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  1. Book ImageThe Lobster Kings

    Alexi Zentner

    A mythical family saga steeped in the legends of the sea, The Lobster Kings is a "powerhouse of a novel" (Ben Fountain).More

  2. Book ImageNight at the Fiestas

    Kirstin Valdez Quade

    Set in northern New Mexico, an astonishing, beautifully rendered debut about growing up in a land shaped by love, loss and violence.More

  3. Book ImageThe American Lover

    Rose Tremain

    A seductive new collection from the author of “varied, engrossing, and . . . astonishing” fiction (Richard Eder, Boston Globe).More

  4. Book ImageThe Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

    Amanda Filipacchi

    A magical and comedic take on modern love, the power of friendship, and the allure of disguise.More

  5. Book ImageMermaid

    Eileen Cronin

    “Extraordinarily courageous; [Cronin] chronicles her journey to fit in and thrive with bravery and wit.”—O, The Oprah MagazineMore

  6. Book ImageFamily Life

    Akhil Sharma

    “Gorgeously tender at its core . . . beautiful, heartstopping. . . . Family Life really blazes.”—Sonali Deraniyagala, New York Times Book Review, front-page reviewMore

  7. Book ImageSaint Monkey

    Jacinda Townsend

    “[A] compelling debut. . . . Townsend’s writing [is] full of fresh turns of phrase and keen insights.”—Anaya Mathis, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  8. Book ImageThe Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons

    Goli Taraghi

    “Carries the flavor of the old world, its underlying ferocity leavened by a lyrical mysticism. . . . Her prose is transcendent.”—Washington PostMore

  9. Book ImageThe UnAmericans

    Molly Antopol

    * Longlisted for the National Book Award * A stunning exploration of characters shaped by the forces of history, the debut work of fiction by a 2013 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree.More

  10. Book ImageThe Lives of Others

    Neel Mukherjee

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Neel Mukherjee delivers a powerful, epic story of a family and a nation.More

  11. Book ImageAn Italian Wife

    Ann Hood

    From the best-selling author of The Obituary Writer, the stirring multigenerational story of an Italian-American family.More

  12. Book ImageOrfeo

    Richard Powers

    A Chicago Tribune 'Best Books of 2014'
    New York Times Bestseller
    Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize
    Longlisted for the National Book Award

    The National Book Award–winning author of The Echo Maker delivers his most emotionally charged novel to date, inspired by the myth of Orpheus.More

  13. Book ImageThree Bargains

    Tania Malik

    A tale of fathers and sons, the ties that bind, and the barriers of class that even love cannot break, Three Bargains is a stunning first novel, as potent, heart-stopping, and epic as Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner.More

  14. Book ImageThe Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl

    Arthur Allen

    From a laboratory in wartime Poland comes a fascinating story of anti-Nazi resistance and scientific ingenuity.More

  15. Book ImageArchangel

    Andrea Barrett

    "[Andrea Barrett's] work stands out for its sheer intelligence…The overall effect is quietly dazzling."—New York Times Book ReviewMore

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