In her third novel, GREAT HOUSE (W.W. Norton, $24.95), Nicole Krauss weaves together four narrative threads, all of which revolve around a large and impressive writing desk.  The novel opens with a young writer, Nadia, recounting how she came to own the desk. Gradually, more narrators pick up the story: an Israeli father struggling with his relationship to his son, a husband trying to understand the secrets of his late wife, a young American woman involved with a complicated man and his strange family, and an antiques dealer who specializes in recovering items pillaged by the Nazis.  With beautiful writing and heartbreaking details, Kraus unfolds each character’s losses, despair, and disappointment, leaving it to the reader to puzzle the whole picture together.

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ISBN: 9780393340648
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2011

AN OBJECT OF BEAUTY (Grand Central, $26.99) is the novel for the art-lover in your life. Steve Martin chronicles the last quarter-century of the New York City art scene with a discerning eye, skewering wit, and insider knowledge of a collector. The reader can decide what the true object of beauty is. It could be the real-life paintings themselves, reproduced beautifully on the page and critiqued thoughtfully by Martin through his narrator’s persona. It could equally be Lacey Yeager, the young, ambitious, bright, scheming, and attractive lover of art, money, and men, in that order. Lacey rises from the basement of Sotheby’s to become a dominant player in the world of taste and profit-making. In this page-turner, Martin combines the true appraisal of great and worthy art with the back-room dealings and the private agendas of collectors and critics that ultimately decide what an object of beauty is worth. The result is surprising.

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ISBN: 9780446573658
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 15th, 2011

ALL IS FORGOTTEN, NOTHING IS LOST (W.W. Norton, $23.95) is a small book with a lot of power. Lan Samantha Chang follows Roman from his time as a desperate, aspiring poetry student to his later success as a Pulitzer Prize-winning writing professor. His life takes a turn when he begins an affair with Miranda, his mysterious, confident poetry professor. In the years ahead he struggles to come to terms with what the affair meant to his career, his art, and his heart. With delicate, beautiful prose, and a unique yet oddly familiar story, Chang pierces the depths of friendship, love, art, nostalgia, and regret with breathtaking precision. This is the kind of novel you can’t leave without knowing a little more about yourself.

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ISBN: 9780393340563
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2011