Fiction Stars of 1999

January - June

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.
Titles are listed by approximate date of publication, then alphabetically by author. Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine - unless otherwise noted.

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

June

  • Timbuktu
    Author: Auster, Paul
    Publisher: Henry Holt List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0805054073 Date: 1999
    starPW
    Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Auster's remarkable new novel, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, the brilliant, troubled, and altogether original poet-saint from Brooklyn. Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, they sally forth on a last great adventure in search of Willy's high school teacher and mentor.
    Suggested Reading: Poets | Dog Stars
  • They Were Counted
    Author: Banffy, Miklos
    Publisher: Dufour List Price: $ 28.95 ISBN: 190085015x Date: 1999
    starLJ
  • The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
    Author: Banks, Melissa
    Publisher: Viking List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 067088300x Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkusstarBL
    As it explores the life lessons of Jane, the contemporary American Everywoman - who combines the charm of Bridget Jones, the vulnerability of Ally McBeal, and the wit of Lorrie Morre - The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing offers wise, poignant, and laugh-out-loud insight.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Chicklit Stars
  • Collected Tales and Fantasies of Lord Berners
    Author: Lord Berners
    Publisher: Turtle Point List Price: $ 16.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1885983387 Date: 1999
    starBL
  • The Metaphysical Touch
    Author: Brownrigg, Sylvia
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0374199655 Date: 1999
    starPW
    In 1991 Emily Piper, a graduate student at Berkeley, has nearly finished her dissertation in metaphysics when her life is changed by the great Berkeley-Oakland fire that destroyed over 3,000 homes. Pi loses all of her belongings: her books and writings, art the things that reminded her of herself. Though others throw themselves into the task of rebuilding their lives, Pi can't. Instead, she escapes to the small coastal town of Mendocino.
  • Captain Kidd
    Author: Charyn, Jerome
    Publisher: St. Martins List Price: $ 20.95 ISBN: 0312205066 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    The protagonist of this comic novel of World War II is on the personal staff of General George Patton during the invasion of Germany. With Captain Roland Kahn by his side, Patton's army can expect some hilarious shenanigans.
    Suggested Reading: World Wars Fiction Stars
  • Juneteenth
    Author: Ellison, Ralph (John F. Callahan, ed)
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0394464575 Date: 1999
    starPW
    It is Washington D.C., in the 1950's and a race-baiting senator has just been shot on the Senate floor by a young black man. On his deathbed, he summons an elderly Black minister from Oklahoma who comes to his side. Their remarkable conversation and the memories it sparks take them back to their deeply buried past, and finally to a tragic event that first brought them together.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | African American Fiction Stars
  • Poachers: Stories
    Author: Franklin, Tom
    Publisher: Morrow List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0688167403 Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkus
    In this astonishing and brilliant debut collection of stories set in a profoundly Deep South, Franklin "plumbs raw and startling places" (Rick Bass). "What a trip, awfully good." - Barry Hannah.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Wonders of the Invisible World
    Author: Gates, David
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0679436685 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarLJ
    In this extraordinary first collection of stories by the critically acclaimed author of Jernigan and Preston Falls, " the strikingly real landscapes are populated with terrifyingly self-aware figures who refuse to go anywhere gently.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Mother of Pearl
    Author: Haynes, Melinda
    Publisher: Hyperion List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 07857754850 Date: 1999
    starPWstarBL
    This debut work captures the irony and beauty of life in the 1950s Deep South, centering around 28-year-old Even Grade, a Mississippi black man who grew up an orphan, and Valuable Korner, the 15-year-old daughter of the town whore. Both are passionately determined to discover the precious things neither expected as children: human connection, enduring commitment, and above all, unconditional love.
  • Local Girls
    Author: Hoffman, Alice
    Publisher: Putnam List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0399145079 Date: 1999
    starPW
    A collection of exceptionally tender, beautifully told stories by the author of such remarkable novels as Here on Earth and Practical Magic.
  • The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
    Author: Johnston, Wayne
    Publisher: Doubleday List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385495420 Date: 1999
    starPWstarLJstarKirkus
    Newfoundland is the setting for this story of how fate brings together a witty school boy who pursues socialist dreams and a popular newspaper columnist who writes about the history of the continent.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Labor
  • Interpreter of Maladies
    Author: Lahiri, Jhumpa
    Publisher: Mariner List Price: $ 12 (trade paper) ISBN: 039592720x Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and a baffling new world, the characters in Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of their culture and generations.
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars
  • Wormwood
    Author: Levien, David
    Publisher: Hyperion List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0786865067 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
  • Jem (and Sam)
    Author: Mount, Ferdinand
    Publisher: Carroll & Graff List Price: $ 25.95 ISBN: 078670649x Date: 1999
    starBL
    How does Jeremiah Mount, a dealer in pornography and a failed farmer's son, come to be the lover of the Duchess of Albemarle and the colleague of the great Samuel Pepys? This novel of jealousy and envy evokes the London of the Restoration as it brings its dubious hero to life.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • The Wilder Sisters
    Author: Mapson, Jo-Ann
    Publisher: HarperCollins List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0060191163 Date: 1999
    starBL
    Already a widow in her 40s, Rose wonders if she'll ever love again. Still single in her 30s, Lily wonders if she'll ever love at all. When they both escape to their parents' New Mexico ranch, they discover the bonds that unite them in love and longing.
  • My Russian
    Author: McNamer, Deidre
    Publisher: Houghton List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0395956374 Date: 1999
    starPW
    Francesca Woodbridge, supposedly on a tour of Greece, is really spying on her former life - a recent lover, a wounded husband, and a rapidly changing America.
  • Lazarus Rumba
    Author: Mestre, Ernesto
    Publisher: Picador List Price: $ 27.50 ISBN: 0312199074 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarLJ
    A modern tale rooted in recent historical events but filtered through a patiently unfolding storytelling style that pays homage to The Arabian Nights, this ambitious novel centers around three generations of women in a Cuban family during the time of Castro's revolutionary upheaval.
  • ZigZag
    Author: Napoleon, Landon J.
    Publisher: Henry Holt List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0805060480 Date: 1999
    starLJstarKirkus
  • Broke Heart Blues
    Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
    Publisher: Dutton List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525944516 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarBLstarPW
    Accused of murder at 16, the minute the manhunt starts, the second the sensational trial begins, John Reddy Heart is front-page news, celebrated in song, and well on his way to becoming a small town's obsession.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Three Dollars
    Author: Perlman, Elliot
    Publisher: MacMurray and Beck List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 1878448889 Date: 1999
    starPW
    At once humorous and dramatic, Three Dollars is about Eddie, an honest, compassionate man who finds himself, at the age of thirty-eight, with a wife, a child, and three dollars. At any other time the world would have smiled on him. But this is the nineties and the world values other things. A brilliantly deft and poignant portrait of a man attempting to retain his humanity, his family, and his sense of humor in a corporate world. - Publisher's marketing.
  • The Jukebox Queen of Malta
    Author: Rinaldi, Nicholas M.
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0684856123 Date: 1999
    starLJ
    From the heralded author of Bridge Fall Down comes a lyrical, heart-wrenching story set amidst the chaos - and absurdity- of war-torn Malta during World War II.
  • An Equal Music
    Author: Seth, Vikram
    Publisher: Broadway List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0767902912 Date: 1999
    starPW
    The author of the international bestseller A Suitable Boy returns with a deeply romantic tale of two gifted musicians, one of whom is going deaf, set against a magical backdrop of Europe and classical music.
    Readalike List: Music & Fiction
  • The Palace
    Author: St. Aubin de Teran, Lisa
    Publisher: Ecco List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0880016620 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarLJ
  • Wedding Jester
    Author: Stern, Steve
    Publisher:Graywolf List Price: $ 14 (trade paper) ISBN: 155597290x Date: 1999
    starPW
    "What good news -- more stories by Steve Stern! I am a zealous admirer of his one-of-a-kind imagination and his miraculous sentences." -- Cynthia Ozick
  • Who Do You Love: Stories
    Author: Thomspon, Jean
    Publisher: Harcourt List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0151004161 Date: 1999
    starPW
    This collection, named a finalist for the National Book Award and other honors, presents the lives of ordinary people who long for communion and grace with others.
  • Notes of a Desolate Man
    Author: T'ien-Wen, Chu
    Publisher: Columbia Univ List Price: $ 19.95 ISBN: 02311608x Date: 1999
    starBL
  • Physics of Sunset
    Author: Vandenburgh, Jane
    Publisher: Pantheon List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0679424830 Date: 1999
    starPW
    From the highly acclaimed author of Failure to Zigzag comes a blisteringly funny and poignant new novel about the freedoms and imprisonments of desire - the story of two California families and the doomed love affair that unwittingly connects them.
  • The Oxygen Man
    Author: Yarbrough, Steve
    Publisher: MacMurray & Beck List Price: $ 20 ISBN: 1878448854 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarBL
    In this powerful first novel, Steve Yarbrough takes us into the deep-South world of Ned Rose, who works nights checking the oxygen levels in fish farm ponds, does all the dirty work his boss requires, and silently shares the family home with his sister Daze, who is nearly blinded by bitterness and disdain. Since his angry teenage years, Ned's life has been marred by a violence that erupts loudly and quickly disappears, leaving him filled with secrets and regret. When Ned and Daze realize that they have one last hope for deliverance.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • One Hundred and One Ways
    Author: Yoshikawa, Mako
    Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell List Price: $ 21.95 ISBN: 0553110993 Date: 1999
    starPWstarBL
    Lyrical, haunting, and evocative, One Hundred and One Ways offers the tale of a young Japanese-American woman whose past and future have begun to collide.
  • Layover
    Author: Zeidner, Lisa
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0375502866 Date: 1999
    starPW
    One day Claire decides to simply not go home. During the leave of absence she takes from her daily life, her behavior ranges from the illicit to the illegal to - she fears - the downright insane.

