Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, once again shows that he is a master storyteller and one of the finest craftsmen writing fiction today. And The Mountains Echoed (Riverhead, $28.95), exploring how the interwoven lives of one Afghan family intersect and echo across generations and geographic boundaries, is probably his most ambitious novel to date. It is a beautiful, searing, and evocative tale that makes the reader think hard about the convergence of circumstance and choice, the pull of family and country, and the pressures on a people who struggle to remain whole amid foreign occupation, the rise of radical Islam, and the tensions of the post 9/11 world.

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After several decades in CIA counter-intelligence, Jason Matthews turned his attention to writing fiction, and what a debut he’s had. Red Sparrow (Scribner, $26.99), his elegant spy thriller set largely in present-day Russia, Finland, and Washington, D.C., centers on the relationship between an ambitious young CIA agent stationed abroad and a brilliant but flawed female Russian agent forced to learn the art of seduction and assigned to unmask him and the Russian mole he’s cultivating. (She has been compared to Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander.) There is also a cast of vividly drawn—and, in some cases, terrifying—lesser characters. As with a few other great spy novelists, Matthews relies on his own first-hand experience as a covert agent to provide details about espionage that are by turns fascinating, chilling, and even comical. He also weaves into the story evocative references to food, which readers might overlook but for the relevant recipes he includes at the end of each chapter. This is a touch of whimsy that, by the book’s close, becomes oddly comforting and humorous, too.

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Woodrow Wilson came to politics from the academy, and undoubtedly his university experiences prepared him for the political challenges of the presidency. As unlikely a president as he was, his success in pushing through a reform agenda surprised his critics and the Democratic Party bosses who thought they could control him. With his comprehensive Wilson (Putnam, $40), Pulitzer Prize- winning biographer A. Scott Berg relies on fresh anecdotes and historical nuggets to paint a thorough, engaging, and refined account of Wilson’s life as an academic and a politician. Berg focuses on the political genius of the first “modern” president, but also on blemishes that marred Wilson’s career, including his atrocious record on race and freedom of expression.

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