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The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

by Elizabeth Strout

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Strout

Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, two brothers confront painful issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their lives.

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Life After Life

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

Hardcover, 529 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Kate Atkinson

The award-winning author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum follows the experiences of a woman who, after being born on a snowy night in 1910, repeatedly dies and reincarnates into the same life to correct missteps and, ultimately, save the world.

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Maya's Notebook

Maya's Notebook

by Isabel Allende

Hardcover, 387 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Isabel Allende

After the death of her beloved grandfather, 19-year-old Maya Vidal turns to drugs, alcohol and petty crimes. She becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI and Interpol, until her grandmother helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life. Translated by Anne McLean.

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Hardcover, 416 pages, Crown Publishing, $25, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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  • Gillian Flynn

After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Her husband is desperate to clear himself of suspicion and soon discovers that the truth about what happened is even more disturbing than murder.

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The Woman Upstairs

The Woman Upstairs

by Claire Messud

Hardcover, 272 pages, Knopf, $25.95, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Claire Messud

Nora is a reclusive schoolteacher whose dreams of being an artist have been suppressed. She is seething inside with rage and resentment, but she manages keeps her anger in until she meets another woman who has everything she does not: a husband, a child and a successful art career. And then everything begins to unravel.

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The Interestings

The Interestings

by Meg Wolitzer

Hardcover, 464 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings follows six artistic friends who meet as teenagers one pivotal summer at a camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods. Over the next 40 years, they grow up to find some of their talents developing into grand success, while others don't.

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Z

Z

A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

Hardcover, 375 pages, St Martins Pr, $25.99, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Therese Anne Fowler

Inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, this tale follows their union in and Zelda's scandalous transformation into a Jazz Age celebrity in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.

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All That Is

All That Is

by James Salter

Hardcover, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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After returning from World War II, former naval officer Philip Bowman finds a position as a book editor in New York and loses himself in a world of intimate connections and surprising triumphs, until he is betrayed by the woman he loves.

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Paris

Paris

by Edward Rutherfurd

Hardcover, 809 pages, Random House Inc, $32.50, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Edward Rutherfurd

Paris is a sweeping, multigenerational saga that illuminates the City of Lights from its founding under the Romans to its cultural activity during the 1920s and 1930s.

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The Hit

The Hit

by David Baldacci

Hardcover, 392 pages, Grand Central Pub, $27.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • David Baldacci

When trained assassin Jessica Reel goes rogue, a fellow master killer, Will Robie, must track her down.

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NOS4A2

NOS4A2

by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Hardcover, 692 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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Victoria McQueen is the only person to have ever escaped the unmitigated evil of Charles Talent Manx, an unstoppable monster who transforms children into his own terrifying likeness. When Manx kidnaps McQueen's son, she must engage in a life-and-death battle of wills to get him back.

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12th of Never

12th of Never

by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Hardcover, 18 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published April 29 2013 | purchase
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A week after giving birth, Lindsay Boxer is investigating two cases: a grisly murder where the main suspect is an NFL player and an eccentric professor who thinks his dreams of a murder are real.

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Tenth of December

Tenth Of December

by George Saunders

Hardcover, 208 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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Syracuse University professor and one-time geological engineer George Saunders delivers a collection of fantastical stories, including "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.

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Best Kept Secret

Best Kept Secret

by Jeffrey Archer

Hardcover, 373 pages, St Martins Pr, $27.99, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer's Clifton chronicles continues with a tale of gold digging, grudge bearing and a family torn.

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The Dinner

The Dinner

by Herman Koch

Hardcover, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $24, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Herman Koch

Over dinner at an Amsterdam restaurant, two couples — brothers and their wives — discuss a terrible crime most likely committed by their sons. The crime is not yet public, but grainy video footage exists — and both sets of parents know it depicts their offspring. As the conversation deepens, one wrenching question gets clearer and more pressing by the moment: How far will each family go to protect those it loves?

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