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Stars and Bars
A Novel
Written by William Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70501-4 (0-375-70501-5)

Sharply observed and brilliantly plotted, Stars and Bars is an uproarious portrait of culture clash deep in the heart of the American South, by one of contemporary literature’s most imaginative novelists.

A recent transfer to Manhattan has inspired art assessor Henderson Dores to shed his British reserve and aspire to the impulsive... Read more >
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The Absolutist

Written by John Boyne


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-552-5 (1-59051-552-8)

2012 ALA STONEWALL HONOR BOOK
It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War.

But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan’s visit. He... Read more >
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The Master of Rain

Written by Tom Bradby


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 6, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71333-0 (0-375-71333-6)

Shanghai, 1926: a sultry city lousy with opium, warlords, and corruption at the highest levels. Into this steamy morass walks Richard Field, an idealistic Brit haunted by his past and recently appointed to the international police. He’s not there long before called to the flat of a Russian prostitute, former daughter... Read more >

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The Aftermath

Written by Rhidian Brook


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94857-1 (0-307-94857-9)

Hamburg, 1946. In the British Occupied Zone, thousands of Germans are wandering the rubble, lost and homeless, and Colonel Lewis Morgan is charged with overseeing the rebuilding of their devastated city. He is stationed in a grand house on the River Elbe; his wife, Rachel—still grieving for their older son—and their... Read more >

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The Aftermath

Written by Rhidian Brook


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95826-6 (0-307-95826-4)

1946, post-World War II, Hamburg. While thousands wander the rubble, lost and homeless, Colonel Lewis Morgan, charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the denazification of its defeated people, is stationed in a grand house on the River Elbe. He is awaiting the arrival of his wife, Rachael—still... Read more >

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Altered States

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77325-2 (0-679-77325-8)

Standing on a railway platform in a Swiss resort town, sensibly clad in his Burberry raincoat and walking shoes, a man thinks he may be looking at the woman for whom he ruined his life many years earlier. Alan Sherwood, a quiet English solicitor, remembers back to a time when he... Read more >
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The Bay of Angels

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72760-3 (0-375-72760-4)

“If Henry James were around, the only writer he’d be reading with complete approval would be Anita Brookner.”—New York Times Book Review


Despite growing up with a widowed and reclusive mother, young Zoë Cunningham retains an unshakable faith in storybook happy endings. When her mother, Anne, finally decides to remarry, Zoë is... Read more >
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Brief Lives

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73733-9 (0-679-73733-2)

With this novel, Booker Prize-winning author Anita Brookner confirms her reputation as an unparalleled observer of social nuance and deeply felt longings. Brief Lives chronicles an unlikely friendship: that between the flamboyant, monstrously egocentric Julia and the modest, self-effacing Fay, who is at once fascinated and appalled by Julia's excesses. Thrust... Read more >
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A Closed Eye

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 1993
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74340-8 (0-679-74340-5)

In A Closed Eye, Anita Brookner explores, with compassionate insight and stylistic brilliance, the self-inflicted paradoxes in the life of Harriet Lytton, a woman whose powers of submissiveness and self-denial are suddenly tested by the dizzying prospect of sexual awakening. In Harriers gallant struggle with the single great temptation that comes... Read more >
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The Debut

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72712-5 (0-679-72712-4)

Since childhood Ruth Weiss has been escaping from life into books, and from the hothouse attentions of her tyrannical and eccentric parents into the gentler warmth of lovers and friends. Now Dr. Weiss, at forty, a quiet scholar devoted to the study of Balzac, is convinced that her life has been... Read more >

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Falling Slowly

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70424-6 (0-375-70424-8)

In Falling Slowly, Anita Brookner brilliantly evokes the origins, nature, and consequences of human isolation. As middle age settles upon the Sharpe sisters, regret over chances not taken casts a shadow over their contented existence. Beatrice, a talented if uninspired pianist, gives up performing, a decision motivated by stiffening joints and... Read more >
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Fraud

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 268 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 13, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74308-8 (0-679-74308-1)

At the heart of Anita Brookner's novel lies a double mystery: What has happened to Anna Durrant, a solitary woman of a certain age who has disappeared from her London flat? And why has it taken four months for anyone to notice? As Brookner reconstructs Anna's life and character through the... Read more >
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A Friend from England

