My father was killed on 9/11.
It has been years since Swenson, a professor in a New England creative writing program, has published a novel. It's been even longer since any of his students have shown promise. Enter Angela Argo, a pierced, tattooed student with a rare talent for writing. Angela is just the thing Swenson needs. And, better yet, she wants his help. But, as we all…
When eighth grader Bart Rangely is granted a "mercy" scholarship to an elite private school after his father is killed in the North Tower, doors should have opened. Instead, he is terrorized and bullied by his own mentor. So begins the worst year of his life.
Life and Death of Harriett Frean
“In a few short pages,” writes Francine Prose in her Introduction, “May Sinclair succeeds in rendering the oppressive weight and strength of the chains of family love.” Young Harriett Frean is taught that “behaving beautifully” is paramount, and she…
It happened by the grace of God that Joseph Santangelo won his wife in a card game.On a September night so hot that the good Catholics of New York wonder if their city has slipped into hell, the butcher Joseph…
Gluttony: The Seven Deadly Sins
In America, notes acclaimed novelist Francine Prose, we are obsessed with food and diet. And what is this obsession with food except a struggle between sin and virtue, overeating and self-control--a struggle with the fierce temptations of gluttony.…
Something in My Eye
"I was drawn to Michael Jeffrey Lee's line-up of loners and drifters, imperiled children, and haunted psychos neither because I want to hang out with these bad boys, nor because I plan to cross the street when I see them coming, but because the…
Fleeing the terrors of her home, a Haitian woman finds that life in America is filled with its own hardshipsSimone has gotten used to living in fear. After years of dictatorship, Haiti has sunk into chaos, and death…
A novel about learning to live in a world stranger than any tabloid headlineThough she’s written dispatches from across the globe—covering the Loch Ness monster, live dinosaurs, and the ever-enigmatic yeti—Vera Perl…
The Peaceable Kingdom
Stories of innocence lost, from a master observer of modern lifeThe citizens of Prose’s realm are perpetually experiencing surprises. Nothing is reliable in their world, where dream vacations, weddings, and parties go…
What really happened at the back of the bus? Did they, or didn't they? Did she, or didn't she? Something happened to fourteen-year-old Maisie Willard—something involving her three friends, all boys. But…
At the End of Life
What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions. And yet, eventually everyone dies—and although most Americans say they would…
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