By Tim Farrington. A tender, witty novel in which a former monk, after 20 years in his order, rents an apartment from a year-old single mother; the ensuing relationship proceeds cautiously, taking account of the prudence required of struggling people who aren't going to get that many more chances.
By Kate Jennings. A business novel whose modest pace and poetic structure distinguish it from the traditional macho product, packed with hard fact and action; Jennings's purpose is ethical investigation and meditation on the ''perilous, jerry-built'' global financial markets. By Richard Ford. Quite a few wrongs are done in these elegantly worded stories, although what prevails is generally adultery, often at the end of an affair or later, when it's too late to throw those dice again. The Navigator of New York. By Wayne Johnston.
A bold novel centered on the competition between Robert E. Peary and Dr. Frederick A. Cook to be recognized as first man at the North Pole; to real life Johnston adds the fictional Devlin Stead, through whom we sense the engrossing white waste of the polar North and the flaws of its would-be heroes. By Glyn Maxwell. By Czeslaw Milosz. In the winter of his year career, Milosz appears to be locked in insoluble argument with himself: where he once credited poetry with the power to rescue mankind from the void, he now demurs, maintaining that language is inadequate to the task of capturing verity.
By Billy Collins. The current national poet laureate, who produced these verses, is often able to proceed unburdened by many of the tools -- assonance, alliteration, wordplay, complex metrics -- that hang from the poet's belt; he makes his way in the world by being funny. By Reynolds Price. What distinguishes the hero and title character of Price's novel is a sordid familiarity with death his younger siblings were killed in their sleep by their mother and sex one proclivity in particular drives away the women willing to love him.
By Ivan Klima. The personal and the political are inseparable in Klima's newest novel, in which a Prague dentist, daughter of a zealous bureaucrat of the former regime, determines that the hate mail she has been receiving originates with a half brother previously unknown to her. By Patricia Highsmith. A collection of 28 of Highsmith's previously unanthologized suspense stories, written mostly in the late 's and early 50's. By Christopher Buckley. Buckley's sendup of political sex scandals in the age of constant media takes the form of a legal thriller; accused of assassinating her wayward husband, the first lady denies having done it, but whatever she did is secondary to the heroic proportions of the trial that ensues.
By Andrew Miller. In this unusually artful novel, the author, who never really hides his presence, combines two stories that are long and curious in their discovery of each other: one about an Englishwoman with a terminal cancer and her two sons, and another concerning a gay Hungarian playwright who is burdened by regret for his actions during the revolution of By Jonathan Dee.
Dee, a courageous novelist of ideas, takes on morals, lost love and the art of selling in this story about a beautiful and passive woman and two advertising executives who differ about the power of the viewer over the thing viewed. By Kevin Baker.
A scary, convincing novel steeped in historical fact and set in the New York City of July , when died in three days of rioting against the draft, chiefly by Irish immigrants who feared losing their jobs to the slaves they were being called on to free. By Daniel Mason. A first novel whose alert, responsive, confused, generous hero is a London piano tuner, selected by the War Office in to trek into the backest beyond of Burma to service the piano of a possibly mad British surgeon and proconsul.
By Nadine Gordimer. A chance meeting between a rich, white, South African woman and an immigrant from a Muslim country turns into a love affair that suggests two cultures in quest of each other and the uses of mutual incomprehension for mutual attraction.
By Alan Dugan. A big volume by a major poet it won a National Book Award last year whose life work is adult matter, full of conviction, void of poses; its great theme is human pettiness exposed yet dignified by mortality.
A quietly unsettling, darkly satirical Southern novel, whose hero, an old rural Virginia reprobate, inexplicably acquires oracular familiarity with the Antarctic and knowledge about a little girl's unsolved disappearance. By Arthur Phillips. A first novel set in , far beyond the recently fallen Berlin Wall, where young Americans reveal themselves not as travelers but mere tourists, detached from their surroundings, weightless and immaterial among time-battered buildings and people who have survived wars and uprisings.