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May

  • Turn of the Century
    Author: Anderson, Kurt
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0375500081 Date: 1999
    starPW
    A big, fresh, energetic, hyper-realistic, up-to-the-second comedy of manners set in Manhattan in 2000, Turn of the Century depicts marriage, family, friendship, and business as they are conducted at the giddy, anxious end of the millennium.
  • Another World
    Author: Barker, Pat
    Publisher: Farrar List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0374105251 Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkus
    From the author of the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy comes an "old-fashioned novel in a modern idiom" (The Sunday Times [London]) - an extraordinarily powerful study of memory, and of the various ways in the which the violent past returns to haunt and distort the present.
  • England, England
    Author: Barnes, Julian
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0375405828 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarPW
    Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this "commanding and imaginative achievement" (Sunday Times - London) tells the story of Sir Jack Pitman, who seeks to realize a "destination" where replicas of all England's national treasures - from Stonehenge to Princess Diana's grave - can be conveniently gathered together for tourism purposes.
    Suggested Reading: Amusement & Theme Parks
  • Someone to Watch Over Me: Stories
    Author: Bausch, Richard
    Publisher: Harpercollins List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 006017335 Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkus
    One of America's master storytellers returns with a breathtaking collection of short stories peopled with engaging characters.
  • City of Light
    Author: Belfer, Lauren
    Publisher: Dial List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 038533401x Date: 1999
    starPW
    In the grand tradition of Ragtime and The Alienist comes a dazzling historical novel bursting with vibrant characters both real and imagined. At once a thriller, a love story, and a rich portrait of an American city poised for glory at the turn of the century, City of Light is a human drama wrought with remarkable depth and intelligence.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Wrack
    Author: Bradley, James
    Publisher: Henry Holt List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0805061088 Date: 1999
    starPW
    David Norfolk, an archeologist searching for a Portugese ship, long rumored to be buried beneath the sand dunes of Southern Australia, unearths instead the body of a man murdered 50 years ago.
  • Night Inspector
    Author: Busch, Frederick
    Publisher: Harmony List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0609602357 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarPW
    New York City, 1867: Repulsed by the revelation that the conversion of black souls into merchandise has not ceased after the Civil War, a veteran finds himself drawn into a steamy underworld of murderers, whores and sewer and slum dwellers.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Elementals Fire and Ice
    Author: Byatt, A. S.
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 21.95 ISBN: 0375502505 Date: 1999
    starBLstarPW
    From the Booker Prize-winning author of Possession comes a collection of brilliant stories about opposites: passion and alienation, art and life, the human and the mythic.
  • Corner of the Veil
    Author: Cosse, Laurence
    Publisher: Scribner List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0684846675 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    Already a bestseller in France where it was nominated for several literary prizes, this brilliant theological thriller asks - and answers - perhaps the most compelling question there is: "What if God's existence was proven, undeniably and irrefutably?"
    Suggested Reading: Alternative History Stars
  • The Orphan Game
    Author: Darby, Ann
    Publisher: William Morrow List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0688167780 Date: 1999
    starPW
    In a quiet California town in the mid '60's, where the mores of the '50's haven't quite departed, a young woman's passage from a troubled family is propelled by unwanted pregnancy.
  • 30: A Novel
    Author: Dixon, Stephen
    Publisher: Holt List Price: $ 30 ISBN: 0805059237 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    In 30, Dixon presents readers with life according to Gould, his brilliant fictional narrator who shares his thoroughly examined life from start to several finishes.
  • Nanny and the Iceberg
    Author: Dorfman, Ariel
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0374218986 Date: 1999
    starBL
    Rabelaisian, picaresque, and erotic, this ebullient comedy about sex, Antarctica, and Che Guevara is the most disarmingly original fiction yet from the highly acclaimed author of Konfidenz and Death and the Maiden.
  • Hadrian's Walls
    Author: Draper, Robert
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0375403698 Date: 1999
    starPWstarBL
    In a surprising debut novel, the lifelong friendship between a prison's director and a notorious convict creates a conflict between obligation and loyalty.
  • Paris Trance
    Author: Dyer, Geoff
    Publisher: Farrar List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0374229813 Date: 1999
    starPW
    Boldly erotic and hauntingly elegiac, comic and romantic, this novel confirms Dyer as one of England's most original and talented writers. Luke moves to Paris with the idea of writing a novel but things - like the club scene, action movies, and love - get in the way.
  • Human Voices
    Author: Fitzgerald, Penelope
    Publisher: Mariner List Price: $ 12 (trade paper) ISBN: 039595617x Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Targeted by enemy bombers in 1940, the BBC turns its concert hall into a dormitory for both sexes - and the personal chaos rivals the political. Published for the first time in the U.S.
  • The Journal of Mrs.Pepys: Portrait of a Marriage
    Author: George, Sara
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312205546 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    This fascinating, fictional journal by the wife of celebrated 17th -century diarist Samuel Pepys is a portrait of a tumultuous marriage and a compelling era.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • The White Bone
    Author: Gowdy, Barbara
    Publisher: Henry Holt List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0805060367 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarLJ
    In a work imagined entirely from the perspective of African elephants, Gowdy performs a feat virtually unparalleled in modern fiction. Plunged into an alien landscape, we orient ourselves in elephant time, elephant space, elephant consciousness and begin to feel, as Gowdy puts it, "what it would be like to be that big and gentle, to be that imperiled, and to have that prodigious memory."
  • A Dangerous Friend
    Author: Just, Ward
    Publisher: Houghton List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0395856981 Date: 1999
    starPWstarLJstarBL
    A major novel by the author of Echo House, set in Indochina is 1965. Sydney Parade, a trained political scientist, runs away to Saigon in an effort to become something larger than himself - and begins - but only begins - to understand something of the complexities of Western survival in the Third World.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
