Fiction Stars of 1997

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.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine.

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

June

  • God's Fires
    Anthony, Patricia
    Publisher: Ace Books List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 0441004075 Date: 1997
    starKirkusstarPublishers Weekly
    PW Best Books '97 Washington Post Book World
    In Portugal, during the Inquisition, a spaceship crash lands. Three creatures emerge from the ship and are captured and imprisoned by the Jesuits. Are they angels or devils? Should they be worshipped or burned at the stake? All of society is divided in this unforgettable novel that asks what we should do in the face of the truly unknown.
  • A Crime in the Neighborhood
    Berne, Suzanne
    Publisher: Algonquin List Price: $18.95 ISBN: 1565121651 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Editor's Choice
    L.A. Times Book Award - First Fiction Finalist
    In 1973, it seems to 10-year-old Marsha that everyone she knows is committing crimes: her father and Aunt Ida are having an affair, her teenage brother and sister are smoking and shoplifting; even the President of the United States is acting like a crook. But when a body of a neighbor boy - someone Marsha knows - is found in the woods behind the shopping mall, she focuses her sights more sharply than ever on the neighborhood comings and goings.
  • Terminal Velocity
    Boyd, Blanche McCrary
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $23 ISBN: 0679430083 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarBooklist
    The author of the widely acclaimed The Revolution of Little Girls now drives deep into the heart of the revolution itself, from the unique vantage point of the radical feminist underground in the days of rage. Seemingly by accident and nearly overnight, a young, happily married editor for a small Boston press finds herself in communal California with a new name and a newfound set of preferences and politics.
  • Lady of Avalon
    Bradley, Marion Zimmer
    Publisher: Viking List Price: $24.95 ISBN: 0670857831 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    The eagerly awaited link between Marion Zimmer Bradley's spectacular The Forest House and her blockbuster bestseller The Mists of Avalon, this book spans the creation of Avalon itself and foreshadows the birth of King Arthur. Spellbinding, dynamically plotted, rich in ritual, character, and turbulence of Roman Britain, Lady of Avalon is sure to win the hearts of Bradley's avid fans and of spiritual seekers everywhere.
  • The Tree of Red Stars
    Bridal, Tessa
    Publisher: Milkweed List Price: $21.95 ISBN: 1571310134 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    Romance, coming-of-age, and political intrigue blend to create an evocative description of Uruguay's transition from democracy to a CIA-backed military dictatorship. Tessa Bridal's debut novel provides readers with a vivid, unforgettable journey through a time and a world that is closer than we realize.
  • Nazareth Hill
    Campbell, Ramsey
    Publisher: Tor List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 0312863446 Date: 1997
    starLibrary JournalstarPublishers Weekly
    From one of the world's most celebrated authors of psychological horror comes a novel that chronicles the deteriorating relationship between a teenage girl and her father. Moving into a former mental institution that has been converted into an apartment house, a worried father soon realizes he's made a bad decision, especially when his daughter begins to "hear things" in the halls.
  • Exiles: Three Short Novels
    Caputo, Philip
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $25 ISBN: 0679450386 Date: 1997
    starKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    NYTBR NOTABLE
    The universal experience of not belonging in a place or situation - psychic exile, so to speak - unites three short novels in this powerful collection. A young man falls in with an upper-crust couple who lavish him with attention and with unexpected dilemmas; a beguiling but troublesome stranger washes ashore into the thick of a struggle for a tiny island's very identity; and a squad of misfits plunges into the jungle in search of the body of their mess sergeant, who has been abducted by a tiger.
  • Heat Lightning
    Cohen, Leah Hager
    Publisher: Avon List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0380974681 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    Set in a small town in upstate New York, this luminous novel about one remarkable summer in the lives of two young, orphaned sisters traces the unraveling of the mythology which the girls create to explain the untimely death of their parents.
  • Meeting the Minotaur
    Dawson, Carol
    Publisher: Algonquin List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 156121260 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    Taylor Deeds is a freak. A geek. A bastard. With exuberant irony and brilliant wit, Carol Dawson unfolds the story of this reluctant hero whose soul harks back to the days of Hercules, Jason and Medea, but who finds himself in a world of beach resorts, illegal aliens, drug smugglers, and international intrigue.
  • Almost No Memory
    Davis, Lydia
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux List Price: $20 ISBN: 0374102813 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    Philosophical inquiry, examinations of language, and involuted domestic disputes are the focus of Lydia Davis's inventive collection of short fiction, Almost No Memory. In each of these stories, Davis reveals an empathic, sometimes shattering understanding of human relationships.
  • The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms
    Donleavy, J.P.
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $18.95 ISBN: 0312155638 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    This modern-day fairy tale - in which a woman in a state of deep depression after a recent divorce is driven to find the finest ladies' rooms in Manhattan - is Donleavy at his best: witty, biting, decidedly scatological, eccentrically punctuated, and laugh-out-loud funny.
    Suggested Reading: Fractured Fairy and Folk Tales
  • Distress
    Egan, Greg
    Publisher: HarperPrism List Price: $21 ISBN: 0061052647 Date: 1997
    blackstar.jpg - 947 BytesPublishers Weekly
    In his latest novel, the author of Permutation City and Quarantine creates a fragmented futuristic world where technology and bio-engineering threaten humanity's very existence. The year is 2055, and the world's only hope for survival lies in Violet Mosasa's development of a final Theory of Everything. But whether it will lead to the total destruction of Life As We Know It or the complete remaking of the Universe may be a risk to dangerous to take.
    Suggested Reading: Dystopian Stars
  • Don't Erase Me
    Ferrell, Carolyn
    Houghton Mifflin List Price: $20 ISBN: 0394713277 Date: 1997
    starBooklist blackstar.jpg - 947 BytesPublishers Weekly
    ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION - L.A. TIMES
    Ferrell's remarkable stories show young people on the verge of being erased from society--but determined to endure. "Each story is a song, the voice tuned to perfection"--Tobias Wolff.
  • Cold Mountain
    Frazier, Charles
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly List Price: $23 ISBN: 0871136791 Date: 1997
    starLibrary Journal
    National Book Award WINNER
    NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS NOMINEE
    PW BEST BOOK
    NYTRB NOTABLE
    BOOKLIST EDITORS CHOICE
    ALA RUSA NOTABLE BOOK
    A magnificent love story in the tradition of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. Based on true stories passed down from the author's great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is set at the end of the Civil War and tells the tale of a wounded soldier and his perilous journey home from the front.
  • She Took My Arm As If She Loved Me
    Gold, Herbert
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $21.95 ISBN: 0312156537 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    From the acclaimed and bestselling author of Fathers and Salt comes a stirring novel about love and identity set in present-day San Francisco - where leftover hippies and beatniks, speculators , millionaires, and wannabes, artists, reformers, overwhelmed cops, and old Californians compete for shrinking space.
  • Mister Sandman
    Gowdy, Barbara
    Publisher: Steerforth List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 1883642337 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    PW Best Books '97
    One of the most audacious and talked-about novels of the season, Mister Sandman is set in Toronto in the mid-1950s and concerns the Canary family: their immoderate passions and eccentricities and their secret lives.
  • The Driftless Zone: Or A Novel Concerning the Outmigration from Small Cities
    Harsch, Rick
    Publisher: Steerforth List Price: $ 21 ISBN: 1883642329 Date: 1997
    starLibrary Journal
    The Driftless Zone achieves a relentless and compelling integrity through its various narrative voices. It is aptly titled in that its greatest heights are achieved in the portrayal of setting and psyche. This is a novel that captures the life of the small-town Midwestern night -- the 24-hour gas-and-cigarette shops, strip restaurant chains, flophouse apartments...an ambitious work and an auspicious debut" (Hungry Mind Review).
  • Bacon Fancier: Four Tales
    Isler, Alan
    Publisher: Viking List Price: $21.95 ISBN: 0670874078 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    The author of The Prince of West End Avenue - winner of the National Jewish Book Award - makes his Viking debut with this collection of four tales set in successive centuries and linked by a common theme, the Jewish experience in the Gentile world.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • The Falling Boy
    Long, David
    Publisher: Scribner List Price: $22 ISBN: 0684800349 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly blackstar.jpg - 947 BytesLibrary Journal
    Fulfilling the extraordinary promise of his lavishly praised short story collection, Blue Spruce, David Long's debut novel is a lush, resonant work that examines marriage from a man's perspective. Set in a small town in Montana in the 1960's, The Falling Boy charts the inner life of a young construction worker who, as he weds one sister, finds himself falling in love with her sibling.
  • The Sunday Macaroni Club
    Lopez, Steve
    Publisher: Harcourt Brace List Price: $24 ISBN: 0151002649 Date: 1997
    blackstar.jpg - 947 BytesKirkus
    In the new novel from the award-winning author of Third and Indiana, decency and democracy stage a fight to the finish in a scathingly funny and suspenseful tale of greed and corruption. When an Assistant District Attorney is told by her boss to nail the Sunday Macaroni Club, five remnants of an old political machine led by a former U.S. Senator with a fraud conviction, the stage is set for a carnival of ambition and self-preservation.
  • Some Men Are Lookers
    Mordden, Ethan
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 031215560x Date: 1997
    blackstar.jpg - 947 BytesPublishers Weekly
    In the 1980's. Ethan Mordden's acclaimed "Buddies" trilogy explored the network of supportive friendships that underlay the facade of partying in Manhattan's sex-and-beauty cult. Now, Mordden returns to his best-loved characters in this eagerly awaited fourth volume in the cycle. Blending the comic, the sexy, and the touching, Mordden presents a view of gay culture that is at once idealistic and realistic.
  • Leave it to Me
    Mukherjee, Bharati
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $23 ISBN: 0679434275 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR NOTABLE
    Debby DeMartino, in her early 20's, adopted as a toddler, is determined to find her biological parents. Her mother was a California flower child, her father a murderer now serving a life sentence in an Asian prison. All Debbie has of them is a literally haunting past, but now she wants revenge. So she heads for San Francisco, living the life of her newly named persona Devi Dee, she senses that she may have inherited more than she imagined.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
  • A Book of Memories
    Nadas, Peter
    Publisher: Farrar List Price: $30 ISBN: 0374115435 Date: 1997
    starLibrary JournalstarKirkusstarPublishers Weekly
    PW Best Books of '97
    NYTBR Notable
    Washington Post Book World
    This extraordinary magnum opus seems at first to be a confessional autobiography novel in the grand manner, claiming and extending the legacy of Proust and Mann. However, made up of three first-person narratives, this book is clearly more: a brilliant psychological novel that comes to terms with ghosts, corpses, and repressed nightmares of Europe's recent past.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • The Puttermesser Papers
    Ozick, Cynthia
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $23 ISBN: 0679454764 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkusstarBookliststarLibrary Journal
    National Book Award Finalist PW Best Books of '97
    NYTBR Editor's Choice
    Booklist Editors Choice
    Yearning for a life of the mind, Ruth Puttermesser finds herself mired in the lowest circles of city bureaucracy. Her love life hopeless, her fantasies more influential than wan reality, she neverthe less turns out to be the best mayor New York City has ever elected. Soon enough, though, paradise gained becomes lost, and - even for a wistful visionary like Puttermesser - the problem of disappointment remains unresolved.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Picaresque Stars
  • The Chin Kiss King
    Veciana-Suarez, Ana
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux List Price: $24 ISBN: 0374121303 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    The lives of three generations of Cuban-American women sharing a home in Miami are chronicled in this engaging first novel--a testimony to the resilient spirit of women and a haunting meditation on the meaning of faith and the power of love to redeem and transform.
  • Four Decades: New and Selected Stories
    Weaver, Gordon
    Publisher: Univ of Missouri List Price: $18.95 ISBN: 0826211135 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    Beginning with his first published story, "When Times Sit In, " vivid, authentic characters enliven this collection. "Getting Serious" follows the life of a man who spends his summers in upstate Wisconsin, goes off to war and college, and then gets married. After losing his job and family, he retreats to his summer home to take inventory: "My wife and I never talked about our failing marriage, because it was too serious and depressing a topic and because, I suppose, we thought our failure would heal itself if we left it undisturbed long enough." Selected as a Best American Short Story in 1980, "Hog's Heart" is the poignant tale of a celebrated college football coach who, without medical evidence, is convinced he is dying. Keenly aware of his fragile state, Hog sees each day as possibly his last. Ironically, when Hog feels his team has the momentum to finally upset the legendary Crimson Tide of Alabama, death presents itself. The title character, Pease, in "The Good Man of Stillwater, Oklahoma, " believes something is coming but that he is the only one in town who can feel it. The long rains, the toad on his doorstep, swarms of locusts, drought, and nits are all signs that "It" is happening. "I cannot sleep because it is happening, and I begin to think I understand why. This should make me very afraid, but I tell myself I am a good man, no harm will come to me." His obsession ultimately costs him his job and his family. Three previously uncollected stories continue Weaver's theme of loss: of a friend to mental illness, of a successful life, of a student in a traffic accident.
    - Publisher Marketing
  • Little Masters
    Wilkins, Damien
    Publisher: Holt List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0805049517 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    In his latest novel, one of New Zealand's most acclaimed writers follows the overlapping paths of two young New Zealanders who are drawn together across continents and through various nationalities other than their own. The narrative progresses in the manner of a thoroughly absorbing relay motivated by the acts of giving and receiving.
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    May

