It may be 2013, but the capacious 19th-century novel is alive and kicking. Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker-winning The Luminaries (Little, Brown, $27), with its homage to masters like Dickens and Wilkie Collins, its elaborate weave of literary artifice, and its ingenious lunar and astrological structure—as if Catton is casting a star chart for this narrative as much as inventing a story in which fortune plays a leading role—is also a self-consciously post-modern literary work, though one infused with the ebullience of a storyteller rather than the arch irony of an experimental writer. Set in the New Zealand gold rush town of Hokitika in 1866, this is the kind of rangy page-turner you can dive into and stay submerged in for hours and hundreds of pages at a stretch. The landscape is vivid, the language rich, the voices earthy and theatrical, and the plot is an endlessly unfolding fabric of tales, confessions, dreams, lies, mysteries, and more. With its hermits and whores, preachers and politicians, Maoris and miners, this novel truly is, as the Man Booker judges said, a “dazzling work, luminous, vast.”

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ISBN: 9780316074315
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 15th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780316074292
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 7th, 2014

When thirteen-year-old Theo Decker miraculously survives a domestic terrorist bombing at the Metropolitan Museum—an attack that kills his mother and several others—he’s pitched into a Dickensian tale, with a cast including the blue-blood Barbours and an absent father with a bleached-blond, strung-out Las Vegas waitress for a girlfriend. Theo is taken in by the eccentric Hobie, an antique-furniture restorer, after the man learns his beloved business partner spent his final minutes in Theo’s company. Wherever he is, Theo guiltily clings to a tiny Dutch masterpiece called The Goldfinch (Little, Brown, $30), a painting his mother loved, and as he grows into an alienated and lonely adult, his heartsick love for another bombing survivor, red-headed Pippa, becomes an obsession that attests to Theo’s arrested adolescence. Meanwhile, the painting leads Theo through a suspenseful cat-and-mouse game in the art world’s dark underbelly. Donna Tartt’s magnificent third novel is a masterful coming-of-age tale brimming with humor, pathos, philosophical turns, and a faint, yet undeniable, brushstroke of hope.

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ISBN: 9780316055437
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 22nd, 2013

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ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

Bob Shacochis’s The Woman Who Lost her Soul (Atlantic Monthly, $28) is a complex and multi-layered novel, full of intrigue, romance, politics, and unforgettable characters. When a woman is found apparently murdered on a roadside in Haiti, her identity is revealed to be that of the daughter of a high-ranking U.S. government official. In telling the stories of both father and daughter, Shacochis takes us to the final days of World War II in Yugoslavia, to clandestine affairs in Istanbul, and into the chaos and squalor of Haiti after the 1991 coup, creating a world where identities are slippery and nothing is quite what it seems. Besides being a great story, this book is an intelligently nuanced take on power and politics in the second half of the twentieth century.

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ISBN: 9780802119827
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 3rd, 2013

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ISBN: 9780802122759
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Published: Grove Press - July 1st, 2014