Hawksmoor

The stories of a satanic architect and a brooding detective cross in this shadowy novel by Peter Ackroyd.

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The Three-Arched Bridge

A monk tells a cautionary tale of construction and sacrifice in this unsettling novel by Ismail Kadare.

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Among Friends

A circle of acquaintances meet to gossip and trade barbs in this sharp novella by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.

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The Golden Gate

A group of Californian yuppies walk the treadmill of life in this virtuosic novel in verse by Vikram Seth.

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The House of the Spirits

Supernatural meets mundane in this sprawling novel about the fictional Trueba family by Isabel Allende.

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The Voices of Marrakesh

The sights, smells, and sounds of Morocco come to life in this vivid book of essays by Elias Canetti.

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The God of Small Things

A forbidden romance blossoms within the confines of an Indian village in this novel by Arundhati Roy.

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If on a winter's night

Stories are cut short and readers are dragged into the action in this beguiling novel by Italo Calvino.

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Wounds

A revolving cast of characters bare the scars of post-war London in this novel by Maureen Duffy.

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Alias Grace

A Victorian media sensation convicted of murder tells her story in this historical novel by Margaret Atwood.

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Wonderland

A narcissistic doctor understands brain surgery but not people in this visceral novel by Joyce Carol Oates.

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The Shipping News

A dysfunctional family relocates to the craggy expanse of a Canadian island in this novel by Annie Proulx.

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Play It as It Lays

A woman attempts to escape from ennui by taking to the freeway in this blistering novel by Joan Didion.

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White Teeth

Contemporary London is depicted in all of its cultural complexities in this sprawling novel by Zadie Smith.

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Orfeo

An elderly composer becomes a fugitive suspected of bioterrorism in this lively novel by Richard Powers.

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Maus

The horrors of the Holocaust become a cat-and-mouse metaphor in this graphic novel by Art Spiegelman.

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