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Literary Fiction

Bleeding Edge | THOMAS PYNCHON: Pynchon sets his eighth novel (after Inherent Vice **** Nov/Dec 2009) in 2001 in New York City, between the collapse of the tech bubble and 9/11. Maxine Tarnow, a Beretta-carrying mom who runs a fraud investigation business, finds herself involved with all shorts of shady characters. SEPT

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The Lowland | JHUMPA LAHIRI: Lahiri has explored generational conflict, assimilation, and the breakdown of Indian tradition in fiction such as Interpreter of Maladies (1999) and The Namesake (2003). The Lowland, set in both India and America, follows the paths of two brothers. One finds himself drawn to social protest in 1960s India; the other becomes a scientific researcher in the United States. SEPT

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Dissident Gardens | JONATHAN LETHEM: In a novel that spans three generations over the 20th and early 21st centuries, the Brooklyn-born author portrays a family of radicals as they follow their utopian dreams: Rose Zimmer, a Communist from Queens; her rebellious daughter, Rose; and the men intertwined in their lives. SEPT

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MaddAddam | MARGARET ATWOOD: In Oryx and Crake (2003), a postapocalyptic Waterless Flood led to the bioengineering of a new species; its sequel, The Year of the Flood (**** Nov/Dec 2009), tells the parallel stories of two human survivors. In this conclusion to Atwood's dystopian trilogy, Toby, Ren, and the Crakers return to the MaddAddamite cob house. From there, they must fight the forces of destruction. SEPT

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The Maid's Version | DANIEL WOODRELL: The author of Winter's Bone (2006) chronicles the story of a 1929 dance hall fire in Missouri, which kills Alma DeGeer Dunahew's beloved sister. Alma determines to find the perpetrator. Years later, she tells her story of love, secrets, and pursuit of justice to her grandson. SEPT

We Are Water | WALLY LAMB: From the author of She's Come Undone (1992) and I Know This Much Is True (1998) comes a novel about a family. (Aren't they all?) After almost three decades of marriage, artist Anna Oh falls in love with Manhattan art dealer Viveca (gasp, a woman!). But their plans to wed in Connecticut expose some dark unpleasantries. SEPT

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Someone | ALICE MCDERMOTT: The award-winning author (Charming Billy, 1998) writes about the Irish Catholics of the New York region. Here, she explores, through scattered vignettes, the life of Marie through the 20th...

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