Literary Fiction

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Few mothers can imagine having strong enough ties with their family that they would choose to leave a daughter behind. This is that story.

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If you are an admirer of the FBI and/or the CIA you may not like this book, but you still should read it. The FBI is seen as too bureaucratic for its own good and many of its agents inept.

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“Scenes from the Heartland is a book to read for anyone interested in American values and history, told in lingering prose that sinks into the soul.”

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Beautiful Days is a collection of short stories by author Joyce Carol Oates that originally appeared elsewhere.

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“The Handsome Monk and Other Stories is engaging, charming, and often dark. It offers a rare and apparently honest view of modern Tibet . . .”

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“A lovely book, a worthy debut novel, a satisfying read.”

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“the action never wanes, the story never dulls. An ageless tale of vengeance, violence, corruption and justice--or injustice—The Border is an epic conclusion to an epic series . .

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“The wall means having no choices. It means a bone-crunching ordeal of loneliness, isolation, hunger, and most of all penetrating cold.”

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“They were strong paddlers and they lay into a steady rhythm and they stuck to the center of the river where a blast from a shotgun would be less likely to kill them.”

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“unusual and often gripping novel . . .”

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“a compulsively readable psychological thriller with so many twists and turns you'll need a roadmap to keep track of where you are.”

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“With her two Walter Mosley-like gifts—impeccable narrative pacing and masterful command of Los Angeles’ intricate, evolving dynamics of race and class—Nina Revoyr’s L.A.

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Peter Rock does dazzling things with meta-crypto-autobiography in The Night Swimmers, playfully commingling curation and creation, and wrestling with a writer’s c

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“Real discussions about race are complex, and so is good art. Savage Conversations breaks apart the myth of the Lincolns as white saviors.

“This is Natt Och Dag’s first published novel, but it seems too skillful and too assured to be his first writing.

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“Ghosts, elementals, demons, and even the dreaded wendigo all appear here, and most have starring roles in the best horror stories evert committed to paper.”

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“This is a rare coming-of-age story so richly told and wholly captivating that Czapnik may in time find herself held up and used as the example of what fine literary writing is all about.”

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“Death Is Hard Work is a short book, but one learns more detail of the life of war than from a hundred newspaper and TV reports.

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Wanderer is a beautifully written (albeit translated from the French) short novel detailing the tortured friendship between two men, a young composer living in Eastern France, and his form

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77 is, among other things, a potent reminder of the gruesome paths of totalitarian dictators.”

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A beautifully written novel, translated from the Italian, with a heartwarming story against a backcloth of misery and degradation, about a priest and a gang of boys and one of the boy’s sister, 16-

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“Leung has enormous potential as a writer, but there’s a layer of complexity that separates her writing from the seas of deep emotion.”

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" It’s fascinating to look back at life centuries ago, to imagine the people and their circumstance, and this novel fleshes them out with an assured storytelling style."

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Goulash is a fun read, but to quote Gertrude Stein, out of context, ‘there’s no there there.’”

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The Nine Cloud Dream is inhabited by Buddhist philosophy—the world of dust is illusion and all the earthly scheming, deceptions, plots, and sensual pleasures are transient and ult

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