  • If Men Were Angels
    Author: Karaim, Reed
    Publisher: Norton List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393047806 Date: 1999
    starLJ
    A searching and powerfully written novel about a dark-horse presidential candidate who seems to be the answer to the hopes of the American voters. Is he, perhaps, too good to be true?
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
    Author: King, Stephen
    Publisher: Scribner List Price: $ 16.95 ISBN: 0684867621 Date: 1999
    starPW
    When a young girl gets lost in the woods, she has only her Sony Walkman for comfort. She is a huge fan of Tom Gordon, a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, so she listens to a game and he becomes a character in her mind. The question is, is there something threatening in the woods?
  • Battle Creek
    Author: Lasser, Scott
    Publisher: Rob Weisbach List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0688167853 Date: 1999
    starPWstarLJ
    A man who has spent his adult life juggling the roles of coach to an amateur baseball team, father to his estranged son, and caretaker to his own disapproving father, finds his life coming apart at the seams when, during one single season, his pitcher loses his arm, his son drifts further away, and he learns his father is dying of cancer.
  • Fleur De Leigh's Life of Crime
    Author: Leslie, Diane
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0684856956 Date: 1999
    starLJ
    A heartwarming, autobiographical debut novel about coming of age in late 1950's Hollywood. Featured on NPR's "Selected Shorts."
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Hunting Down Home
    Author: McNeil, Jean
    Publisher: Milkweed List Price: $ 16 ISBN: 1571310566 Date: 1999
    starBL
  • The Messenger
    Author: Montero, Mayra
    Publisher: HarperCollins List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0060192232 Date: 1999
    starPW
    Set in Cuba, this brooding novel tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, tenor Enrico Caruso and his mulatto mistress, whose destinies unfold to the rhythms of African and Chinese magic.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • The Deposition of Father McGreevy
    Author: O'Doherty, Brian
    Publisher: Turtle Point List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 1885983395 Date: 1999
    starLJstarKirkus
    Rich in the details of Irish life and love, with a narrative that evokes both a time and a place with a keen, unsentimental eye, this novel tells the story of a priest who must struggle to preserve what remains of a parish in an isolated village where the women mysteriously die.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
  • The Bingo Queens of Paradise
    Author: Park, June
    Publisher: Cliff Street List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0060193123 Date: 1999
    starLJ
    Oklahoman Darla Moon struggles to break free and pursue her dreams. Blessed with the unexpected love of an itinerant preacher who sweeps her off her feet, Darla formulates a plan to escape.
  • Keeping Faith
    Author: Picoult, Jodi
    Publisher: Morrow List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0688168256 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    When her parents divorce, seven-year-old Faith finds a friend who supports her - a friend who may be imaginary. Is Faith a prophet or just a troubled little girl? From the acclaimed author of The Pact comes a provocative novel about belief, betrayal, miracles, and the fierce love of a mother for her child.
  • Close Range: Wyoming Stories
    Author: Proulx, Annie
    Publisher: Scribner List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0684852217 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    From one of the great writers of our time comes a collection of award-winning stories about loneliness, quick violence, and wrong kinds of love. Accompanied by watercolor illustrations by William Matthews, the pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's - work by an author writing at the peak of her craft.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Sugar Land
    Author: Rodgers, Joni
    Publisher: Spinsters Ink List Price: $ 12 ( trade paper) ISBN: 188352332x Date: 1999
    starLJ
    This is the story of the Smithers sisters - Kit and Kiki. As children they performed throughout Texas as the Blues Babies under the tutelage of their mother, Vivica. But those glory days of county fair stages, adoring fans, and gold lame gowns are long gone. Now Kit and Kiki are all grown up. All that remains is the blues the sisters sing as they learn to cope with the vicissitudes of real life: withering marriages, cheating spouses, balloon mortgages, lost opportunities, morning sickness, and the demands of motherhood. And then there's Neeva, Kit's mother-in-law-from-hell. Oddly enough, her death places Neeva center stage in Kit's life as the of her guilty conscience. Sugar Land is the story of how two modern goddesses earn their wings by coming to terms with life and death and everything in between. It's about the healing power of forgiveness, the seemingly impossible task of loving, the resilience of family ties - and what happens when a tornado meets a double-wide trailer. - Publisher's marketing.
  • Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys
    Author: Self, Will
    Publisher: Grove List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0802116442 Date: 1999
    starPW
    From the author of Great Apes come more corkscrewed tales in this sharp, funny collection packed with verbal fireworks.
  • Way People Run
    Author: Tilghman, Christopher
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 21.95 ISBN: 067944971x Date: 1999
    starPW
    The author of Mason's Retreat and In a Father's Place presents a collection of stunning short stories about the fault lines that crack open in people, marriages, and families.
  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: Stories
    Author: Wallace, David Foster
    Publisher: Little Brown List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0316925411 Date: 1999
    starPW
    These eclectic stories - which have been prominently serialized in Harper's, Esquire, and the Paris Review - explore intensely immediate states of mind with the creative daring that has won Wallace's reputation as one of the most talented fiction writers of his generation.
  • Tipping the Velvet
    Author: Waters, Sarah
    Publisher: Riverhead List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 1573221368 Date: 1999
    starPW
    "Lavishly crammed with the songs, smells, and costumes of late Victorian England" (The Daily Telegraph), this delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of a young girl whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Picaresque Stars
  • White Snake and Other Stories
    Author: Yen, Geling
    Publisher: Aunt Lute List Price: $ 10.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1879960559 Date: 1999
    starLJ
  • Haunted Traveller: An Imaginary Memoir
    Author: Yourgrau, Barry
    Publisher: Arcade List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 1559704829 Date: 1999
    starBL
    Mixing the grand gestures of travel writing with Gothic horror, amorous fables, adventure yarns, and his trademark surreal wit, Yourgrau has created a lushly atmospheric and deeply personal masterpiece of a book that distills the special sublime genius of his earlier work and pushes it to a new, richly poignant level.

