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Extraordinary Works of Fiction

Extraordinary Works of Fiction

We are excited to present three contemporary literary masterpieces that are now available in paperback and eBook! Enjoy these works from The Dog Stars bestselling author Peter Heller, rising literary star Cristina Henríquez, and award-winning novelist Susan Minot.



The Painter“Breathtakingly good…. A darkly suspenseful page turner.”
The Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A moving story about love, celebrity, and the redemptive power of art.” —The New York Times Book Review

An Best Book of the Year

After having shot a man in a Santa Fe bar, the famous artist Jim Stegner served his time and has since struggled to manage the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him.  Now he lives a quiet life…until the day that he comes across a hunting guide beating a small horse, and a brutal act of new violence rips his quiet life right open. Pursued by men dead set on retribution, Jim is left with no choice but to return to New Mexico and the high-profile life he left behind, where he’ll reckon with past deeds and the dark shadows in his own heart.

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The Book of Unknown Americans“A remarkable novel that every American should read.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Vivid…. Striking…. A ringing paean to love…between man and wife, parent and child, outsider and newcomer, pilgrims and promised land.”
The Washington Post

A Best Book of the Year
The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, BookPage,

When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. Here Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. The Book of Unknown Americans is a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be Americans.

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Thirty Girls“Wrenching…. Suspenseful…. By far her best novel.”
The New York Times

“Extraordinary…. Panoramic…. Poetic…. Minot shows her readers that war zones cannot be contained within one country, or one region.” —NPR

A Best Book of the Year
The New York Times, The Economist

Esther Akello is one of thirty Ugandan teenage girls abducted from a Catholic boarding school by rebel bandits. Held captive by the Lord’s Resistance Army, Esther is forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities. She struggles to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane Wood is a sensual, idealistic American writer who is traveling across Africa, hoping to give a voice to young people like Esther and to find her own center.

In unflinching prose, Minot interweaves the stories of these two astonishing young women who, as they confront displacement and heartbreak, are hurtled inexorably closer to one another. With mesmerizing emotional intensity and stunning evocations of Africa’s struggles and beauty, Susan Minot gives us her most brilliant novel yet.

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