Charles Frazier’s debut was the quietly graceful and heartbreaking Cold Mountain; his new Nightwoods (Random House, $26) is the story of Luce, a solitary, efficient woman whose world falls apart when she finds herself the guardian of her late sister’s children. That sister died under mysterious circumstances, and the children, possibly the only witnesses to the death, have been mute ever since. Violent and crafty, Luce is drawn into their silent world, and Frazier evokes the Appalachians with a touch of Grimm noir. The lush woods offer the orphans both solace and danger as the man who haunted their mother’s life returns to watch them. Using North Carolina country dialect, Frazier unfolds his plot from multiple perspectives. He also mingles fear and humor, hope and despair.

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Published: Random House - September 27th, 2011

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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2012

The stories collected in The Angel Esmeralda (Scribner, $24) were written over the course of novelist Don DeLillo’s long and distinguished career.  Like his novels, they display the author’s penchant for looking behind societal, institutional, and personal curtains to show, in language and gesture, the reality underlying everyday life  In the title story an elderly nun working in one of the poorest sections of New York tries to help a teen-aged runaway girl. The interactions of life, memory, and image surface as Sister Edgar confronts the notion of the miraculous after the girl’s death.  In another story, two astronauts aboard an orbiting space craft monitor World War III from above after successful nuclear disarmament has made the world safe for war.  While the stories are diverse, they share DeLillo’s impeccable prose and his unfailing eye for seeing the world stripped of the inessential.

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Published: Scribner - October 2nd, 2012

Over the last thirty years, Steven Millhauser has become one of my favorite stealth storytellers. His writing gained a wider audience when Martin Dressler won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize and in 2008 when Dangerous Laughter was selected as one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the year. In his latest gathering of short fiction, We Others: New and Selected Stories (Knopf, $27.95), Millhauser has assembled his favorites, saying, “I chose stories that seized my attention as if they’d been written by someone whose work I had never seen before.” These fictions straddle the edge of imagination and realism. Millhauser writes about complex human passions, both dark and pure; in his tales even the smallest details carry critical import. Fantastic, magical things happen to his characters, and yet the stories evoke life so realistically that even illusions, phantoms, and supernatural occurrences are completely believable because they are integrated so skillfully into lives that are passionate, intelligent, philosophical, and thoughtful. When such a writer can be surprised by his own writing, you know you’re reading the best.

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