Fiction

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Urban Bliss
Janice Eidus
Babette Bliss, the decidedly modern heroine of this comical novel, suffers from an unsettling problem: ambivalence. She has taken leave from her job with an avant-garde New York theater to face her dilemmas concerning her marriage, career, and soul...
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Vito Loves Geraldine
Janice Eidus
In these eighteen stories Janice Eidus, with comic and tender irony, casts a sharp eye upon contemporary myths of romance, rebellion, and...
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The Magic Kingdom
Stanley Elkin
  "Among Mr. Elkin's best works of fiction . . . A comedy that cuts so many ways that it leaves us bleeding with laughter." —The New York Times   Eddy Bale's twelve-year-old son died after a terrible, drawn-out illness. Now, determined to help...
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Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Sometimes we mean to read the great books, but we're too busy with what’s new and exciting. Invisible Man will make you wonder what current novel could possibly compete for your attention. This is a beautiful, brutal, and amazingly prescient work about...
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Every Eye
Isobel English
Every Eye is a stunning discovery. Isobel English combines Woolf's observation of the hollows of English life, Austen's astute measuring of the game between the sexes, and an eye for detail that expands into a surreal poetry that is all her own.
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The Marriage Plot
A Novel
Jeffrey Eugenides
Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection...
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Ask the Dust
John Fante
This book is another sterling recommendation from the Saltzman workshop. The under-appreciated Fante's second outing details the adventures of his alterego, Arturo Bandini, as the struggling young writer tackles Los Angeles in the late 1930s. And take...
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Full of Life
John Fante
John Fante began writing in 1929 and published his first short story in 1932. His first novel, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, was published in 1938 and was the first of his Arturo Bandini series of novels, which also include The Road to Los Angeles and...
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Collected Stories of William Faulkner
William Faulkner
Though the volume may be imposing, the discrete stories in this collection each create and inhabit a world of life and feeling. Faulkner's craft is at its best in his short fiction, and if I had to take one book of Faulkner with me to a desert island...
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Nochita
Dia Felix
Just out from City Lights / Sister Spit. A poetic debut novel, formally experimental, by turns hallucinatory, darkly funny and brutally real. Nochita is tender, fierce, and unforgettable.
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Then We Came to the End
A Novel
Joshua Ferris
No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts.- Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in...
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Flappers and Philosophers (Vintage Classics)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
All the glamour and cynicismof the dawning Jazz Age are on display in F. Scott Fitzgerald's debut story collection. Flappers and Philosophers was first published in 1920, on the heels of the young author’s smash hit novel This Side of Paradise. The...
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Tales of the Jazz Age
F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald's second collection of short stories contains some of his best-known tales of the glittering era he gave a name to.  Published in 1922, Tales of the Jazz Age featured not only the flappers and lost young men Fitzgerald had made...
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Everything Is Illuminated
A Novel
Jonathan Safran Foer
With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man -- also named Jonathan Safran Foer -- sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war; an amorous...

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