A final voyage for a 1950s vintage ocean liner is disrupted by strife and malfunctions above and below decks, unexpectedly testing a former journalist, a sous-chef, and a violinist.
Returning to 2008 Moscow to care for his grandmother, Andrei reflects on the differences between the homelands of Stalin and Putin before his allegiances are tested by leftist associates. By the author of All the Sad Young Literary Men.
After losing her parents, a young college graduate in New York City spends a year alienating the world under the influence of a crazy combination of drugs.
A lifetime of painful milestones and fading grandchild prospects compel a woman to help her son's ex, whose 9-year-old daughter needs protection from violent local dynamics. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.
A scholar who discovers a long-lost manuscript becomes obsessed with the story it reveals of notorious thief Jack Sheppard and his life in the eighteenth-century London underworld.
A Japanese woman who has been working at a convenience store for 18 years, much to the disappointment of her family, finds friendship with an alienated, cynical and bitter young man who becomes her coworker.
A grieving musician is attacked in his Mediterranean villa by an intruder that seems neither human nor animal and sets the townspeople abuzz with nearly-forgotten tales of an ancient race of people who legend says lived in the surrounding forest.
A novel that grapples with the complex history and identity of Native Americans follows 12 characters, each of whom has private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.
The award-winning author of The Mistress' Daughter explores the disparity between who we are and who we want to be in a collection of stories that includes the tales "A Prize for Every Player," "Hello Everybody" and "She Got Away."
The award-winning New Yorker book critic and author of How Fiction Works presents the story of a British property developer who faces philosophical questions about family and suffering when one of his estranged daughters falls into a severe depression.
A collection of stories spanning centuries of time in mercurial Florida examines the decisions and connections behind life-changing events in characters ranging from two abandoned sisters to a conflicted family woman. By the award-winning author of Delicate Edible Birds.
A literary visit to a Europe in transition finds a material-seeking writer deeply identifying with the people she meets before evaluating difficult questions about acclaim, justice and the ultimate value of suffering. By the award-winning author of Outline.
"David Hedges is having an unusual midlife crisis. His boyfriend, Soren, has left him for an older man. His job is exasperating. As his life reaches new lows, his weight reaches new highs. Across the country, Julie Fiske isn't having a much better time herself. Carol, the woman (younger, of course) that Henry, her second husband, left her for, is downright likable—more likeable than Henry was. Her sullen teen daughter adamantly refuses to apply to college. Henry lays down an ultimatum—if Mandy doesn't start applying to college, she's going to come live with him and Carol. And then Mandy surprises Henry, and stuns Julie, by saying she's been working with David Hedges, Mom's first husband from long ago. It's a lie, but a good one, and, Julie thinks, not a bad idea. So when Julie calls David up out of the blue and asks if he'll help Mandy, he says of course. And when Mandy tells David he should come visit them and stay in one of their B&B rooms, he surprises everyone, including himself, by accepting. SoonDavid and Julie are living together and in many ways pick up exactly where they left off. But while the chemistry between them is still there, and they can finish each other's sentences, there's one conversation they never finished that is unavoidable"—