of a teenage boy who commits one final, heartrending act of love. Then: three brilliantly realized voices--the boy's mother, his older sister, and a German expat neighbor--speak the story into existence.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Ground Up
    Author: Idov, Michael
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780374531546 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    Mark and Nina descend on New York to educate the locals on authentic cafe culture. What follows is a brutal and hilarious downward spiral that will strip them of money, friends, and finally, sanity--and offer salvation through something they had never experienced: failure.
    Updated 6.10.09
  • A Duke of Her Own
    Author: James, Eloisa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061626838 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    The sixth and most exciting installment of the incredibly popular Desperate Duchesses series, in which a noble rogue must choose between finding an acceptable bride or pursuing true love to possible ruin.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Calligrapher's Daughter
    Author: Kim, Eugenia
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805089127 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A sweeping debut novel inspired by the life of the author's mother, The Calligrapher's Daughter follows a young woman who dares to fight for a brighter future in occupied Korea.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 6.1.09
  • The Longshot
    Author: Kitamura, Katie
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781439107522 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A brilliant, spare debut novel that follows a former mixed martial arts star and his longtime coach over the course of three fraught days as they prepare for his momentous comeback match.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 6.17.09
  • The Last Day
    Author: Landis, James
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781586421656 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Landis tells the story of a young U.S. Army sniper who has freshly returned from the Iraq War to his native New Hampshire. What follows is a page-turning adventure that is also a powerful meditation on religion and war, love and loss.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 7.20.09
  • It's Beginning to Hurt
    Author: Lasdun, James
    $ I23 SBN: 9780374299026 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus starPW star
    The stories in this remarkable collection--including "An Anxious Man," winner of the National Short Story Prize (UK)--are vibrant and gripping. James Lasdun's great gift is his unfailing psychological instinct for the vertiginous moments when the essence of a life discloses itself. With forensic skill he exposes his characters' hidden desires and fears, drawing back the folds of their familiar self-delusions, their images of themselves, their habits and routines, to reveal their interior lives with brilliant clarity. In sharply evoked settings that range from the wilds of Northern Greece to the beaches ofCape Cod, these intensely dramatic tales chart the metamorphoses of their characters as they fall prey to the full range of human passions. They rise to unexpected heights of decency or stumble into comic or tragic folly. They throw themselves open to lust, longing, and paranoia--always recognizably mirrors of our own conflicted selves. As James Wood has written, "James Lasdun seems to be one of the secret gardens of English writing . . . When we read him we know what language is for again." This collection of haunting, richly humane pieces is further proof of the powers of an enormously inventive writer. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Big Machine
    Author: Lavalle, Victor
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385527989 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus
    A fiendishly imaginative comic novel, Big Machine is a mind-rattling literary adventure about sex, race, and the eternal struggle between faith and doubt.
    Updated 8.9.09
  • Remedies
    Author: Ledger, Kate
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399155895 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A captivating new voice in women's fiction delves into the haunted past of a physicianas seemingly perfect marriage. Simon and Emily Bear look like a couple that has it all. Simon is a respected doctor. His wife, Emily, shines as a partner in a premier public relations firm. But their marriage is scarred by hidden wounds. Even as Simon tends his patientsa ills, and Emily spins away her clientsa mistakes, they canat seem to do the same for themselves or their relationship. Simon becomes convinced heas discovered a cure for chronic pain, a finding that could become a medical breakthrough, yet he is oblivious to the pain that he causes at home. Emily, struggling to move beyond the devastating loss she and Simon suffered fifteen years earlier, realizes she hasnat felt anything for a long timeathat is, until a lover from her past resurfaces and forces her to examine her marriage anew. In a debut novel on par with todayas top women writers, Remedies explores the complicated facets of pain, in the nerves of the body and the longings of the heart. Depicting modern-day marriage with a razor-sharp eye, Remedies is about what it takes, as an individual and as a couple, to recover from profound loss. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Benny & Shrimp
    Author: Mazetti, Katarina
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780143115991 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    An international sensation, this addictively readable tale asks the question: Why is it so impossible to get a relationship between two middle-aged misfits to work? This quirky, humorous novel breathes new life into the age-old conundrum that is love.
    Updated 7.29.09
  • An Expensive Education
    Author: McDonnell, Nick
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802118936 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star Booklist
    Donell's third novel takes readers into Harvard through its dormitories and dining halls, into its elite finals clubs and lecture halls. An Expensive Education is a smart, relentless novel set at the troubled intersection of ivory academia and realpolitik
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Rhino Ranch
    Author: McMurtry, Larry
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781439156391 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW
    In this novel of love and regret, McMurtry bids a final farewell to his beloved character, Duane Moore, and the rapidly changing town of Thalia, Texas.