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9521-6 (1-4000-9521-2)

In one of her most delicate and suspenseful novels to date, Anita Brookner brings us an exquisite story of friendship and duty. Rachel Kennedy and Oscar Livingston were not precisely friends or family. Rachel had been acquanted with Oscar for some time, first as her father’s accountant, and then as her... Read more >
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Hotel Du Lac

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 3, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75932-4 (0-679-75932-8)

In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation, Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal question "Why love?" It tells the story of Edith Hope, who writes romance novels under a psudonym. When her life begins to resemble the plots of her... Read more >
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Incidents in the Rue Laugier

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76512-7 (0-679-76512-3)

Maud Gonthier yearns for an escape from the cocoon of the bourgeois modesty. The splendid, caddish David Tyler appears to offer one. In this stylish, deeply knowing novel by the author of Hotel du Lac, Maud's seduction creates a chemistry of longing, sensuality, and betrayal—with a surprising climax. Read more >
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Latecomers

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72668-5 (0-679-72668-3)

In Latecomers the author of the bestselling Hotel Du Lac extends her range to produce a glowing masterpiece about the ambiguous pleasures of friendship and domesticity. Hartmann and Fibich are "latecomers" to England, brought over as children from Nazi Germany. No two men could be more dissimilar: Hartmann is an expansive... Read more >
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Leaving Home

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9565-0 (1-4000-9565-4)

At twenty-six, Emma Roberts comes to the painful realization that if she is ever to become truly independent, she must leave her comfortable London flat and venture into the wider world. This entails not only breaking free from a claustrophobic relationship with her mother, but also shedding her inherited tendency toward... Read more >
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Lewis Percy

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 1991
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72944-0 (0-679-72944-5)

Anita Brookner is justly famous for her elegant, almost Jamesian character studies of women poised on the threshold of life. But in Lewis Percy, she performs a remarkable leap of imaginative empathy in her portrayal of a man torn between the reassuring cloister of the library and the alluring but terrifying... Read more >
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Look at Me

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 1997
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73813-8 (0-679-73813-4)

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Making Things Better

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3106-1 (1-4000-3106-0)

Facing life alone at an advanced age, Julius Herz cannot shake the sense that he should be elsewhere, doing other things. Walking through bustling streets that seem increasingly alien to him, he’s confronted by life’s pressing questions with an urgency he has never known before: what do we owe the people... Read more >
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A Misalliance

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9522-3 (1-4000-9522-0)

After twenty years of marriage Blanche Vernon is alone; abandoned by her husband Bertie for a childishly demanding computer expert named Mousie. While Blanche finds this turn of events baffling, she feels that Bertie must have left her because of her overly sensible demeanor. Yet many of their mutual friends disagree... Read more >
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Providence

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 13, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73814-5 (0-679-73814-2)

Kitty Maule longs to be "totally unreasonable, totally unfair, very demanding, and very beautiful." She is instead clever, reticent, self-possessed, and striking. For years. Kitty has been tactfully courting her colleague Maurice Bishop, a detached, elegant English professor. Now, running out of patience, Kitty's amorous pursuit takes her from rancorous academic... Read more >
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The Rules of Engagement
A Novel
Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7530-0 (1-4000-7530-0)

Elizabeth and Betsy had been school friends in 1950s London. Elizabeth, prudent and introspective, values social propriety. Betsy, raised by a spinster aunt, is open, trusting, and desperate for affection. After growing up and going their separate ways, the two women reconnect later in life. Elizabeth has married kind but tedious... Read more >
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Strangers

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47260-1 (0-307-47260-4)

Booker Prize-winner Anita Brookner captures the magic and depth of real life with this story of an ordinary man whose unexpected longings, doubts, and fears are universal.

Paul Sturgis is resigned to his bachelorhood and the quietude of his London flat. He occasionally pays obliging visits to his nearest living relative, Helena... Read more >
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Undue Influence

Written by Anita Brookner


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70734-6 (0-375-70734-4)

In Undue Influence, acclaimed novelist Anita Brookner proves once again that even in the most closely circumscribed of lives, hearts can venture into unknown-and potentially explosive-territory.

Claire Pitt is nothing if not a practical young woman, living a life in contemporary London that is to all appearances placid, orderly and consciously lacking... Read more >
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