Staff Pick

Hindsight is 20/20. But when Viv becomes obsessed with Mercury, a horse boarded at the stable where she works, her optometrist husband Donald questions how much he knows her. This fast-paced novel delivers a complex and highly intelligent exploration of intimacy and half-truths and why it is that we cannot always see what's right before our eyes.

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ISBN: 9780062437501
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Published: Harper - September 27th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780062437518
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 6th, 2017

Staff Pick

Edmund Wilson and Vladimir Nabokov were great friends, whose mutual delight in Russian and English prosody seemed to know no bounds. Then Nabokov translated Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin and they became arch enemies. The vitriol! The ego! The linguistic barbs! It would all be insufferable if it wasn’t so terribly funny. Alex Beam’s scholarship and knowledge of Russian is superbly complemented here by his delicate touch, making this the best kind of guilty pleasure for serious readers.

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ISBN: 9781101870228
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Published: Pantheon - December 6th, 2016

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After Vince’s death, his wife and daughter struggle to support each other in this heartbreaking novel by Magda Szabo. When Iza, a well-established physician, moves her mother Ettie from her dilapidated village home into a Budapest apartment, she inadvertently strips her mother’s life of context and meaning. Ettie in turn attempts to pamper Iza in the old maternal ways, but only ends up irritating her. This novel has all the psychological complexity of Szabo’s award-winner, The Door.

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By Magda Szabo, George Szirtes (Introduction by), George Szirtes (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681370347
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 18th, 2016