Short novels 2014

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The Old Man's Love Story
Rudolfo Anaya

ANAYA

An old man in New Mexico shares his most intimate thoughts about his wife, their life together and her death.


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The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes

BARNES

Embarking on his retirement after an amicable divorce, Tony Webster is forced to confront his long-forgotten past in the form of living and dead childhood friends when a mysterious legacy compels a reevaluation of things he thought he understood. Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize.


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A Palace in the Old Village
Tahar Ben Jelloun

BEN JELLOUN

Award-winning, internationally bestselling author Tahar Ben Jelloun’s novel is the story of an immigrant named Mohammed who has spent forty years in France and is about to retire. Taking stock of his life, he decides to return to Morocco, where he spends his life’s savings building the biggest house in the village and waits for his children and grandchildren to come be with him.


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Have You Seen Marie?
Sandra Cisneros

CISNEROS

This lyrically told, richly illustrated fable for adults is the tale of a woman’s search, in the wake of her mother’s death, for a missing cat, and a reminder that love, even when it goes astray, does not stay lost forever.


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Manuscript Found in Accra
Paulo Coelho

COELHO

Set in Jerusalem during the time of the Crusades, a community of Christians, Arabs and Jews, who have long lived together peacefully, assemble to seek the wise counsel of a Greek Copt after they are warned of an imminent attack and certain destruction.


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Rough Men
Aric Davis

MYS DAVIS

When his estranged son is killed while participating in a bank robbery, Will Daniels determines to find out who’s responsible, no matter the danger to himself.


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman

SF GAIMAN

Presents a modern fantasy about fear, love, magic, and sacrifice in the story of a family at the mercy of dark forces, whose only defense is the three women who live on a farm at the end of the lane.


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Calico Joe
John Grisham

GRISHAM

Follows the divergent paths of a rookie hitter for the Chicago Cubs, and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher.


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The River Swimmer
Jim Harrison

HARRISON

This stellar collection of novellas provides profound insight into the human condition, a brilliant rendering of two men striving to find their way in the world, written with freshness, abundant wit, and profound humanity.


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Dead on Cue
Deryn Lake

Nick Lawrence Mysteries series
MYS LAKE

Reverend Nick Lawrence teams up with the Sussex Police Force to investigate the death of an American actor who may have been murdered over his directorial approach to the local dramatic society’s upcoming performance.


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Home
Toni Morrison

MORRISON

Presents the story of embittered Korean War veteran Frank Money, who struggles against trauma and racism to rescue his medically abused sister and work through identity-shattering memories.


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It's Fine By Me
Per Petterson

PETTERSON

In Oslo, Arvid Jansen befriends a boy named Audun, who refuses to talk at first, always wears sunglasses, is obsessed with Jack London and Ernest Hemingway, and yearns to be free of school’s shackles.


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We Sinners
Hanna Pylväinen

MICH PYLVAINEN

Describes a large family in modern-day Michigan who belong to a church that doesn’t permit drinking, dancing, or television and discusses their individual reactions when two siblings leave the faith for the temptations of modern culture.


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This Will Be Difficult to Explain: And Other Stories
Johanna Skibsrud

SKIBSRUD

Offers nine loosely connected stories that examine life-defining moments in the everyday lives of their characters.


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Gift Wrapped
Peter Turnbull

Hennessey and Yellich Mysteries
MYS TURNBULL

When postcards sent to an advice center lead to the body of a man reported missing years earlier, DCI Hennessey and his team investigate, trying to find who sent the postcards and why they waited so long after the murder.


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The Beginner's Goodbye
Anne Tyler

TYLER

Sharing a happy marriage with the plain and outspoken Dorothy, Aaron, a physically disabled man who spent his youth avoiding a controlling sister, is devastated by his wife’s sudden death and moves through the grieving process with the help of her apparition.


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American Poet
Jeff Vande Zande

MICH VANDE ZANDE

Forged in personal crisis, Denver loved and hated his hometown as he walked its tension-filled streets where he felt his poetic voice unwelcome, another lost son, much like Roethke two generations before.


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Something to Remember You By: A Perilous Romance
Gene Wilder

WILDER

Follows the experiences of a wounded World War II soldier who falls in love with a mysterious Danish woman during his convalescence in London before realizing that she may not be who she claims to be.


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O Pioneers!
Willa Cather

CLASSIC CATHER

This story is about a Swedish immigrant family in farm country. Alexandra, the farm owner’s daughter, inherits the farm and devotes herself to making it a profitable enterprise, even though many others are giving up and leaving.


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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

CLASSIC FITZGERALD

The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.


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The War of the Worlds
H.G. Wells

CLASSIC WELLS

The prototype for all science fiction, H. G. Wells’ fantastic novel will not let you out of its grip as it narrates the invasion of Earth by ruthless Martians. In 1938, a radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds—done in the style of a news broadcast—panicked the listening public.


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