Mar 20, 2013 — Jean-Marie Blas de Robles' novel Where Tigers Are at Home won France's 2008 Prix Medicis. It's now out in English, and reviewer Alan Cheuse says it will appeal to readers who like the complexity of Umberto Eco, with "an adventure plot straight out of Michael Crichton."
Oct 26, 2012 — Justin Cronin's tale of a world run over by vampires continues with The Twelve. It debuts at No. 3.
Jul 15, 2012 — Before most Chinese readers learned of Romeo and Juliet, they fell for Dream of the Red Chamber. The 18th-century novel follows a love triangle between a boy and his two female cousins. It's been called China's greatest literary work, and now a new adaptation hopes to introduce it to an American audience.
Sep 9, 2011 — Fall of Giants, the first installment of Ken Follet's epic 20th century trilogy, debuts at No. 9.
Aug 24, 2011 — Veteran best-seller Ken Follett returns with the first in a trilogy spanning the 20th century, while Jan Karon delivers with her second Father Tim novel. In nonfiction, Jimmy Carter reveals his White House Diary, while Ariana Huffington finds America resembling the Third World.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 13, 2010 — We all know what it's like to escape into a great work of fiction — but it's quite another leap of pleasure to get lost in a truly exotic, alternate-reality world of an author's unique creation. Critic Glen Weldon trips out on the haunted, vivid landscapes of 2010's best speculative fiction.
Aug 24, 2010 — Justin Cronin achieved a respectable level of success with his literary novels. But when he penned the great American vampire story, The Passage became a phenomenon. And these vampires are not romantic, seductive, or sympathetic — they are cold-blooded killers. Cronin discusses why he shifted gears and the incredible success of his dystopian novel.
Jun 7, 2010 — The summer sun may be shining, but vampires don't seem to be going anywhere. NPR's Margot Adler has read more than 100 vampire books this year, and gives a heads-up on two bloodsucking books expected to be summer blockbusters: Christopher Farnsworth's Blood Oath and Justin Cronin's The Passage.
Mar 30, 2010 — Chang-rae Lee's The Surrendered follows three lives — an American soldier, a Korean orphan and a missionary wife — brought together by the Korean War and shaped by the violence they survived.