Set in the west of Ireland of the 1890’s, The Lady of Deerpark is a “big house” novel—an ironic elegy for an Ireland in decay. It is distinguished by craft as well as humor, by a stylistic strength and suppleness that can mix realist and symbolist modes, cut tragedy with farce, comedy with satire, and brush all up with a touch of Turgenev and the Gothic. It is as full of texture, color, and animation as a Jack Yeats painting.
Booker Prize shortlist, 2000
Here is the long awaited sequel to James McCourt’s first novel, the comic masterpiece, Mawrdew Czgowchwz. In gloriously flamboyant prose, James McCourt in Now Voyagers tells the story of the charged atmosphere surrounding a legendary diva (and possible CIA agent) turned psychoanalyst. This rich and brave novel about the opera world and New York in the mid 1950’s is touching, inventive, and outlandishly funny. Susan Sontag called James McCourt, “a literary countertenor in the exacting tradition of Firbank and Nabokov.”
This New Yorker fiction editor’s only novel is a graceful tale of sisters growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York in the 1920s.
This novel, set in Paris in the 1920s, follows the friendship between two fifteen-year-old schoolboys: one, a Gentile (the narrator), and the other, a Jew.
Winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Award
Winner of the 1997 Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award
The children of Bosnia were the primary victims of the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Alma, the fourteen-year-old narrator of Hotel Sarajevo, is a plain but precocious girl, a daydreamer who has taken up residence with a group of teenage war orphans in the abandoned Hotel Sarajevo.
Hotel Sarajevo is a powerfully poignant novel of exquisitely worked moods and images. It portrays adolescence in a city ravaged by war and anarchy. Alma is a complex fictional character. She is at once a child playing with her rag doll, a sexually precocious teenager, and a young woman with highly developed self-analytical and survival skills.
This empathic first novel is a stunning exploration of psychological trauma.
Downstream is the best example of what the French naturalists wanted a novel to be. It is also the shortest and most autobiographical of Huysmans’s works and therefore serves as a wonderful introduction for the contemporary reader to the pleasures of Joris Karl Huysmans.