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The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart

Written by Alice Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40795-5 (0-345-40795-4)

Fictional stories based on the author’s own life, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart is a wise and moving treasure of a book about love and life by the author of The Color Purple and By the Light of My Father’s Smile. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sweeping Up Glass

Written by Carolyn Wall


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34303-9 (0-385-34303-5)

Destined to be a classic, Sweeping Up Glass is a tough and tender novel of love, race, and justice, and a ferocious, unflinching look at the power of family.

Olivia Harker Cross owns a strip of mountain in Pope County, Kentucky, a land where whites and blacks eke out a living in... Read more >
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Black-Eyed Susans and Midnight Birds
Stories by and about Black Women
Edited by Mary Helen Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1989
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26015-2 (0-385-26015-6)

Combining two critically acclaimed short story collections, this volume contains 21 short stories, all published after 1960, by and about black women. Includes such authors as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall, Ntozake Shange and Gayl Jones.


Table of Contents

Re(Visions): Black Women Writers—Their Texts, Their Readers, Their Critics

Jean Wheeler Smith
Frankie Mae

Paulette... Read more >

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Losing Battles

Written by Eudora Welty


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72882-5 (0-679-72882-1)

On the first Sunday of August, three generations of Granny Vaughn's descendants gather at her home in Banner, Mississippi, to celebrate her ninetieth birthday. Many members of the family are great storytellers and when they get together, the temptation is irresistible--a device that enables Welty to take the reader back into... Read more >
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The Optimist's Daughter

Written by Eudora Welty


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72883-2 (0-679-72883-X)

The Optimist's Daughter, the "best book Eudora Welty has ever written" (The New York Times Book Review), is the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young Southern woman who returns to New Orleans years later because of her dying father. After his death, she and her stepmother go back still farther... Read more >
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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Peter Washington


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26820-4 (0-307-26820-9)

The Age of Innocence, one of Edith Wharton’s most renowned novels and the first by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, exquisitely details the struggle between love and responsibility through the experiences of men and women in Gilded Age New York.

The novel follows Newland Archer, a young, aristocratic lawyer engaged... Read more >
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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Louis Auchincloss


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 2, 1999
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75320-6 (0-375-75320-6)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

This new Modern Library paperback edition includes an Introduction by Louis Auchincloss, and Commentary by William Lyon Phelps and E.M. Forster.

Newland Archer saw little to envy in the marriages of his friends, yet he prided himself that in May Welland he had found the companion of his... Read more >
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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1996
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21450-5 (0-553-21450-0)

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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Diane Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75807-2 (0-375-75807-0)

Highly acclaimed at its publication in 1913, The Custom of the Country is a cutting commentary on America’s nouveaux riches, their upward-yearning aspirations and their eventual downfalls. Through her heroine, the beautiful and ruthless Undine Spragg, a spoiled heiress who looks to her next materialistic triumph as her latest conquest throws... Read more >
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Ethan Frome, Summer, Bunner Sisters

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Hermione Lee


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26825-9 (0-307-26825-X)

These brilliantly wrought, tragic novellas explore the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the social milieu usually inhabited by Edith Wharton’s characters. Ethan Frome is one of Wharton’s most famous works; it is a tightly constructed and almost unbearably heartbreaking story of forbidden love in a... Read more >
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The House of Mirth

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1984
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21320-1 (0-553-21320-2)

A literary sensation when it was published in 1905, The House of Mirth quickly established Edith Wharton as the most important American woman of letters in the twentieth century. The first American novel to provide a devastatingly accurate portrait of New York's aristocracy, it is the story of the beautiful and... Read more >
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The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

Written by Edith Wharton
Compiled by Roxana Robinson
Introduction by Roxana Robinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-248-3 (1-59017-248-5)

Edith Wharton wrote about New York as only a native can. Her Manhattan is a city of well-appointed drawing rooms, hansoms and broughams, all-night cotillions, and resplendent Fifth Avenue flats. Bishops’ nieces mingle with bachelor industrialists; respectable wives turn into excellent mistresses. All are governed by a code of behavior as... Read more >
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The Quick and the Dead

Written by Joy Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72764-1 (0-375-72764-7)

In her long-awaited new novel, the peerless Joy Williams has produced a masterpiece of contemporary American life, in all its bizarrely comic, surreally tragic truths.

Three motherless girls–Alice, intent on saving the earth from humanity’s abuse; Corvus, who finds solace in caring for the dying; and Annabel, for whom fashion and... Read more >
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Our Nig
or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black
Written by Harriet E. Wilson
Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 20, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47745-3 (0-307-47745-2)

With a New Introduction and Notes by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis

A fascinating fusion of two literary models of the nineteenth century, the sentimental novel and the slave narrative, Our Nig, apart from its historical significance, is a deeply ironic and highly readable work, tracing the trials and... Read more >
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