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Radiance: A Novel

by Louis B. Jones Counterpoint (May 01, 2011)

Mark Perdue has so many problems that when he starts feeling chest pains on the tarmac at LAX, it dawns on him that a heart attack might be an efficient way out. Once an eminent physicist, he hasn’t published...

This Vacant Paradise: A Novel

by Victoria Patterson Counterpoint (March 10, 2011)

Story Prize and California Book Award finalist Victoria Patterson revisits Newport Beach in This Vacant Paradise, examining the intersections of economics, class, race, sex, and family expectations during the...

Deus Ex Machina

by Andrew Foster Altschul Counterpoint (February 10, 2011)

On a distant island, reality show contestants battle for bragging rights and a slot on next week’s episode. They’ve perfected their dramatic roles and are prepared to do whatever it takes to win. There’s...

Jesus Land: A Memoir

by Julia Scheeres Counterpoint (March 01, 2009)

The memoir the New York Times Book Review called "heart-stopping and enraging" and about which Entertainment Weekly raved "Jesus Land will break your heart and mend it again"

"Sinners go to: HELL. Rightchuss...

The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even: A Novel

by Chris F. Westbury Counterpoint (May 19, 2014)

This is a wonderful comic novel, about philosophy, the nature of art, the beauty of the ordinary, and about quirky, complete, night & day victims of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Two charming, over-anxious,...

Stars Go Blue: A Novel

by Laura Pritchett Counterpoint (May 19, 2014)

Laura Pritchett is an award-winning author who has quickly become one of the west’s defining literary voices. We first met hardscrabble ranchers Renny and Ben Cross in Laura’s debut collection, and now in...

The Patriot: A Novel

by Evan S. Connell Counterpoint (April 21, 2014)

Another brilliant example of Evan Connell’s art, The Patriot deals with an American boy who grew to maturity with World War II. He had learned his father’s patriotism, and then, through the impact of firsthand...

Fridays at Enrico's: A Novel

by Don Carpenter & Jonathan Lethem Counterpoint (April 21, 2014)

Don Carpenter was one of the finest novelists working in the west. His first novel, A Hard Rain Falling, first published in 1966, has been championed by Richard Price, and George Pelacanos who called it “a...


by Paulette Livers Counterpoint (March 18, 2014)

Cementville has a breathtaking set up: 1969. A small Kentucky town, known only for its excellent bourbon and passable cement, direct from the factory that gives the town its name. The favored local sons of Cementville’s...


by James Salter Counterpoint (September 01, 2012)

The lives of officers in an Air Force squadron in occupied Europe encompass the contradictions of military experience and the men's response to a young newcomer, bright and ambitious, whose fate is to be an...

The Bishop's Man: A Novel

Giller Prize 2009

by Linden MacIntyre Counterpoint (September 10, 2010)

Father Duncan MacAskill has spent most of his priesthood as the “Exorcist”—an enforcer employed by his bishop to discipline wayward priests and suppress potential scandal. He knows all of the devious ways...

The Still Point: A Novel

by Amy Sackville Counterpoint (January 10, 2011)

At the turn of the twentieth century, Arctic explorer Edward Mackley sets out to reach the North Pole and vanishes into the icy landscape without a trace. He leaves behind a young wife, Emily, who awaits his...


by Amy Sackville Counterpoint (April 01, 2013)

Following her wonderful debut, The Still Point, Sackville returns with a strangely beautiful short novel about love and sex and obsession. A literature professor marries his prize student, a woman forty years...

Entertaining Disasters: A Novel (With Recipes)

by Nancy Spiller Counterpoint (May 01, 2009)

In print, FW, the unnamed freelance Food Writer of Nancy Spiller’s sardonic debut novel, Entertaining Disasters, lives high on the food chain in the heady realm of L.A.’s culinary journalism scene. She waxes...

Theft: A Novel

by BK Loren Counterpoint (June 01, 2012)

Willa Robbins is a master tracker working to reintroduce the Mexican wolf, North America’s most endangered mammal, to the American Southwest. But when Colorado police recruit her to find her own brother, Zeb,...

Elsewhere, California: A Novel

by Dana Johnson Counterpoint (June 01, 2012)

We first met Avery in two of the stories featured in Dana Johnson’s award–winning collection Break Any Woman Down. As a young girl, she and her family escape the violent streets of Los Angeles to a more gentrified...

The Big Why: A Novel

by Michael Winter & Patrick Dewitt Counterpoint (February 01, 2017)

Michael Winter's The Big Why takes the tradition of the historical novel and twists it into the cool, sinuous, entertaining shape we’ve all been waiting for. His characters are real and from the past, but...

Why Did I Ever

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2001

by Mary Robison Counterpoint (January 01, 2018)

"An epic portrayed in miniature, a cry of cosmic pain in a voice of absurdist humor, an earnest insistence on maternal love in the language of skepticism…. [A]ll of Robison's minimalist genius is at work here."...

Here in Berlin

by Cristina Garcia Counterpoint (October 01, 2017)

Here in Berlin is a portrait of a city through snapshots, an excavation of the stories and ghosts of contemporary Berlin—its complex, troubled past still pulsing in the air as it was during World War II. Critically...


