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Fiction

Trajectory by Richard Russo

Trajectory by Richard Russo A new collection of short fiction that demonstrates that Richard Russo–winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls–is also a master of this genre. Read More »

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout In this collection of short stories centered in and near the fictional town of Amgash, Illinois, last visited in My Name Is Lucy Barton (2016), Strout once again shows her talent for adroitly uncovering what makes ordinary people tick. Here, for the most part, it’s sex. Nearly every story has sex at its core-not ... Read More »

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

The Shadow Land: a Novel by Elizabeth Kostova Alexandra, an American in her mid-20s, has decided to start life anew in Bulgaria. Soon after she lands in Sofia, her plans go awry when she discovers a stranger’s bag among her own. Even more troubling, inside the bag is a box of cremated remains. While attempting to return the box, Alexandra ... Read More »

The Bookshop on Autumn Lane by Cynthia Tennent

The Bookshop on Autumn Lane by Cynthia Tennent Trudy Brown wants nothing to do with the rundown bookstore her late Aunt Gertrude left her. Having suffered from dyslexia all her life, books aren’t exactly her friends. Until Kit Darlington, a new professor in town, comes searching for an elusive manuscript. The third book in the Truhart series  set in Truhart, ... Read More »

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Ill Will by Dan Chaon In his first novel in seven years, National Book Award finalist Chaon has created another of those twilight realms of which he is an indisputable master… If the definition of eeriness is indeed “strange, suspicious, and unnatural,” the definers of the genre (Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Shirley Jackson, Peter Straub, et al.) have a worthy ... Read More »

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin British writer Daisy Goodwin’s novel Victoria is a delicious introduction to the young monarch’s world. A companion to the PBS series of the same name, it tells the story of Victoria’s personal and political struggles after her ascension to the throne. Goodwin’s engaging style is immediately captivating, and she deftly brings fresh life to a story familiar ... Read More »

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper During the worst drought of the century, Federal agent Aaron Falk is called back to Kiewarra, a small town in West Australia, to investigate a murder-suicide. His high school friend Luke Hadler appears to have murdered his wife and son before killing himself: another farmer pushed to the brink by the punishing weather. As a ... Read More »

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney Glamorous and ambitious Lillian Boxfish was celebrated in front-page articles in 1931 as “the highest paid advertising woman in America” . . . Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney’s nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor. – Booklist   Read More »