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Best Book You've Never Read

Picador's best -- but least known -- books of the last decade.  Here are our insiders' favorite under-the-radar (for now) recommendations.

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Twilight of the Superheroes

Stories

Deborah Eisenberg is nearly unmatched in her mastery of the short-story form. Now, in her newest collection, she demonstrates once again her virtuosic...

Deborah Eisenberg Deborah Eisenberg

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The Spare Room

A Novel

In this critically acclaimed novel, award-winning writer Helen Garner confronts the joys and limits of female friendship under the transforming pressure of...

Helen Garner Helen Garner

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Dancer

A Novel

Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi's...

"...Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi's.... Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi's first ballet teacher, who rescues her protégé from the stunted life of his provincial town; Yulia, whose sexual and artistic ambitions are thwarted by her Soviet-sanctioned marriage; an..."

Colum McCann Colum McCann

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Out of Sheer Rage

Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence

Geoff Dyer had always wanted to write a book about D. H. Lawrence. He wanted, in fact, to write his “Lawrence book.” The problem was, he had no idea what his...

Geoff Dyer Geoff Dyer

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Jenny and the Jaws of Life

Short Stories

Jincy Willett is the high priestess of dark comedy. The classic stories in this collection cut through every convention, every idea of normalcy, with empathy...

Jincy Willett Jincy Willett

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea...

Peter Cameron Peter Cameron

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The Last of Her Kind

A Novel

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year Ann Drayton and Georgette George meet as freshmen...

Sigrid Nunez Sigrid Nunez

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Jesus' Son

Stories

Jesus' Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and trancendence, of rock bottom and...

Denis Johnson Denis Johnson

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The Master Bedroom

A Novel

After more than twenty years in London, Kate Flynn has abandoned her career as an academic, rented her apartment in the city, and moved back to live with her...

Tessa Hadley Tessa Hadley

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A Book of Memories

A Novel

First published in Hungary in 1986 after a five-year battle with censors, Péter Nádas's A Book of Memories is a modern classic, a multi-layered narrative that...

By Péter Nádas, Ivan Sanders and Imre Goldstein

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A Better Angel

Stories

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE In this inventive collection of stories, Chris Adrian...

Chris Adrian Chris Adrian

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Cleopatra's Nose

39 Varieties of Desire

A New York Times Notable Book of 2007 Cleopatra's Nose is an exuberant gathering of essays and profiles, representing twenty years of Judith Thurman's...

Judith Thurman Judith Thurman

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In the middle of an important meeting, businessman Rick Hamilton has a terrible premonition: His wife is about to die. Racing to save her, he finds her...

David Ambrose David Ambrose

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Mr. White's Confession

A Novel

Edgar® Award Winner for Best Novel and Winner of the PNBA Best Fiction Book of the Year "As thrilling as it is unnerving . . . Could have been written by...

Robert Clark Robert Clark

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