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#1

What do readers say about The Song of Achilles?

breathtakingly beautiful

authentic-sounding prose

a retelling

homeric

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the... Read more about The Song of Achilles

#2

Awe and exhiliration-along with heartbreak and mordant wit-abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lo... Read more about Lolita

#3

The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Against the grey sky the towering tents are striped black and white. A sign hanging upon iron gates reads:

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As dusk shifts to twili... Read more about The Night Circus

#4

The international Number One bestseller from the author of The Song of Achilles, shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

Woman. Witch. Myth. Mortal. Outcast. Lover. Destroyer. Survivor. CIRCE.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightie... Read more about Circe

#5

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

An affluent Indian family is forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

"[The God of Small Things] offers such magic, mystery, and sadne... Read more about The God of Small Things

#6

What do readers say about On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous?

poetry in novel form

dark, lyrical prose

deep and lyrical

beautiful, lyrical, atmospheric

An instant New York Times Bestseller!

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award

Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction Fi... Read more about On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

#7

An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west."

Based on historical events that took place on the ... Read more about Blood Meridian

#8

DAY ONE: THE NAME OF THE WIND

My name is Kvothe.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the Unive... Read more about The Name of the Wind

#9

New York Times bestseller

Named a best book of the year by The Guardian, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret undergro... Read more about The Starless Sea

#10

"Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show."-The New York Times Book Review

"One gorgeous read." -Stephen King

A New York Times Bestseller

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the ... Read more about The Shadow of the Wind

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