Literary Fiction

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“Deeply engaged in the connection with the physical body and the human soul . . .”

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The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is a startling novel following the life of Persimmons Wilson, a former slave that fights in the Civil War, only to be imprisoned and hanged once he o

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a remarkable accomplishment in literary suspense.”

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In April 2005 two men on opposite sides of the world are grieving for loved ones who died when the tsunami of December 2004 destroyed a Thai seaside resort.

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Ultimately the people who love Swanson’s work will remember . . .

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In 1938, while a guest at the home of John “Jack” Jessup, Portia Blake, a beautiful actress of limited talent, falls victim to a horrific murder.

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Falling under the category of “man drops out of society and goes off to desert to find himself,” this short novel loses direction midway through.

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“There are mysteries men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part.”

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“a novel that’s many cuts above its genre.”

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Crime fiction and suspense author Lawrence Block has been publishing for more than 50 years, and his latest offering is a case study in the crafting of a successful anthology of fiction: begin with

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What happens to people who go through extreme trauma? What happens to their future generations as they grapple with parents and grandparents with indelible stains on their psyche?

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Sabina Murray’s expansive new novel Valiant Gentlemen sketches a lucid picture of the British Empire from her imperialist ventures in Africa to her execution of Irish rebels in 1916.

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Zadie Smith has a tough act to follow: herself.

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In the last months of the Ceauşescu regime, four people struggle to survive in the suffocating, corrupt, and ossified atmosphere of Romanian totalitarianism.

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It would be easy enough to recount the plot of Peter Stamm’s novel Agnes. But plot doesn’t do justice in expressing why the Swiss author is so enjoyable to read.

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Combining an Icelandic sensibility enriched by nature with a cosmopolitan immersion into complexity, this narrative blends a journal with semi-(at least) autobiographical reflections.

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In today’s Internet connected global culture literature is written by authors who do not necessarily reside in the countries of their birth and read by readers worldwide.

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As the rare “lady doctor” at a small town clinic in Communist Hungary in 1960 and an ardent partisan who helped her father smuggle anti-Nazi pamphlets during World War Two, when she was a student,

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Originally published in 1966, with the first translation into English published in 1969, this latest edition of Silence has a foreword by Martin Scorsese who is soon to make “a major motio

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The Angel of History is an intricately woven novel, centering around Jacob, a poet-in-crisis, about to check himself into a mental institution.

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“Everyone is disabled. Love exists for our disabilities. And forgotten things, though they remain forgotten, have a life of their own.”  

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Vampyres is a remarkably in-depth and academically dense account of the entire history of the suave upper-class vampiric count that Dracula represents.

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One could compare the artistic career of Clarence Major to that of musical genius Miles Davis. Major has always been miles ahead of other African American writers.

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This thought-provoking novel is set in the years just after the Civil War.

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With this enticing debut novel Imbolo Mbue demonstrates that she knows her stuff as a storyteller, a native Cameroonian, and a New Yorker.

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