    Updated 7.29.09
  • The Bridegroom
    Author: Miller, Linda Lael
    7.99 $ ISBN: 9780373773886 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    "New York Times" -bestselling author Miller returns to the Arizona frontier in this latest Stone Creek novel--a tale of passion, adventure, and dangerous promises.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 7.29.09
  • Cleopatra's Daughter
    Author: Moran, Michelle
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307409126 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    From the author of the national bestseller Nefertiti comes the incredible, untold story of Queen Cleopatra and Marc Antony's orphaned children, who were taken to Rome to be raised as hostages in the palace of their father's greatest rival.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • John the Revelator
    Author: Murphy, Peter
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780151014026 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Kirkus
    Suffused with family secrets, eerie imagery, black humor, and hypnotic prose, this astounding debut grapples with the pull between friendship and betrayal.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 6.10.09
  • Anna In-Between
    Author: Nunez, Elizabeth
    $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781933354842 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    "Nunez's fiction, with its lush, lyric cadences and whirlwind narrative, casts a seductive spell." --"O Magazine"- - Anna In-Between is Elizabeth Nunez's finest literary achievement to date. In spare prose, with laserlike attention to every word and the juxtaposition of words to each other, Nunez returns to themes of emotional alienation, within the context of class and color discrimination, so richly developed in her earlier novels. Anna, the novel's main character who has a successful publishing career in the United States, is the daughter of an upper-class Caribbean family. While on vacation in the island home of her birth she discovers that her mother, Beatrice, has breast cancer. Beatrice categorically rejects all efforts to persuade her to go to the United States for treatment, even though it is, perhaps, her only chance of survival. Anna and her father, who tries to remain respectful of his wife's wishes, must convince her to change her mind. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.19.09
  • A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True
    Author: Pasulka, Brigid
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780547055077 Date: 2009
    starPW
    From an original new voice in fiction comes this warm-hearted debut. Pasulka reimagines half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one couple's profound love affair.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 4.22.09
  • Reasoning for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories
    Author: Peele, Lydia
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061724732 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    With this collection, a gifted young writer brings together eight superbly crafted stories that peer deeply into the human heart, exploring lives derailed by the loss of a vital connection to the land.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • That Old Cape Magic
    Author: Russo, Richard
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780375414961 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    In this follow-up to Bridge of Sighs,Russo delivers a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it is he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Once on a Moonless Night
    Author: Sijie, Dai
    $ I25 SBN: 9780307271587 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist star PW
    From the author of the beloved best seller Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress comes a haunting tale of love--and the beguiling power of a lost language--in this story that carries readers across the breadth of China's past.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.30.09
  • Lime Tree Can't Bear Orange
    Author: Smyth, Amanda
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780307460646 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Deftly exploring the rush of first love and one woman's search for her identity set against the lush landscape of the Caribbean, this vivid, intensely moving novel comes from an emerging talent.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Prospect Park West
    Author: Sohn, Amy
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416577638 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The "New York Times"-bestselling author of Run Catch Kiss turns her satirical eye to the deeply twisted lives of urban mothers in upwardly mobile Park Slope, Brooklyn.
    Updated 7.20.09
  • The Call of Zulina
    Author: Strom, Kay Marshall
    $13.99 ISBN: 9781426700699 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Chemistry for Beginners
    Author: Strong, Anthony
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781439108471 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star LJ
    A shy chemist studying orgasms falls for his most incurable test subject, discovering that love is more than a simple solution to a chemical equation.
    Updated 7.18.09
  • The Island at the End of the World
    Author: Taylor, Sam
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780143116257 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A chilling post-apocalyptic tale of how far a father will go to protect his children, The Island at the End of the World is a mesmerizing novel from an exciting new writer.
    Updated 7.15.09
  • This Is Where I Leave You
    Author: Tropper, Jonathan
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780525951278 Date: 2009
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    The death of Judd Foxmanas father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family -including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarchas dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family. As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, itas a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd's father died: She's pregnant. This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper's most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bindawhether we like it or not. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.10.09
  • The Informers
    Author: Vasquez, Juan Gabriel
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594488788 Date: 2009
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    A virtuosic novel about family, history, memory, and betrayal from the brightest new Latin American literary talent working today. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.31.09
  • After the Fire, a Still Small Voice
    Author: Wyld, Evie
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307378460 Date: 2009
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    From one of "Granta's" New Voices of 2008: a stunningly accomplished debut novel, set in Australia, about the ineffable ties between fathers and sons--about the wars they fight between themselves and with others, and about the things they choose not to know about one another or about themselves.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 7.20.09

September

  • The Year of the Flood
    Author: Atwood, Margaret
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385528771 Date: 2009
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    The long-awaited new novel from the author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin, The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to Atwood's visionary power.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Anthologist
    Author: Baker, Nicholson
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416572442 Date: 2009
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    The Anthologist captures all the warmth, wit, and extraordinary prose style that have made Baker--a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author--anAmerican master.
    Updated 6.1.09
  • Hell
    Author: Butler, Robert Olen
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119018 Date: 2009
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    The new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain is set in the underworld. Its main character, Hatcher McCord, is an evening-news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • South of Broad
    Author: Conroy, Pat
    $ 29.95 ISBN: 9780385413053 Date: 2009
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    The one and only Pat Conroy returns with a big, sprawling novel that is at once a love letter to Charleston, South Carolina, and to lifelong friendship--a long-awaited work from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.
    Updated 7.18.09
  • A Good Death
    Author: Courtemanche, Gil
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781553652151 Date: 2009
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    On Christmas Eve, a family has gathered around the table for the obligatory dinner. The father, once an imposing figure who terrorized his children, has suddenly fallen prey to Parkinson's. Yesterday's tyrant is now trapped inside a disintegrating body. Andre, the eldest child, is nearing 60. He has never loved the father who lied too much, abused too much, manipulated too much. But still, this holiday week, Andre cannot help but be moved. How should he behave toward a parent to whom all pleasures are forbidden? Should he struggle to prolong the old man's life, or help him end it? Around the dinner table, opinions are divided. At once intimate and universal, A Good Death is a deeply moving voyage into the essence of humanity. In it, Gil Courtemanche once again asks readers to confront the question that lay at the heart of his first novel: Why live? Why die?
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Homer and Langley
    Author: Doctorow, E.L.
