Fiction 2015

A Window Opens: A Novel

A Window Opens: A Novel

Elisabeth Egan

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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales

A Wild Swan: And Other Tales

Michael Cunningham, Yuko Shimizu

Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed, reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Hours, and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko...

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Ugly Girls

Ugly Girls

Lindsay Hunter

A powerful, voice-driven novel with the breakneck pace that people have come to expect from Lindsay Hunter.

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Sweetness #9: A Novel

Sweetness #9: A Novel

Stephan Eirik Clark

Fast Food Nation meets The Corrections in the brilliant literary debut T.C. Boyle calls 'funny and moving.'

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In the Dark

In the Dark

Mai Jia

Hidden deep in the mountains, the recruits at 'Unit 701', China's secret services, operate in a dark, shadowy world. There is the 'wind-listener', a blind surveillance officer who can hear sounds from miles away, the beautiful,...

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Beautiful You

Beautiful You

Chuck Palahniuk

Penny Harrigan is a low level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C Linus Maxwell, aka...

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Sherlock

Sherlock

Otto Penzler

An anthology of stories inspired by the greatest detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes.

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Lifted by the Great Nothing

Lifted by the Great Nothing

Karim Dimechkie

Lauded by Philipp Meyer, Kevin Powers, and Jim Crace, the debut novel from Michener fellow Karim Dimechkie--about a Lebanese-American coming of age under a loving roof and a devastating lie.

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Enchanted Island

Enchanted Island

Ellie O'Neill

Praise for Reluctantly Charmed 'A sweet, whimsical, quintessentially Irish novel guaranteed to add a little magic to your day!' Liane Moriarty When Maeve O'Brien's boss sends her to a dreary old island to finalise some paperwork,...

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The Strays

The Strays

Emily Bitto

On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant - garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like -...

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 Read reviewThe Eye of the Sheep

The Eye of the Sheep

Sofie Laguna

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015.

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 Special priceCity on Fire

City on Fire

Garth Risk Hallberg

It's New Year's Eve, 1976, and New York is a city on the verge. As midnight approaches, a blizzard sets in - and an unmistakable sound rings out across Central Park. Gunshots. Two of them. The search for the shooter will bring...

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When There's Nowhere Else to Run

When There’s Nowhere Else to Run

Murray Middleton

A survivor of Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires takes asylum with old friends in the Dandenong Ranges. An editor-in-chief drives his sister halfway around the country to an east-coast rehabilitation clinic. A single mother flies...

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 Read reviewThe Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things

Charlotte Wood

The Natural Way of Things is a fascinating and brilliant addition to Charlotte Wood's acclaimed fiction, thematically and stylistically quite a departure for her, but every inch as gripping, insightful and emotionally engaging as...

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Golden Age

Jane Smiley

The final novel in Jane Smiley's masterpiece - the Last Hundred Years trilogy.

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The Hollow of the Hand

The Hollow of the Hand

P. J. Harvey, Seamus Murphy

The debut book by artist and writer PJ Harvey, in collaboration with film-maker and photographer Seamus Murphy, emerges as a one-of-a-kind collection of poetry and images.

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 Special price Read reviewSix Bedrooms

Six Bedrooms

Tegan Bennett Daylight

Coming of age in the nineteen-eighties: hot afternoons on school ovals, the terrifying promise of losing your virginity. Sneaking booze from your mother's pantry, your first Mardi Gras parade, the painful sophistication and...

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Welcome to Orphancorp

Welcome to Orphancorp

Marlee Jane Ward

A sharp-edged semi-futuristic riff about a rebellious teenager's last week at an industrial orphanage.

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 Read reviewFever Of Animals

Fever Of Animals

Miles Allinson

With the inheritance he received upon his father's death, Miles has come to Europe on the trail of the Romanian surrealist, who disappeared into a forest in 1967. But in trying to unravel the mystery of Bafdescu's secret life,...

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R&R

R&R

Mark Dapin

John 'Nashville' Grant is an American military policeman in the R&R town of Vung Tau, tucked safely behind the front lines of the Vietnam War. Nashville knows how everything works: the army, the enemy, bars, secrets, men and -...

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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

Lucia Berlin

The stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction.

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 Read reviewHot Little Hands

Hot Little Hands

Abigail Ulman

This exceptional collection of stories is about young women of different ages, from their early teens to their late twenties, coming to terms with what it means to desire, and be desired, with funny, surprising and sometimes...

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The Story of a New Name: The Neapolitan Novels, Book Two

The Story of a New Name: The Neapolitan Novels, Book Two

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

The sequel to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the enthralling chronicle of a friendship that is obsessive, loving, complicated, hurtful, enduring and constantly startling. It is an...

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The Mark and the Void

The Mark and the Void

Paul Murray

While marooned at his banking job in the bewilderingly damp and insular realm known as Ireland, Claude Martingale is approached by a down-on-his-luck author, Paul, looking for his next great subject. Claude finds that his life...

