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A Month in the Country
by J.L. Carr
This quiet, dreamy novel finds healing and redemption in ways unexpected. Tom Birkin travels to Oxgodby to restore a medieval mural of the apocalypse. The job is fitting as he has just survived “hell on Earth” in the form of World War 1.
In the Memory of the Forest
by Charles Powers
Set in post-war Poland, In the Memory of the Forest focuses on the years immediately after the fall of Communism. This is a subtle and beautifully articulated work by journalist Charles Powers.
by Harry Mulisch
An astonishing psychological novel, The Assault recollects events set in motion in wartime Netherlands when a Nazi officer is assassinated and a family is selected to “pay for the crime.” The surviving son is left trying to understand what happened that night.
by Patrick Suskind
This inimitable tale of an 18th century Parisian murderer obsessed with capturing the essence of beautiful young virgins delves into the morality of action and storytelling.
by Don DeLillo
A fictional account of the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, Libra is a gripping story full of insight about the short, unhappy life of Kennedy’s assassin.
Mariette in Ecstasy
by Ron Hansen
A novel about a fervent young woman who becomes a nun and experiences an intense spiritual experience. Question: is she a saint or is she crazy?
by Halldor Laxness
The story of a family in Iceland between the wars. Laxness brilliantly writes about family, politics, and an old world struggling to enter a more modern one.
by Starling Lawrence
Auberon Harwell, sent to evaluate Britain’s prospects as the Ottoman Empire is disintegrating, becomes entangled in events larger and more deadly than anticipated. Lawrence’s assiduously researched historical novel promises intrigue and suspense even as Harwell’s doom seems imminent.
by David Malouf
Set in Australia in the mid 1840s, Remembering Babylon tells the story of a European raised in the wild by Aborigines and rejected by both cultures until a courageous Scottish family stands up for him. The writing is tremendous.
by Alberto Moravia
The conformist, Marcello Clerici, is asked to kill his former professor by the fascist Mussolini government. Moravia's novel is a deep psychologically examination of what becomes of a people caught in a society of control.
The Night Inspector
by Frederick Busch
William Bartholomew does not adapt well to post Civil War Manhattan. He was shot in the face and wears a mask under which he carries a vitriolic tongue and a matched bitterness. But when he meets Herman Melville, this dark historical fiction becomes a caper as the two men set off for Florida to emancipate a group of black children.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers
Compassionate and incisive, this is McCullers’ first novel, but perhaps her best. She chronicles a 1930 Georgia mill town and the connection Mick Kelly, a passionately musical adolescent, discovers with deaf-mute John Singer and the other misfits in her town.
by Annie Dillard
This novel about pioneer in the Pacific Northwest life evokes rich characters and is keen-eyed in observing the grace of optimism and the persistent failings that cling to all societies, old and new.
by Charles Frazier
Beautifully written in the dialect of the North Carolina mountain region, Cold Mountain tells the story of Inman, a Confederate deserter making his way on foot from Virginia to his sweetheart, Ada, in North Carolina.