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400064946 Date: 2009
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    From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, Doctorow's novels comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. With Homer & Langley, the master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Blood's a Rover
    Author: Ellroy, James
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780679403937 Date: 2009
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    Political noir as only Ellroy can write it, Blood's A Rover is a novel of astonishing depth and scope, a massive tale of corruption and retribution, of ideals at war and the extremity of love. Set in the tumultuous year of 1968, this novel is the largest and greatest work of fiction by an American master.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • When Autumn Leaves
    Author: Foster, Amy
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781590202555 Date: 2009
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    Updated 9.1.09
  • Never Love a Lawman
    Author: Goodman, Jo
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781420101751 Date: 2009
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    A "USA Today"-bestselling author delivers a thrilling Western romance about a Colorado lawman who finds himself entering a marriage of convenience with a beautiful young woman in order to save his town.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 8.18.09
  • To Catch a Bride
    Author: Gracie, Anne
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425230220 Date: 2009
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    From a beloved, award-winning author comes the third novel featuring the Devil Riders--four courageous soldiers back from the war who must make their way in a glittering new world. This is the story of cynical Rafe, who rescues a charming waif and loses his heart in the process.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Lieutanant
    Author: Grenville, Kate
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119162 Date: 2009
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    A stunning follow-up to her Commonwealth Writers' Prize-winning book, The Secret River, Grenville's The Lieutenant is a gripping story about friendship, self-discovery, and the power of language, set along the unspoiled shores of 1788 New South Wales.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 7.15.09
  • A Separate Country
    Author: Hicks, Robert
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780446581646 Date: 2009
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    Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the incredible life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army--and one of its most tragic figures.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Viking Heat
    Author: Hill, Sandra
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425230671 Date: 2009
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    In her newest novel, "USA Today"-bestsellling author Hill delivers the story of a modern woman who is cast back in time to the icy Norselands, where she must tame--or be tamed by--a sexy Viking warlord.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
    Author: Ishiguro, Kazuo
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307271020 Date: 2009
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    One of the most celebrated writers of our time delivers his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly etched, interconnected stories, in which music is a vivid and essential character.
    Updated 9.24.09
  • In the Valley of the Kings: Stories
    Author: Holt, Terrence E.
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780393071214 Date: 2009
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    A stunning debut by a most promising writers, this collection, which gathers one novella and seven stories, leaps across genres and millennia, exploring the dark corners of human nature in a style that recalls the 19th-century American masters.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.1.09
  • Who Do I Talk To? Yada Yada House of Prayer
    Author: Jackson, Neta
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781595545244 Date: 2009
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    When Gabby loses custody of her sons and nearly all of her worldly possessions, she's surprised to discover what she's really made of. Still hoping to put her family together again, she puzzles over what to do with the attentions of a sympathetic lawyer who soothes her wounded spirit.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Geometry of God
    Author: Khan, Uzma Alsam
    $ 18 ISBN: 9781566567749 Date: 2009
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    Scientist Amal and her blind sister Mehwish, their heretical grandfather Zahoor, and Noman, the young man who changes all their livesthese are the four shift - Publisher Marketinging chambers who make the heart of The Geometry of God, the new novel from lauded Pakistani writer Uzma Aslam Khan. The Geometry of God follows these characters as their lives unfold against the backdrop of General Zias Pakistan, where religious fundamentalists and the mujaheddin (funded by gem sales and the Americans) gather power, and scientists and poets come under threat. This is a book to be savored, as the sisters show us: digging as Amal does toward the novels deepest questions about love and knowledge and faith, moving as Mehwish does to the rhythms of an abundant and original language.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Missing: Seasons of Grace
    Author: Lewis, Beverly
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780764205729 Date: 2009
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    Having broken off her betrothal to her quiet, staid beau, Grace is resigned to remain single. But when the young Amish man she thought was courting her best friend takes a sudden interest in her, Grace is befuddled and wonders if he can be trusted.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Daughters of Stone
    Author: Llanos-Figureroa, Dahlma
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312539269 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A lyrical, powerful debut novel about a family of Afro-Puerto Rican women, spanning five generations, detailing their physical and spiritual journey from the Old World to the New. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Mathilda Savitch
    Author: Lodato, Victor
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780374204006 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star Booklist star LJ star PW
    "I want to be awful. I want to do awful things and why not? Dull is dull is dull is my life." So begins Mathilda Savitch, a compelling page-turner and the debut of an extraordinary novelistic talent.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow
    Author: Magnin, Joyce
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9781426701641 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Agnes Sparrow is an unusual woman. No longer able or willing to leave her home, Agnes commits her life to prayer. And when she prays, miracles seem to happen. The townspeople are enamored of her talent, but Agnes wants to return to the true source of the miracles--God.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Evolution of Shadows
    Author: Malot, Jason Quinn
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781932961843 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    In July of 1995, the news photographer Gray Banick disappeared into the Bosnian war zone and doing so took away pieces of the hearts of three people who loved him: Emil Todorovi, his interpreter and friend; Jack MacKenzie, his mentor who taught Gray to hold his camera steady between himself and the worst that war presents; and Lian Zhao who didn't have the strength to love him as he wanted her to. Now, almost five years later, they have gathered in Sarajevo to find out what happened to Gray, the man who had taught them all what love is. Each driven character in this novel believes fully that there is a love strong enough to sustain them, even in the extreme of circumstances of war. But each time they have uncovered a glimpse of such a thing, they have failed tragically love itself. Or, to see it another way, this is a novel about how love fails us every timeor almost every time.
