"From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and The Blue Guitar—a dazzling new novel that extends the story of Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, into unexpected (and completely stand-alone) territory. Isabel Archer is a young American woman, swept off to Europe in the late nineteenth century by an aunt who hopes to round out the impetuous but naive girl's experience of the world. When Isabel comes into a large, unexpected inheritance, she is finagled into a marriage with the charming, penniless, and—as Isabel finds out too late—cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond, whose connection to a certain Madame Merle is suspiciously intimate. On a trip to England to visit her cousin Ralph Touchett on his deathbed, Isabelis offered a chance to free herself from the marriage, but nonetheless chooses to return to Italy. Banville follows James's story line to this point, but Mrs. Osmond is thoroughly Banville's own: the narrative inventiveness; the lyrical precision and surprise of his language; the layers of emotional and psychological intensity; the subtle, dark humor. And when Isabel arrives in Italy—along with someone else!—the novel takes off in directions that James himself would be thrilled to follow"—
A runner who dodges through traffic at the peak of the morning rush hour in Los Angeles inadvertently changes the lives of a handful of locals, from a former juvie inmate looking for his mother, to teen twins who escape their father's desert commune, to a bored lawyer who is inspired to pursue fulfillment. By the author of Visitation Street. 75,000 first printing.
Broadcasting from a secret location with the help of a young computer prodigy, a septuagenarian radical leads an eccentric group of activists who decide that their home state might be better off seceding from the United States.
A debut novel by the creator and writer of Mad Men presents the story of a collision course between a dangerous young man and a privileged couple who compete for their daughter's attention.
A collection of short stories features tales about people forging into new lands, a man dealing with the mysterious deaths of his blind relatives, and a gang member who discovers a way to redemption.
A collection of seventeen short stories includes three tales featuring a small-town newspaper column called "Our Town Today with Hank Fiset."
When she finds the bodies of two girls in her recently deceased mother's basement, Jessica Campbell is forced to reexamine her mother's past and her connection with two foster children who lived with the family before going missing.
Refusing to evacuate when Hurricane Katrina approaches the Louisiana Coast, Cora, the fragile eldest daughter of the Boisdoré family, inadvertently triggers a chain of events that strains her parents' marriage and subjects her to a mysterious act of violence.
Approached by a man he does not remember who claims they attended secondary school together, Victor Forde reluctantly reflects on unhappy memories from the past, including those of a brutal teacher who left him traumatized and struggling to hold fast to his sanity.
This prequel to the best-selling Practical Magic traces the story of the children of Susanna Owens, who, in spite of their mother's fierce edicts against witchcraft, develop powerful abilities while struggling to escape the family curse that leads to tragedy if they fall in love.
A western American writer and his wife navigate the challenges of writing his second novel against the backdrop of the decade after September 11, an effort marked by his observations and desire to authentically capture the period's cultural truth in potential literary venues ranging from pop-up ads and search results to lines of code and television stills.
Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn, Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, as they accuse, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls of the brutal ship where she and her ancestors have lived for generations.
Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where she becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother and her severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished.
A modern reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear follows the experiences of a man who in the wake of an orchestrated public mental breakdown is sent to a Switzerland sanatorium by the daughters who would seize his fortune, a plot he resolves to foil with the assistance of a colorful sidekick.
A first collection of short fiction by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Virgin Suicides features some of his most acclaimed pieces, including the title story, in which a high school student, desperate to escape the strictures of her immigrant family, makes a drastic decision that upends the life of a British physicist.