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How To Leave the House

Toward the novel’s end, Natwest asks, “How many ways could this go?” Newman answers Natwest’s question by providing two different endings, one cheerful, the other not. Readers will have to decide which ending is the real one, or if they both hold truth.

Say Hello to My Little Friend

Hilarious in places, poignant in others, this novel is a literary dessert not to miss.

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

A compelling novel, compellingly written, and not to be missed.

The Covenant of Water

Writing with compassion and insight, Verghese creates distinct characters in Dickensian profusion, and his language is striking; even graphic descriptions of medical procedures are beautifully wrought. Throughout, there are joy, courage, and devotion as well as tragedy; always there is water, the covenant that links all.

When the Mask Slips

In Rizzoli, Ciabattari has created a fun-house mirror, reflecting and distorting the chaotic incongruities that beset his hapless hero. Definitely for fans of absurdist fiction and theater of the absurd, or anyone who just wants a good laugh.

Sugar Street

A story of the desperation and ultimate impossibility of isolation, Dee’s narrative is a spider web of questions that won’t let readers go, questions like where does insanity begin and end? Readers of Dee’s earlier novels will not want to miss this page-turner.

The Twilight World

A brief but powerful and noteworthy addition to the résumé of a master storyteller; fans of Herzog’s films will see the filmmaker’s cinematic fingerprints all over this absurdist, if absorbing, story.


Writing with the same remarkable attention to detail found in his Pulitzer Prize–winning The Overstory, Powers has created a world and characters that will suck readers in and keep them fixed until the literally bitter end.


Girl in the Walls

Gnuse’s writing is certainly artful and bodes well for future efforts, but readers may be puzzled or even annoyed that the work leaves them empty-handed.

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