Three Strong Women (Vintage, $15) is heart-wrenching and beautifully written. Set in Senegal and France, this compact book reads like three separate novellas and details the relationships and nearly insurmountable trials of its three protagonists. These women are courageous and hardy—adapting to inhospitable environments like dandelions sprouting in pavement. Marie NDiaye, who was awarded the coveted Prix Goncourt for this novel, published her first fiction when she was just seventeen and is a “must read” for Francophiles. For all of us, this lyrical and brave work brings us one degree closer to understanding the resilience of the human spirit when faced with its own corruption.
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ISBN: 9780307741332
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Published: Vintage - May 21st, 2013

Distinguished by the flawlessly elegant prose that won him the 2005 Man Booker Prize, John Banville’s sixteenth novel is as passionate as it is cerebral. Narrated by the aging actor Alexander Cleave, Ancient Light (Knopf, $25.95) is the story of a man worn out by grieving for the daughter he lost a decade ago. Searching for solace, he relives his first love affair, which took place when he was fifteen—his beloved was the thirty-five-year-old mother of his best friend. While meditating on questions of memory vs. invention and on the multiplicity of roles and identities, Alexander’s recollections are so precise and lushly detailed they give him the illusion of being in control of his fate. But outside his musings he’s still helpless before life’s overwhelming emotions, his own questionable judgment, and the lingering effects of his daughter’s suicide.

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ISBN: 9780307957054
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Published: Knopf - October 2nd, 2012

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ISBN: 9780307946928
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Published: Vintage - July 2nd, 2013

If you like your social novels big and sprawling and your comedies of manners razor-sharp and wickedly smart (or simply wicked), then spend your winter with The Heart Broke In (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28) by British writer James Meek. His list of subjects is dizzying and dazzling: Meek tackles the music industry, fame, celebrity, reality television, modern science, gene therapy, the IRA. His narrative ranges from London to Tanzania to Northern Ireland. It’s never too much, though, because everything is in the service of good old-fashioned storytelling. Meek’s writing is gripping, urgent, and often ludicrously funny. By the end, you will follow him anywhere.

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ISBN: 9780374168711
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 2nd, 2012

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ISBN: 9781250037770
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Published: Picador - October 1st, 2013