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Contemporary Fiction | Fiction

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May.06.2009
A failed engagement and a partnership in a new e-learning firm have led thirty-six-year-old Chaney Braxton from New York to Washington, D.C.  Orphaned as a child, and now betrayed by her fiancé, Chaney’s through dealing with things that die, leave—or wilt. In fact, she’s got a new mantra: No plants...
Triptych
May.06.2009
Ally and Jonathan have been married for ten years. They share a close relationship with Jonathan’s cousin Tim, whom Ally dated when they were both teenagers. Tim, now a grieving widower, is present when they receive the news that Jonathan has a highly malignant inoperable brain tumor. While they...
A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts
May.05.2009
A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts is a collection of stories, rooted in the Midwest and cultivated in the Deep South, for those of us who suddenly find ourselves tourists in our own lives. Reminiscent of the work of Lorrie Moore and Jill McCorkle, the 10-story collection features the sweetly off-...
One Apple Tasted
May.03.2009
For Dora Jerusalem, fresh out of Cambridge with a head full of Victorian novels and romantic dreams, landing a job at Modern Woman magazine seems like amazing luck. But her sheltered background hadn't prepared her to resist the charms of rich, spoilt kids with nasty habits and nothing to lose....
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Apr.24.2009
Kaylie Jones' novels are a pure joy to read, and Celeste Ascending is splendid! -Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump Celeste Ascending is a luminous portrait of a young woman confronted by contradictions: the chasm between longing and contentment, the material sickness of American culture versus...
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Apr.21.2009
A hysterical phone call from Henry Archer's ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well-ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago. Henry is a courtly lawyer,  gay, successful, lonely.   Thalia...
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Apr.21.2009
Born and raised in a college dorm and chafing under the care of "the most annoyingly evenhanded parental team in the history of civilization," Frederica Hatch is starting to feel that her life is stiflingly snug. But then, into this cozy but claustrophobic world, comes Laura Lee French, a...
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Apr.21.2009
When Margaret Batten and Miles Finn are found dead in Margaret's gray bungalow, all of King George, New Hampshire, is abuzz. Is it foul play? (No.) Were they engaged? (Yes, if you believe the cleaning lady.) And why do Margaret's daughter, Sunny, and Miles's son, Fletcher—perfect strangers until...
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Apr.21.2009
Thirty unmarried years have passed since the barely suitable Harvey Nash failed to show up at a grand Boston hotel for his own engagement party. Today, the near-bride, Adele Dobbin, and her two sisters, Lois and Kathleen, blame Harvey for what unkind relatives call their spinsterhood, and what...
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Apr.21.2009
It's 1962 and Natalie Marx is shocked when her mother receives this reply to her inquiry about summer accommodation in Vermont: "Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles." It was not complicated, as her mother pointed out. "They had a hotel...