The poor Dashwood sisters—deprived of their rightful living, they are forced to leave their home and live sparingly. Marianne is passionate and impulsive, Elinor is calm and contemplative. In typical Jane Austen style, Sense and Sensibility is not just about the story itself, it is also a comment on the society in which its author lived. Is there any better social critic than Austen? I’m always amazed by the way she subtly weaves observations and critiques into an engrossing story. She is a master at creating characters you care about and root for but who are human and fallible. Each year Harvard University Press publishes a gorgeous annotated Jane Austen. This year’s Sense and Sensibility ($35) is not to be missed by Austen fans. As always, the annotations add layers of understanding and context to Austen’s story. If you are collecting these, as I am, you will want to add this one to your collection.

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Published: Belknap Press - October 1st, 2013

 

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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ISBN: 9781594631764
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 21st, 2013

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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

The Lowland (Knopf, $27.95) is a masterful tale rooted in the close relationship of two brothers who nonetheless take different paths. Udayan remains in Calcutta to support Naxalite reform, while Subhash seeks an education in marine chemistry in Rhode Island. The narrative builds slowly, gracefully making the reader aware of connections, shifting moods, intentions, and impressions—footprints in cement and on a beach, letters on a wall and on the pages of a journal, for instance. What endures? What fades? Jhumpa Lahiri’s light touch in character development has a gradual, but undeniable, cumulative power, and by the end of this multi-generational saga that extends over two continents, readers are fully invested in the many subtle changes that ultimately spark cataclysmic moments of crisis, irrevocably altering these characters’ lives.

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 24th, 2013

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Published: Vintage - June 17th, 2014

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