BOY, SNOW, BIRD by Helen Oyeyemi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2014

"Dense with fully realized characters, startling images, original observations and revelatory truths, this masterpiece engages the reader's heart and mind as it captures both the complexities of racial and gender identity in the 20th century and the more intimate complexities of love in all its guises."
Readers who found British author Oyeyemi's Mr. Fox (2011) an intellectual tour de force, but emotionally chilly, will be won over by this riveting, brilliant and emotionally rich retelling of "Snow White" set in 1950s New England. Read full book review >
ALPHABET by Kathy Page
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Page doesn't sentimentalize the cruelty of life in a prison system but manages to transcend it through Simon, who writes his own story in tattoo ink and letters. This powerful novel is simply an epiphany."
A moving novel about knowledge, self-awareness and the power of words, set in the purgatory of prison. This young man's life demands our attention and refuses to let go. Read full book review >

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Gamache's 10th outing (How the Light Gets In, 2013, etc.) culminates in one breathless encounter, and readers may feel they weren't prepared for this story to end. The residents of Three Pines will be back, no doubt, as they'll have new wounds to mend."
Armand Gamache, former chief inspector of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, is settling into retirement in the idyllic village of Three Pines—but Gamache understands better than most that danger never strays far from home. Read full book review >
HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Heart-wrenching and uplifting, with witty dialogue, emotional depth, and details that give substance and texture to an already entertaining, engrossing story."
Sick, broke and homeless, Annie Hewitt must retreat to the cottage her mother left her, even if it is on a remote island off the coast of Maine—and even if Theo Harp, the boy who tried to kill her when they were teenagers and who is now a best-selling horror author, is ensconced in the Gothic mansion next door. Read full book review >
LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932 by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Brilliant and dazzling Prose."
A tour de force of character, point of view and especially atmosphere, Prose's latest takes place in Paris from the late 1920s till the end of World War II. Read full book review >

THE RISE & FALL OF GREAT POWERS by Tom Rachman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"Brilliantly structured, beautifully written and profoundly sad."
Rachman follows his best-selling debut (The Imperfectionists, 2010) with the haunting tale of a young woman reassessing her turbulent past. Read full book review >
IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT WE KNOW by Zia Haider Rahman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Beautifully written evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires."
War can divide friends. But then again, so can peace and all that falls between, the spaces inhabited by this ambitious, elegiac debut novel by Bangladeshi-British writer Rahman. Read full book review >
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Fans of Robinson will wish the book were longer—and will surely look forward to the next."
More balm in Gilead as Robinson (When I Was a Child I Read Books, 2012, etc.) returns to familiar ground to continue the saga ofJohn Amesand his neighbors. Read full book review >