    Updated 9.1.09
  • New World Monkeys
    Author: Mauro, Nancy
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780307461414 Date: 2009
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    A savagely smart, darkly comic literary debut, New World Monkeys exposes the false idols of marital tranquility, small-town idyll, and corporate loyalty.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Twisted Tree
    Author: Meyers, Kent
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780151013890 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Hayley Jo Zimmerman is dead. And the people of small-town Twisted Tree must come to terms with this terrible event--their loss, their place in it, and the secrets they all carry. In this brilliantly written novel, one girl's story unfolds through the stories of those who had known her.
    Updated 7.20.09
  • No Time to Wave Goodbye
    Author: Mitchard, Jacquelyn
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400067749 Date: 2009
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    The "New York Times"-bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean returns with this unforgettable work that finds the Cappadora family in peril once again and forced to confront an unimaginable evil.
    Updated 7.20.09
  • Under This Broken Sky
    Author: Mitchell, Shandi
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061774027 Date: 2009
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    From a passionate new voice in the world of literary fiction comes the story of one family's struggle to survive, offering a tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit.
    Updated 9.24.09
  • A Gate at the Stairs
    Author: Moore, Lorrie
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780375409288 Date: 2009
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    Set just after the events of September 2001, Moore's deft, lyrical novel brings readers up against the heart of racism, the shock of war, and the carelessness perpetrated against others in the name of love.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Little Bird of Heaven
    Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061829833 Date: 2009
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    In the tradition of the remarkably successful"New York Times" bestseller The Gravedigger's Daughter, Oates is back with this dark, romantic, and captivating tale set in the Great Lakes regions of upstate New York.
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Throught the Pale Door
    Author: Ray, Brian
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781891885662 Date: 2009
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    Sarah West takes a temporary job at her father's South Carolina steel mill the summer before college, hoping for relief from the chaos of her psychotic and often institutionalized mother. Soon after moving into her father's home, tragic news about her mother arrives. The haunting funeral coincides with Sarah's first love affair with a fellow mill worker, Edgewood, who shares Sarah's artistic gifts. Confronted with danger and death at the mill, mortality confronts Sarah and Edgewood from every angle and buries deep in their artwork. Edgewood helps Sarah overcome the loss of her mother. In the end, however, Sarah will face a greater challenge: domesticating her own emerging inner demons while tending to her first lover's uncertainty in himself. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Cry of the Sloth
    Author: Savage, Sam
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781566892315 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ star Kirkus
    From letters and diary entries to grocery lists, this novel comprises a collection of everything Andrew Whittaker commits to paper over the course of four critical months. This tragicomic portrait of a literary life chronicles an aspiring novelist who is--quite literally--authoring his own downfall.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.24.09
  • Time for Eternity
    Author: Squires, Susan
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780312943530 Date: 2009
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    Desire and destiny collide in this first novel of a stunning new series. Donna Poliziano tells a bartender in modern-day San Francisco how to go back in time to Revolutionary France and kill the man who had made her a vampire.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Hunt Her Down
    Author: St. Claire, Roxanne
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439102213 Date: 2009
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    In this seventh Bullet Catchers novel, an FBI agent-turned-bodyguard tracks down his long-lost love and discovers the son he had never known.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Grace Hammer: A Novel of the Victorian Underworld
    Author: Stockbridge, Sara
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780393067187 Date: 2009
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    Stockbridge delivers an engrossing suspense novel set in Victorian London about stolen fortunes, romance, murder, and revenge.
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Love and Summer
    Author: Trevor, William
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670021239 Date: 2009
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    In spare, soulful prose, acclaimed Irish writer Trevor tells a haunting love story about the choices of the heart and the hardships--and comforts--of a bygone world.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.18.09

October

  • The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
    Author: Ackroyd, Peter
    $ 35 ISBN: 9780385530842 Date: 2009
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    In Ackroyd's haunting and atmospheric novel, two 19th-century Oxford students--Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley--form an unlikely friendship.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • As God Commands
    Author: Ammaniti, Niccola
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780802170675 Date: 2009
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    From the internationally bestselling author of "I'm Not Scared" comes a dizzying and compulsively readable novel set in a moribund town in industrial Italy, where a father and son contend with a hostile world and their own inner demons.
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Sunflowers: A Novel of Vincent Van Gogh
    Author: Bundrick, Sheramy
    $ ISBN: 9780061765278 Date: 2009
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    Art historian Bundrick offers a hauntingly beautiful debut novel about Vincent van Gogh's relationship with a mysterious young woman named Rachel, and the passion they share.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Children's Book
    Author: Byatt, A.S.
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307272096 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, from the Booker Prize-winning author of Possession, spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centers around a famous children's book author and the passions, betrayals, and secrets that tear apart the people she loves.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Crossers
    Author: Caputo, Philip
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780375411670 Date: 2009
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    Taking readers from the turn of the 20th century to the present day, the acclaimed author of Acts of Faith pens an impeccably crafted story about three generations of an Arizona family forced to confront the violence and loss that have become its inheritance.
