March 11-17: A Family Reunion, A Hunted Werewolf, A Military Standoff

Fiction and nonfiction softcover releases from Jeanette Winterson, Mark Haddon, Glen Duncan and Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

by Jeanette Winterson

Paperback, 236 pages, Pgw, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase

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Jeanette Winterson tells the story of how a painful past, which she thought she had overcome, rose to haunt her later in life, sending her on a maddening search for her biological mother. Through her story, Winterson also shows how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft that supports us when we are sinking.

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The Red House

by Mark Haddon

Paperback, 264 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase

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The Red House
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Mark Haddon peers inside the messy dynamics of a group of relatives, each grappling with their own fears and trying to make sense of themselves as a family, all while stuck in a vacation house in the remote English countryside. The Red House braids together themes of sexual identity, parental insecurity and sibling rivalry.

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Talulla Rising

by Glen Duncan

Paperback, 351 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published March 12 2013 | purchase

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Talulla Rising
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Grieving for her werewolf lover, Talulla Demetriou is pregnant and popularly believed to be the last surviving werewolf. She flees to a remote Alaskan lodge to have her child in secret and avoid capture by the deadly forces — including, rumor has it, the oldest living vampire on Earth — that are after her.

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The Watch

by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Paperback, 318 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase

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The Watch
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Nizam, a disabled Pashtun woman, pushes her cart toward an American military base where she seeks permission to bury her brother, Yusuf. But the base's tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil when soldiers begin arguing about how to respond to her request. The Watch transposes Sophocles' Antigone to barren, present-day Kandahar.

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