A family’s worst nightmare is realized in Stewart O’Nan’s new novel, Songs For The Missing (Viking, $25.95), when their high-school daughter, Kim, fails to come home on a typical summer weeknight. Her parents’ natural reactions move from anger to worry to terror, as they search in vain for a sign of her.  As time goes by and Kim fails to turn up, Ed and Fran struggle to learn their new roles as parents of a missing child.  Kim’s disappearance affects everyone in different ways.  Her younger sister Lindsay, an unpopular but straight-A student, feels the loss, but after a lifetime living in Kim’s shadow, is also uncomfortably liberated.  Kim’s best friend and boyfriend struggle with guilt and whether to reveal damaging facts about Kim’s life even if it might help the police find her. O’Nan is expert in portraying ordinary life in all its complexity, tedium, hilarity, generosity, and terror as a family deals with a domestic nightmare.

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780143116028
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Published: Penguin Books - August 25th, 2009

Meet Marcus Messner, a hard-working, focused, extremely intelligent young man from New Jersey. A straight-A student and prized only child, he works on the weekends at his father’s kosher butcher shop. At the outset of Philip Roth’s Indignation (Houghton Mifflin, $26), Messner’s appears to be the life of a perfectly successful and charming young man—but then we glimpse Messner’s shortcomings. His perfection and dedication alienate him from his family and his fellow students, and his incredible intelligence pits him against his school’s administration. With some of the most ingenious narrative twists and turns I have encountered, Roth hands us a tale in which this boy falls prey to the only dishonest thing he’s ever done. I loved the humanity I saw in Marcus, his intensely inquisitive nature, and I would challenge anyone to find an equally compelling tragic-comic character in the season’s fiction lists.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307388919
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Published: Vintage - October 6th, 2009

In The Eleventh Man (Harcourt, $26) master storyteller Ivan Doig weaves a tale of heroism, honor, love, and sacrifice.  After the whole starting eleven on Treasure State’s undefeated 1941 football team enlist and are scattered to the various theaters of World War II, Ben Reinking is plucked out of flight school and assigned to a propaganda mission: covering the exploits of his former teammates for small-town American newspapers. Meanwhile, back in Montana, a courageous group of women pilots fly bombers up to Alaska for eventual transfer to Russia as part of lend-lease.  Doig captures the romance and adventure as well as the moral questions of love and war.

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$18.95
ISBN: 9780547247632
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Published: Mariner Books - September 3rd, 2009

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