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April

  • Leper's Companions
    Author: Blackburn, Julia
    Publisher: Pantheon List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0679439846 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarPW
    From the widely praised author of Daisy Bates in the Desert, here is an exquisite new novel about a woman's fantastical quest for rebirth in the aftermath of a devastating loss.
  • Finbar's Hotel
    Author: Bolger, Dermot (ed)
    Publisher: Harvest List Price: $ 13 (trade paper) ISBN: 0156006332 Date: 1999
    starBL
    In an unprecedented collaboration, seven of Ireland's finest writers join in a riotous novel about the last night in the life of a dingy Dublin hotel.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
  • Lamb in Love
    Author: Brown, Carrie
    Publisher: Algonquin List Price: $ ? ISBN: 1565122038 Date: 1999
    starPWstarBL
    A timid English postmaster falls helplessly, secretly in love with a woman who believes love has passed her by in this novel from the author of Rose's Garden.
  • Driving the Heart, and Other Stories
    Author: Brown, Jason
    Publisher: W.W. Norton List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0393047210 Date: 1999
    starPW
    A stunningly elegant and highly original debut collection of stories at once dark and poignant, funny and bleak. Brown plumbs the hearts and minds of characters trying to make sense of their lives.
  • Signs and Wonders
    Author: Bukiet, Melvin Jules
    Publisher: Picador List Price: $ 26 ISBN: 0312200099 Date: 1999
    starPW
    On the eve of the millennium, in the midst of a brutal hurricane on the Baltic coast, a concrete prison barge rips free of its moorings, releasing 12 depraved souls and the one they call their Savior.
  • Famous After Death
    Author: Cheever, Benjamin
    Publisher: Crown List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0609600052 Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkus
    In this brilliant and wicked comic novel by the acclaimed author of The Plagiarist and The Partisan, Noel Hammersmith has two dreams: to bring his weight down to a slim 138 pounds and to be famous.
  • Living on the Edge: A Collection of Short Fiction by Peace Corps Writers
    Author: Coyne, John (ed)
    Publisher: Curbstone List Price: $ 17.95 (paperback) ISBN: 1880684578 Date: 1999
    starLJ
  • For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories
    Author: Englander, Nathan
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0375404929 Date: 1999
    starPWstarLJstarKirkusstarBL
    A work of stunning authority and imagination, Englander's debut contains ten energized, irreverent stories rooted in the weight of Jewish history and the customs of Orthodox life.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Sea Came in at Midnight
    Author: Erickson, Steve
    Publisher: Bard List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0380977664 Date: 1999
    starPWstarBL
    In the final seconds of the old millennium, 1,999 woman and children march off the edge of a cliff in Northern California, urged on by a cult of silent men in white robes. Kristin -- who was meant to be two-thousandth to fall -- flees at the last moment. Answering a cryptic personals ad, she finds temporary haven in the Hollywood Hills with an obsessed unnamed man over his life's work: a massive blue calendar that measures modern time by the events of chaos. In a breathtaking literary dance of fate and coincidence, the story careens forward from here across a new and different history from a ritual sacrifice in the name of salvation to a ritual sacrifice in the name of pleasure, from an ancient haunted Celtic tower in Brittany to the revolving memory hotels of Tokyo, from a cinematic hoax in Manhattan that costs five women their lives to a mysterious bloodstained set of coordinates tacked to the wall of an abandoned San Francisco penthouse. And, unknown even to her, at the center of that dance is the seventeen-year-old Kristin, who will take the reader on an extraordinary journey through an age where everyone is a millennium unto herself. (Bard marketing)
  • White Oleander
    Author: Fitch, Janet
    Publisher: Little Brown List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0316285269 Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkus
    When a woman murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life, her daughter must navigate a new reality - that of a series of foster homes, each its own universe, each with its own limits and dangers.
  • The Hippopotamus Marsh
    Author: Gedge, Pauline
    Publisher: Moyer Bell List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 155921225x Date: 1999
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    Suggested Reading: Egyptian Stars
  • Benjamin's Gift
    Author: Golding, Michael
    Publisher: Warner List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0446521108 Date: 1999
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    A richly crafted novel, here is a tale that is at once the adventure-filled story of an unusual father and son and a front-row view of the momentous events that shaped the 20th century.
  • East of the Mountains
    Author: Guterson, David
    Publisher: Harcourt Brace List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0151002290 Date: 1999
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    From the author of the prize-winning Snow Falling on Cedars comes a novel of America. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, a recently widowed, retired heart surgeon, accompanied by his two dogs, sets out on a journey through the West - sage deserts, yawning canyons, dusty ranches, and vast orchards - on his last hunt.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Still Waters in Niger
    Author: Hill, Kathleen
    Publisher: Triquarterly List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0810150891 Date: 1999
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  • The Spell
    Author: Hollinghurst, Alan
    Publisher: Viking List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670883565 Date: 1999
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    Set in London and countryside, the narrative tracks the interlocking passions of four men. As each character falls successfully under the spell of love or drugs, this story unfurls into a richly witty picture of modern gay life.
  • Sabbathday River
    Author: Korelitz, Jean Haniff
    Publisher: Farrar Strais & Giroux List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0374253234 Date: 1999
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    One warm September morning in 1985, Naomi Roth finds the drowned body of a newborn baby girl floating in the Sabbathday River. The community rapidly fingers Heather Pratt, a young single mother, as the prime suspect. But when the body of a second infant is found, Heather is charged with both deaths. In this new work, Korelitz, also author of A Jury of Her Peers, has written a powerful, hypnotically readable novel about life in a small town.
  • Breath and Shadows
    Author: Leffland, Ella
    Publisher: Morrow List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0688142710 Date: 1999
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    Ella Leffland brilliantly explores the perils of ordinary life that threaten the well-being, even the sanity, of one member of each of three generations of a Danish family in Europe and America -- people who are daring enough to believe that goodness and truth are possible in worlds they cannot control.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Spiderweb
    Author: Lively, Penelope
    Publisher: HarperCollins List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 006019233x Date: 1999
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    From the award-winning author of Heat Wave comes a suspenseful novel about a fiercely independent woman who finally confronts the dilemma that has shaped her life - that of her conflicting needs for solitude and human connection.
  • The Haunted Major
    Author: Marshall, Robert
    Publisher: Ecco List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0880016698 Date: 1999