  • My Life, Starring Dara Falcon
    Beattie, Ann
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $24 ISBN: 0679455027 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Editor's Choice
    Dara Falcon is brilliant, manipulative, a pathological liar. The novel's narrator, Jean Warner, is perfect prey for her. Suddenly, Jean's life, her marriage - her idea of herself - are dramatically wrenched out of their seemingly comfortable, if unexamined, balance. And in the process, one of Ann Beattie's urgent themes - the sometimes subtle and sometimes startling difference between how things look and how things are- is compellingly explored.
  • The Actual
    Bellow, Saul
    Publisher: Viking List Price: $17.95 ISBN: 0670860751 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarLibrary JournalstarKirkus
    NYTBR Editor's Choice
    A new work of uncompromising purity by a Nobel Laureate. Chicagoan Harry Trellman, the narrator of this novella, has made his money and has now become a "first-class noticer". Rich, old Sigmund Adeltsky finds this out when he invites Trellman to one of his salons, notices Trellman noticing all Adeltksy's "commonplace" characters, and engages him to join the Adeltsky "Brain Trust".
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Idle Curiousity
    Bergland, Martha
    Publisher: Greywolf List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 1555972578 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    A tiny old man dressed in a red-and-white-striped bathrobe stands outside the white clapboard hotel that for ninety years housed the transients of Half Moon. A former farmer, and ex-husband of two very different women, Ed Check surveys the land that used to be his. He thinks about his daughters: the one who stays close to home and who "keeps what she thinks and feels so deep inside her that it's too far from her face to have any effect"; the one who has come home without her husband and is falling for the new optometrist in town, Nelson Alvin (rhymes with ball peen). But how could he know that his youngest daughter, whom he hasn't seen since she was a small child, is currently on her way to delivering him his biggest surprise. She is working her way down a list of "musts" before she can call him: "wait for bruise to clear up / let roots grow out, cut off blond / get two outfits and a suitcase". As lives unravel around him, Ed's age-old practice of looking out for his own is put to the test and earns him a pacemaker. To everyone's surprise however, family ties prove to be longer, and stronger, than expected. Despite their status as "grown-ups" Ed finds his daughters need him now more than ever.
    - Publisher Marketing
  • In the Slammer with Carol Smith
    Calisher, Hortense
    Publisher: Marion Boyers List Price: $24.95 ISBN: 0714530204 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarBooklist
    One afternoon in the early seventies Carol is sent out for Chinese food, and, while she is away, the explosive device which her revolutionary student friends are busy constructing, accidentally goes off, causing enormous damage. Her friends get away - she is incarcerated. Twenty years later, she has a small, unfurnished flat in New York, a fridge stocked only with the pills supplied by her social worker and an irresistible urge to slip away and live somewhere unencumbered by memories, names and all of her other false possessions. When she finally discovers that even her social worker is taking pills in an attempt to cope with life, Carol gathers a few essential belongings into her backpack and sets off to sleep rough on the city's streets again. Turning away from her dependence on drugs, Carol finds that memories, histories and responsibilities slowly return to her. In the Slammer with Carol Smith is a tough, hip novel by one of America's most outstanding living authors. It has the steady rhythms of the street as well as the haltings and hesitations experienced by the strong yet vulnerable Carol as she rediscovers herself. In fits and starts, the wild terrain of a life spent wandering under distant, unknown stars is mapped out. Carol's journey is both a rediscovery of emotional hiding-places and a search for the path that leads back into a world of normality without illusions and of sanity devoid of compromise. - Publisher Marketing

