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The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller

Introduction Iris Dupont is a young reporter who communes with the ghost of Edward R. Murrow. Jonah Kaplan is a failed microbiologist–turned–biology teacher who is haunted by the ghosts of his past. In The Year of the Gadfly, each embarks on a private investigation to uncover a secret society in their remote New England town. [...]

The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. by Carole DeSanti

To read an interview with the author, see a schedule of events, and explore other features, visit www.caroledesanti.net. “Epic times make for epic books. The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is both sweeping in scope and painstaking in detail. Eugénie R.’s story, from naïve goose girl to resilient survivor, makes for wonderful, suspenseful reading.”—Karen Joy [...]

We the Animals by Justin Torres

Introduction Three brothers tear their way through childhood—smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn—he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white—and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes [...]

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Introduction Harrison Opuku is standing in the street watching the police block off a body, the body of one of his classmates—who seems to have been murdered for his dinner. The police have no leads, so Harri and his best friend Dean launch into action. Armed with camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from television, [...]

The Life Before Her Eyes by Laura Kasischke

The Life Before Her Eyes Laura Kasischke ISBN:9780156027120 About the book: Diana stands before the mirror preening with her best friend, Maureen. Suddenly, a classmate enters holding a gun, and Diana sees her life dance before her eyes. In a moment the future she was just imagining–a doting wife and mother at the age of [...]

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

Vernon God Little DBC Pierre ISBN:9780156029988 About the book: When sixteen kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff’s office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday’s underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun [...]

The Lost Legends of New Jersey by Frederick Reiken

The Lost Legends of New Jersey Frederick Reiken ISBN:9780156010948 About the book: From the critically acclaimed author of The Odd Sea, a poignant and magical coming-of-age story that “deftly explores the mysteries of love and loss” (Time). It’s the early 1980s and the suburban streets of New Jersey are filled with Bruce Springsteen-era teenagers searching [...]

All Souls by Christine Schutt

All Souls Christine Schutt ISBN:9780156033381 About the book: In 1997, at the distinguished Siddons School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the school year opens with distressing news: Astra Dell is suffering from a rare disease. Astra’s friends try to reconcile the girl’s suffering with their own fierce longings and impetuous attachments. Car writes unsparing letters, [...]

Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss

A Mariner Reader’s Guide to The Heart of Horses by Molly Gloss About the Author For Discussion A Conversation with Molly Gloss Molly Gloss is the author of Wild Life, winner of the James Tiptree Award, The Jump-Off Creek, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Dazzle of Day, a New York Times Notable [...]