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    Originally printed in 1902, The Haunted Major tells the story of an epic golf match, the courtship of an American millionairess, and the appearance of a Scottish ghost.
  • Bone by Bone
    Author: Matthiessen, Peter
    Publisher: Random House List Price: $ 26.95 ISBN: 0375501029 Date: 1999
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    Although it stands alone, Bone by Bone is the conclusion and capstone of the Watson trilogy as well as a true tour de force. Matthiessen brings his anti-hero to life with a complexity of character and profound humanity that establishes the novel as a modern classic.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Florida Fiction | All Stars
  • The Queen's Bastard
    Author: Maxwell, Robin
    Publisher: Arcade List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 1559707456 Date: 1999
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    In this sequel to The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, Maxwell writes of a young man named Arthur Dudley, the son of Elizabeth I and her lover, Robin Dudley. Earl of Leicester.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars reading list.
  • Migration of Ghosts
    Author: Melville, Pauline
    Publisher: Bloomsbury List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 158234020x Date: 1999
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    Spirits are on the move in Melville's fabulous short story collection as she weaves a tapestry with a sense of mischief and tremendous skill.
  • The Late Mr. Shakespeare
    Author: Nye, Robert
    Publisher: Arcade List Price: $ 25.95 ISBN: 1559704691 Date: 1999
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    Not since Anthony Burgess's Nothing Like the Sun has a novel bout Shakespeare been this rich, strange, and wonderful. Our guide to the life of the Bard in Robert Nye's dazzling new novel is an actor known as Pickleherring, who asserts that he was not only an original member of Shakespeare's acting troupe but the creator of the greatest female roles, from Cleopatra through Portia. In an attic above a brothel in Restoration London, Pickleherring, now ancient, sits down to write the story of Shakespeare's life. Gentle readers will learn much that will cause their eyes to pop open. Using sources both firsthand and far-fetched - recounting the myths and rumors surrounding Shakespeare with as much glee as he does earthier realities -- Pickleherring gives us an outrageously bawdy, language-loving, and edifying romp through the life and times of the greatest writer in the English language. - Publisher's marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Last Things
    Author: Offill, Jenny
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0374184054 Date: 1999
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    When a woman draws a young girl deeper into a strange world of myth and obsession, a father finds himself increasingly shut out.
  • A Prayer for the Dying
    Author: O'Nan, Stewart
    Publisher: Henry Holt List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0805061479 Date: 1999
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    Dark, poetic, and chilling, A Prayer for the Dying asks if it is possible to be a good man in a time of madness as members of the town succumb to a fatal epidemic.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
  • Lament of the Linnet
    Author: Ortese, Anna Maria
    Publisher: Harvill List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 1860462065 Date: 1999
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  • Mr. Wroe's Virgins
    Author: Rogers, Jane
    Publisher: Overlook List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0879517026 Date: 1999
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    In Lancashire in 1830, when God told prophet John Wroe to comfort himself with seven virgins, his congregation offered him their daughters. Mr. Wroe's Virgins tells the story of the nine months of their life together, until accusations of indecency and the trial that follows bring Wroe's household to a dramatic end.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Second Hand Smoke
    Author: Rosenbaum, Thane
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312199546 Date: 1999
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    In the seamy world of Miami, Mila Katz lives by the wits with which she survived the Holocaust - and her son, who grew up under his mother's psychotic tutelage to become a lawyer and Nazi hunter, finds that at every turn he is the heir to the rage and trauma of her past.
  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet
    Author: Rushdie, Salman
    Publisher: Henry Holt List Price: $ 27.50 ISBN: 0805053085 Date: 1999
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    Vina Aspara, a famous and much-loved singer, is caught up in a devastating earthquake and never seen again by human eyes. This is her story, and that of Ormus Cama, the lover who finds, loses, seeks, and again finds her over and over throughout his own extraordinary life in music.
    Suggested Reading: Music & Fiction | All Stars
  • The Hearts of Soldiers
    Author: Schroeder, Joan Vannordsall
    Publisher: DK Ink List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 078942553x Date: 1999
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  • Gardens in the Dunes
    Author: Silko, Leslie
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0684811545 Date: 1999
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    From the acclaimed author of Almanac of the Dead - the smoldering, haunting, and incandescent story of an Indian girl orphaned by an act of white brutality and adopted by a proper Victorian family.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Adoption
  • Mosiac Man
    Author: Sukenick, Ronald
    Publisher: Northwest Univ List Price: $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1573660795 Date: 1999
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  • Night Gardening
    Author: Swann, E.L.
    Publisher: Hyperion List Price: $ 16.95 ISBN: 0786864982 Date: 1999
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    When Maggie, recovering from a life-threatening illness, meets Tristan, a handsome landscape architect, her diminished spirit is rekindled. As he restores her fading garden, their relationship blooms into an intensely exciting romance neither one had ever dared to imagine.
  • The Books of Kings
    Author: Thackara, James
    Publisher: Overlook List Price: $ 27.95 ISBN: 0879519231 Date: 1999
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    An electrifying grand-scale novel set on the eve of the Nazi invasion as the idlyllic student life of four friends in Paris gives way to the frenzy of war.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World Wars Fiction
  • Best American Short Stories of the Century
    Author: Updike, John (ed)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin List Price: $ 28 ISBN: 0395843685 Date: 1999
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  • The Emperor's General
    Author: Webb, James H.
    Publisher: Broadway List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0767900766 Date: 1999
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    Did the Japanese really lose World War II? The bestselling author of Fields of Fire brilliantly portrays the epic battle of wills between MacArthur, America's greatest general, and a country with a genius for self-preservation. In the superbly imagined portrait of the days just following World War II, Webb has crafted an extraordinary saga from a spellbinding chapter in American history.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World Wars Fiction | All Stars
  • Surrender, Dorothy
    Author: Wolitzer, Dorothy
    Publisher: Scribner List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0684848449 Date: 1999
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    Skillfully combining the humorous with the somber, the author shows readers what happens as a young woman's friends are forced to rethink their notions of friendship, maturing, and mortality.

