Written in the form of a standardized test, Multiple Choice invites the reader to respond to virtuoso language exercises and short narrative passages through multiple-choice questions that are thought-provoking, usually unanswerable, and often absurd. It offers a new kind of reading experience, one in which the reader participates directly in the creation of meaning, and the nature of storytelling itself is called into question.
A debut novel set around the creation of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and the last days of Steinbeck's Cannery Row follows the 1940 arrival of 15-year-old artist Margot, who is seduced by the world of biologist Ed Ricketts while her father embarks on a controversial project.
A journey through Daniel Sullivan's many lives told in his voice and the voices of those who have made him the man he is: the American son and daughter he has not seen for many years; the family he has made with Claudette; and irrepressible, irreverent Claudette herself.
Refusing to age quietly, take antidepressants or accept the inevitable loss of her longtime husband, Joy Bergman shocks her children when, after becoming a widow, she reconnects with a former flame from her college days, turning as willful and rebellious as the younger members of their family.
Detective Manon Bradshaw is listening to her police radio late one night when she hears an alert that draws her into a strange case: the disappearance of Edith Hind, a beautiful, upper-class graduate student at Cambridge University with ties to the Royal Family.
In 1917, dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett, on the sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama, ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons until their lives violently collide in dark and horrific ways with those of Ohio farmer Ellsworth Fiddler.
A collection of nine summertime stories set in and around Cape Canaveral follows the complicated lives of protagonists against backdrops of such events as the moon launch, Watergate and the release of Dirty Dancing. By the author of Send Me.
As a plague brings death to Mexico City, The Redeemer must broker peace between two feuding crime families with blood on their hands who need his help in arranging for the exchange of the bodies they hold hostage. Translated by Lisa Dillman.
Rodrigo likes his vacant lot, its resident chicken and being left alone. But when passivity finds him accidentally married to Cecilia, he trades Mexico City for the sun-bleached desolation of his hometown and domestic life with Cecilia for the debauched company of a poet, a philosopher and Micaela, whose allure includes the promise of time travel. Translated by Christina MacSweeney.
A collection of short stories from the prize-winning author and former staff writer for The Onion includes the tales of a burgeoning starlet who is attracted to her abusive director and a man who ruins his relationship after a supernatural possession.
A tale set in a modern America where the Civil War never happened and four states still enforce slavery follows the experiences of a talented black bounty hunter who infiltrates an abolitionist group to catch a high-profile runaway.
Working as a prostitute near the pristine beaches and turquoise seas of Jamaica to pay for a younger sister's education, Margot hopes that a new hotel that is reshaping her home will grant her financial independence and allow her to pursue a forbidden affair with another woman.
Five students of history investigate the Hell's Gate section of New York's East River on the abandoned North Brother Island—where, for centuries, the contagious, the disfigured, the addicted and the criminally insane, were imprisoned— and are stranded in this place rife with evil that is plotting against them.