In elegant prose that interrogates the Clinton-era origins of today's most sensitive and resonant issues — the spectrums of gender and sexuality, the clash between coastal liberalism and heartland conservatism, socioeconomic identity and privilege — Apartment is a gutting portrait of one of New York's many lost, disconnected souls.
"A novel of rare emotional power that excavates the social intricacies of a late-summer weekend — and a lifetime of buried pain. Almost everything about Wallace, an introverted African-American transplant from Alabama, is at odds with the lakeside Midwestern university town where he is working toward a biochem degree. For reasons of self-preservation, Wallace has enforced a wary distance even within his own circle of friends — some dating each other, some dating women, some feigning straightness. But aseries of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with a young straight man, conspire to fracture his defenses, while revealing hidden currents of resentment and desire that threaten the equilibrium of their community"—
Frado, a mixed-race girl abandoned by her white mother after the death of her black father, takes a job as a servant to a lower middle-class white family in the North, only to encounter a world of abuse and abandonment.
In an award-winning debut based on true events, a 9-year-old reality-television enthusiast in India uses crime-show approaches to investigate the disappearance of a classmate, before additional abductions shatter life in his sprawling city home.
A genre-expanding collection by the author of May We Shed These Human Bodies includes such stories as, "Everyone's a Winner at Meadow Park" and "You Won't Believe What Really Happened to the Sabine Women."
Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: She is a fake shrink. For years, she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother.
In order to "cross over" to the afterlife, Thomas must complete a 90-day stint on earth during which he is forbidden to get involved with a member of the living until he falls in love with Rachel, setting in motion a series of strange, troubling consequences.
In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Amalantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner?
When Amalantis disappears, her lover Karnak goes looking for her. He searches desperately at first, then with a growing realization that to find Amalantis, he must first understand the meaning of her question.
In her first collection of short fiction, the award-winning author, and one of the most galvanizing voices in American fiction, presents a powerfully empathetic group portrait of the marginalized and outcast in moments of crisis.
In Finnmark, Norway, 1617, after 40 fishermen are drowned in the sea, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vardo must fend for themselves especially when a sinister figure arrives, bringing with him a mighty evil that threatens their very existence.
Decades after a Dominican immigrant writer passes away believing her final manuscript was destroyed, a Chicago lawyer discovers the book and endeavors to learn the woman's remarkable story against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.
Fleeing the Spanish Civil War, Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life irreversibly intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them wants as they flee to a new life in Chile.
When a bag of cash literally falls out of the sky and into the path of Graveyard, who is desperate for money, he and his wife embark on the adventure of their lives while the owner of the bag will do whatever it takes to get it back.
In a follow-up to What Belongs to You, set in Sofia, Bulgaria — a landlocked city in Southern Europe — an American teacher grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad as he prepares to leave the place he's come to call home.