In One Person | JOHN IRVING: In novels such as The World According to Garp (1978) and The Cider House Rules (1985), John Irving crafted miniepics filled with deadly accidents, orphans, and quirky, lovable, and often sexually promiscuous or damaged characters--people and animals alike. In his 18th novel, a bisexual narrator chronicles his life as a "sexual suspect" as he tries to make his time on earth count for something.
Canada | RICHARD FORD: Richard Ford departs from the subject of his Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter (1986), the Pulitzer Prize--winning Independence Day (1995), and The Lay of the Land (*** Jan/Feb 2007), to explore the terrible aftermath of a murder. When his parents rob a bank and are imprisoned, 15-year-old Dell Parsons leaves Montana, crosses the Canadian border, and is taken in by the mysterious Arthur Remlinger. But as he strives for a normal life, Dell must also deal with the dark, violent Remlinger.
The Newlyweds | NELL FREUDENBERGER: Named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists and one of the New Yorker's "20 Under 40," Nell Freudenberger earned acclaim with her novel The Dissident (2006) and her short story collection Lucky Girls (2003). In her second novel, a modern arranged marriage--the wooing takes place online--takes Amina Mazid, 24, from Bangladesh to Rochester, New York. But Amina and her betrothed soon discover that they are each hiding something. When Amina returns to Bangladesh, their future together remains uncertain.
The Undertow | JO BAKER: British author Jo Baker makes her American debut with The Undertow, her fourth novel. The Undertow follows four generations of the Hastings family between World War I and the present as they follow their dreams, encounter almost unsurmountable obstacles, and learn to love and lose as they slowly leave the past behind.
Home | TONI MORRISON: In epic novels from The Bluest Eye (1979) to Song of Solomon (1977) and the Pulitzer Prize--winning Beloved (1987), Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison has charted the experiences of African Americans. Her 10th novel features Korean War vet Frank Money. Upon returning home from the war mentally and physically damaged, he struggles in a racist America to save his abused younger sister, bring her home to their small Georgia town, and find a renewed sense of purpose in life.
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