  • The Hotel Eden
    Carlson, Ron
    Publisher: Norton List Price: $23 ISBN: 0393040682 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Notable
    These dozen stories by a master of idiosyncrasy visit a world where wit has heft, charm has shadow, and human beings act out all the complicated nuances of love. In the title story a young man waits, thinking the Hotel Eden is a permanent domicile. In the last story an ancient lover's lane mystery is solved. As for the in-between storiesreaders, be prepared to be amused, moved, disturbed.
  • The Jade Peony
    Choy, Wayson
    Publisher: Picador List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0312155565 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    ALA RUSA Notable
    In this award-winning novel, three children come of age in an immigrant Chinese family living in Vancouver during the early 1940s. Side by side, the family survives hardships and heartbreaks with grit and humor, discovers this new land, and never forgets their common
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars
  • Tallgrass
    Coldsmith, Don
    Publisher: Bantam List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 0553106325 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    The bestselling author of the beloved Spanish Bit Saga weaves a monumental adventure set in the Plains country, crossroads of a continent, gateway to the American West. This is the saga of warriors, priests, trappers, traders, explorers, schemers, and pioneers who come alive in these pages.
    Suggested Reading: Western Stars
  • Pandaemonium
    Epstein, Leslie
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $24.95 ISBN: 0312156227 Date: 1997
    starLibrary Journal
    NYTBR Notable
    The definitive novel of Hollywood in its most glamorous era, Pandaemonium is an epic that examines the roots of film and its relation to the dark forces of the imagination. Narrated by the ever-wise Peter Lorre, the books assembles a huge cast of Hollywood types who converge on Pandaemonium, a Nevada ghost town, at the onset of World War II.
    Suggested Reading: Hollywood & Film Stars
  • Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist
    Foos, Laurie
    Publisher: Coffeehouse List Price: $19.95 ISBN: 1566890578 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    At the height of his art career, tormented Morton Fisk seals himself in the basement in nothing but briefs to sculpt enigmatic "Men with Chainsaw" figurines. Now Morton is dead of dehydration, and his daughter Frances is honoring his memory by seeking her own artistic muse. Transforming the bizarre into the sublime, author Laurie Foos has created a highly original satire.
  • The Aguero Sisters
    Garcia, Christina
    Publisher: 0679450904 List Price: $24 ISBN: 0679450904 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarLibrary JournalstarKirkus
    NYTBR Notable
    ALA RUSA Notable
    The widely anticipated new novel by the author of Dreaming in Cuban. Estranged for more than 30 years, the Aguero sisters, one living in Havana, one in New York City, struggle over their recollections of a dark and hidden family past, as they move unknowingly toward a reunion in Miami.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars | All Stars
  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra
    George, Margaret
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312154305 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    The world-renowned author of The Autobiography of Henry VIII and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles turns from Renaissance Britain to ancient Egypt and a mesmerizing story of ambition and power - the tale of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile.
    Suggested Reading: Egyptian Stars
  • Snow in August
    Hamill, Pete
    Publisher: Little, Brown List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 0316340944 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    Booklist Editors Choice
    Brooklyn, 1947: The war veterans have come home, Jackie Robinson is about to become a Dodger, and, in one close-knit working class neighborhood, an 11-year-old Irish Catholic boy has just made friends with a lonely rabbi from Prague. A wonderfully evocative, deeply affecting fable for our times, Snow in August tells the story of this unlikely friendship.
  • Echo House
    Just, Ward Date: 1997
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin List Price: $25 ISBN: 0395856973 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarBookliststarKirkus
    National Book Award Finalist
    PW Best Books of '97
    Washington Post Bookworld
    Booklist Editors Choice
    An epic chronicle of American political fortunes. Ward Just's twelfth novel is his masterpiece, realized through the minds and pulses of men and women who strive to save the nation - or themselves. Echo House takes readers through a maze of furtive power alliances and misalliances, involving two dozen characters from one Washington, D.C. family, over nine decades of history.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Political Fiction
  • The Gospel According to the Son
    Mailer, Norman
    Publisher: Random House List Price: $21 ISBN: 0679457836 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    The story of Jesus and the gospels in the words of Jesus, written by bestselling, Pulitizer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer - responsible for such critically acclaimed works as The Naked and the Dead and The Executioner's Song.
  • In the Palm of Darkness
    Montero, Mayra
    Publisher: HarperCollins List Price: $21 ISBN: 0060187034 Date: 1997
    starBooklist
    In the Palm of Darkness tells the story of American herpetologist Victor Griggs and Haitian guide Thierry Adrien, who are searching for an amphibian known as the blood frog in the mountains of violence-torn Haiti. The rich and tragic tale of Thierry's family, his life and loves, and his curious destiny, forms a backdrop for the obsessive search of the two men from different cultures and opens a window onto another way of understanding the world.
  • Down By the River
    O'Brien, Edna
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux List Price: $23 ISBN: 0374143277 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarBookliststarLibrary Journal
    NYTBR Notable
    Booklist Editors Choice
    Set in her native Ireland, Edna O'Brien's newest novel explores the dark and tortured aspects of family ties. In Down by the River, O'Brien is at the peak of her narrative powers. Her gift for describing the emotional conflict is at its most searing and poetic, as her prose churns the heart with its potent rhythms.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Irish Stars
  • The Passion Dream Book
    Otto, Whitney
    Publisher: HarperCollins List Price: $22 ISBN: 0060178248 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarBooklist
    An imaginative mix of fact and fiction, the newest novel by the author of How to Make an American Quilt travels from the Italian Renaisance to the early years of the 20th century following the stories -and histories- of three women, two of whom are artists, as they endure the conflicting passions of love and work.
  • Benjamin's Crossing
    Parini, Jay
    Publisher: Holt List Price: $23 ISBN: 0805031804 Date: 1997
    starLibrary JournalstarBookliststarPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Notable
    Achieving almost cult status in the academic world within the past three decades, Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) is considered one of the most important intellectuals of this century. Recreating Benjamin's life from his precocious youth in Berlin to his final hours in a Pyrenees village after fleeing the Nazi invasion of Paris, Parini crafts not only a lyrical novel of ideas but a gripping adventure story as well.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • The Wishbones
    Perrotta, Tom
    Publisher: Putnam List Price: $21.95 ISBN: 0399142673 Date: 1997
    starLibrary JournalstarKirkus
    NYTBR Notable
    ALA Rusa Notable
    In The Wishbones, Perrota's characters are nineties adults still clinging to their seventies dreams. This debut novel is a laugh-out-loud confessional about people who might be too old to rock-n-roll but who can't imagine stopping.
    Sugggested Reading List: Humorous Fiction
  • Amistad
    Pesci, David
    Publisher: Marlowe List Price: $22.95 ISBN:156924748x Date: 1997
    starBooklist
    This riveting historical novel is based on one of the nation's first civil rights struggles, the rebellion of slaves aboard the Amistad in 1839. Fifty-three Africans who are taken as slaves struggle against terrible odds to regain their freedom and return to Africa. Film Rights to Dreamworks SKG - Spielberg, director.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
  • The Nature of Blood
    Phillips, Caryl
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0679454705 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Notable
    A German Jewish girl whose life is destroyed by the atrocities of World War II... her uncle, who undermines the sureties of his own life in order to fight for Israeli statehood... the Jews of a 15th century Italian ghetto... Othello, newly arrived in Venice... a young Ethiopian Jewish woman resettled in Israel. These are the extraordinary people who inhabit Caryl Phillips' elequent and moving new novel, and whose stories are connected by circumstance, spirit, and blood across the centuries.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
  • Eve's Apple
    Rosen, Jonathan
    Publisher: Random List Price: $24 ISBN: 0679448160 Date: 1997
    starBooklist
    This poignant story of a vulnerable young woman, her lover, and the devastating disease that both unites and threatens to destroy them offers and raw and unsentimental journey into the dark world of hunger and denial. Eve's Apple is an unforgettable first novel, an intricate meditation on the nature of hunger - for food, for knowledge, and for love.
  • American Pastoral
    Roth, Philip
    Houghton List price: $26 ISBN: 0395860210 Date: 1997
    starLibrary JournalstarPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    Pulitzer Prize Winner
    PW Best Books of '97
    NYTBR Editor's Choice
    National Book Critics Circle Nominee
    LJ Best Books
    Written with deep understanding, with enormous power and scope, and great storytelling energy, Philip Roth's newest novel focuses on the longing for an ordinary life. A legendary high school athlete, coming of age in thriving , triumphant postwar America, loses everything he loves when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960's.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • The God of Small Things
    Roy, Arundhati,
    Publisher: Random List Price: $23 ISBN: 0679457313 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarLibrary JournalstarBookliststarKirkus
    Booker Prize Winner
    PW Best Books of '97
    NYTBR Notable
    Booklist Editors Choice
    L.A. Times First Fiction Finalist
    LJ Best Books
    Set mainly in Kerala, India, in 1969, it is the story of Rahel and her twin brother, Estha, who learn that their whole world can change in a single day, that love and life can be lost in a moment. Armed with only the invisible protection of children, they seek to craft a childhood for themselves amid the wreckage that constitutes their family.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Stars of India
  • The History of the Seige of Lisbon: A Novel
    Saramago, Jose
    Publisher: Harcourt Brace List Price: $24 ISBN: 015100238x Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    NYTBR Notable
    When a Portuguese proofreader rewrites history by changing a word in a text, he unexpectedly wins the heart of his supervisor, Maria Sara, who encourages him to fabricate more in the grand style of a historical romance. Around this seemingly minor episode, Jose Saramago, "Portugal's great fabulist" ("Los Angeles Times") constructs one of his most ambitious, sweeping novels to date, a magical tale of love, memory, and the revision of things past.
  • Blood and Milk
    Solwitz, Sharon
    Publisher: Sarabande List Price: $21.95 ISBN: 1889330019 Date: 1997
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    Social and political contradictions, the transcendence of personal histories, and hierarchies of victimhood are the themes explored here, mainly by women in their 30s who feel immobilized by a conviction that everyone else is more certain about things than they themselves are....An admirably ambitious collection". -- Kirkus Reviews - Publisher Marketing
  • Bear and His Daughter: Stories
    Stone, Robert
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin List Price: $24 ISBN: 0395636523 Date: 1997
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    The award-winning author of Dog Soldiers, A Flag for Sunrise, and Outerbridge Reach presents stories that "combine action and philosophical rumination with a deftness matching Graham Greene's" ( Saturday Review). Written between 1969 and the present, they explore, as powerfully and accurately as his novels, our common troubled condition and the humanity that unites us.
  • The Story of the Night
    Toibin, Colm
    Publisher: Holt List Price: $25 ISBN: 0805052119 Date: 1997
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    It is Argentina in the time of the generals, Richard Garay lives alone with his mother, hiding his sexuality from her and the world. Stifled by a job he despises, he is willing to take chances, both sexual and professional. The Falkland War enables him to discard the Britishness he has inherited from this mother, and the arrival of two American diplomats offers him new hope and the prospect of making his fortune. Richard tells his picturesque story with a mixture of confessional guilt and awestruck wonder.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • West of Venus
    Troy, Judy
    Publisher: Random List Price: $23 ISBN: 0679451536 Date: 1997
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    A funny and poignant love story, woven into the fabric of life in a small Kansas town, about a waitress and a state trooper who have to find themselves before they can find each other. Filled with convincing characters and details of small-town life, this novel has the charm and humor of Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes.
  • Mrs. Hornstein
    Wagman, Frederica
    Publisher: Holt List Price: $ ISBN: 0805049568 Date: 1997
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    This timeless and magical novel, filled with wisdom about women's lives, begins when our heroine, as a young woman, meets her future mother-in-law, the eponymous Mrs. Hornstien, and concludes many years later as she first encounters her own future daughter-in-law. In between, Wagman tells a mesmerizing story of family, of passing generations, of love and striving, and of grief, loss, and renewal.
  • Soul Kiss
    Youngblood, Shay
    Publisher: Riverhead List Price: $21 ISBN: 1573220639 Date: 1997
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    African-American playwright Shay Youngblood presents the story of an uncommon coming-of-age, set in rural Georgia in 1968. After a difficult beginning, seven-year-old Mariah Kin Santos and the aunts with whom she's been left form a strangely harmonious threesome. But Mariah still dreams of her mother's return and of the far-off father she has never known.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars

