The eleventh work of fiction by the award-winning Cynthia Ozick is a story of young Americans in Paris in the 1950s. They’re there not so much for love, adventure, and the Bohemian life (though they find some of this), but to escape their domineering father. Having driven his children away, and his wife crazy, he orders his sister to put his family together again. And she does—but in her way, not his. FOREIGN BODIES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26), while an homage to Henry James’s The Ambassadors, is quintessential Ozick. Her writing is polished, her plotting meticulously crafted, and her sharp wit and deft intellect shine throughout.

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ISBN: 9780547577494
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Published: Mariner Books - November 15th, 2011

In Gary Shteyngart’s wildly and plausibly imagined future, everyone drinks alkalinized water, checks credit ratings on the public Credit Poles, and streams endless data on their own and everyone else’s health and hotness stats via apparati. The U.S. is controlled by the Bipartisan Party and the American Restoration Authority demands compliance with and denial of its existence. Some things haven’t changed, however. A grown man still feels like he’s twelve when he enters his parents’ house, and love is still hard. The SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY (Random House, $26) is the bittersweet match between aging Lenny Abramov, an Indefinite Life Extension specialist with Post-Human Services, and young, lovely Eunice Park. But social unrest, fueled by income disparity, also hasn’t changed, and the romance plays out against a revolution. Shteyngart’s third novel offers electrifying social satire, wit and sass aplenty.

 

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Published: Random House - July 27th, 2010

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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 3rd, 2011

In four previous works of fiction, Gish Jen has given her lively, bemused, often outright funny take on the immigrant experience in today’s U.S. Her new “only in America” novel is set in the WORLD AND TOWN (Knopf, $26.95) of Riverlake, a typical New England hamlet, economically depressed but full of community spirit, where you’re as likely to find reborn Buddhists as born-again Christians, Cambodian refugees as the latest in the long line of Puritans. Hattie Kong, daughter of an Iowa-born missionary and a Chinese descendant of Confucius, has recently moved there. Widowed and retired, Hattie wants to set down new roots. When she befriends the Chhung family, she gets involved in their difficulties with gangs, ghosts, PTSD, and an aggressive church. Jen is a genius with the voices of Riverlake, capturing the cadences of teenagers, preachers, self-righteous neighbors, stumbling English-speakers, and, especially, of the pragmatic and sentimental Hattie as she wins new hearts and re-conquers one old one.

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ISBN: 9780307272195
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Published: Knopf - October 5th, 2010

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