Harper Collins

For all of you who’ve just torn through Neil Gaiman’s new collection of non-fiction, The View from the Cheap Seats, there’s no better time to revisit some of his earliest short fictions. Whether these stories push you to wonder about the imagination’s role in reality, or if the introduction inspires you to put fingers to keys, you’ll be glad you returned to its pages, whether it was your first time or your twenty-third. —Aric
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ISBN: 9780061252020
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 2nd, 2007

Bone Gap isn’t a flashy book. Rather, it’s the kind of story that grows on you the further you sink into it, leaving you satisfied, with the lingering hum of bees in your mind. It’s filled with magical realism and characters you care for, making it a pleasantly surreal trip to a town you’d like to stay in. I slowly fell for this book, and it’s stayed with me ever since.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780062317605
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - March 3rd, 2015

In this imaginative tale by the master of fantasy, the ancient and fantastic meet the modern and mundane. While most parents keep some secrets from their growing children, none has done so quite like Fat Charlie’s father, Mr. Nancy. Upon his father’s death, Fat Charlie learns a shocking truth about his father and realizes that he, himself, is more powerful than he could ever imagine.  -Aric

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ISBN: 9780061342394
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 22nd, 2008

In Kundera’s third novel, written in Bohemia in 1972, a cast of eight characters collides in a small central-European spa town in a tale that is both pleasantly humorous and incredibly dark. Through the eyes of each character—a nurse, trumpeter, and an ageing expatriate among them—Kundera examines the intricacies of love, jealousy, artificial insemination, and assisted suicide.     -Aric

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By Milan Kundera, Aaron Asher (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780060997007
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 21st, 1998

Louise Erdrich’s last novel, the National Book Award winner The Round House, was so spectacular that I didn’t think LaRose could come close to measuring up, and oh, how I was wrong. Erdrich’s mastery of language and character are evident in every word, but it is her gift of understanding the complexity of interconnectedness that stands out. No deed goes unmarked, whether it be a gift or a mistake, a prayer, or a betrayal. Erdrich dissolves the notion of ‘good guy’ and ‘bad guy’—she proves that each of us affects the other and that with that understanding, every choice is an act of endurance, toward completion, toward being, toward living. This will be a book you return to again and again.  —S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780062277022
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

There is nothing like the feeling of opening a new novel by Simon Van Booy. Father’s Day is a gentle and absorbing story about a woman named Harvey and her adoptive father, a felon with a violent past. Shifting between scenes of Harvey as a girl and as a self-assured woman in Paris, Father’s Day is a meditation on the immense effect one human life can have on another. I couldn’t put it down.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9780062408945
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Published: Harper - April 26th, 2016

In what is likely to be Kundera’s last book (please, no!), four old friends bump into each other in Paris and pick up a long-running argument about sex, lust, history, dictators, art, and yes, even the meaning of human existence. Simultaneously soul wrenching and laughable. Only a literary master could pull it off gracefully and create an absurd and cerebral critical commentary on contemporary life—luckily, Kundera is and he does.  —Julia

 

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ISBN: 9780062356901
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 14th, 2016

An intriguing thriller with lots of twists and turns, Pleasantville is a dark political drama. A missing girl, a reluctant lawyer, a community struggling with economic downturns, and potentially dirty politicians all come together in this engrossing mystery that put me in mind of early John Grisham and Dennis Lehane.  —Nici

 

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ISBN: 9780062259349
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 12th, 2016

Joe Hill writes books I savor. He’s a born storyteller—as might be expected of the son of Stephen King—and The Fireman is his most ambitious novel to date. Already drawing comparisons to The Stand (both novels are set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been made so by a terrible virus, though the “flu” incorporates spontaneous combustion), The Fireman is tightly wound, thoughtfully crafted, and born of the fantastical. It’s beautiful and horrifying, a true pleasure to read.  —Dillon

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ISBN: 9780062200631
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 17th, 2016

Mongrels is less glamorous and more realistic than your standard shape-shifter novel—it’s better, stronger, and more heartfelt. At the center is a young boy who may or may not wolf out, and his aunt and uncle who are trying to carve out any kind of existence they can—with their teeth if they must. It’s a truly inventive world, full of creative details (like why pantyhose are a bad idea for werewolves and what might happen when werewolves fall in love) and amazing characters. My hat is off to Stephen Jones; I highly recommend this read.  —Nici

 

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ISBN: 9780062412690
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 10th, 2016

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