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    April

  • Milton in America
    Ackroyd, Peter
    Publisher: Doubleday List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 0385477082 Date: 1997 Date: 1997
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    John Milton, aging, blind, fleeing the restoration of English monarchy, comes to New England where he soon becomes the leader of the Puritans. Ackroyd has crafted an enjoyable novel that entertains while raising provocative questions - this time about America's founding myths.
    Suggested Reading: Poets | Alternative History Stars
  • Blessed is the Fruit
    Antoni, Robert
    Pubisher: Holt List Price: $25 ISBN: 0805049258 Date: 1997
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    Lilla is the white mistress of a once grand but now now rotting colonial mansion and Vel, her black servant. The two West Indian women, both 33 years of age, have lived in the same house for 10 years, but it is not until Lilla rescues Vel from a near-fatal abortion attempt, that the two really get to know each other. Young Trinidadian author Robert Antoni weaves a brightly colored tapestry of life in the Caribbeana remarkable tale of family, myth, religionand language.
  • Human Croquet
    Atkinson, Kate
    Publisher: Picador List Price: $24 ISBN: 0312155506 Date: 1997
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    From the author of the Whitbread Book of the Year, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, comes a magical and funny novel about family, fairy tales, and time. Set in England in the mid-1960's, Human Croquet tells the story of the Fairfaxes, once a grand family, now reduced to being local grocers - a family as disintigrated as their ancestral home, Fairfax Manor.
  • The Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War
    Bahr, Howard
    Publisher: Nautical and Aviation List Price: $24.95 ISBN: 187785350X Date: 1997
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    One of the most riveting Civil War novels since Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels, this powerful book tells the story of a young Confederate rifleman who comes under the care of a young Southern woman who, even in the midst of battle and defeat, manages to find ways to express her love.
    Suggested Reading: Civil War Stars
  • Lava
    Ball, Pamela
    Publisher: Norton List price: $21 ISBN: 0393040240 Date: 1997
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    A haunting tale of obsessive love, Lava is a magical novel set on the Big Island of Hawaii. When a bizarre incident brings back her estranged husband after five years of his living with another woman, Kinau is overtaken by a wave of passion and her colorful life becomes even more dramatic.
  • Joy School
    Berg, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Random List price: $19 ISBN: 0679449434 Date: 1997
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    In this superb novel by the bestselling author of The Pull of the Moon and Talk Before Sleep, a young woman's experience with the intensity and pain of first love leads her to understand that sorrow an be a school for learning joy.
  • Midwives
    Bojahlian, Chris
    Publisher: Random House List Price: $25 ISBN: 0517703963 Date: 1997
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    A talented midwife is arrested for murder when she saves a baby by performing a Caesarean section once she believes the mother has died - only to have her assistant insist later that the woman was still very much alive. Told in the mesmerizing voice of the midwife's daughter, Midwives depicts the aftermath of the tragedy.
  • American Owned Love
    Boswell, Robert
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $24 ISBN: 0679432515 Date: 1997
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    In his most extraordinary novel yet, the author of the acclaimed Mystery Ride and Crooked Hearts casts an expert net around a group of disparate people - in the form of a powder keg community he invents for them to live in - and pulls it tighter and tighter, eliciting unforgettable behavior from the all.
  • Senora Rodriguez and Other Worlds
    Cerda, Martha
    Publisher: Duke University List Price: $35 hdbk/ $12 pbk ISBN: 0822318865 (hdbk)00882318903 (pbk) Date: 1997
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    A bestselling writer widely celebrated in her native Mexico, Martha Cerda defines her own turn along the path of Latin American magical realism. In this novel the feminine, the practical, and the earthy blend with the fantastic and phantasmagoric. Tragedy and playfulness, sophistication and naivete mingle. What is at once a comedy of manners, a delightful collection of loosely related anecdotes, stories, sketches, and epiphanies, is also an artful entree into several literary and philosophical questions -- the relationship between language and reality and the power of one to create and alter the other; the link between chaos and different forms of organization that pass for order.

    This heady mixture -- complex, irreverent, and surreal -- will enchant American readers and introduce them to the local charms and universal appeal of aremarkable Mexican author. - Publisher Marketing

