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Blue Remembered Hills

The antithesis of so-called “misery lit,” this charming recollection captures the origins of a novelist who engaged her disability on her own terms and translated her experiences into captivating narratives that continue to inspire countless young readers to this day.

Mortal Leap

It is a rare page-turner that sets readers to wondering who they are and why they are here, and in a just world this skillful exploration of the human predicament via riveting fiction would earn Harris his own unique place in the canon, alongside Joseph Conrad, Ernest Hemingway, Iris Murdoch, and Graham Greene.

To the Linksland (30th Anniversary Edition)

Although much detail and jargon will be lost on non-golfers, Bamberger’s rich descriptions and sincere, straight-ahead account of striving and self-mastery hold plenty to interest all readers.

Hidden Faces

This isn’t as entertaining as Dalí’s gleefully self-mythologizing memoirs, but the outré decadence of his lone novel is not without its perverse delights, marking this out for cult status among devotees of Joris-Karl Huysmans and the Marquis de Sade.

Yellow Roses

Wise, subtle, and revelatory, Cullinan’s stories rank among the best of Alice Munro, Grace Paley, and Edith Pearlman.

The Inhumans and Other Stories: A Collection of Bengali Science Fiction

Adopting yet subtly subverting the prevalent imperialist biases of their day, these popular tales offer a diverting glimpse of the cultural ferment and ambivalence of late colonial Bengal.

Ladies of the Rachmaninoff Eyes

With brilliant comic writing and dialogue evocative of Capote, McCullers, and Waugh, Van Dyke’s delightfully unproblematized story of a Black queer youth’s coming-of-age feels decades ahead of its time.

The Fire Within

Twice adapted to film by Louis Malle in 1963 and Joachim Trier in 2011, La Rochelle’s courageous plunge into the void reveals itself to be, as Will Self suggests in his incisive introduction, an existential novel rivaling those of Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, and William S. Burroughs.


Holm’s enigmatic fable deftly imagines from the inside out what might become of our fragile societal and mental constructs when the world as we knew it is gone, placing it alongside such psychologically acute post-apocalyptic rediscoveries as Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall and Kay Dick’s They.

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