Dickensian Ambition And Emotion Make 'Goldfinch' Worth The Wait

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If You're Looking To Read 'Lady Things,' Choose Jezebel Over Jones

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Meet Ben's Sister Jane, History's Forgotten Franklin

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Out Of Lahiri's Muddy 'Lowland,' An Ambitious Story Soars

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Introducing 'Miss Anne,' The White Women Of A Black Renaissance

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From McDermott, An Extraordinary Story Of An Ordinary 'Someone'

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A Gossipy, Nostalgic History Of A Publishing 'Hothouse'

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'Love Affairs' Of A Hip, Young Literary Hound Dog

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With 'Arrangements' And 'The Rest,' Two Debut Novelists Arrive

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The Only Surprise In Rowling's 'Cuckoo's Calling' Is The Author

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American Mystery Finds A New Voice On 'The Bohemian Highway'

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In 'TransAtlantic,' The Flight Is Almost Too Smooth

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'Beside Ourselves' Explores Human-Animal Connections

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After WWII, A Letter Of Appreciation That Still Rings True

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Coming To 'Americanah': Two Tales Of Immigrant Experience

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