Exquisite Prose & Breakout Authors | Literary Fiction Previews, Sept. 2017

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Hasbún, Rodrigo. Affections. S. & S. Sept. 2017. 144p. tr. from Spanish by Sophie Hughes. ISBN 9781501154799. $23; ebk. ISBN 9781501154812. LITERARY Named one of Granta’s 22 Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists in 2010 and one of the “Bogotá 39” at 2007’s Hay Festival, Bolivian-born, Texas-based Hasbún is an author smart readers should know. Now […]

Krauss, le Carré, McDermott, Rushdie, Ward | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2017

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Krauss, Nicole. Forest Dark. Harper. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062430991. $27.99. LITERARY A National Book Award finalist, Anisfield-Wolf Award winner, Granta Best Young American Novelist, New Yorker Twenty Under Forty, and New York Times best-selling author to boot, Krauss returns with an expectedly rich and inviting new work. Larger-than-life Jules Epstein is now retired, and […]

Boyne, Senna, Messud, Perrotta, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Aug 2017

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Boyne, John. The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Hogarth: Crown. Aug. 2017. 592p. ISBN 9781524760786. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781524760809. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY The author of the multi-award-winning and mega-best-selling children’s book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and of adult fiction like 2015’s blade-sharp A History of Loneliness, Boyne here tells the affecting story of Cyril […]

From David Abrams to Jenny Zhang | Literary Fiction Previews, Aug. 2017

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Abrams, David. Brave Deeds. Black Cat: Grove/Atlantic. Aug. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780802126863. pap. $16. LITERARY A New York Times Notable Book, Barnes & Noble pick, and finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, Abrams’s Fobbit was among the first—and most sharply satiric—in a long line of fiction by soldier writers of the Middle […]

Fiction Beyond Our Borders | Barbara’s Picks, Jul./Aug. 2017

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Adebayo, Ayobami. Stay with Me. Knopf. Aug. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780451494603. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451494610. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY In this debut from rising Nigerian star Adebayo, Yejide and Akin fall in love and get married but fail to conceive a child. The consequences are dire, as Yejide’s parents eventually saunter in with a young […]

Writers To Watch | Literary Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017

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Clemmons, Zinzi. What We Lose. Viking. Jul. 2017. 192p. ISBN 9780735221710. $22; ebk. ISBN 9780735221727. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY Raised by a South African mother and an American father, ever walking the color line, Thandi is already struggling to find a sense of sureness in life when she learns that her mother has cancer. Debut […]

Books Beyond Our Borders | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2017, Pt. 4

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Bassingthwaighte, Ian. Live from Cairo. Scribner. Jul. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501146879. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501146893. LITERARY FICTION A Hopwood Award winner and finalist for the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative, Fulbright grantee Bassingthwaighte worked in Egypt in 2009 to help refugees from Iraq, Sudan, and the Horn of Africa. Thus he brings both writing skills […]

Beattie, Gabaldon, Gay, Sullivan, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Beattie, Ann. The Accomplished Guest: Stories. Scribner. Jun. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501111389. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501111402. SHORT STORIES Since her 1976 publishing debut with the story collection Distortions and the novel Chilly Scenes of Winter, Beattie has worked in both genres, but her gifts really belong to short fiction. Here’s her 11th story collection, following […]

Top Literary Fiction | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 2

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Barzini, Chiara. Things That Happened Before the Earthquake. Doubleday. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780385542272. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542289. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY The daughter of bohemian, film-loving parents who move her from Rome to the San Fernando valley as they try to make it big in Hollywood, Eugenia must navigate all-night raves, a shiny new […]

Sherman Alexie, Alexandra Fuller, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir. Little, Brown. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780316270755. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316270762. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316395649. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Notable for his precise, punch-in-the-gut writing, as evidenced by his PEN/Malamud and PEN/Hemingway honors, and winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s […]