In 1959, as the first wave of Cuban exiles arrives in the United States, Emma Gant, finally free of her stifling family and bullying stepfather, embarks on a career as a reporter for The Miami Star and begins to thrive in the sultry world of Miami, confronting conflicting loyalties, shady dealings, and personal and professional setbacks as she pursues her goals. 50,000 first printing.
Set against the backdrop of the British Empire, an intriguing novel by the author of Flaubert's Parrot chronicles the lives of two boys—George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, growing up in Edinburgh—one who is forgotten by history, and one who becomes the creator of the world's most famous detective, as they pursue their separate destinies until they meet in a remarkable alliance. 100,000 first printing.
Despite the catastrophes and misadventures that befall him around the world, X continues his optimistic pursuit of love and the Good Life, in a satirical farce modeled after Candide that takes on the follies and foibles of modern-day life. 15,000 first printing.
The quintessential tortured artist, Vincent Spinetti falls prey to poverty, illness, alienation, parental neglect, alcoholism, nervous breakdowns, and unrequited love, unaware that these torments are caused by the secret manipulations of New Renaissance, an organization testing the idea that art results from suffering. By the author of Anomalies.
In September 1943, fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum and her father flee across the Alps into Italy with thousands of other Jewish refugees seeking safety, only to find an open battleground among the Nazis, the Allied forces, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italians struggling to survive the harsh realities of World War II. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
Former spy Jack Teller finds himself back in the world of espionage, when, just days before President John F. Kennedy is scheduled to visit the city, a mysterious contact claims to have important information, and he wants to share it with Jack. 50,000 first printing.
Having resisted her family's music-centered lifestyle in her pursuit of fame, Phoenix Smalls, the daughter of a jazz club-owner mother and a touring band manager father, becomes uncharacteristically intrigued by an old piano in a back room of her mother's jazz club, with ominous consequences. By the author of The Good House. 40,000 first printing.
When his tanker is denied entry into San Francisco harbor, Harold Snow's scheme to secure chemicals for a contact in West Africa unravels and he is faced with a deranged chief mate, a mutinous crew, a beautiful young woman, and a hurricane.
Chronicles the lives of two women who meet as freshmen in 1968 at Columbia University—Georgette George and her idealistic, radical roommate Ann Drayton—from their first encounter, through the fight that ends their friendship, to Ann's arrest for murderin 1976 and Georgette's search for answers to the riddle of Ann's life.
A powerful portrayal of a small community in Alaska, faced by the oppressive and opportunistic wave of big business, describes how one man, a local newspaper editor, steps up to fight for the natural environment and town that he loves. 20,000 first printing.
Scrounging for day-labor jobs in order to support himself, West Virginia man Hunter McNutt encounters a multitude of diverse characters in his efforts to locate his seventeen-year-old runaway son Hobie, who has drifted into a Boston commune of young revolutionaries. Reprint.