Literary Fiction

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Eleanor Glanville, a pioneering entomologist of the seventeenth century, is the subject of Fiona Mountain’s latest novel, Lady of the Butterflies.

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This eminent English critic confronts those who would discard the modernist novel, whose heyday seems to have been from 1850 to 1950.

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Joyce Hinnefeld’s outstanding novel, Stranger Here Below, centers around the lives of two young women, Maze, a white girl from Appalachia and her black roommate at Berea College, Mary Eliz

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Bloomsbury, February 2008

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 There is much richness and beauty contained in this very short book. Shibli has an exquisite grasp of language that allows her to say a vast amount without writing much at all.

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Chang-Rae Lee’s novel, The Surrendered, is an ambitious work that explores, through the intersecting lives of three main characters, the effects of war and intense traumatic experiences.

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“A work of fiction is an excellent place for a confession.”

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“You’ll like it. No, I’d prefer you to suck me off,” he said.
“While I wear my cock,” she said.
“Yes.”
“While I wear my big thick green cock.”
“That’s what I want.”

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Knopf, March 2006

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Despite recently winning the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, Solar isn’t really a comic novel, at least, not in the Tom Sharpe or Douglas Adams style.

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 It may not be the most eloquent way to say it, but this book is sure as hell good. As the main character (Ellie Cooper) might exclaim, “God damn right I’ll keep playing.

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In Dublin, a well-known newspaper editor called Cartwright is found dead, suicide suspected.

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I’m a sucker for Rashomon-style novels that tell the same tale from multiple viewpoints. Colum McCann does it particularly well in Let the Great World Spin.

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Homesick is a warm, embracing novel that captures how, lacking clear boundaries, Israeli neighbors observe one another’s private lives close up.

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This charming book consists of two novellas; the first is Feeding Mrs.

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Identity and the way people develop a persona to deal with the world is the main theme of this novel.

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As Sara Gruen’s bestselling book Water for Elephants prepares for its debut on the big screen, Gruen once again grabs audiences with her fourth novel, a work of impeccable research and ama

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“I am so tired of being Alice in Wonderland.”
—Alice Liddell

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Julie Carr’s ability to convey the raw emotion of despair taps into a universal experience of suffering and loss.

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The prose of Joyce Carol Oates has long established her as a living national treasure.

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The edition of Siegfried Follies by Richard Alther that this reviewer recently read could use a thorough revision.

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We crave radiance in this austere world,
light in the spiritual darkness.
Learning is the one perfect religion,
its path correct, narrow, certain, straight.

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In his newest novel, Crimes of the Father, Booker Prize-winner Thomas Keneally succeeds in the seemingly impossible task of burrowing deeply into the mindset of a pedophilic Catholic pries

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