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  • Pages for Youby Sylvia Brownrigg

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002; US$ 7.39

    A wry, tender novel of sexual and intellectual awakening. Something made her risk a look at the reader, who took a sip of black coffee. And another. She turned the pages. She pursed her lips. Flannery abandoned her breakfast and watched the woman drink her coffee. It wasn't that she wanted the coffee herself. That wasn't it. Rather, she wanted to... more...

  • The Elephant Keepers' Childrenby Peter Høeg; Martin Aitken

    Random House 2012; US$ 12.68

    Peter and Tilte are trying to track down two notorious criminals: their parents. They are the pastor and the organist, respectively, of the only church on the tiny island of Finø. Known for fabricating cheap miracles to strengthen their congregation's faith, they have been in trouble before. But this time their children suspect they are up to mischief... more...

  • Jesus' Sonby Denis Johnson

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009; US$ 11.25

    Recently adapted for the screen, this now-classic collection of ten stories from the author of Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Angels is narrated by a young man, a recovering alcholic and heroin addict whose dependencies have led him to petty crime, cruelty, betrayal, and various kinds of loss. more...

  • White Noiseby Don DeLillo

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 11.40

    Jack Gladney is the creator and chairman of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill. This is the story of his absurd life; a life that is going well enough, until a chemical spill from a rail car releases an 'Airborne Toxic Event' and Jack is forced to confront his biggest fear - his own mortality. White Noise is an effortless combination of... more...

  • The Wine-Dark Seaby Robert Aickman

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 10.19

    Aickman's 'strange stories' (his preferred term) are constructed immaculately, the neuroses of his characters painted in subtle shades. He builds dread by the steady accrual of realistic detail, until the reader realises that the protagonist is heading towards their doom as if in a dream. First published in 1988, The Wine-Dark Sea contains... more...

  • The Holy Machineby Chris Beckett

    Atlantic Books 2010; US$ 1.99

    George Simling has grown up in the city-state of Illyria, an enclave of logic and reason founded as a refuge from the Reaction, a wave of religious fundamentalism that swept away the nations of the twenty-first century. Yet to George, Illyria's militant rationalism is as stifling as the faith-based superstition that dominates the world outside its... more...

  • The Whiteness of Bonesby Susanna Moore

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 13.00

    In her ravishing and moving second novel, the bestselling author of In the Cut tells the story of Mamie Clarke, who sets out to lose herself in New York City. Having only previously known the fragile, magical world of her childhood on the lush Hawaiian island of Kaua?i, Mamie leaves college to visit her sophisticated aunt in New York. With her beautiful... more...

  • The Strangerby Albert Camus

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 13.95

    Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward. more...

  • The Plagueby Albert Camus

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00

    A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature. more...

  • The Autobiography of My Motherby Jamaica Kincaid

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1996; US$ 12.95

    Powerful, disturbing, stirring, Jamaica Kincaid's novel is the deeply charged story of a woman's life on the island of Dominica. Xuela Claudette Richardson, daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, loses her mother to death the moment she is born and must find her way on her own. Kincaid takes us from Xuela's childhood... more...