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March

  • Dreamland
    Author: Baker, Kevin
    Publisher: Harpercollins List Price: $ 26 ISBN: 0060193093 Date: 1999
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    A literary tour de force in the tradition of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime that delivers both a masterful, sweeping chronicle of an era of American history and an intimate portrait of a city, depicting it in all its garish, squalid, exuberant, frightening magnificence.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | All Stars | Amusement & Theme Parks
  • The Return of Little Big Man
    Author: Berger, Thomas
    Publisher: Little Brown List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0316098442 Date: 1999
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    In the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling classic Little Big Man, the foremost chronicler of the American West, Jack Crabb, continues his fabulous adventures.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Western Stars | All Stars
  • Tara Road
    Author: Binchy, Maeve
    Publisher: Delacorte List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385333951 Date: 1999
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    Ria, who lives on Tara Road in Dublin, thinks her marriage is fine right up until her husband leaves with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now estranged from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
  • Right from Wrong
    Author: Bonner, Cindy
    Publisher: Algonquin List Price: $ 21.95 ISBN:156512104x Date: 1999
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    The fourth of Bonner's deliciously romantic historical novels, this classic tale of love, war and sin is set against the rolling hills of Central Texas and the mansard rooftops of Paris.
  • Devil's Valley
    Author: Brink, Andre
    Publisher: Harcourt Brace List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0151004404 Date: 1999
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    In new novel by the author of A Dry White Season, nothing in Devil's Valley is at is seems -- the supernatural is an ingredient of everyday, the living and dead are never quite separate, and the grotesque coexists with the banal.
  • The Professor of Light
    Author: Budhos, Marina Tamar
    Publisher: Putnam List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399144730 Date: 1999
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    Psychological drama and Carribean storytelling combine in a novel about a young woman, her father, and their journey through science, dreams, and the legends of family history.
  • Freedom Song: Three Novels
    Author: Chaundhuri, Amit
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0375404279 Date: 1999
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    In three short novels, readers follow the life experiences of the intimate world of Indian men, women and children of the middle class living in Calcutta, Bombay, and England.
  • Teeth of the Dog
    Author: Ciment, Jill
    Publisher: Crown List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0517702029 Date: 1999
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    With distilled emotional power and prose tactile and visual enough to feel the heat and clamor on every page, this riveting tale tackles the inevitable consequences of the hegemony of the American dream.
  • Lord of the Barnyard: Killing the Fatted Calf and Arming the Aware in the Corn Belt
    Author: Egolf, Tristan
    Publisher: Grove/Altantic List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0802116418 Date: 1999
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    A manic, inventive, and painfully funny debut novel about a town's dirty laundry - and a garbageman's strike that lets it all hang out.
  • Carter Clay
    Author: Evans, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Harpercollins List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0060192658 Date: 1999
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    Acclaimed for her stunning debut, The Blue Hour, Elizabeth Evans returns with an explosive tale of a drunken driver's quest for salvation . . . and the family whose lives he has irrevocably changed.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Evensong
    Author: Godwin, Gail
    Publisher: Ballantine List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0345372441 Date: 1999
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    Into the well-ordered life of a young female pastor come three strangers, whose explosive personalities will ignite a conflagration in her marriage . . . and in the depths of her very soul.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • On Mystic Lake
    Author: Hannah, Kristin
    Publisher: Crown List Price: $ 19.95 ISBN: 0609602497 Date: 1999
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    When her husband announces that he wants a divorce after 20 years of marriage, Anne Colwater retreats to her childhood home in Mystic, Washington, where she rediscovers love, but also emotional hardship.
  • Mrs. Million
    Author: Hautman, Pete
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0684832437 Date: 1999
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    A female lottery winner in a small Midwestern town offers a monetary prize to whomever can tell her the mysterious whereabouts of her husband who has gone into hiding.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction
  • The Empress of the Splendid Season
    Author: Hijuelos, Oscar
    Publisher: Harpercollins List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0060175702 Date: 1999
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    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love comes the story of Lydia Espana, an emigre from Cuba who works in Manhattan as a cleaning woman. Writing with spellbinding passion, Hijuelos simultaneously tells Lydia's tale as well as stories of the secret lives she uncovers.
  • Trumpet
    Author: Kay, Jackie
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0375405097 Date: 1999
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    Through a tapestry of voices, the startling and poignant tale of trumpeter Joss Moody and his wife, Millie, is told: how they built a love, a family, and a life for themselves and their son out a complex, dazzling lie.
    Suggested Reading: Music & Fiction Stars
  • Intimacy
    Author: Kureishi, Hanif
    Publisher: Scribner List Price: $ 16 ISBN: 0688482756 Date: 1999
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    This third novel by the acclaimed screenwriter/author known for his uncanny ability to capture the mores of the time tells of a father who prepares to abandon his wife and two boys one night.
  • Daughters of Jerusalem
    Author: Lemmon, Thom
    Publisher: Multnomah List Price: $ 12.99 (trade paper) ISBN: 1576734773 Date: 1999
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  • The Funnies
    Author: Lennon, J. Robert
    Publisher: Riverhead List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 1573221260 Date: 1999
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    The second novel by the award-winning author of The Light of Falling Stars tells the sad and hilarious story of a dysfunctional, semi-estranged family forever immortalized as wisecracking imps in their father's nationally syndicated Family Circus-esque comic strip.
  • Breakfast on Pluto
    Author: McCabe, Patrick
    Publisher: Harpercollins List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0060193409 Date: 1999
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    In the 1970s, Patrick "Pussy" Braden, who piles his transsexual trade in London, finds himself inevitably drawn to Northern Ireland's maelstrom of violence and tragedy.
    Suggested Reading: Gender Identity Stars
  • Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith
    Author: Nahai, Gina
    Publisher: Harcourt List Price: $24 ISBN: 0151003882 Date: 1999
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    Weaving together strands of Persian and Jewish culture, Gina Nahai offers a passionate saga of destiny and forbidden love in a novel sure to captivate fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende.
  • Salesman
    Author: O'Connor, Joseph
    Publisher: Picador List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0312199988 Date: 1999
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    During the hottest summer in Dublin's history, Billy Sweeney, a middle-aged salesman, decides to take the law into his own hands after his daughter is attacked. But his plans go spectacularly wrong, the results are terrifying, often hilarious, and in the end, unforgettable.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Stars
  • Geographies of Home
    Author: Perez, Loida Maritza
    Publisher: Viking List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670868892 Date: 1999
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    Iliana reluctantly returns to New York from college, where she confronts all the contradictions, superstitions, joys, and pains of someone caught between two cultures but who is intent on finding a home.
  • Loves of Judith
    Author: Shalev, Meir
    Publisher: Ecco List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0880016353 Date: 1999
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    The internationally bestselling story of three men in the Jezreel Valley and their love for Judith and her son, whom each man participates in raising as his own.
  • Swimming With Jonah
    Author: Schulman, Audrey
    Publisher: Bard List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0380976862 Date: 1999
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    The author of the critically acclaimed novel The Cage now tells a hypnotic and darkly sensual story about a young woman's awakenings on a tiny Indonesian island.
  • The Handyman
    Author: See, Carolyn
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 037550155x Date: 1999
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    A lack of artistic vision leads an aspiring painter to a second career as a handyman, thus introducing him to a cast of eccentric acquaintances with an unexpected way of showing him the real scope of his own extraordinary talent.
  • The Fires
    Author: Steinke, Rene
    Publisher: William Morrow List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0688161502 Date: 1999
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    As a woman struggles to come to terms with her family's tormented past and her own uncertain future, she draws the mesmerized reader ever deeper into her scorched soul, revealing a sensuality that will spiral into final, fiery destruction - unless it can be quenched by love.
  • Other People's Children
    Author: Trollope, Joanna
    Publisher: Viking List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670885134 Date: 1999
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    With her sensitive eye and unerring ear, Joanna Trollope, author of The Best of Friends, explores the hard-won truths and often harder to overcome difficulties of stepfamilies: coping with present and former husbands and wives, and above all, with other people's children.
  • The Dragon Hunt
    Author: Vu, Tran
    Publisher: Hyperion List Price: $ 21 ISBN: 078684184 Date: 1999
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    Tran Vu came of age during the tumultuous final years of the Vietnam War and escaped his native land as a "boat person" in 1978. In this collection of five brilliantly imagined stories, he manages to convey, in a way no writer ever has before, the psychic wound wrought by decades of conflict.
  • East Bay Grease
    Author: Williamson, Eric Miles
    Publisher: Picador List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0312198612 Date: 1999
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    As two pals wander the streets of Belfast, in search of something better - a better pint, a better job, a better woman, a better now - readers are treated to their hilarious misadventures, political intrigues, and outlandish schemes.
  • World and Other Places: Stories 1986-1999
    Author: Winterson, Jeanette
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0375402403 Date: 1999
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    Whether trasporting reader's to bizarre new geographies or revealing the joy and pain of owing a brand-new dog, Jeanette Winterson presents all the facets of her extraordinary imagination in a collection of 17 stories.