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 Read reviewGhost River

Ghost River

Tony Birch

The river is a place of history and secrets. For Ren and Sonny, two unlikely friends, it's a place of freedom and adventure. For a group of storytelling vagrants, it's a refuge. And for the isolated daughter of a cult reverend,...

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 Read reviewA Man Made Entirely of Bats

A Man Made Entirely of Bats

Patrick Lenton, Daniel Lethlean Higson

A Man Made Entirely of Bats is a collection of short stories and flash fiction by one of Australia's newest voices. Comedic and absurd, these stories are an entertaining exploration of the concept of super heroes and of the super...

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Redeployment

Redeployment

Phil Klay

How do you comfort a man who has just lost his best friend? How does it feel to see fear in your wife's eyes? How does it feel to come home? This book takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq, asking us to understand...

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 Read reviewAlmost Sincerely

Almost Sincerely

Zoe Norton Lodge

When Zoe Norton Lodge was growing up in Annandale in the eighties and nineties, the self - proclaimed Heartland of the Inner West was a heady brew of somewhat maladjusted and genuinely unsettling residents. But Annandale was...

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Princess Bari

Princess Bari

Hwang Sok-Yong

In Cheongjin, one of North Korea's drab urban enclaves, a seventh daughter is born to a couple longing for a son. Abandoned hours after her birth, she is dragged away by the family dog and eventually rescued by her grandmother.

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Elizabeth is Missing

Elizabeth is Missing

Emma Healey

Meet Maud. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger. But...

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 Read reviewBark

Bark

Lorrie Moore

Shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore explores the passing of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls.

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 Special priceEarly Warning

Early Warning

Jane Smiley

The second novel in the dazzling Last Hundred Years trilogy, from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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Arcadia

Arcadia

Iain Pears

Jay is an eleven-year-old boy who has grown up within the embrace of his family in a rural, peaceful world - a kind of Arcadia. But when a supernatural vision causes Jay to question the rules of his world, he is launched on a...

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Too Many Men

Too Many Men

Lily Brett

As the child of survivors of the Holocaust, Ruth Rothwax is obsessed with returning to Poland with her father, but doesn't understand her need to make the journey. Although she wants to make sense of her family's past, there's...

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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

Leah Kaminsky

The Waiting Room captures the sights, sounds, accents and animosities of a country overflowing with stories. Dina is a family doctor living in the melting-pot city of Haifa, Israel. Born in Australia in a Jewish enclave of...

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 Read reviewBlack Rock White City

Black Rock White City

A.S. Patric

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia's suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as...

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In the Quiet

In the Quiet

Eliza Henry-Jones

A moving, sweet and uplifting novel of love, grief and the heartache of letting go, from a wonderful new Australian author. Cate Carlton has recently died, yet she is able to linger on, watching her three young children and her...

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 Read reviewLeap

Leap

Myfanwy Jones

A few weeks after finishing their final exams high school sweethearts have an argument at a party. Joe wants to go - Jen begs him to stay. They fight in the corridor, following their usual script, and then he walks out and leaves...

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 Read reviewIn Certain Circles

In Certain Circles

Elizabeth Harrower

Internationally acclaimed novel by the award-winning author of The Watch Tower. Now available for the first time in paperback.

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 Read reviewCaptive Prince

Captive Prince

C. S. Pacat

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a...

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Dept. of Speculation

Dept. of Speculation

Jenny Offill

The second novel from an LA Times First Fiction Prize finalist, Dept. of Speculation is an annihilating, electrifying account of marriage and motherhood, love and madness

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 Read reviewLast Day in the Dynamite Factory

Last Day in the Dynamite Factory

Annah Faulkner

Knowledge has the power to break your heart - or to mend it.

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty's latest New York Times no.1 bestseller following The Husband's Secret.

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 Read reviewOnly The Animals

Only The Animals

Ceridwen Dovey

Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human. a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by...

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Little Jewel

Little Jewel

Patrick Modiano, Penny Hueston

A mesmerizing novel by Nobel Laureate Patrick Modiano, now superbly translated for English-language readers

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Quicksand

Steve Toltz

Dazzling, hilarious, disturbing and utterly unforgettable new novel from the author of the Man Booker-shortlisted A Fraction of the Whole.

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Amnesia

Amnesia

Peter Carey

It was a spring evening in Washington DC; a chilly autumn morning in Melbourne; it was exactly 22.00 Greenwich Mean Time when a worm entered the computerised control systems of hundreds of Australian prisons and released the locks...

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest

J. Ryan Stradal

Joyful, quirky and heartwarming, this is the story of a girl who becomes a world-famous chef, told by those who love her, envy her and never forget her.

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Prince's Gambit: Book Two Of The Captive Prince Trilogy

Prince’s Gambit: Book Two Of The Captive Prince Trilogy

C. S. Pacat

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half-brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a...

