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NOVELS and SHORT STORIES

Cellophane
by Marie Arana (Dial Press)
The title substance upends a Peruvian family’s paper business and unlocks the secrets of its past, in this debut novel from the editor of The Washington Post Book World.

The Driftless Area
by Tom Drury (Atlantic Monthly)
A young ne’er-do-well gets caught up in a heist in a sleepy Midwestern town.

Nancy Culpepper
by Bobbie Ann Mason (Random House)
A Kentucky-born historian educated in New England grapples with the two worlds that define her in this collection of linked short stories.

Gallatin Canyon
by Thomas McGuane (Knopf)
A new collection of stories from the author of The Bushwhacked Piano.

MYSTERY and SUSPENSE

Pegasus Descending
by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)
Detective Dave Robicheaux navigates New Orleans (and his newfound sobriety) while on the trail of a mysterious counterfeiter.

The Night Gardener
by George Pelecanos (Little, Brown)
The discovery of a body in a community garden reopens a twenty-year-old murder investigation in this noir set in the nation’s capital.

The Ruins
by Scott Smith (Knopf)
Two vacationing American couples find terror in an old Mayan settlement, in the second novel from the author of A Simple Plan.

The Devil’s Feather
by Minette Walters (Knopf)
A foreign correspondent tracks a serial killer from Sierra Leone to Iraq to the U.K.

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