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Most Wicked of Sins
    Author: Caskie, Kathryn
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780061491016 Date: 2009
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    Caskie delivers the second novel in her series featuring the Seven Deadly Sins--the seven Sinclair brothers and sisters who live for scandal and delight in disgrace. Ivy Sinclair must marry to please her father, but trouble ensues when she hires a rakish gentleman to impersonate her beloved.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Spooner
    Author: Dexter, Pete
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780446540728 Date: 2009
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    This is the story of the lifelong tie between former naval officer Calmer Ottosson and his step son, Warren Spooner--a troubled adolescent-turned-violent-adult, whom Calmer will never understand.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • When Autumn Leaves
    Author: Foster, Amy
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781590202555 Date: 2009
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    In Avening, a tiny town on the Pacific coast, it's hard not to believe in magic. This is a town where the shoes in the window always fit, where you can buy a love potion at the corner shop, and where the woods at the outskirts of town just might be the door to another world. And, of course, there's Autumn, Avening's beloved resident witch. From what's known of its mythical founding, Avening has always been a haven for people who are a little bit different, a place where they can come to discover what makes them so special. When Autumn receives news that she's been promoted to a higher coven, she also learns she has to replace herself. But who in Avening is in tune enough with her own personal magic to take over the huge responsibility of town witch? Autumn has a list of thirteen women and men who just might have what it takes-but how can she get them to open their eyes to the magic in their lives? This endlessly surprising and heart-warming debut is the story of coming to terms with the magical things we take for granted every day-our friends, our community, and, most of all, ourselves. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Man in the Wooden Hat
    Author: Gardam, Jane
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781933372891 Date: 2009
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    As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, the novel is a triumph. The Man in the Wooden Hat is fiction of a very high order from a great novelist working at the pinnacle of her considerable power. It will be read and loved and recommended by all the many thousands of readers who found its predecessor, Old Filth, so compelling and so thoroughly satisfying. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Hummingbirds
    Author: Gaylord, Joshua
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061769016 Date: 2009
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    This debut novel tells of the intertwining--and darkly surprising--relationships between the teachers and students at an all-girls prep school.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Gorgeous East
    Author: Giradi, Robert
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312565862 Date: 2009
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    A sweeping tale of love and redemption, honor and war, Girardi's Gorgeous East follows three French Foreign Legionnaires of very different backgrounds from the cliffs of Mont Saint-Michel to Istanbul's ancient alleyways, from Parisian bars to the desolate Sahara.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Dancing with Butterflies
    Author: Grande, Reyna
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781439109069 Date: 2009
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    From the American Book Award-winning author Across a Hundred Mountains comes this new novel that follows a friendship
    Updated 8.31.09
  • A Friend of the Family
    Author: Grodstein, Lauren
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781565129160 Date: 2009
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    Grodstein delivers a riveting story in the tradition of The Ice Storm, American Beauty, and Little Children, charting a father's fall from grace as he struggles to save his family, his reputation, and himself.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Cockroach
    Author: Hage, Rawi
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780393075373 Date: 2009
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    "[A] dark and uncompromising vision. [Cockroach] offers a version of an emigre underground which is original, raw and brave." -Colm Toibin
    Updated 7.20.09
  • The Wrong Mother
    Author: Hannah, Sophie
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143116301 Date: 2009
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    A chilling exploration of a mother's unspeakable betrayal from the author of Little Face. It's been a year since Sally Thorning's brief affair with Mark Bretherick. The two planned to never meet again. But now, Mark's wife and daughter are dead--and the safety of Sally's own family is in doubt.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Where I Must Go
    Author: Jackson, Angela
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780810151857 Date: 2009
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    Updated 8.13.09
  • The Rags of Time
    Author: Howard, Maureen
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670021321 Date: 2009
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    A moving meditation on aging and death, on memory, forgiveness, and redemption, The Rags of Times is the last in a beautifully written and boldly structured cycle of four books, woven as a tapestry of the seasons
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Chronic City
    Author: Lethem, Jonathan
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780385518635 Date: 2009
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    The acclaimed author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with this gorgeous, searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires, and lies.
    Updated 6.10.09
  • A Courtesan's Scandal
    Author: London, Julia
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781416547129 Date: 2009
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    England's most dignified duke falls for the courtesan intended for the decadent Prince of Wales, in the third passionate novel in London's Scandalous series.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 11.4.09
  • The Evolution of Shadows
    Author: Malott, Jason Quinn
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781932961843 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    In July of 1995, the news photographer Gray Banick disappeared into the Bosnian war zone and doing so took away pieces of the hearts of three people who loved him: Emil Todorovi, his interpreter and friend; Jack MacKenzie, his mentor who taught Gray to hold his camera steady between himself and the worst that war presents; and Lian Zhao who didn't have the strength to love him as he wanted her to. Now, almost five years later, they have gathered in Sarajevo to find out what happened to Gray, the man who had taught them all what love is. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Wolf Hall
    Author: Mantell, Hilary
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780805080681 Date: 2009
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    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man, Thomas Cromwell, dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 9.23.09
  • The Christmas Clock
    Author: Martin, Kat
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781593155476 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Bestselling romance author Martin presents a charming, inspiring holiday taleof love lost and found, and of bonds broken and healed.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Love in Infant Monkeys
    Author: Millet, Lydia
    $ 13.95 ISBN: 9781593762520 Date: 2009
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    Lions, Komodo dragons, dogs, monkeys, and pheasants--all have shared spotlights and tabloid headlines with Hollywood celebrities. Millet hilariously tweaks these unholy communions to run a stake through the heart of this fascination with famous people and pop culture.
    Updated 9.24.09
  • Ten Storey Love Song
    Author: Milward, Richard
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061834486 Date: 2009
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    "Milward is a major talent, and his love for his characters shines through any degrading obstacles he forces them to encounter. He's also a novelist of great emotional power and deft skill." -- Irvine Welsh, The Guardian - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Her Fearful Symmetry
    Author: Niffenegger, Audrey
    $ 27 ISBN: 9781439165393 Date: 2009
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    The author of the phenomenally successful novel The Time Traveler's Wife returns with a spectacularly compelling and haunting second book set in and around Highgate Cemetery in London.