By Susan Minot. The action of this brief novel is a single act of oral sex, but its life is found in memories of a doomed affair and the thoughts of Kay and Benjamin, its partners; they know each other well, but not what is happening between them. By Darin Strauss. An ambitious, thought-infested novel placed at the turn of the last century, in which a boxer who is also a confidence man helps America round the corner to a new world of mass communications, celebrity, product endorsement and the makeover. Portugal's history as an imperial power literally comes home in this novel of collective memory set in ; Vasco da Gama, Cabral and Francis Xavier are back in Lisbon, raising hell and anchoring their puny vessels alongside tankers.
By Scott Turow. Kindle County surges to life again in Turow's richly characterized thriller, which revolves around a reluctant pro bono lawyer's efforts to overturn a black man's murder conviction, despite his confession, and free him from death row. By Jonathan Coe. A fictional British panorama of the early stages of the transformation wrought on Britain by Margaret Thatcher another volume is to come ; its central figures, not quite finished, are chiefly university-bound students at a school in Birmingham.
By Gary Shteyngart. An energetic, ambitious first novel whose protagonist, a Russian-born graduate of an American college, tries to figure out what it means to be an American, a Russian, an immigrant, a Jew; a great deal of splendid comedy hangs on his inability to find out. By Kathryn Harrison. In this thickly atmospheric novel, set in Alaska, Harrison characteristically combines love and suffering, vulnerability and dominance, in a sexual affair between a young weather scientist and an Aleutian woman who almost never speaks. By Stephen Raleigh Byler. Some confident, ruefully funny pieces in a mode one far from exhausted, as Byler shows established by Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, exploring what might be called post-postmacho manhood.
By Katherine Mosby.
Nothing can prepare even upper-crust New York for the arrival of the title character, who is, alphabetically, Francophone, horsewoman, markswoman, naturalist, painter, psychologist, scholar, tango dancer and -- zounds! By Eva Hoffman. A notable memoirist and critic of consistent sensitivity and broad erudition turns to fiction in this novel whose protagonist is the single daughter of a single parent, living in the Midwest some 25 years in the future; cracking the secrets of her birth sends her questing for the meaning of her life.
By John Updike. Updike mixes art history with fiction in a story, recollected later by its hero's widow, of how in the decade after World War II American artists, led by Jackson Pollock here called Zack McCoy , seized power from Europe and made New York the center of the art world. By Ted Hughes. With poems that are characteristically alert to the processes of creation as well as self-destruction, this selection displays Hughes's mighty, even terrifying, talent.
By Andrea Barrett. A collection of stories complete in themselves but linked by threads of association or neighborhood or interest or family into a kind of imaginative collaboration that covers most of the last two centuries, always inhabited by characters who share a passionate interest in figuring out how things work. By Margaret Drabble.
click A novelist whose work has considered primarily the issues of her own generation now employs a protagonist in her 60's who begins a new life, estranged from husband and daughters, undertaking a voyage in the wake of Virgil's Aeneas from Carthage to Naples. By Anthony Doerr. Hunting and being hunted, holding on and letting go are the themes that govern this skillful first collection, inhabited by people apt to fall in love with a magician's assistant or run away with a metal eater from a traveling carnival. By Helen Dunmore. A powerful, well-researched novel Dunmore's seventh that follows a young woman and her family during the siege of Leningrad in By Oscar Hijuelos.
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The protagonist of Hijuelos's sixth novel is a Cuban composer so decorous his cross is an inability to act on, or even articulate, his deepest passions, accumulating a lifetime of repression and regret. By Larry McMurtry. By Abba Kovner. A final collection, now translated into English, by the Israeli poet and partisan who organized and led the Vilna ghetto uprising in World War II; at the end of his life, he chronicles his losing battle with cancer in a cycle dedicated to the struggle for existence, naming the collection after the New York cancer center where he was treated.
By Michael Frayn.
The 10th novel by this master of the intellectual mystery masquerading as popular entertainment concerns a London suburb where, if memory serves the narrator, the phases of the moon govern events during World War II and an alleged spy's conduct visibly contradicts the everyday space-time continuum. By Ismail Kadare.