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The House on Salt Hay Road

A Novel

Long Island, 1938. A fireworks factory explodes in a quiet coastal town. In the house on Salt Hay Road, Clay Poole is thrilled by the hole it’s blown in...

"...and creation in this vivid novel.” —Los Angeles Times “Lovely. . . Reading it, you can almost taste..."

Carin Clevidence

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Dancing Backwards

A Novel

Violet Hetherington, recently widowed, has taken the rash step of joining a transatlantic cruise to New York to visit Edwin, an old friend and long-ago lover....

"...of Marilynne Robinson, Penelope Fitzgerald, James Salter or Anita Brookner, you should be reading Vickers..."

Salley Vickers Salley Vickers

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Beach Week

A Novel

Ah, Beach Week: a time-honored tradition in which the D.C. suburbs’ high school grads flock to Chelsea Beach for seven whole days of debauchery. In this dark...

"...of families in transition.. “A warm and funny family story disguised as a beach read.” —The Miami Herald..."

Susan Coll Susan Coll

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The Summer Without Men

A Novel

"And who among us would deny Jane Austen her happy endings or insist that Cary Grant and Irene Dunne should get back together at the end of The Awful Truth?...

"....” —The New York Times Book Review “She writes like a dream.” —GQ “Masterful.” —The Times (UK) “Very powerful..."

Siri Hustvedt Siri Hustvedt

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The Long Song

A Novel

Finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize The New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year In her follow-up to Small Island, winner of the Whitbread...

"...Finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize The New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year In her follow-up to Small Island, winner of the Whitbread.... Finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize The New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year In her follow-up to Small Island, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, Andrea Levy once again..."

Andrea Levy Andrea Levy

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Winner of the 2008 AWP Award for the Novel From 1941 to 1947, eighteen thousand Italian prisoners of war were sent to Australia. The Italian surrender that...

"...Winner of the 2008 AWP Award for the Novel From 1941 to 1947, eighteen thousand Italian prisoners of war were sent to Australia. The Italian surrender that.... Winner of the 2008 AWP Award..."

Goldie Goldbloom

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Happy Now?

A Novel

When the front door of the coach house swung open, Claire saw her dead husband’s cat trotting toward her. Happy Now? follows Claire Kessler’s chaotic and...

"...) looms on the coffee table, waiting for Claire to gather the courage to read it. With wit..."

Katherine Shonk Katherine Shonk

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In the Land of Believers

An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church

Ever since evangelical Christians rose to national prominence, mainstream America has tracked their every move with a nervous eye. But in spite of this...

"...of religious belief.” —Kirkus Reviews “Welch is a combination of thoughtful, funny, self-deprecating..."

Gina Welch

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The Bradshaw Variations

A Novel

Since quitting work to look after his eight-year-old daughter, Alexa, Thomas Bradshaw has found solace and nourishment in his daily piano study. But his...

"...off his music. He is ready to read. Reading, he admits, has to be done on a sofa, upstairs. Tonie..."

Rachel Cusk Rachel Cusk

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A New York Times Best Seller A New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceBetty Weissmann has just been dumped by her husband of forty-eight years. Exiled from...

"...A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE Betty Weissmann has just..."

Cathleen Schine Cathleen Schine

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Eight White Nights

A Novel

A LUSHLY ROMANTIC NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF CALL ME BY YOUR NAME A young man goes to a Christmas party in upper Manhattan where a woman introduces herself...

"...Book Review “Psychologically charged, deeply Dostoyevskian . . . original to the core. Then again..."

André Aciman André Aciman

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A New York Times Bestseller A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Zachary Mason’s brilliant and beguiling debut novel reimagines Homer’s classic story...

"...the reader—is up for grabs . . . The epic as kaleidoscope.” —Kirkus ReviewsReading Zachary Mason’s..."

Zachary Mason Zachary Mason

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The Girl with Glass Feet

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WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Magical winged creatures flit...

"...WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Magical winged creatures flit.... WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE..."

Ali Shaw Ali Shaw

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Louisa May Alcott

The Woman Behind Little Women

In a fresh, modern take on the remarkable Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Reisen’s vivid biography explores the author’s life in the context of her works, many of...

"...to Boston; Louisa took her journal, Dickens to read to the convalescing soldiers, paper for transcribing..."

Harriet Reisen Harriet Reisen

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Greta has left her old life behind and moved into a sustainable foods co-op in Madison, Wisconsin. Just as she begins to settle in with her two housemates, the...

"...of candlelight floating past the curtains'?"--Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, The New York Times Book Review..."

Michelle Wildgen Michelle Wildgen

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Delilah

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Given to the temple of Atargatis as a child, Delilah is raised to be a priestess to the Five Cities that rule Canaan. She grows up under the watchful eyes of...

"...the reader to see a man and woman caught up in a doomed love. Four stars.” ––RT Book Reviews..."

India Edghill India Edghill

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Wolf Hall

A Novel

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political...

"...and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician..."

Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel

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The Price of Motherhood

Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued

THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER THAT CHANGED AMERICA'S VIEW OF MOTHERHOOD In the pathbreaking tradition of Backlash and The Second...

"...ideas of economists, feminists, and conservatives alike and ought to be read by all of them.” —The New York Times Book Review “A scathing indictment of policies that cheat mothers . . . Crittenden turns..."

Ann Crittenden

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The American

From the Booker shortlisted author of Islands of Silence and The Industry of Souls comes a fascinating portrait of a man with a double life and a dark trade....

"...review) "Booth constructs his most focused, tightly written novel to date, reminiscent of William..."

Martin Booth

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The Romantics

Laura and Lila were college roommates--one brooding and Jewish, the other the epitome of golden WASP-dom. Now it's ten years later, a day before Lila's wedding...

Galt Niederhoffer Galt Niederhoffer

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Arctic Chill

An Inspector Erlendur Novel

In this new extraordinary thriller from Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason, the Reykjavik police are called on an icy January day to a garden where a...

"...In this new extraordinary thriller from Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason, the Reykjavik police are called on an icy January day to a garden where a.... In this new extraordinary thriller from Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason, the Reykjavik police are called on an icy January day to a garden where a body has been found: a young, dark-skinned boy is frozen to the ground..."

By Arnaldur Indridason, Bernard Scudder and Victoria Cribb

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Come Sunday

A Novel

WINNER OF THE JANET HEIDINGER KAFKA PRIZE FOR FICTION FINALIST FOR THE COMMONWEALTH PRIZE Abbe is a restless young mother living on the outskirts of...

"...WINNER OF THE JANET HEIDINGER KAFKA PRIZE FOR FICTION FINALIST FOR THE COMMONWEALTH PRIZE Abbe is a restless young mother living on the outskirts of.... WINNER OF THE JANET HEIDINGER KAFKA PRIZE..."

Isla Morley

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Been Here a Thousand Years

A Novel

A vibrant, epic story concisely rendered in magical prose--weaves together the histories of a turbulent family and a tumultuous country.

"...clearly in her prim little voice, because she had gone to school up to the second grade.   The group began..."

By Venezia, Mariolina and Marina Harss

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Margret Snow is the quintessential New York woman. She dresses the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue by day and mingles in the downtown art world by night. ...

Laura Jacobs

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