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Novels with fascinating narrative approaches
Watchmen International Edition by
Call Number: 741.5 MOO
Publication Date: 2008-09-10
Graphic artwork brings to life the story of the Watchmen as they race against time to find a killer, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Call Number: F AMI
Publication Date: 2005
This is the story of John Self, consumer extraordinaire. Rolling around New York and London, he makes deals, spends wildly and does reckless movie-world business, all the while grabbing everything he can to sate his massive appetites: alcohol, tobacco, pills, pornography, a mountain of junk food and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, this is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money, the terrible things it can do and the disasters it can precipitate.
Call Number: F BIN
Publication Date: 2012
“[An] extraordinary first novel...HHhH, translated from the French by Sam Taylor, charts Heydrich’s rise through the Nazi ranks and Germany’s march to war...[to] the training in Britain of the Czech and Slovak assassins, Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabcík, who parachuted into the country in December 1941 to kill Heydrich.
The Heart's Invisible Furies by
Call Number: F BOY
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.
Wuthering Heights by
Call Number: F BRO
Wuthering Heights is one of the most famous love stories in the English language. It is also, as the Introduction to this edition reveals, one of the most potent revenge narratives. Its ingenious narrative structure, vivid evocation of landscape, and the extraordinary power of its depiction of love and hatred have given it a unique place in English literature. The passionate tale of Catherine and Heathcliff is here presented in a new edition that examines the qualities that make it such a powerful and compelling novel.
If On a Winter's Night a Traveller by
Call Number: F CAL
Publication Date: 1982
Using shifting structures, a succession of tales, and different points of view, the book probes the nature of change and chance and the interdependence of fiction and reality.
All the Light We Cannot See by
Call Number: F DOE
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
Two paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II
The Virgin Suicides by
Call Number: F EUG
Publication Date: 2002
The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by
Call Number: F HAM
One evening in an outdoor Lahore cafe, a bearded Pakistani man called Changez, tells a nervous American stranger about his love affair with America.
Life of Pi by
Call Number: F MAR
Publication Date: 2009
Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.
Call Number: F MCE
Publication Date: 2003
Ian McEwan's symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.
Home Fire by
Call Number: F SHA
Publication Date: 2017
The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences.
Call Number: F TOI
Publication Date: 2009
Eilis Lacey takes advantage of a sponsorship that will allow her to escape the troubled economy of Ireland and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood, and after leaving her family behind, Eilis gets a job in a department store and falls in love with Tony, a man with a big Italian family, but the serendipity of her new life is shattered by bad news from Ireland.
Call Number: F VON
Publication Date: 1991
Slaughterhous-Five is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
The Perfect Nanny by
When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family's chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.
An American Marriage by
Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined.
Novels with fascinating narrative approaches
Call Number: 921 WES
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
The White Tiger by
Call Number: F ADI
Publication Date: 2008
Balram Halwai is educated in the art of corruption when he is hired as the driver for the wealthiest man in his village in India, by witnessing his employers bribe and barter through his rear view mirror.
The Sense of an Ending by
Call Number: F BAR
Publication Date: 2012
This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.
Girl, Woman, Other by
Call Number: F EVA
Publication Date: 2019-11-05
...a celebration of the diversity of Black British experience. Moving, hopeful, and inventive, this extraordinary novel is a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.
As I Lay Dying by
Call Number: F FAU
The death and burial of Addie Bundren is told by members of her family, as they cart the coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi, to bury her among her people. And as the intense desires, fears and rivalries of the family are revealed in the vernacular of the Deep South, Faulkner presents a portrait of extraordinary power - as epic as the Old Testament, as American as Huckleberry Finn.
Madame Bovary by
Call Number: F FLA
For this novel of French bourgeois life in all its inglorious banality, Flaubert invented a paradoxically original and wholly modern style. His heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair. A succès de scandale in its day, Madame Bovary remains a powerful and arousing novel.
Gone Girl by
Call Number: F FLY
Publication Date: 2014
Golden boy Nick Dunne, brings his wife, Amy, back to his hometown on the Mississippi River where she is miserable and on their fifth wedding anniversary she disappears, and soon Nick finds himself lying, being deceitful, and acting inappropriately but continues to claim his innocence with his twin sister at his side.
The Double Shadow by
Call Number: F GAR
Publication Date: 2011
On the eve of the Second World War Arnold Rubens invents a memory machine which he hopes will preserve him and his daughter, Amaryllis, in an alternative world of happy memories. While outside war rages, inside the memory machine Amaryllis finds that it doesn't work as intended and she is imprisoned in a world of fragmented memories where she must come to terms with a past she can't remember.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by
Call Number: F KES
Publication Date: 1962
A rebel named Randle Patrick McMurphy is committed to a mental ward and challenges the authority of its dictatorial head nurse. Includes line drawings by the author.
Call Number: F MCE
Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home--a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse--but John's not here. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other.
The English Patient by
Call Number: F OND
Publication Date: 1993
Haunting and harrowing, as beautiful as it is disturbing, The English Patient tells the story of the entanglement of four damaged lives in an Italian monastery as World War II ends.
Fight Club by
Call Number: F PAL
Publication Date: 1996
"An outrageously suspenseful apocalyptic comedy of horrors ..." Bret Easton Ellis.
Lincoln in the Bardo by
Call Number: F SAU
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery ... Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance.
We Need to Talk about Kevin by
Call Number: F SHR
Publication Date: 2006
neasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.
Mrs. Dalloway by
Call Number: F WOO
Mrs. Dalloway chronicles a June day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway-a day that is taken up with running minor errands in preparation for a party and that is punctuated, toward the end, by the suicide of a young man she has never met.
Buffalo Soldiers by
Publication Date: 1994
Set on a luxuriously appointed and hopelessly corrupt Army base in Mannheim, Germany, where the soldiers prefer real-life race riots to mock combat, Robert O'Connor's viciously funny novel is conclusive proof that peace is hell and the U.S. Army is its ninth circle.