  • Swordfish
    Claus, Hugo
    Publisher: Dufour List Price: $27.95 ISBN: 0720609852 Date: 1997
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    The Swordfish is ostensibly the story of a summer moment in the lives, fantasies, and sensibilities of Martin, a seven year-old boy, his single mother, and the village headmaster. A senseless murder is committed and it affects Martin most of all. His fertile imagination inspires him to identify with the swordfish, as well as Clint Eastwood and Jesus Christ. With a masterfully light touch, Claus brings his readers into contact with the perplexing matters of loss, truth, religion, desire, and passion. Chosen for the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works. - Publisher Marketing
  • Reading in the Dark
    Deane, Seamus
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $23 ISBN: 0394574400 Date: 1997
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    L.A. Times Book Award Finalist
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    Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this mesmerizing story of childhood set amidst the violence of Northern Ireland in the 1940's and 1950's is breathtakingly sad, but vibrant and unforgettable. Haunted by a truth he both wants and does not want to uncover, the boy narrator of this novel listens and watches as the world of legend surrounding him reveals its transfixing reality, unfolding secrets like a collection of folktales.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Irish Stars
  • Billy Gashade
    Estleman, Loren D.
    Publisher: Forge List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 031285997x Date: 1997
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    Loren D. Estleman pulls out all the stops in this ambitious novel, taking the reader on a grand tour through the west, and introducing colorful characters along the way. Billy Gashade, a traveling piano player, crosses paths with the likes of Oscar Wilde, Calamity Jane, "Billy the Kid", and John Wesley Hardin.
    Suggested Reading: Western Stars
  • The Blue Flower
    Fitzgerald, Penelope
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin List Price: $ 12 (trade paperback) ISBN: 0395859972Date: 1997
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    The Blue Flower touches with a sweet absurd humour on the illogicality of love and the irrationality of genius. Set at the end of the eighteenth century it tells the story of the young and brilliant Fritz von Hardenberg, a graduate of the Universities of Jena, Leipzig and Wittenberg. The passionate and idealistic Fritz needs his father's permission to announce his engagement to his "heart's heart', the embodiment of all his yearnings, twelve-year-old Sophie von Kuhn. It is a betrothal which amuses, astounds and disturbs his family and friends. How can it be so?
  • Bad Vibes
    Fuguet, Alberto
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 0312151598 Date: 1997
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    A Latin American Catcher in the Rye - set amidst the political turmoil of the 1980's in Santiago, Chile. Living in an atmosphere of existential malaise caused by the wretched excess and moral decay he sees all around him, teenager Matias finds his basic trust in what is constant starting to come undone.
    Suggested Reading: Latino Stars
  • House of Illusions
    Gedge, Pauline
    Publisher: Moyer Bell, List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 1559212004 Date: 1997
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    Pauline Gedge's historical novels set in ancient Egypt have found millions of fans around the world. This book is the fifth in that illustrious line and is the sequel to House of Dreams, in which Thu, a peasant girl cultivated to become the Pharaoh's favorite concubine, is made the scapegoat for a murderous plot against him - and banished to her village, Aswat.
    Suggested Reading: Egyptian Stars
  • Let Me Be the One
    Harvor, Elisabeth
    Publisher: Harpercollins List Price: $18 ISBN: 000224554x Date: 1997
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    Glowing, fresh, ironic, unforgettable, Elisabeth Harvor's stories introduce us to people who are trying to explore, often unwittingly, personal themes of existence and identity. Although the words "let me be the one" are never spoken by any of the characters, they are the words that are deeply felt. In particular moments of joy or upheaval, the silent voices speak to us with passion and wit, longing and desperation.
  • Exquisite Corpse
    Irwin, Robert
    Publisher: Pantheon List Price: $23 ISBN: 067944274x Date: 1997
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    Caspar is a mildly promising surrealist painter living in 1930s London, who secretly longs for the ordinary. He meets Caroline who seems ordinary enough until she vanishes. Caspar's obsessive quest to find her leads him into a more surreal landscape than any he could imagine. The dazzling interplay of fiction and fact-within-fiction is at the heart of this wondrous work of imagination from one of the most intriguing writers at work today.
  • Snake
    Jennings, Kate
    Publisher: Norton List Price: $19 ISBN: 0880015381 Date: 1997
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    An award-winning Australian writer makes her American debut in a stunning novel as lean and hypnotic as its title. Against the hard landscape of postwar Australia, loyal-hearted Rex cherishes his wife Irene; but Irene, filled with feminine anger and unspecified desires, despises Rex. A book about people who rarely examine their lives, about thwarted desires and broken dreams, SNAKE literally catapults the reader to its stark climax.
  • Crooked Little Heart
    Lamott, Anne
    Publisher: Pantheon List Price: $24 ISBN: 0679435212 Date: 1997
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    With the same brilliant combination of humor and warmth that marked Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott now gives readers an exuberant, richly absorbing portrait of a family for whom the joys and sorrows of every day life are magnified under the glare of the unexpected.
  • Fall On Your Knees
    MacDonald, Ann-Marie
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $23 ISBN: 0684833204 Date: 1997
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    By turns dark and hilariously funny, this stunning fiction debut by an award-winning writer and actor takes readers on a mystically charged journey spanning five generations of one family's sin, guilt and redemption - a narrative feast of racial strife, miracles, terrible secrets, and a passionate, enduring love.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Lovesick
    Mastretta, Angeles
    Publisher: Riverhead List Price: $22 ISBN: 1573220620 Date: 1997
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    With an assured hand and a crystalline touch reminiscent of the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende, Angeles Mastretta presents the vivid portrait of a woman both fragile and bold, who enters the new century shedding the bonds and prejudices of previous generations.
    Suggested Reading: Latino & Latina Stars
  • The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
    Maxwell, Robin
    Publisher: Arcade List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 155970375X Date: 1997
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    "Entertainment Weekly" has written of this novel, "History doesn't come any more fascinating--or lurid--than the wife-felling of Henry VIII". Robin Maxwell recreates the story of the doomed second wife of Great Harry, telling an exuberant and bawdy tale of lust, betrayal, love, and murder.
  • Ingenious Pain
    Miller, Andrew
    Publisher: Harcourt Brace List Price: $24 ISBN: 0151002584 Date: 1997
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    A dazzling first novel set in 18th-century England and Russia, about the rise, fall and redemption of a man born without the capacity to feel pain. In a wonderfully evocative and exciting style, Andrew Miller takes us through Europe at the time of enlightment, vividly portraying the life of a cold, insensate man as he discovers love, and eventually, compassion.
  • Purple America
    Moody, Rick
    Publisher: Little Brown List price: $22.95 ISBN: 0316979254 Date: 1997
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    Booklist Editors Choice
    In this tour-de-force literary triumph, the bestselling author of The Ice Storm offers a masterly novel in the tradition of Updike and Roth. Over the course of a single incendiary night, a young man, his mother, and his stepfather discover the profound connections between the forces that bind both family and the society in which famililial love is played out.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Renaissance Moon
    Nevins, Linda
    Publisher: St Martin's List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 0312152000 Date: 1997
    starLibrary Journal
    An electrifying novel of a goddess cult in America - by the author of Commonwealth Avenue. When the legends that has shaped her view of the world erupt and spill over into her personal life, a woman with an obsession for Italian Renaissance paintings becomes a bloodthirsty pagan whose newfound attitude colors her interpretation of Christian art.
  • Normal: Stories
    Nevai, Lucia
    Publisher: Alqonquin List Price: $16.95 ISBN: 1565121589 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    Each of the wonderfully daring stories in this collection rings true. Over and over, Nevai's characters - from an urbane ex-hippie in Manhattan to a disabled war veteran in rural Louisiana- miss in their attempts to connect with the people they love most. But, in the midst of all these missed connections, something remarkable (and often very funny) happens.
  • The New Life
    Pamuk, Orhan
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux List price: $24 ISBN: 0374221294 Date: 1997
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    The simple act of reading a book uproots Orhan Pamuk's student protagonist from his old identity and into a world of hypnotic text and endlessly ramifying conspiracies. Within days he falls in love with the elusive Janan; witnesses an attempted assassination; and forsakes his family to become a wanderer across the Turkish steppes as he seeks out "the new life" promised by the book--while outracing the almost certain death that pursues its readers.
  • Mason and Dixon
    Pynchon, Thomas Date: 1997
    Holt List Price: $ 27.50 ISBN: 0805037586
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    NYTBR Editor's Choice
    Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that has come to be known as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here the National Book Award -winning author of Gravity's Rainbow imagines their story in an updated 18th century novel featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, and major caffeine abuse.
  • Dog King
    Ransmayr, Christopher
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $24 ISBN: 0679450572 Date: 1997
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    World War II has ended and the Allies have punished Germany by forcing it to revert to a preindustrial age. When three people in the village of Moor make a courageous bid to escape, their flight turns into an extraordinarily gripping feat of suspense.
  • Every Day: A Novel
    Richards, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Pocket Books List Price: $22 ISBN: 0671001558 Date: 1997
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    A love story for and about real adults, Every Day touches the same chords as did Sleepless in Seattle and The Bridges of Madison County. It has been 14 years since Leigh Adelman saw Fowler. Now he's back, disturbing the sanctity of Leigh's happy home life. Honest, moving, and utterly authentic, Every Day is a story about testing the boundaries of love - and living with its often messy consequences.
  • Promised Lands
    Rogers, Jane
    Publisher: Overlook List Price: $24.95 ISBN: 0879517530 Date: 1997
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    While researching a failed 18th-century Utopian settlement, an embittered history professor with Utopian ideas for transforming his school draws parallels between history and his own life. In the meantime, his wife has her own Utopian ideas wherein their handicapped son would become mankind's savior. A sublimely engrossing novel about idealism and exile.
  • Little Miss Strange: A Novel
    Rose, Joanna
    Publisher: Algonquin Books List Price: $19.95 ISBN: 1565121546 Date: 1997
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    Sarajean, a child of the 70's, begins her story in a free-love, first-names-only, hippie commune in Denver. Little Miss Strange achieves its beauty - and its power - by way of details that offer an unfiltered view of an exotic counterculture as experienced by a child as she becomes a woman. And it is through the accrual of those details that the reader finds - along with Sarajean - satisfaction in the truth of the secrets hidden from her until the very last page.
  • Reality and Dreams
    Spark, Muriel
    Publisher: Houghton List price: $23 ISBN: 0395838118 Date: 1997
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    Muriel Spark's witty and pungent 20th novel draws upon her rich experience turning reality into ficiton and fiction into film. When film director Tom Richards takes a fall from a crane, he drops into a chaos that ends in violence.
    Suggested Reading: Hollywood & Film Stars
  • Part of the Furniture
    Wesley, Mary
    Publisher: Viking List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 067087632 Date: 1997
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    Seventeen-year-old Juno Marlowe is caught in a London air raid where she is sheltered overnight by an ailing stranger. Juno is launched by the stranger's sudden death - and the letter he charges her to deliver to his father - on a defiant journey through the blacked-out English countryside to his eccentric but nuturing family.
  • Blu's Hanging
    Yamanaka, Lois-Ann
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux List Price: $22 ISBN: 0374114994 Date: 1997
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    The Pushcart Prize-winning author of Wild Meat and Bully Burgers now tells the bittersweet story of a ragtag family of orphans reeling from the death of their mother, trying to stay together in the face of almost insurmountable odds.
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars