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February

  • Incubus
    Author: Arensberg, Anne
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0394556968 Date: 1999 Date: 1999
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    The acclaimed author of Sister Wolf and Group Sex presents her most mesmerizing novel yet - the story of a town under demonic possession.
  • The Houdini Girl
    Author: Bedford, Martyn
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0375405275 Date: 1999
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    Told with marvelously sustained suspense, persuasive conviction, and grace, this spellbinding novel about the delicate balance between illusion and betrayal, deceit and love, reveals and conceals as it takes readers behind the crafted appearance of two performers in love.
    Suggested Reading: Magic & Magicians
  • The Broken Hearts Club
    Author: Black, Ethan
    Publisher: Ballantine List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0345426029 Date: 1999
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    The Broken Hearts Club, meeting regularly at Mackey's Steak and Ale Tavern, consists of a group of men with one thing in common: the sting of a broken heart. But for one of them, the rejection has turned to rage . . . and murderous violence.
  • Nine Below Zero
    Author: Canty, Kevin
    Publisher: Doubleday List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385491603 Date: 1999
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    Marvin Deernose saves the life of Senator Henry Neihart and later has a passionate affair with the man's daughter. But as Justine and Marvin's numbness to love begins to wear off, their relationship has terrifying repercussions. Werewolves in Their Youth: Stories
    Author: Chabon, Michael
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0679415874 Date: 1999
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    The bestselling author of The Mysteries of Pittsburg and Wonder Boys now crafts nine stunningly original stories - each superb and shot through with Chabon's unique vision an nightmares, hilarity and pain.
  • My Last Days as Roy Rogers
    Author: Devoto, Pat Cunningham
    Publisher: Warner List Price: $ 20 ISBN: 0446523887 Date: 1999
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    A new novelist makes a stunning debut with this exceptional tale of a young woman coming of age in Alabama during the last days of the 1950's polio epidemic.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Sister of My Heart
    Author: Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
    Publisher: Doubleday List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385489501 Date: 1999
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    From the bestselling author of The Mistress of Spices comes a passionate novel about the extraordinary bond between two sisters and the family secrets, jealousies, and loves that threaten to tear them apart.
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars | Stars of India
  • Lucky Man, Lucky Woman
    Author: Driscoll, Jack
    Publisher: Pushcart List Price: $ 24.50 ISBN: 188888908x Date: 1999
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    This unflinchingly honest novel tracks a man's headlong--and just possibly redemptive--leap into chaos. Winner of Pushcart's 17th annual Editor's Book Award.
  • House of Sand and Fog
    Author: Dubus, Andre
    Publisher: W.W. Norton List Price: $ 25.95 ISBN: 0393046974 Date: 1999
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    House of Sand and Fog is a narrative triumph in which a traditional immigrant success story and a modern love story are turned upside down with brutal, heartrending consequences. It is an American tragedy, and a shockingly true picture of the county we live in today.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Reading Group Stars
  • Esperanza's Box of Saints
    Author: Escandon, Maria
    Publisher: Scribner List Price: $ 12 (trade paper) ISBN: 068485614x Date: 1999
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    Like Water for Chocolate meets Candide in this stunning debut novel about a beautiful young widow's search for her missing child - a magical, humorous, and passion-filled odyssey that takes her from a humble Mexican village to the brothels of Tijuana and the streets of Los Angeles.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Latino/Latina Stars
  • Charlotte Gray
    Author: Faulks, Sebastian
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 037550169x Date: 1999
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    During the darkest days of WWII, a young Scottish woman, falls in love with an RAF pilot. When she learns that his plane has been lost over France, she travels there to work for the Resistance. Soon she finds that the struggle for the country's fate is intimately linked to her own battle to take control over her life. Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | World Wars Fiction
  • The Tesseract
    Author: Garland, Alex
    Publisher: Riverhead List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573221090 Date: 1999
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    Set in the Philippines, this Chinese puzzle of a novel, written by the author of The Beach, spans three generations, following the stories of three sets of characters whose lives are intertwined.
  • The Place You Return To Is Home: Stories
    Author: Gunn, Kirsty
    Publisher: Grove/Atlantic List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 0871137410 Date: 1999
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    Gunn, who has been called a "young master" by the Los Angeles Times, displays her stunning gifts once again in a new collection of luminous short stories.
  • Chocolat
    Author: Harris, Joanne
    Publisher: Viking List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0670881791 Date: 1999
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    Harris offers descriptions of chocolat real enough to melt in the mouths of chocholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhere.
    Suggested Reading: Cooked Books
  • Spinners
    Author: McCarten, Anthony
    Publisher: William Morrow List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0688163033 Date: 1999
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    Twin Peaks meets Nathaniel Hawthorne in this wildly original debut novel of a New Zealand town turned upside down - first by flying saucer encounters and then the sudden appearance of the mayor's handsome nephew.
  • While I Was Gone
    Author: Miller, Sue
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0375401121 Date: 1999
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    A decade after her phenomenal bestseller, The Good Mother, Miller delivers an exquisitely suspenseful novel about how casually an marriage can be destroyed and how a good wife can place all she holds dear at risk.
  • Survivor
    Author: Palahniuk, Chuck
    Publisher: W.W. Norton List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393047024 Date: 1999
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    From the author of the underground sensation Fight Club comes this wickedly incisive second novel, a mesmerizing, unnerving, and hilarious vision of cult and post-cult life. (from the book jacket)
  • Mitt Man
    Author: Taylor, Mel
    Publisher: William Morrow List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0688160948 Date: 1999
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    Expertly evoking black life in the south in the late 1920's, The Mitt Man, set in a world of gospel choirs and chain gangs, explores the dodgy realm where grifters get religion, and a perfect scam just may pay off in salvation.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Grift Sense | New Orleans
  • Castros's Curveball
    Author: Wendel, Tim
    Publisher: Ballantine List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345424417 Date: 1999
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    When an old scrapbook stirs memories, Billy Bryan looks back to the year 1947 when he was playing winter ball in Cuba, enjoying Havana's decadent nightlife, and dreaming of a major-league career.
  • Those Who Favor Fire
    Author: Wolk, Lauren
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0679448497 Date: 1999
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    In the small town of Belle Haven, built on abandoned mine shafts, a fire is burning below ground, occasionally erupting to the surface. Into this maelstrom come Rachel and Joe, the central characters in a love story of small-town life, where Americana and the American nightmare converge.
  • Heads by Harry
    Author: Yamanka, Lois-Ann
    Publisher: Soho List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0374168504 Date: 1999
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    Graphic, compassionate, and brutally funny; Heads by Harry completes Yamanaka's haunting and memorable trilogy on growing up in Hawaii.
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars
  • A Journey to the End of the Millennium
    Author: Yehoshua, A. B.
    Publisher: Doubleday List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385488823 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    A brilliantly conceived novel about bigamy and one man's tragic search for validation at the end of the first millennium, by the critically acclaimed author of Mr Mani and A Late Divorce.

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

January

  • Fluke
    Author: Blinder, Martin
    Publisher: Permanent List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 1579620175 Date: 1999
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
  • Pink Slip
    Author: Ciresi, Rita
    Publisher: Delacorte List Price: $ 21.95 ISBN: 038532633332x Date: 1999
    starLJ
    A follow-up to Blue Italian, this heartrending novel tells of a tumultuous office romance that forces two people to confront the truth about themselves and their past.
  • The Country Life
    Author: Cusk, Rachel
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: ISBN: 0312198485 Date: 1999
    starLJstarPWstarKirkus
    "Clamamity Jane Eyre" arrives at Cold Comfort Farm in this brilliant comedy of manners and identity by a Whitbread-winning young author. "A novel that makes you laugh out loud and that you put down with regret." - London Literary Review.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction | All Stars
  • Feeding the Ghosts
    Author: D'Aguiar, Fred
    Publisher: Ecco List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 088001623x Date: 1999
    starPWstarLJstarKirkus
    A suspenseful, poetic novel, based on an actual incident about a disease-ridden slave ship, a female captive, and a shocking court case.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
  • The Mother-In-Law Diaries
    Author: Dawson, Carol
    Publisher: Algonquin List Price: $ 19.95 ISBN: 1565121279 Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkus
    In a funny, bittersweet novel - a book that is sure to ring true for every woman who didn't realize she was marrying not one person, but two - Dawson takes readers through the ups and downs of marriages and mothers-in-law.
  • Thine is the Kingdom
    Author: Estevez, Abilio
    Publisher: Arcade List Price: $ 25.95 ISBN: 1559704519 Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkus
  • Manly Pursuits
    Author: Harries, Ann
    Publisher: Bloomsbury List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582340196 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarPW
    Cecil Rhodes, the great imperialist and diamond tycoon, believes he has only months to live, and that the only thing that can save him is the sound of English birdsongs in the South African country side surrounding his Cape residence.