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 Read reviewSkin

Skin

Ilka Tampke

A full-blooded, mesmerizing debut novel set in Celtic Britain, perfect for fans of Michelle Paver, from a highly original new voice in fiction.

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 Read reviewSome Luck

Some Luck

Jane Smiley

The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America.

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 Read reviewNora Webster

Nora Webster

Colm Toibin

It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at...

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 Read reviewThe Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman

The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman

John Tesarsch

When their reclusive father, Henry, shoots himself, the lives of three brilliant and unconventional siblings are upended. His daughter Eleanor finds a will: Henry has left his entire estate to a mystery woman. Hiding this from her...

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A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything

Karl Ove Knausgaard

A stunning reimagining of man's relationship with angels. Utterly original, perceptive, and alive. A modern masterpiece.

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Troubling Love

Troubling Love

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

Following her mother's untimely and mysterious death, Delia embarks on a voyage of discovery through the streets of her native Naples searching for the truth about her family. Reality is buried somewhere in the fertile soil of...

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Killing Monica

Killing Monica

Candace Bushnell

The new from Candace Bushnell, full of her trademark wit and style

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The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry

The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry

Robert Chandler, Irina Mashinski, Boris Dralyuk

Traces Russian poetry from its Golden Age to the modern era, including work by several great poets - Georgy Ivanov and Varlam Shalamov among them - in captivating modern translations by Robert Chandler and others. This volume also...

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The Sunlit Night

The Sunlit Night

Rebecca Dinerstein

Frances had read of a man who painted with only the colour yellow. He lived in the north of Norway. In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find...

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Lillian on Life

Lillian on Life

Alison Jean Lester

Life and love lessons as told by sassy narrator Lillian as she looks back in this brilliantly written, bold debut.

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 Read reviewMobile Library

Mobile Library

David Whitehouse

The breakout second novel from the award-winning author of Bed, for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Little Miss Sunshine

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 Read reviewColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel

Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and...

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Ruby: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016

Ruby: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016

Cynthia Bond

The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her, this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

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The Faithful Couple

The Faithful Couple

A. D. Miller

A brilliantly clever and insightful novel that deals with the most universal of themes - friendship, and the way our past actions shape our lives - in a uniquely perceptive and memorable way

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 Read reviewThe Water Knife

The Water Knife

Paolo Bacigalupi

The brand new novel from Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the bestselling The Windup Girl and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and John W. Campbell Memorial awards.

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The Country of Ice Cream Star

The Country of Ice Cream Star

Sandra Newman

In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization. Theirs is a world of children - by the time they reach twenty, each of them will...

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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Neil Gaiman

A collection of short stories from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

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The People in the Trees

The People in the Trees

Hanya Yanagihara

From the Man Booker-longlisted author of A Little Life comes 'a novel you will finish and immediately want to read again' (Sarah Waters).

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The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

Leda is a middle-aged, divorced mother devoted to her work as an English professor. After the departure of her grown-up daughters, she takes a holiday on the Italian coast. But after a few days things become unsettling; on the...

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Everland

Everland

Rebecca Hunt

1913: Dinners, Millet-Bass, and Napps - three men bound not by friendship, but by an intense dependence founded on survival - will be immortalised by their decision to volunteer to scout out a series of uncharted and unknown...

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 Read reviewFourth of July Creek

Fourth of July Creek

Smith Henderson

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face-to-face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah.

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The Forever Girl

The Forever Girl

Alexander McCall Smith

A beautiful, touching and often heart-breaking standalone novel about love and friendship from Alexander McCall Smith, bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

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Touch

Touch

Claire North

The electrifying new thriller from the ingenious voice that brought you The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

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Radiance of Tomorrow

Radiance of Tomorrow

Ishmael Beah

Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature, has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about post-war life in Sierra Leone. At the centre of Radiance...

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The Enchanted

The Enchanted

Rene Denfeld

A prisoner sits on death row in a maximum security prison. His only escape from his harsh existence is through the words he dreams about, the world he conjures around him using the power of language. For the reality of his world...

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The Days of Abandonment

The Days of Abandonment

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

Rarely have the foundations upon which our ideas of motherhood and womanhood rest been so candidly questioned. This compelling novel tells the story of one woman's headlong descent into what she calls an ‘absence of sense'...

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A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins

Kate Atkinson

Explores the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In this book, the author turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy - would-be...

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Prayers for the Stolen

Prayers for the Stolen

Jennifer Clement

On the mountainside in rural Mexico where Ladydi lives, being a girl is dangerous. Especially a pretty one. If the Narcos hear there is a pretty girl on the mountain, they steal her. So when the black SUVs roll into town, Ladydi...

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Mr Bones

Mr Bones

Paul Theroux

A family watches, horrified, as their patriarch transforms into the wise-cracking lead of an old-timey minstrel show. An art collector gleefully destroys his most valuable pieces. A young artist devotes himself to a wealthy,...

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