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    March

  • Carson Valley
    Barich, Bill
    Publisher: Pantheon List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0679442103 Date: 1997
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    A richly drawn novel of love, loss and redemption by the author of Big Dreams. Since 1893, the Torello clan has owned 100 vineyard acres in Carson Valley, California, but the traditions tying them to the land are now in flux. Returning to her family home, Anna Torelli is filled with an emotional awakening as she embarks upon an affair of the heart.
    Suggested Reading: Drink Up Stars
  • Foundation's Fear
    Benford, Gregory
    Publisher: Harper Prism List Price: $23 ISBN: 0061052434 Date: 1997
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    Authorized by the estate of the late Isaac Asimov, one of the most popular science fiction series of all time continues. Hari Seldon has been nominated First Minister by Emperor Cleon. But the appointment complicates Hari's simple life and draws him into the debate over whether or not robot's have souls. FOUNDATION'S FEAR is the first of three new novels written by the brightest stars in contemporary science fictioncombining rousing adventure, intellectual debate and ingenious possibilities.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Pay or Play
    Boorstin, Jon
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf List Price: $22 ISBN: 0786703598 Date: 1997
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    Pay or Play is a wickedly funny satire of the Hollywood film industry and its peculiar marriage of vision and ambition that breeds great accomplishment -- and humiliating catastrophe.
  • The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest : A Silicon Valley Novel
    Bronson, Po
    Random House List Price: 23.00 ISBN: 0679456996 Date: 1997
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    With brilliant insight into the culture of work, love marketing, and money in Silicon Valley, the bestselling author of The Bombardiers has written the ultimate novel about entrepeneurs in the world of high tech: Ironmen who risk it all to develop a product, start a company, and take it public.
  • Girls: A Novel
    Busch, Frederick
    Publisher: Harmony Books List Price: $23 ISBN: 0517704552 Date: 1997
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    In the unrelentingly cold winter of upstate New York, Jack and Fanny are trying to come to terms with the death of their young daughter. When a 14-year-old disappears from her family's home, Jack finds a new purpose in life. Finding "this" child could be his salvation.
  • Jackson
    Byrd, Max
    Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 055309632x Date: 1997
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    In his critically acclaimed novel Jefferson, Byrd revealed the private life of one of American history's most beloved and elusive figures. Now, in the magnificant tradition of Gore Vidal's Lincoln and Burr, he capture the essense of Andrew Jackson, one of the nation's most feared and admired leaders.
    Suggested Reading: New Orleans | Biographical Fiction
  • Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories
    Chandra, Vikram Date: 1997
    Publisher: Little Brown List Price: $21.95 ISBN: 0316133078
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    A brilliant collection of interconnected stories set in contemporary India, from the acclaimed author of Red Earth and Pouring Rain.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
  • Monkey King
    Chao, Patricia
    Publisher: Harpercollins List Price: $24 ISBN: 006018681x Date: 1997
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    In the tradition of The Joy Luck Club, this profoundly moving first novel transports readers into the vibrant and sometimes harrowing world of a Chinese-American family, as a young woman explores the past in order to come to terms with her hidden demons.
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars
  • What Girls Learn
    Cook, Karin
    Publisher: Pantheon List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0679448284 Date: 1997
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    A radiant debut novel, What Girls Learn takes readers on an intimate and haunting journey into the landscape of girlhood and the complex terrain of the family. Wise, bittersweet, and above all intensly human,this astonishingly powerful novel enchants readers with its humor and insight.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Breast Cancer
  • The Mistress of Spices
    Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
    Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 038548237x Date: 1997
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    Hard on the heels of the extraordinary success of her debut colleciton of short stores, Arranged Marriage, comes Divakanruni's first novel, a hypnotizing tale of joy and sorrow and the magic powers of one special woman.
    Suggested Reading: Stars of India
  • When the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth
    Eberstadt, Fernanda
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $25 ISBN: 0679445145 Date: 1997
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    From the author of Low Tide and His Devils comes a brilliant novel about the high-flying New York art world of the late 1980s. When a brash young artist enters the lives of a couple of well-to-do patrons of the arts, the excessiveness of everything begins to threaten what is most dear to them.
  • Assassin's Quest
    Hobb, Robin
    Publisher: Bantam Spectra List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 0553106406 Date: 1997
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    Possessing the scope and vision of Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin, the first two books in Robin Hobb's debut trilogy, here is the final and perhaps the most satisfying volume of this unique epic adventure.
  • The Roaring Girl: Stories
    Hollingshead, Greg
    Publisher: Putnam List Price: $21.95 ISBN: 0399142223 Date: 1997
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    Populated by genuine, sincere people who feel out of step in their worlds, who try desperately to connect with their families and peers, and whose interactions are startling and comical, moving and pathetic, these compelling tales are by turns amusing and disturbing, but always compassionate and wise.
  • The Three Arched Bridge
    Kadare, Ismail
    Publisher: Arcade List Price: $21.95 ISBN: 1559703687 Date: 1997
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    In 1377, on the frontier between the crumbling Byzantine empire and the advancing Ottoman Turks, a mysterious work crew begins to construct a three-arched bridge, despite warnings of war. A superbly realized work of historical fiction and at once a Kafkaesque parable of the barbarism currently sweeping its author's Albanian homeland.
  • Love and Houses
    Leimbach, Marti
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $21 ISBN: 068483670x Date: 1997
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    From the bestselling author of Dying Young comes an irresistible treasure of a novel. After ten years of marriage, Andy and Meg have just bought their dream house and are expecting their first child. But the picture-perfect bliss is shattered when, nine weeks away from the birth, Andy walks away from it all.
  • As She Climbed Across the Table
    Lethem, Jonathan
    Publisher: Doubleday List price: $22.95 ISBN: 0385485174 Date: 1997
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    A stunning novel of the physics of love by the critically acclaimed author of Gun, with Occaisonal Music and Amnesia Moon. When Alice Coombs, a physicist working on the creation of a void in the universe - dubbed "Lack" - falls out of love with Philip Engstrand and in love with Lack, Philip's desperate struggle to win her back makes for a very unusual love triangle.
  • Salt
    Lovelace, Earl
    Publisher: Persea List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 0892552263 Date: 1997
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    Winner of the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize, this rich and masterly novel follows the progress of a national liberation campaign of sorts -- a welcoming of the diverse population of Trinidad to the New World nearly one hundred years after Emancipation. Afford George, a teacher turned politician, and Bango Durity, a worker-activist, lead the way. Salt is narrated in lyrical voices, "in a generous, torrential prose that seems to hold every complexity -- of history, of ethnicity, of reason and magic alike -- within its rushing energy" (New York Times Book Review).
  • An Army of Angels: A Novel of Joan of Arc
    Marcantel, Pamela
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $24.95 ISBN: 0312151030x Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    Here, in dramatic, richly imagined detail, is the full story of the peasant Jhanette, who at age 13 is visited by St. Michel and told she will be known to history as Jehanne the Main, the girl who saves Fance from the English. " A wonderous tapestry" - C. Brian Kelly, editor emeritus of Military History.
  • A Face at the Window
    McFarland, Dennis
    Broadway Books List Price: 25.00 ISBN: 0553066943 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Notable
    The author of two highly acclaimed novels - School for the Blind and The Music Room - now delivers a fascinating story of a haunted man's spiritual awakening - a novel that is by turns comic, terrifying and tragic.
  • Fugitive Pieces
    Michaels, Anne
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $23 ISBN: 067945439x Date: 1997
    starBookliststarPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    PW Best Books '97
    NYTBR Notable
    A stunning debut novel from an award-winning poet. Jakob Beer, traumatically orphaned as a young child during WWII, learns, over his lifetime, the power of language to destroy, to omit, to obliterate, but also to restore and to conjure, witness and tell as he comes to understand and experience the extent of what was lost to him and what is possible for him to regain.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
  • The Bell-Witch: An American Haunting
    Monahan, Brent
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $20.95 ISBN: 031215061x Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    The fantastic story of the only documented case in American history when a spirit actually killed a man, this book recounts the Bell Witch's entire story in exacting, horrifying, fascinating detail. Illustrated with line drawings from the period, this book is a wonderfully macabre and atnospheric tale.
  • Once a Hero
    Moon, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Baen List Price: $21 ISBN: 0671877690 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    From the author of the popular "Heris Serrano" series. Esme just wants a secure berth and to live out her life in peace. Instead she finds herself in the middle of a space battle and a senior surviving officer in a mutiny against a traitorous captain. Suddenly she's the youngest, lowest-ranking member of Fleet to ever win a major battle... and she can't help being a hero.
  • Literature or Life: A Novel
    Semprum, Jorge
    Publisher: Viking List Price: $24.95 ISBN: 0670872881 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    Jorge Semprun was just 20 when he was arrested for activities with the French Resistance and sent ot Buchenwald. This profound contribution ot Holocaust literature offers a deeply personal account of his time in the concentration camp, the years before and after, and his painful attempts to write this book.
  • Mount Misery
    Shem, Samuel
    Publisher: Fawcett List price: $24 ISBN: 0449911187 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    Samuel Shem, the pseudonym for a physician whose experiences at Harvard Medical School and Boston's Beth Israel Hospital were the inspiration for the classic black comedy House of God, returns to the same subject in his brilliant new novel set in a psychiatric hospital.
    Suggested Reading: Medical Fiction
  • A Parisian from Kansas
    Tapon, Phillippe
    Publisher: Dutton List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 0525942394 Date: 1997
    starBookliststarKirkus
    Booklist Editors Choice
    Remarkably assured, accomplished, and spell-binding, this engaging story-within-a-story tells of the friendship between two Americans in Paris: the disaffected, world-weary HIV- positive Darren; and Phillipe, the sensitive, poetic young man who agrees to write Darren's novel.
  • Van Gogh's Bad Cafe : A Love Story
    Tuten, Frederic
    William Morrow & Co List Price: 20.00 ISBN: 0688151345 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    The highly acclaimed author of Tintin in the New World has written an incandescent, intense-as-a-painting fantasy/romance about the last days of Vincent Van Gogh and his obsessive love affair with an opium-addicted 19-year-old photographer - featuring a time trip to and from Alphabet City, New York in the 1990's. Color illustrations throughout.
  • The Black Sun
    Williamson, Jack
    Publisher: Tor List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 0312859376 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    In the near future, humankind's Project Starseed uses quantum-wave technology to send colonists to distant star systems. What they discover contains a startling, world-shattering revelation, inspiring a spine-tingling wonder in the endless possiblities of the universe.
  • Gut Symmetries
    Winterson, Jeanette
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $22 ISBN:067945756 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    Hailed in the Washington Post as "one of our most important writers in English", Jeanette Winterson has firmly established her reputation as an extraordinarily daring and original novelist. In Gut Symmetries, lives and universes run parallel in a complex contemporary love story set in New York and Liverpool.
  • Leaning Towards Infinity
    Woolfe, Sue
    Publisher: Faber List Price: $24.95 ISBN: 0571199054 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    Woolfe's sensual and powerfully moving meditation on the relationship between mothers and daughters explores, prods, and picks at the force of genius--and the actions of genius--equally casting a searchlight around the dark world of mothering. "A rich, character-driven novel with an interesting story".--"St. Louis Post Dispatch".