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Bigness of the World: Stories
    Author: Ostlund, Lori
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 97808020334097 Date: 2009
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    Updated 8.31.09
  • Choices
    Author: Nowak, Pamela
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594148101 Date: 2009
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    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Museum of Innocence
    Author: Pamuk, Orhan
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780307266767 Date: 2009
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    From the universally acclaimed author of Snow and My Name Is Red comes his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize. A stirring exploration of the nature of romantic attachment and the strange allure of collecting, this is Pamuk's greatest achievement to date.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales
    Author: Petrushevskaya, Ludmilla
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143114666 Date: 2009
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    Vanishings and apparitions, nightmares and twists of fate, mysterious ailments and supernatural interventions haunt these stories by the Russian master Petrushevskaya, heir to the spellbinding tradition of Gogol and Poe.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • In the Falling Snow
    Author: Phillips, Caryl
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780307272560 Date: 2009
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    At once intimate and expansive, deeply moving in its portrayal of the vagaries of familial love, and bold in its scrutiny of the personal and societal politics of race, this novel is Phillips's most powerful yet.
    Updated 9.23.09
  • The Interrogative Mood
    Author: Powell, Padgett
    $ 21.99 ISBN: 9780061859410 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    "If Duchamp or maybe Magritte wrote a novel (and maybe they did. Did they?) it might look something like this remarkable little book of Padgett Powell's: immensely readable, ingenious, witty, and ultimately important-feeling in a way you can't quite describe but don't need to." -- Richard Ford - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Generosity: An Enhancement
    Author: Powers, Richard
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780374161149 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW star LJ
    From the National Book Award-winning author of The Echo Maker comes a playful and provocative novel about the discovery of the happiness gene. Funny, fast, and magical, Generosity celebrates both science and the freed imagination.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Rebel Yell
    Author: Randall, Alice
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781596916685 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    From the bestselling author of The Wind Done Gone comes a timely new novel of political intrigue, family secrets, and espionage, steeped in this country's racial history and framing America's unique political moment.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Angel Time
    Author: Rice, Anne
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781400043538 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Rice returns to the mesmerizing storytelling that has captivated readers for more than three decades in a tale of unceasing suspense set in time past--a metaphysical thriller about angels and assassins.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Bed of Roses
    Author: Roberts, Nora
    $ 16 ISBN: 9780425230077 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Love blooms in the second novel in Roberts's celebrated Bride Quartet series. Florist Emma Grant is enjoying career success at Vows, a wedding planning company. She hasn't found Mr. Right yet, but Jack Cooke is about to change that.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 9.23.09
  • In the First Circle
    Author: Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander
    $ 18.99 ISBN: 9780061479014 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Updated 7.17.09
  • The Book of Fathers
    Author: Vamos, Miklos
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781590513392 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    In 1705, Kornell Csillag's grandfather happens across a gold watch--a magical watch that brings the gift of clairvoyance to the family's first-born sons. This gift offers the ability to look into the future or back into history--for some it is a blessing, for others a curse.
    Updated 9.23.09
  • What the World Will Look Like When All Water Leaves Us
    Author: Van Den Berg, Laura
    $ 16.95 ISBN: 9780976717775 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Containing work reprinted in Best Non-Required Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prizes 2010, the stories in Laura van den Berg's rich and inventive debut illuminate the intersection of the mythic and the mundane. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Half Broke Horses
    Author: Walls, Jeanette
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416586289 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist
    Walls's The Glass Castle was nothing short of spectacular ("Entertainment Weekly"). Now Walls presents this magnificent, true-life novel based on her no-nonsense, resourceful, hardworking, and spectacularly compelling grandmother.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Biographical Fiction
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Financial Lives of the Poets
    Author: Walter, Jess
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061916045 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From National Book Award-finalist Walter comes a hysterically funny--and painfully timely--new novel of one man's attempt to save his family from economic disaster by putting his entrepreneurial leanings toward a life of petty crime.
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Lakeshore Christmas
    Author: Wiggs, Susan
    $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780778326892 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Prim librarian Maureen is finally getting her chance to direct Avalon's annual holiday pageant, but she and her co-director Eddie spar over every detail of the pageant. Is he trying to sabotage the performance, or is she trying too hard to create her storybook-perfect notion of Christmas?
    Suggested Reading: Romance | Christmas Stars
    Updated 10.27.09

November

  • Invisible
    Author: Auster, Paul
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780547239699 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star Booklist
    Everything is over for Simon Axler, the protagonist of Roth's startling new book. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his 60s, Axler has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Devil's Dream
    Author: Bell, Madsion Smartt
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780375424885 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    From the author of All Souls' Rising comes a powerful new novel about Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the most reviled and celebrated, loathed and legendary, of Civil War generals.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Fit To Be Tied
    Author: Hatcher, Robin Lee
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780310258063 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    It's 1916, and Idaho rancher Cleo Arlington knows everything about horses, but when she is charged with transforming English aristocrat Sherwood Statham from playboy into cowboy, she's totally disconcerted. Their bumpy trot into romance is frustrating, exhilarating, and ultimately heartwarming.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Shark Girls
    Author: Colbert, Jaimee
    $ 27 ISBN: 9781604890433 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Shark Girls is about two women whose lives are transformed by a shark attack that amputates a child's leg. It is narrated by "Scat", the older sister of the victim, now a reformed drunk and a "disaster photographer", alternating with the story of Gracie, a casualty of a disfiguring accident, who becomes obsessed with "Shark Girl", as the younger sister is known, rumored to have supernatural powers, who at the start of the novel has disappeared.
