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'Fates And Furies' Offers A Tour-De-Force Plot, Minus Compelling Characters

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'Lost Child' Wraps Up Ferrante's Neapolitan Series With 'Perfect Devastation'

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Franzen's Latest Novel: An Ambitious But Tarnished 'Purity'

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'A Manual For Cleaning Women' Showcases A Gritty, One-Of-A-Kind Voice

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Skulls and bones are seen in the ossuary chapel in the Czech Republic town of Sedlec, one of the sites Denise Inge describes in her book, The Tour of Bones. Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Confronting Mortality In An Unsettling, Inspiring 'Tour Of Bones'

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'Dragonfish' Offers A Noir Vision Of An 'American Dream Gone Rancid'

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Infidelity Is Steeped In Suspense In 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

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Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece

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Dead-Cinch Thrillers: 4 Books To Get Your Heart Pounding

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'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library

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Morally Messy Stories, Exquisitely Told, In Mia Alvar's 'In The Country'

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Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

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Four Books That Deliver Unexpected And Delightful Surprises This Summer

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Misadventures And Absurdist Charm Take Root In 'George Orwell's House'

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Ruth Rendell wrote more than 60 books, some under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Max Nash/AP hide caption

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Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

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