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    February

  • Spirits of the Ordinary: A Novel of Casas Grandes
    Alcala, Kathleen
    Publisher: Chronicle Books List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 0811814475 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    A spectacular tapestry of folklore, spirituality, and constantly shifting landscapes that follows three generations of the Carabajal family, this enchanting and original first novel will appeal to readers of Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses and Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate.
  • The Hundred Brothers
    Antrim, Donald
    Publisher: Crown List Price: $21 ISBN: 0517703106 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    A comic novel by the critically acclaimed author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World. Doug and 98 of his 99 brothers (George has run off with embezzled funds and a girl named Jane) gather in the huge family library for dinner, drinking, and some late-night football. Throughout the evening, the chaos grows into a complex web of conflicting memories, hurt feelings, rivalries, alliances, and shared awareness.
  • Lives of the Monster Dogs
    Bakis, Kirsten
    Publisher: Farrar Strasu & Giroux List Price: $23 ISBN: 0374189870 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarLJ
    NYTBR Editor's Choice
    Here is a first novel like no other: a spellbinding tale that both creates its own fully realized world perspective and provides an incisive look at the ways that humans and animals resemble each other. A group of elegant monster dogs in top hats, tails, and bustle skirts become instant celebrities when they come to New York in 2008. Refugees from a town whose residents had been utterly isolated for a hundred years, the dogs retain the nineteenth-century Germanic culture of the humans who created them. They are wealthy and glamorous and seem to lead charmed lives - but they find adjusting to the modern world difficult, and when a young woman, Cleo Pira, befriends them, she discovers that a strange, incurable illness threatens them all with extinction. When the dogs construct their dream home, a fantastic castle on the Lower East Side, and barricade themselves inside, Cleo finds herself one of the few human witnesses to a mad, lavish party that may prove to be the final act in the drama of the lives of the monster dogs. - Publisher Marketing
  • Naming the New World : A Novel
    Baker, Calvin
    St Martins Pr (Trade) List Price: 18.95 ISBN: 0312151780 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    This multigenerational saga is epic in both scale and style, declaimed by a chorus of voices, inter-related by ancestry and Baker's tautly lyrical storytelling, that each rise out of the river of the African-American experience and then give way to the next, commenting on each other and coming together to form an unforgettable portrait of a people's passage to a new world.
  • Altered States
    Brookner, Anita
    Random House List Price: 23.00 ISBN: 0679449736 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    NYTBR Editor's Choice
    The author of Hotel du Lac explores the conflicting needs of men and women - and the lack of understanding that divides them. Following the remarriage of his mother, Alan reluctanlty becomes engaged to fragile, needy Angela. When Sarah, the object of a previous, destructive affair, reenters his life, Alan embarks on an act of betrayal, the tragic consequences of which will change his life forever.
  • Texaco
    Chamoiseau, Patrick
    Publisher: Pantheon List Price: $27 ISBN: 0679432353 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    PW Best Books of '97
    NYTBR Notable
    Winner of France's Prix Goncourt, this funny, passionate, and in exhaustively inventive novel is nothing less than a mythic history of the author's native Martinique and its Creole language and culture. "(Chamoiseau's) prose (is) Rabelaisian: erudite, vulgar, stupendously energetic . . . driven by an African beat".--"The New York Times Book Review".
  • Briar Rose
    Coover, Robert
    Grove/Atlantic List Price: 18.00 ISBN: 0802115918 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Notable
    Briar Rose tells of a prince trapped in the briars, a sleeping beauty who cannot awaken and who dreams of a succession of kissing princes, as old spell-casting fairy who inhabits the princess's dreams regales her with legends of other sleeping beauties, and trying to imagine the nature of human desire.
    Suggested Reading: Folk and Fairy Tales
  • The Beach
    Garland, Alex
    Publisher: Putnam List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 1573220485 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    In this unforgettable novel of innocence and horror, a hand-drawn map and rumors of Eden lead a young traveler in Thailand off the backpacker trail in search of a virgin landscape. "Garland...captures the secondhand yearnings of a generation actively seeking out genuine experience. . . The Beach sneaks up on you like the second tab of acid you took when you mistakenly thought the first one hadn't kicked in" (Douglas Ruskoff, author of Media Virus).
    Suggested Reading: Thai Stars
  • The Ordinary Seaman
    Goldman, Francisco
    Atlantic Monthly Pr List Price: 22.00 ISBN: 0871136716 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarBookliststarKirkus
    PW Best Books of '97
    L.A. Times Book Award Finalist
    After learning that the ship on which he is to serve is a wreck, sitting idle with no plumbing or electricity, a 19-year-old Nicaraguan immigrant works up the courage to escape into Brooklyn and begin a new life.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars | All Stars
  • The View from Here
    Jackson, Brian Keith
    Publisher: Pocket List Price: $22 ISBN: 0671568957 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    BCALA First Novelist Award Winner
    In the tradition of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, this heartwrenching novel of black family life in the rural South surges with raw emotional power and deeply felt truth. Against a backdrop of casual prejudice and commonplace poverty, a gentle, hardworking wife and mother faces a challenge that could destroy the family she's fought so hard to keep together.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
  • Asylum
    McGrath, Patrick
    Publisher: Random House List Price: $22 ISBN: 0679452281 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    NYTBR Notable
    The inimitable Patrick McGrath is back--with a dazzling story of sexual obsession and psychological suspense. The lonely wife of a staid and unimaginative forensic psychiatrist finds herself passionately drawn to a brilliant sculptor accused of murdering his wife.
  • Sanctuary: A Tale of Life in the Woods
    Monette, Paul/ Schorr, David (Ilt)
    Scribner List Price: 17.00 ISBN: 0684832860 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    This final, finely wrought work by the National Book Award-winning author of Becoming a Man presents a powerful human message. In the omnious, intolerant domain of the Great Horned Owl, the love between a fox and a rabbit is doubly condemned, for they are both female and of different species. Line drawings.
  • A Booke of Days: A Novel of the Crusades
    Rivele, Stephen J.
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 786703482 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    A soaring epic of the Holy Land and the human heart, A Booke of Days is the captivating story of young French nobleman, Roger, Duke of Lunel, who departs from his home in Provence in the 11th century to join forces that will attempt to recapture Jerusalem from its Turkish occupiers.
    Suggested Reading: Crusades
  • Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven
    Trice, Dawn Turner
    Crown Pub List Price: 23.00 ISBN: 0517704285 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    BCALA Honor Book
    This brilliantly crafted, vibrant debut novel tells a story of friendship, betrayal, and the loss of childhood innocence. Even though her family has been chosen to "move on up" to Lakeland, a upscale part of Chicago for professional blacks, 11-yr-old Tempestt Saville is drawn to the world outside the fence, populated by colorful, often dangerous characters.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
  • A Spanish Lover
    Trollope, Joanna
    Random House List Price: 22.00 ISBN: 0679425861 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    A #1 bestseller in Britain, this passionate yet compellingly realistic novel is Trollope's most commercial to date. After a lifetime of not measuring up to her perfect twin sister, Lizzie, Frances decides to start playing by different rules. She takes a married lover, a Spanish Catholic who will neverleave his wife, and - much to everyone's surprise - becomes the envy of Lizzie.

