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The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is not an acquired taste. But no matter what he’s writing about, he is consistent. He draws his images and ideas with big, bold lines liberally lubricated with profanity. If you liked or loved Welsh’s previous dozen novels -- Trainspotting, Filth, Glue and Skagboys among them -- then you will also like The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins which is as smart, dark and nasty as any of his previous novels.

Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones

Stephen Lloyd Jones, a British marketing executive, has managed to create a tight, sometimes ultra-violent tale crafted with all the emotion and color of a heightened romance.

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

In Sliding Doors style, The Bookseller tells the twinned stories of two women in the early 1960s. In 1962 Denver, 38-year-old Kitty Miller lives an austere life. By day she runs a bookshop with her best friend. By night the unmarried bookseller mostly hangs out with her cat and reads.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
If Kazuo Ishiguro is to be believed, he is way past his prime. In a London Telegraph article last autumn, he was quoted as saying he thinks novelists peak in their late 30s and early 40s. “It’s rather like footballers,” he said. “Although novelists peak three or four years after footballers.”

Anniversary Edition: Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Breath, Eyes, Memory was Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat’s debut, the book that made readers and reviewers instantly sit up and pay attention: here was a writer to watch out for.

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parma
A beautiful moment in history is brought to life in Vanessa and Her Sister with a correspondence between an as-yet-unknown group of young artist and writers who despair of ever amounting to anything. The

The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Pragg
Menna van Praag’s highly anticipated second novel (after 2013’s The House at the End of Hope Street) delights with elements of fantasy, fairy tale and magical realism. Beautifully written and vibrantly shared, it’s a tough tale not to fall in love with.

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
In 1976, Anne Rice kickstarted what would become today’s vampire craze. Thank her for Sookie and Edward and Bella and all that. Anne Rice made blood sucking chic, fun, and tantalizing. She dusted off Dracula’s tropes, trashed his tux, tossed the mythology and the rules, and reinvented a genre, inspired by the death of her young daughter and her own thirst for telling a great story.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
I wonder if David Mitchell likes the fact that when he publishes a novel, it’s an event. I mean, suddenly everyone is talking about his work. Everyone is either full-on loving it or not getting it at all.

The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
Already a publishing sensation in Europe, Joel Dicker’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is one of those books everyone has been talking about.

The Unwitting by Ellen Feldman
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Cold War as it was experienced in the United States, we join young magazine writer Nell Benjamin on November 22, 1963, as she gets some distressing news.

The Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Watching a marriage grind to its painful, soul-shattering conclusion should not hold moments of strong wit. Yet Jenny Offill’s shimmering second novel not only manages this, it elevates domestic fiction to its highest possible form.

The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier
Though it felt like a long wait since Juliet, Anne Fortier’s 2010 debut, The Lost Sisterhood is absolutely worth it. Once again we have stunning historical detail, though this time with a strong thread of fantasy: or so many of us have been led to believe.

Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones
Kiriyama Prize contending author Nicole Mones mixes things up deeply in her fourth novel, Night in Shanghai.

The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith
Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally beloved Ladies Detective Agency novels may find themselves confused by his latest book. Not an entry in either of McCall’s long-running series, The Forever Girl explores the nature and nuance of love through interlinked stories involving a couple and their daughter.

All That Is by James Salter
A soldier returns from battles on the Pacific front and applies what he learned in WWII to the gritty world of publishing in New York City. Salter’s prose is startlingly muscular and economical. Sometimes there’s little on the page beyond raw power.

Happy Mutant Baby Pills by Jerry Stahl
Jerry Stahl throws a bucket of acid in the face of corporate America with Happy Mutant Baby Pills, his rant-raving eighth novel.

Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone
Robert Stone might be one of the best and last of the postwar literary adventure writers.

A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
This is Perry’s 11th Victorian Christmas mystery and, like the others that have come before, it is charming and dependable. Pretty much, really, just the way Christmas should be.

The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch
There’s something pleasing about fiction that focuses on the premise of a self-help book that actually helps.

Lazy Days by Erlend Loe
If anything, Lazy Days is even more quirky and subversive and (okay, I’ll just say it) funny than Erlend Loe’s previous book, Doppler. The premise is dark… especially for a book so comedic.

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