October 29, 2008 In the author's third Jackson Brodie mystery, a train crash connects a tangle of characters and crimes. The novel explores the line between protectiveness and violent possessiveness.
September 19, 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson returns to the town of Gilead, scene of her last novel. Home has a less meditative tone that suits its younger characters, especially Jack, the wayward son who returns in search of redemption.
September 3, 2008 A young man enters a world of power and privilege when he is summoned to live on the estate of the local industrial baron in Ethan Canin's epic America America.
August 29, 2008 Former GOP finance director Nicole Sexton's young heroine has a knack for throwing parties and tapping rich donors. But as the former intern becomes a big wheel in the Republican money machine, her ideals take a beating.
July 31, 2008 Even the bard wasn't as bawdy or silly as drug-addled scholar "Willie" Shakespeare Greenberg, the fumbling protagonist of Jess Winfield's lovingly naughty academic picaresque, My Name Is Will.
July 29, 2008 For her new short-story collection, Lara Vapnyar revisits New York's Brighton Beach and finds the link between food, memory, love and dreams of the future.
June 30, 2008 Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed heroine is all grown up. Now a 40-something mother, Cannie Shapiro struggles with anxiety, anger and her teenage daughter. Reviewer Lizzie Skurnick calls the character "equal parts zaftig and Zola."
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