Literary Fiction

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir Jennifer Ryan

THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR is a wonderful look at the indomitable spirit of the women of a small English town at the beginning of World War Two. After defying the Vicar's closing of the choir, these brave gals face serious questions concerning a Jewish refugee, and other matters of life and death.

 

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Tenth of December: Stories George Saunders

TENTH OF DECEMBER is a brilliant collection by the master of short stories. Subjects run from class to love to sex to despair to war. They are outrageous, hilarious and tender. This is a terrific read.  

 

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Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO won the Man Booker Prize as the best English language work of fiction. It is George Saunders' first novel, and a unique look at the tragedy of President Abraham Lincoln's loss of his young son Willie. The format and story line is displayed in a form invented by the brilliant Saunders....

The Distance Home Paula Saunders

THE DISTANCE HOME takes place in the stark, rolling fields of the author's home state of South Dakota. Set during the Baby Boom years of post-war America, it examines the relationship between ever-achieving sister Rene, shy and sweet brother Leon, and their slowly distancing parents. Both sharp and tender in turn, this...

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain George Saunders

 

A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN is George Saunders' exploration in to why readers stay immersed in a story and why they resist. Included are short stories by Checkhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Gogol. This book is a special gift for those who love fiction, and will certainly add to the pleasure of upcoming book selections.

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The Kept James Scott

THE KEPT is a dramatic, powerful and violent tale, told with a unique brilliance. Set in upstate New York in 1897, a teenager and his mother set out to avenge the murders of their family members. James Scott writes in a style reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy. This title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless...

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth Christopher Scotton

SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH gives the reader a warm and wonderful story of the bonding of a boy and his grandfather, side-by-side with a large coal company's disregard for the community's environment. Throw in a hate crime and you'll have one of our all-time favorite books and best sellers. This title has been...

The Women in the Castle Jessica Shattuck

THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE is one of the great World War Two novels that gives the reader a new perspective - from three German women of different political persuasions surviving unimaginable hardships.  This title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless Classic, meaning it is among the best of the best for the...

Early Warning Jane Smiley

EARLY WARNING follows a remarkable family through mid-century America as all the social revolutions affect each member differently. As each generation leaves the Iowa farmland for Washington, DC, California and elsewhere, each confronts their own fate be it Vietnam, the Peoples Temple in San Francisco or all the other...

Golden Age Jane Smiley

GOLDEN AGE begins in 1987 and follows a remarkable family into the twenty-first century as it struggles with the aftermath of the Iraq War and decisions about the ecology and the farm their ancestors built.

 

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