Fiction

Alice LaPlante:  "Turn of Mind"

Alice LaPlante: "Turn of Mind"

August 3, 2011

A mystery novel with a twist: the suspect suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and can’t remember if she's killed her friend. The author draws upon her own mother’s illness to create a moving portrait of a woman with dementia.

Melanie Benjamin: "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb"

August 1, 2011

She was a 19th-century woman who stood only 32 inches tall. But she refused to let her gender or her size define her. An historical novel about the real-life Mrs. Tom Thumb.

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow"

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow"

July 6, 2011

A novel about two girls with the same father. One knows; the other doesn't. Exploring the cascading psychological effects of family secrets.

Readers' Review: "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson

June 29, 2011

A Readers' Review of "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson: The novel is written in the form of a letter from an aging preacher to his young son, reflecting on the mysteries of life.

Ann Patchett: "State of Wonder"

Ann Patchett: "State of Wonder"

June 8, 2011

Author Ann Patchett talks about her latest novel, "State of Wonder," an adventure story about a quest in the Amazon.

David Ignatius: "Bloodmoney"

June 1, 2011

Set in Pakistan, "Bloodmoney" is the eighth novel in a series of CIA thrillers by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Washington Post writer David Ignatius.

Readers' Review: "Invisible" by Paul Auster

Readers' Review: "Invisible" by Paul Auster

May 25, 2011

Diane leads a discussion about a novel by one of America's most provocative writers. Paul Auster's "Invisible" is a sometimes shocking story of seduction and betrayal, which pushes the borders between truth and memory, narration and identity.

Edna O'Brien: "Saints and Sinners"

Edna O'Brien: "Saints and Sinners"

May 23, 2011

Edna O'Brien writes stories of the sad and the stranded, the hopeful and the lovelorn. The author talks with Diane about her decades-long writing career and why she keeps Ireland at the heart of her work.

Michael Crummey: "Galore"

Michael Crummey: "Galore"

May 19, 2011

The folklore of Newfoundland comes alive in a new novel about love and survival. It's the fanciful story of two feuding families who battle the superstition, the elements, and each other for two hundred years

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing"

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing"

May 9, 2011

In 1665 a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. This little-known fact inspires Geraldine Brooks’ latest novel: imagining love, loss and the struggle to bridge cultural divides.

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