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Generation A
    Author: Coupland, Douglas
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781439157015 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Generation A is set in the near future in a world where bees are extinct, until five unconnected people from around the world are all stung. Their shared experience unites them in ways they never could have imagined.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Pornograhia
    Author: Gombrowicz, Witold
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780802119254 Date: 2009
    star PW
    John Updike called Gombrowicz "one of the profoundest late moderns: and Milan Kundera describes him as "one of the great novelists of our century" - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.31.09
  • To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom
    Author: Gingrich, Newt & William Fortschen
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780312591069 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    After two bestselling series examining the Civil War and World War II, Gingrich and Forstchen turn their sharp eyes for detail to the Revolutionary War. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Ficton
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Juliet, Naked
    Author: Hornby, Nick
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594488870 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW
    What happens when a washed-up musician looks for anther chance? And a childless woman looks for a change? Juliet, Naked is a powerfully engrossing, humorous novel about music, love, loneliness, and the struggle to live up to one's promise.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • To Desire a Devil
    Author: Hoyt, Elizabeth
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780446406949 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    "USA Today"-bestselling author Hoyt delivers the final installment in her sensual The Legend of the Four Soldiers series.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Last Night in Twisted River
    Author: Irving, John
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781400063840 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A story spanning five decades, Irving's 12th novel is set in 1954 New Hampshire, where an anxious 12-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • A Good Fall: Stories
    Author: Jin, Ha
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307378682 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    In his first book of stories since The Bridegroom, National Book Award-winner Jin gives readers a collection that delves into the experience of Chinese immigrants in America.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • To Love a Wicked Lord
    Author: Layton, Edith
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780061757709 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    "USA Today"-bestselling author begins a sensational new series about three siblings born to three different mothers and their search for love.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Art Student's War
    Author: Leithauser, Brad
    $ 29 ISBN: 9780307271112 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    In his sixth novel, Leithauser has realized a double feat of imagination: a loving historical portrait of a now-vanished Detroit in its heyday, and a keen and affectionate rendering of a young artist, Bianca Paradiso.
    Updated 9.23.09
  • Too Much Happiness
    Author: Munro, Alice
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307269768 Date: 2009
    starBooklist starPW star Kirkus
    With clarity and ease, Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories that shed light on the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Witch Doctor's Wife
    Author: Myers, Tamar
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061727832 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Raised as the child of missionaries in the Congo, the author of the Den of Antiquity mystery series uses her intimate knowledge of the landscape as the backdrop for a stunning new novel.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Original of Laura (Dying is Fun): A Novel in Fragments
    Author: Nabokov, Vladimer
    $ 35 ISBN: 9780307271891 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    When Nabokov died in 1977, he left instructions for his heirs to burn the rough draft of his final novel, The Original of Laura. But the manuscript was never destroyed and the novelist's son, Dmitri, has finally agreed to allow publication of the narrative.
    Updated 9.23.09
  • The Humbling
    Author: Roth, Philip
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780547239699 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    Everything is over for Simon Axler, the protagonist of Roth's startling new book. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his 60s, Axler has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.20.09
  • No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II
    Author: Shaara, Jeff
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780345497925 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The magisterial conclusion to Shaara's World War II trilogy vividly portrays the European war's last act, from the Battle of the Bulge to Germany's unconditional surrender--told through the viewpoints of the men at the top including Eisenhower, Patton, Churchill, and Hitler.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Landscape with a Dog: And Other Stories
    Author: Sotiropoulos, Ersi
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781566567732 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In Landscape with Dog and Other Stories, every moment is an opportunity for transformation. Contemporary Athens wavers before us; the outlines of a sketch darken and blur; the face of a friend is at once beloved and strange. In Sotiropouloss prose, the slightest event, the slightest change in the quality of the light, can alter everything. These stories will be praised for their flashes of beauty and their crackles of dark humor, but what makes them so memorable is something else, impossible to pin downfamiliar and troubling, compelling and unapproachable, Sotiropouloss stories give us a new way of seeing. Ersi Sotiropouloss eleven works of fiction and poetry have won her audiences around the world. Her novel Zigzag through the Bitter-Orange Trees was the first work ever to receive both the Greek national literature prize and its preeminent book critics award. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.27.09
  • A Regency Christmas: Scarlett Ribbons, Christmas Promise, A Little Christmas
    Author: Stone, Lyn, Carla Kelly, Gail Ranstrom
    $ 5.99 ISBN: 9780373295678 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    "Scarlet Ribbons" by Lyn Stone Captain Alexander Napier is battle scarred--from war and from life. For him, yuletide is just a reminder of all that he's lost. Can enchanting Amalie Harlowe restore light into the festive season...and reignite the passion in his heart? "Christmas Promise" by Carla Kelly Now that peace has broken out, Captain Jeremiah Faulk is at odds over what to do this Christmas, let alone with his life. Until a simple act of charity reunites him with his lost love--Ianthe Mears. "A Little Christmas" by Gail Ranstrom Tending to a houseful of grieving relatives isn't Viscount Selwick's idea of a merry Christmas. But one stolen kiss under the mistletoe with spirited Sophia Pettibone is about to change everything! - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Christmas Stars
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Creed of Violence
    Author: Teran, Boston
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781582435251 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Set against a backdrop of intrigue and corruption, The Creed of Violence is a saga about the scars of abandonment, the greed of war, and America's history of foreign intervention for the sake of oil.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Hard to Hold
    Author: Tyler, Stephanie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780440244349 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The first novel in an all-new trilogy. Lieutenant Jake Hansen has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man, but now the wounded Navy SEAL faces his toughest job yet: smuggling Dr. Isabelle Markham out of Africa without triggering an international incident.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.27.09

December

  • Ghosts and Lightning
    Author: Byrne, Trevor
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780385531276 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Set in contemporary Dublin, this account of Denny Cullen's life after he is called back home to attend his mother's funeral is filled with hooliganism, raucous parties, violence, and even an exorcism--but it's also as irresistible as an expertly pulled pint of Guinness.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Delilah
    Author: Edgehill, India
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312338916 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A glorious and inventive retelling of the story of Samson and Delilah, this is a soaring tale of political turmoil, searing betrayal, and forbidden love.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Stealing Fatima
    Author: Gaspar, Frank X.
