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Jane Smiley

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In Shakespeare's thrilling and hugely influential tragedy, ageing King Lear makes a capricious decision to divide his realm between his three daughters according to the love they express for him.

When the youngest daughter refuses to take part in th... View details

The traditional expressions of socially accepted madness in the snatches of court Fool and Bedlam beggar in King Lear involve the idea of music, and probably were given, in Elizabethan performance, th...
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The beloved author of The Handmaid's Tale reimagines Shakespeare's final, great play, The Tempest, in a gripping and emotionally rich novel of passion and revenge.

"A marvel of gorgeous yet economical prose, in the service... View details

That devious, twisted bastard, Tony, is Felix’s own fault. Or mostly his fault. Over the past twelve years, he’s often blamed himself. He gave Tony too much scope, he didn’t supervise, he didn’t look ...
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The extraordinary debut novel that became a modern classic

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a ... View details

IN THE YEAR 1919, EDGAR’S GRANDFATHER, WHO WAS BORN WITH an extra share of whimsy, bought their land and all the buildings on it from a man he’d never met, a man named Schultz, who in his turn had wal...
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Alice Ellis is a Midwestern refugee living in Manhattan. Still recovering from a painful divorce, she depends on the companionship and camaraderie of tightly knit circle of friends. At the center of this circle is a rock band struggling to navigate N... View details

“I HAD a key. I was there to water Susan’s plants, but I’ve always had a key. Each of the guys in the band would have one, and other friends, too.” Across from Alice, Police Detective Honey jotted som...
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In this darkly satirical send-up of academia and the Midwest, we are introduced to Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the study of agriculture. Amid cow pastures and waving fields of grain, Moo's campus churns with devious plots, ... View details

FROM THE OUTSIDE it was clear that the building known generally as “Old Meats” had eased under the hegemony of the horticulture department. Its southern approach, once a featureless slope of green law...
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"Hilarious, always inventive, this is a book for all, especially uptight English teachers, bardolaters, and ministerial students."

-Dallas Morning News

Fool-the bawdy and outrageous New York Times bestseller from the unstoppable Christopher Moore-i... View details

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At once intimate and epic, The Orchardist is historical fiction at its best, in the grand literary tradition of William Faulkner, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, and Toni Morrison.

In her stunningly original and haunting debut no... View details

His face was as pitted as the moon. He was tall, broad-shouldered, and thick without being stocky, though one could see how he would pass into stockiness; he had already taken on the barrel-chested st...
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Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies.

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric... View details

Kate Battista was gardening out back when she heard the telephone ring in the kitchen. She straightened up and listened. Her sister was in the house, although she might not be awake yet. But then ther...
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Shortlisted for the Folio Prize 2015

Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2015

Sunday Times Top Choice Summer Read


OUR HOUSE WAS TAKEN AWAY on the back of a truck one afternoon late in the summer of 1979. My parents and my older sister and I stood in the middle of the street and watched it disappear, a low-slung b...
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The only novel from Alice Munro-award-winning author of The Love of a Good Woman-is an insightful, honest book, "autobiographical in form but not in fact," that chronicles a young girl's growing up in rur... View details

We spent days along the Wawanash River, helping Uncle Benny fish. We caught the frogs for him. We chased them, stalked them, crept up on them, along the muddy riverbank under the willow trees and in m...
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