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    January

  • Yo : A Novel
    Alvarez, Julia
    Algonquin Books List Price: 18.95 ISBN: 1565121570 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    ALA RUSA Notable
    Sexually magnetic and thrice married, obsessed by human circumstances and relationships, Yolanda Garcia has managed to put herself at the center of many lives. Told from the viewpoint of one of the family and friends first tangled in her web and now frozen in the spotlight her literary fame has generated, Yo! delivers delicious insight into the very nature of artistic creation and the material from which it is built.
    Suggested Reading: Latino/Latina Stars | Humorous Fiction
  • The Error of Our Ways : A Novel
    Carkeet, David
    Henry Holt & Co List Price: 25.00 ISBN: 0805045023 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    NYTBR Notable
    For Ben Hudnut, life has been good, but Ben is about to become a modern-day suburban Job. A casual affair that ended a decade ago is returns to haunt him; his business is on the verge of bankruptcy, and his eldest daughter may be involved with one of her high-school teachers. Enter Jeremy cook, fellow sufferer and determined linguist, and what follows is a rich, literary comedy of errors.
  • Class Trip : A Novel
    Carrere, Emmanuel
    Henry Holt & Co List Price: 19.95 ISBN: 0805046941 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    In Class Trip, little Nicolas embarks on an ill-fated overnight excursion. Prone to lurid imaginings of kidnappings and organ thefts, Nicolas watches his fantasies grow horrifyingly real when a local child disappears. Nicolas takes it upon himself to investigate, fearlessly playing detective -- until he uncovers the devastating truth. Dramatic, taut with intensity, Carrere's depictions of the terrifying anxieties and shifting realities of modern life are marvels of concentrated emotion. - Publisher Marketing
  • The Reconstruction
    Casper, Claudia
    St Martins Pr (Trade) List Price: 22.95 ISBN: 0312151993 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    Claudia Casper takes readers on an emotional journey that is at once tumultous, hilarious, and haunting with the story of Margaret, a scupltor, who is hired by a museum to build a life-sized model of "Lucy", mankind's ancestral link to the primate world. In doing so, she is forced to explore fundamental questions about evolution, the human condition and her own troubled and perplexing life.
  • In the Deep Midwinter
    Clark, Robert
    Picador USA List Price: 23.00 ISBN: 0312151497 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    A debut novel of classic elegance, moral consequence, and luminous prose. When a well-established lawyer loses his brother in what seems to have been a hunting accident, the calm surface of his life is disturbed, as secrets kept by the women in his family begin to emerge.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Cloud Chamber : A Novel
    Dorris, Michael
    Scribner List Price: 24.00 ISBN: 0684815672 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Editor's Choice
    This masterful new novel by the bestselling author of The Broken Cord moves from late 19th century Ireland to contemporary America, as it tells the story of a family fueled by fierce anger, repressed passions, and determined will. Dorris relays the events through a series of first-person narrators, including 15-year-old Rayona, the beloved character from his A Yellow Raft in Blue Water.
  • Black Wine
    Dorsey, Candas Jane
    Tor Books List Price: 22.95 ISBN: 0312861818 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    An ambitious, feminist debut novel in the tradition of Joanna Russ and Suzy McKee Charnas, Black Wine tells of women coming to terms with their identities in a barbarous fantasy world.
  • Last Comes the Egg : A Novel
    Duffy, Bruce
    Simon & Schuster List Price: 23.00 ISBN: 0684808838 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    NYTBR Notable
    Frank's mother is dead, and both Alvy and Schleppy, his buddies, are lost to both family and friends. With only a few dollars to their names, these refugees from love set out in a stolen car to seach for answers to the most difficult questions they'll ever face. Two white boys and a black one will confront racial turmoil in the early 1960's and their own hearts.
  • Love Warps the Mind a Little : A Novel
    Dufresne, John
    W W Norton & Co List Price: 23.00 ISBN: 0393040135 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Notable
    The acclaimed author of Lousiana Power and Light sets his daring new novel in a blue collar town in Massachusetts, where a dysfunctional hero and his family cope in a world where everyone seems to suffer from some kind of love disorder. Dufresne, called a "highly readable Faulkner" will again take the literary world by storm with this new tragi-comic tale.
  • Hallucinating Foucault a Novel
    Duncker, Patricia
    Ecco Pr List Price: 21.00 ISBN: 0880014997 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    A captivating first novel of love and madness, Hallucinating Foucault tells of a devoted reader's quest to find and liberate Paul Michel, enfant terrible of French Letters, who is schizophrenic and incarcerated in an asylum. As it builds towards its startling conclusion, the novel probes the intriguing conncections between writer Paul Michel and philosopher Michel Foucalt, and the elusive bond that exists between writer and reader.
  • Drums of Autumn
    Gabaldon, Diana
    Delacorte Pr List Price: 23.95 ISBN: 0385311400 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    From the bestselling author of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Voyager comes the exquisite fourth novel in the romantic, time-travel saga of Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall. 1767: On the even of the American Revolution, Jamie and Claire land on the shores of Charleston to begin a new life. Jamie, determined to stay away from the rumblings of a war that is not his own, soon realizes that war spares no one--and that love is worth fighting for.
  • The Boy Who Went Away: A Novel
    Gottlieb, Eli
    St Martins Pr (Trade) List Price: 21.95 ISBN: 0312150709 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Notable
    An adolescent boy with a philandering mother, a drunken father, and an autistic brother struggles to find suburban normality in this touching and funny debut novel. "Beautiful for its compassion and insights" - Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
  • My Drowning : A Novel
    Grimsley, Jim
    Algonquin Books List Price: 18.95 ISBN: 1565121414 Date: 1997
    blackstar.jpg - 947 BytesPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    In his third novel, Jim Grimsley returns to the rural North Carolina landscape evoked so powerfully in his award-winning novels Winter Birds and Dream Boy to present a compelling portrait of an aging woman who attempts to sort out her life.
  • Errands : A Novel
    Guest, Judith
    Ballantine Books (Trd) List Price: 24.00 ISBN: 0345409043 Date: 1997
    starKirkus
    The author of the highly acclaimed Ordinary People now offers a story of the resilience of the human heart. When Keith Browner dies of cancer, he leaves behind a wife and children - four separate, complicated people who can no longer comprehend themselves as a family. Isolated by their anger and sorrow, the Browners are awakened finally to the love that still joins them, when the are confronted by the events of a frightening accident.
  • The Saskiad
    Hall, Brian
    Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd) List Price: 22.95 ISBN: 039582754X Date: 1997
    starBookliststarPublishers Weekly
    Rich and haunting in language, The Saskiad is an epic tale about the search for home and family in the life of a precocious young girl. Twelve years old and steeped in story, the ferociously bright Saskia is growing up in, and largely holding together, a run-down commune in rural New York. The guru is long gone, the psychedelic paint job on the battered pickup has been covered over, her mother's current boyfriend is an embarrassment, and the only news Saskia gets from the father she can't remember is an occasional postcard from far away. A voracious reader, Saskia injects fantasy into real life with a transforming energy. She feasts at Odysseus' side and helps steer his ship homeward under the brilliant stars. Marco Polo shares trading tips with her as they travel together across desert wastes to the rich, strange towns of Cathay. In school, she is making a sextant as a birthday present for Captain Hornblower, who loves her but is too shy and awkward to admit it. Saskia tries to draw the younger children of the commune into her imaginary world, but she needs a partner, a comrade-in-arms, and she finds one in a newcomer to her school, the beautiful thirteen-year-old Jane Singh. The girls' friendship is flourishing when Saskia suddenly gets an invitation to join her father on a holiday expedition, the destination and ultimate purpose of which are as mysterious as he is. - Publisher Marketing
  • Le Divorce
    Johnson, Diane
    E P Dutton List Price: 23.95 ISBN: 0525942386 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    National Book Award Finalist
    PW Best Books of '97
    NYTBR Notable
    Combining delicious wit with penetrating social vision, Diane Johnson, author of The Shadow Knows, returns with a modern comedy of manners featuring two American sisters who take on sophisticated French society.
    Suggested Reading: Paris Stars
  • The Friends of Freeland : A Novel
    Leithauser, Brad
    Knopf List Price: 26.00 ISBN: 0679450831 Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarBooklist
    With this bawdy, wonderfully comic novel, Leithauser takes readers to Freeland, and imaginary island-country in the North Atlantic, during an election year. There, Hannibal, a lovable, unruly giant of a man, who has been president of the country for 20 years, and Eggert, his smart, devious sidekick - as well as the book's narrator - expound upon the eccentricities of Freeland's stubbornly independent citizens.
  • Dewey Defeats Truman : A Novel
    Mallon, Thomas
    Pantheon Books List Price: 24.00 ISBN: 0679444254 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    PW Best Books of '97
    NYTBR Notable
    Thomas Mallon has masterfully appropriated a jubilant legend (and famous headline) of modern American history and built it around a midwestern Midsummer Night's Dream. Set in Dewey's Michigan hometown of Owosso, Dewey Defeats Truman is the captivating story of a local love triangle that manages to mirror the national contest.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Dewey Defeats Truman
  • The Conversations at Curlow Creek: A Novel
    Malouf, David
    Pantheon Books List Price: 23.00 ISBN: 0679442669 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    A new work of fiction by the author of Remembering Babylon. It is 1827, and in a remote hut high on the plains of New South Wales, two strangers spend the night in talk. One, an illiterate Irishman, and ex-convict and bushranger, is due to be hanged at dawn. The other is the police officer who has been sent to supervise the hanging. As the night wears on, the two men share memories and uncover unlikely connections between their lives.
  • Guided Tours of Hell : Novellas
    Prose, Francine
    Henry Holt & Co List Price: 23.00 ISBN: 0805048618 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    NYTBR Notable
    The less-than-innocents abroad in these daring short novels by the critically acclaimed author of Primitive People are Americans in Europe, involved in what turns out to be pleasure tours of hell: shocking, bewildering trips that change forever their ideas about history, reality, politics, sex - and their entire lives.
  • An Explanation for Chaos : Stories
    Schumacher, Julie
    Soho Pr List Price: 21.00 ISBN: 1569470707 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    In these stories, Julie Schumacher captures the intensely visceral dynamics of family, the inextricable bonds of siblings, and the dangers and mysteries of adolescence, all rendered with a pathos that is totally original. - Publisher Marketing
  • First, Body: Stories
    Thon, Melanie Rae
    Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd) List Price: 21.95 ISBN: 039578588X Date: 1997
    starPublishers WeeklystarKirkus
    The author of Iona Moon, Meteors in August and Girls in the Grass, "Melanie Rae Thon proves that she can make the grimmest subjects seem beautiful by the sheer pyrotechnics of her prose" ("San Francisco Chronicle").
  • Remnants of the First Earth
    Young Bear, Ray A.
    Publisher: Grove/Atlantic List Price: $23 ISBN: 0802115810 Date: 1997
    starPublishers Weekly
    Dazzlingly original, but with roots deep in his traditional Mesquakie culture, Young Bear, author of Black Eagle Child, is a master wordsmith poised with trickster-like aplomb between the ancient world of his forefathers and the ever encroaching "blurred face of modernity". In Remnants of the First Earth, Young Bear "instructs from a deep vision of the world" (Louise Erdrich).

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July - December (1997)

Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers and Crime Fiction Stars of 1997


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