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781582435169 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    As the last light of All-Hallows' Eve falls on a small town at the tip of Cape Cod, Father Manuel Furtado begins his nightly ritual of gin, pills, prayer, and hours spent writing feverishly in his ledger. With the deep luxury of the chemicals in his body, he copies passages from Saint Augustine and Martin Heidegger, disciplined in his desire to flesh out his ever-building demons. But, unlike his usual uninterrupted reflection, this night there is a crash, sudden enough to pull Father Manny from the rectory and toward his church, Our Lady of Fatima. He finds a man there--his childhood friend Sarafino, whom he has not seen in decades--frail with illness and desperate to tell the priest about his recurring visits from the Virgin Mary. Despite Father Manny's grave doubts about Sarafino and his visions, he lets his old friend into his home and his life, and this single act ignites a series of events that challenge the faith of this fishing village, the parish, and Father Manny himself. Striking and lovingly detailed, Stealing Fatima is the story of a priest's search for redemption in a town where, even in these modern times, the divine is possible. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.25.09
  • Magnificent Bastards
    Author: Hall, Rich
    $ 14.95 ISBN:9780349119656 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    From the grouchy, deadpan, comic genius and brilliantly witty author of Otis Lee Crenshaw: I Blame Society and Things Snowball comes this wonderful new collection of stories of magnificent bastards and lost souls. Meet the man who vacuums bewildered prairie dogs out of their burrows; a smug, carbon-neutral eco-couple; a teenage girl who invites 45,000 MySpace friends to a house party; the author of a business book entitled "Highly Successful Secrets to Standing on a Corner Holding Up a Golf Sale Sign;" and a man whose attempts to teach softball to a group of indolent advertising executives sparks an international crisis. With his trademark humor, this is guaranteed to delight his loyal fanbase as well as draw in new readers. -Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.25.09
  • The Farmer's Daughter
    Author: Harrison, Jim
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119346 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    Harrison's latest collection of novellas, The Farmer's Daughter, finds him writing at the height of his powers, and in fresh and audacious new directions. The three stories in The Farmer's Daughter are as different as they are unforgettable. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Let Darkness Come
    Author: Hunt, Angela
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778326533 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Accused of the murder of his society wife, the scion of one of Chicago's wealthiest, most powerful families is being defended by attorney Briley Lester. A tragic, shocking secret could be the key to proving his innocence. But before she can bring the truth into the light, Briley will have to face the woman's haunted past--and her own.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • My Unfair Lady
    Author: Kennedy, Kathryne
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781402229909 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Pygmalion meets the Wild West in this lively and unusual historical romance by award-winning author Kennedy.
    Suggested Reading: Romance
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Becoming Jane Eyre
    Author: Kohler, Sheila
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143115977 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    A beautifully imagined tale of the Bronte sisters, Becoming Jane Eyre delicately unravels the connections between one of fiction's most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • The Lute Player: A Novel of Richard the Lionhearted
    Author: Lofts, Nora
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781439146071 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Norah Lofts was one of the best known and best loved of all historical novelists, renowned for her authentic use of period detail. Born in 1904 in Norfolk, England, Lofts wrote more than fifty books of fiction, nonfiction, and short stories over the course of her half-century-long writing career, including The King's Pleasure and Here Was a Man, and was a bestselling author on both sides of the Atlantic.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 9.23.09
  • Your Face Tomorrow
    Author: Marias, Javier
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780811218122 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Maras's daring novel in three parts culminates triumphantly in this much-anticipated final volume. Your Face Tomorrow takes the series' hero Jaime Deza back to Madrid to both spy on and protect his own family.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • La's Orchestra Saves the World
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780307378385 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The first stand-alone novel to be published by Pantheon from the best-selling author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series: a delightful and moving story that celebrates the healing powers of friendship and music. It is 1939. Lavender-La to her friends-decides to flee London, not only to avoid German bombs but also to escape the memories of her shattered marriage. The peace and solitude of the small town she settles in are therapeutic . . . at least at first. As the war drags on, in need of some diversion and to boost the town's morale, La organizes an amateur orchestra, drawing musicians from the village and the local RAF base. Among the strays she corrals is Feliks, a shy, proper Polish refugee who becomes her prized recruit-and the object of feelings she thought she'd put away forever. Does La's orchestra save the world? The people who come to hear it think so. But what will become of it after the war is over? And what will become of La herself? And of La's heart? With his all-embracing empathy and his gentle sense of humor, Alexander McCall Smith makes of La's life-and love-a tale to enjoy and cherish. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Collected Stories
    Author: Shiner, Lewis
    $ 40 ISBN: 9781596062528 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Updated 11.25.09

 

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