    Rich and evocative, Manly Pursuits is splendidly witty novel about loyalty and disgrace, Darwinism and diamonds, imperialism and 'the white man's burden', and sexual ambivalence in a repressive era. - Bloomsbury marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars

  • The Agent
    Author: Higgins, George V.
    Publisher: Harcourt Brace List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0151003572 Date: 1999
    starPW
    Alexander Drouhin built one of the nation's premier sports agencies through gritty negotiations and savvy marketing, When Drouhin is found murdered, the suspects abound. But, by the time Detective Lieutenant Inspector Francis Clay arrives on the scene, everyone seems to have an alibi.
  • The Dangerous Age
    Author: Jaffee, Annette Williams
    Publisher: Leapfrog List Price: $ 19.95 ISBN: 0965457842 Date: 1999
    starLJ
    Ten years after her brilliantly received second novel, Recent History, Annette Williams Jaffee returns with a sharp and sensuous look at the tensions between the "perfect" marriage and the longings of the heart.
  • Mosquito
    Author: Jones, Gayl
    Publisher: Beacon List Price: $ 29 ISBN: 0807083461 Date: 1999
    starPWstarLJstarKirkus
    In Gayl Jones' new novel, once again "the command of language is spectacular, as is the breadth of knowledge and allusions" (Jill Nelson, The Nation), but the territory is brand new - the U.S. - Mexican border, along with a new cast of Chicano characters. Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • The Jew of New York
    Author: Katchor, Ben
    Publisher: Random List Price: $20 ISBN: 0375401040 Date: 1999
    starPW
    From the creator of Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer comes a graphic novel of amazing originality, the fevered dream of an amateur historian in which the real " lives of New York Jews are fleshed out and given the breath of poetic truth" (The New Yorker).
  • Original Bliss
    Author: Kennedy, A. L.
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 21 ISBN: 0375402721 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    Kennedy presents the story of an unlikely courtship between an emotionally paralyzed woman and a self-despising man - and exhibitionist addicted to porn - who find each other in a way to break out of isolation.
  • The Second Angel
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    Publisher: Henry Holt List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0805059628 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    Set in 2069, on the centennial of the Apollo XII Moon mission, this dystopian, high-velocity thriller reveals an Earth where plagues have destroyed the major food supplies, climatic changes have brought constant winter to the once-industrialized West, and a new and virulent virus has infected the population.
  • Mara and Dann: An Adventure
    Author: Lessing, Doris
    Publisher: Harpercollins List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0060182946 Date: 1999
    starKirkusstarPW
    Doris Lessing's compelling new novel of a drought-plagued future takes readers inside the heart and soul of a truly memorable heroine - one whose struggle for survival cannot extinguish her passion for knowledge.
  • More Bread or I'll Appear
    Author: Martin, Emer
    Publisher: Hougton List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 03935918715 Date: 1999
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    At high speed and with wicked humor, Emer Martin introduces readers to a family unlike any other. Here is the story of four siblings in an Irish family as they embark on a far-flung search for the fifth--their mother's beloved. Emer Martin's first book, Breakfast in Babylon, was named Ireland's Best Book of 1996 at the prestigious Listowel Writers' Week.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction
  • Mr. Darwin's Shooter
    Author: McDonald, Roger
    Publisher: Grove/Atlantic List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 087113733x Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkus
    Aboard the HMS Beagle, 15-year-old Syms Covington enters the service of Charles Darwin, shooting and collecting hundreds of specimens for his "gent", specimens that become fundamental to the formation of Darwin's theory of evolution.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | Darwin, Naturalists & Evolution
  • Amsterdam
    Author: McEwan, Ian
    Publisher: Doubleday List Price: $ 21 ISBN: 0385494238 Date: 1999
    starPWstarBL
    A contemporary morality tale that is as profound as it is witty, this short novel is perhaps the most purely delectable fiction Ian McEwan has ever written. Booker Prize winner.
  • Duane's Depressed
    Author: McMurtry, Larry
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $ 26 ISBN: 068485497x Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkus
    The final and eagerly awaited volume of the trilogy that includes The Last Picture Show and Texasville. Now in their hilarious twilight years, Duane, Karla, Jacy, and the other hapless residents of Thalia, Texas, come to grips with the fact that they've spent their whole lives in a miserable little town.
  • The River Midnight
    Author: Nattel, Lilian
    Publisher: Scribner List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0684853035 Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkusstarBL
    In a novel that explores the tensions between men and women, and celebrates the wordless and kinetic bond of friendship, Nattel, whose family came from Poland, weaves a story that brings to mind such diverse writers as Isabel Allende, E.L. Doctorow, and Isaac Singer.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Out of the Woods: Stories
    Author: Offut, Chris
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $ 21 ISBN: 0684825562 Date: 1999
    starPWstarKirkus
    A new collection of stories by the acclaimed author of Kentucky Straight, whom Tobias Wolff has deemed "one of the best writers of short fiction in his - or any - generation."
  • Imani All Mine
    Author: Porter, Connie
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0395838088 Date: 1999
    starLJ
    In the eagerly anticipated new novel from the acclaimed author of All Bright Court, the unwed mother of a baby girl narrates, in her lyrical, street-smart voice, her progress on her journey to adulthood in an increasingly violent world.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
  • Thunder on the Mountain
    Author: Poyer, David
    Publisher: Forge List Price: $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312864949 Date: 1999
    starPWstarLJstarBL
    An ambitious novel of heroism and violence in the western Pennsylvania oil country at the nadir of the great Depression, in the tradition of Jack London and John Steinbeck.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
  • The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman
    Author: Robinson, Bruce
    Publisher: Overlook List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0879519142 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
  • Fear
    Author: Spanidou, Irini
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 21 ISBN: 0394580559 Date: 1999
    starPW
    The author of the much praised God's Snake takes readers to Greece in the 1950's, and into the spartan military world that has shaped a 13-year-old girl, as she moves fearfully yet with intelligence and nerve toward womanhood.
  • November 1916
    Author: Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux List Price: $ 35 ISBN: 0374223149 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    A vivid and sweeping panorama of Imperial Russia at war on the eve of revolution, November 1916 makes readers experience the whole bubbling cauldron. With masterly and moving empathy, the author unforgettably transports us to that time and palace the last of pre-Soviet Russia.
  • Amy and Isabelle
    Author: Strout, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Random House List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0375501347 Date: 1999
    starPWstarBLstarKirkus
    In a novel about emotional exile, Elizabeth Strout explores the secrets of sexuality that jeopardize the love between a mother and her daughter.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Face-Time
    Author: Tarloff, Erik
    Publisher: Crown List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0609604635 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    A gripping, undeniably plausible novel of a top white house aide whose girlfriend is having an affair with his boss, the president of the United States - and who refuses to give up this once-in-a-lifetime "privilege."
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction
  • The Music Lesson
    Author: Weber, Katherine
    Publisher: Crown List Price: $ 21 ISBN: 0609603175 Date: 1999
    starLJstarPW
    A startling, contemplative literary thriller about a passionate love affair, a stolen painting, and a violent splinter group of the IRA, by the author of Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear.
  • The Intuitionist
    Author: Whitehead, Colson
    Publisher: Anchor List Price: $ 19.95 ISBN: 0385492995 Date: 1999
    starBLstarKirkus
    It is a time of calamity in a major metropolitan city's Department of Elevator Inspectors, and Lila Mae Watson, the department's first black female inspector, is at the center of it. Beautifully written and wildly imaginative, The Intuitionist stars one of the most lovable heroines of all time.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars | Labor Stars
  • The Shiloh Renewal
    Author: Woodruff, Joan Leslie
    Publisher: Black Heron List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0930773500 Date: 1999
    starKirkus
    When a girl falls into a coma after an auto accident that kills her sister, she meets people from another century - doctors, nurses, and soldiers, both Northern and Southern, who are on their way to Shiloh to fight a great battle. The girl's doctors expect her to die, but she fools everybody, and by witnessing the deaths of her Civil War era friends, she is able to come to terms with the loss of her sister.
    Suggested Reading: Civil War Fiction Stars

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