Award Winning Books

The Great Fire

Shirley Hazzard

Soon after the end of World War II, a disillusioned veteran and U.S. Army major named Aldred Leith travels to a Japanese island, hoping to understand the impact of the war on the place. Meanwhile, his friend Peter Exley is investigati...

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Published: Jul 2004

Gilead

Marilynne Robinson

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable secrets about t...

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Published: Jan 2006

Vernon God Little

D. B. C. Pierre

In this black comedy by an Australian, set in Texas, Vernon, a poor-white 15-year-old, is accused of perpetrating the high-school massacre that was actually the work of his friend, Jesus, who dies in the process. Panicked, Vernon take...

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Published: Jun 2004

The Line of Beauty

Alan Hollinghurst

IIt's the 1980s, and Margaret Thatcher is Britain's PM. A Henry James scholar named Nick Guest, just down from Oxford, is staying with his friend Gerald at the posh home of Gerald's father, a Tory member of Parliament. There he befrie...

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Published: Oct 2005

The Sea

John Banville

Max Morden is an aging art historian whose wife has recently died of cancer. In his grief, he takes a trip to the seaside, to the "rubble of the past," where he and his family spent holidays as a child. Here grief and memory...

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Published: Aug 2006

The News from Paraguay

Lily Tuck

The year is l854. In Paris, Francisco Solano -- the future dictator of Paraguay -- begins his courtship of the young, beautiful Irish courtesan Ella Lynch with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and ahorse named Mathilde. Ella follows Franc...

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Published: Dec 2004

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