FICTION / Family Life
Sep 14, 2013 — Terry McMillan, the best-selling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, tells NPR's Scott Simon that she writes because she wishes she were a magician. She shows off her tricks in Who Asked You?, a novel with many narrators — including a woman named BJ and her husband, children and grandkids.
Feb 11, 2013 — In fiction, Christine Sneed's short stories about the perils of love, Peter Carey's tale of a mechanical bird, and Nell Freudenberger's portrait of a trans-Atlantic marriage arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Tom Holland charts the rise of Islam.
Jan 5, 2013 — "Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard." So begins Lisa O'Donnell's novel about two sisters who find their parents dead and, instead of reporting it, decide to keep it a secret until they can make it on their own.
Dec 24, 2012 — Four novels for the year's end: a new Raylan Givens adventure from Elmore Leonard, a story of psychology and obsession from Ellen Ullman, Thomas Caplan's latest spy thriller and Alex Gilvarry's debut set in the fashion world and Guantanamo Bay.
May 3, 2012 — In Nell Freudenberger's new novel, a young Bangladeshi woman marries an American man she meets online and struggles to adjust to life in Rochester, N.Y.
May 1, 2012 — As accusations of sexism ricochet through the book industry, Nell Freudenberger continues to craft wonderful literary fiction, writes Maureen Corrigan. Freudenberger's latest novel, The Newlyweds, tells the story of an Internet-arranged, cross-continental marriage.
Apr 12, 2012 — In The Beginner's Goodbye, a man is visited by his deceased wife's apparition. It debuts at No. 2.
Mar 30, 2012 — In her first broadcast interview in decades, novelist Anne Tyler introduces us to her new book, The Beginner's Goodbye; her Baltimore; and her definition of heaven.
Mar 23, 2012 — An exclusive excerpt from Anne Tyler's new novel (out on April 3), the story of a grieving widower who is comforted by his wife's visits from beyond the grave.
Feb 28, 2012 — A disgraced literature professor in 1970s San Francisco listens in on a lesbian's therapy sessions in Ellen Ullman's psychologically labyrinthine and darkly irresistible new novel.