PEN/Faulkner Award 2018, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2017

by Joan Silber Counterpoint (November 01, 2017)

The splendid new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Fools and Ideas of Heaven, a Finalist for the National Book Award

One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel...

Kill Me Now

by Timmy Reed Counterpoint (January 15, 2018)

The journal of Miles Lover, chock-full of that peculiar mix of momentum and stagnation that is a teenage summer

Miles Lover is an imaginative but insecure adolescent skateboarder with an unfortunate nickname,...

A Kind of Freedom

by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Counterpoint (August 01, 2017)

"A brilliant mosaic of an African American family and a love song to New Orleans...written with deep insight and devastating honesty but also with grace and beauty." —Dana Johnson, author of Elsewhere, California...

The Use of Fame

by Cornelia Nixon Counterpoint (May 01, 2017)

Abigail McCormick and Ray Stark are both poets, married nearly twenty-five years in what has always been a passionate relationship despite deep class differences. Ray is the son of West Virginia coal miners...

Sex and Rage

by Eve Babitz Counterpoint (July 01, 2017)

The popular rediscovery of Eve Babitz continues with this very special reissue of her novel, originally published in 1979, about a dreamy young girl moving between the planets of Los Angeles and New York City....

Pages For Her

by Sylvia Brownrigg Counterpoint (July 01, 2017)

Pages for Her is the story of two women, Flannery and Anne, each at a personal turning point, and the circumstances that lead to their reunion. Twenty years after their brief but passionate affair, chronicled...


by John Daniel Counterpoint (April 01, 2017)

Henry Fielder, solitary and unmoored in his thirties, runs into an old lover and finds himself ready to tell the story he has harbored for two decades. He is fifteen, in rural western Oregon, enduring a year...

The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on The Big Dry

by Joe Wilkins Counterpoint (March 01, 2012)

The Mountain and The Fathers explores the life of boys and men in the unforgiving, harsh world north of the Bull Mountains of eastern Montana in a drought afflicted area called the Big Dry, a land that chews...

A Hole in the Ground Owned by a Liar

by Daniel Pyne Counterpoint (February 01, 2012)

Lee, a high school shop teacher in Evergreen, Colorado, managed to survive his messy divorce only to hurtle into what some might call a full-on midlife crisis. Looking for a way to spend his weekends and the...

Island of the Mad: A Novel

by Laurie Sheck Counterpoint (November 21, 2016)

Following on the heels of her exciting and widely acclaimed A Monster’s Notes, and with Sheck’s characteristic brilliance of language, Island of the Mad follows the solitary, hunchbacked Ambrose A., as he...

All New People: A Novel

by Anne Lamott Counterpoint (September 01, 2016)

With generosity, humor, and pathos, Anne Lamott takes on the barrage of dislocating changes that shook the Sixties. Leading us through the wake of these changes is Nanny Goodman, a girl living in Marin County,...

Every Kind of Wanting: A Novel

by Gina Frangello Counterpoint (August 22, 2016)

Every Kind of Wanting explores the complex intersection of three unique families and their bustling efforts to have a "Community Baby." Miguel could not be more different from his partner Chad, a happy-go-lucky...

French Girl with Mother: A Novel

by Norman Ollestad Counterpoint (September 19, 2016)

French Girl with Mother is a provocative, propulsive thriller that marries the spirit of James Salter with a hint of Patricia Highsmith and the velocity of The Art Forger.

Nathan is a young artist traveling across...

Heat and Dust

Man Booker Prize 1975

by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Counterpoint (February 01, 2016)

A profound and powerful novel, winner of the Booker Prize

Set in colonial India during the 1920s, Heat and Dust tells the story of Olivia, a beautiful woman suffocated by the propriety and social constraints...

Every Third Thought: A Novel in Five Seasons

by John Barth Counterpoint (October 01, 2011)

John Barth stays true to form in Every Third Thought, written from the perspective of a character Barth introduced in his short story collection The Development. George I. Newett and his wife Amanda Todd lived...

The Prize: A Novel

by Jill Bialosky Counterpoint (September 01, 2015)

What do we prize most? Are integrity and ambition mutually exclusive, as we seek a place in the world? How do we value, ultimately, a piece of art — or a life? These are the questions at the core of the evocative...

Landed: A Novel

by Tim Pears Counterpoint (July 01, 2011)

Brought up in the Anglo-Welsh borders by an affectionate but alcoholic and feckless mother, Owen Ithell’s sense of self is rooted in his long, vivid visits to his grandparents’ small farm in the hills. There...

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Women's Prize for Fiction 2005

by Lionel Shriver Counterpoint (May 01, 2011)

That neither nature nor nurture bears exclusive responsibility for a child's character is self-evident. But generalizations about genes are likely to provide cold comfort if it's your own child who just opened...

Undying: A Novel

by Todd Gitlin Counterpoint (February 10, 2011)

November 2004: George W. Bush is re-elected. Five days later, Alan Meister, a New York professor of philosophy, is diagnosed with lymphoma—not that he can prove the two are connected. While coping with the...