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Paulina & Fran

by Rachel B. Glaser Harper Perennial (September 01, 2015)

A story of friendship, art, sex, and curly hair: an audaciously witty debut tracing the pas de deux of lust and love between two young, uncertain, conflicted art students. 

At their New England art school, Paulina...


Strange Animals

by Chad Kultgen Harper Perennial (July 07, 2015)

A thought-provoking and darkly witty novel about freedom, motherhood, greed, and religion—a surprising new direction from the controversial author of Men, Women & Children and The Average American Male.

Chad...


Some Other Town

by Elizabeth Collison Harper Perennial (February 24, 2015)

Channeling the emotional intensity of Susan Minot and Amy Bloom—and infused with a witty, dream-like surrealism reminiscent of Margaret Atwood—this mesmerizing debut takes us inside the unsettling world...


The Brink

by Austin Bunn Harper Perennial (April 28, 2015)

A brilliant, inventive debut story collection in the vein of Kevin Wilson and Wells Tower.

Brimming with life and unforgettable voices, the stories in Austin Bunn’s dazzling collection explore the existential...


The Heroes' Welcome

by Louisa Young Harper Perennial (March 10, 2015)

April 1919. Six months have passed since the armistice that ended the Great War. But new battles face those who have survived.

Only 23, former soldier Riley Purefoy and his bride, Nadine Waveney, have their whole...


The Tell-Tale Heart

by Jill Dawson Harper Perennial (February 10, 2015)

A man’s life and his capacity for love mysteriously changes after a heart transplant in this dramatic and affecting novel—as provocative and poignant as the works of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes, and Alice Sebold—from...


Migratory Animals

by Mary Helen Specht Harper Perennial (January 20, 2015)

A February 2015 Indie Next Selection

A January Apple iBook Selection

An Austin American-Statesman Selects Book

A powerful debut novel about a group of 30-somethings struggling for connection and belonging, Migratory...


Brave New World Revisited

by Aldous Huxley Harper Perennial (July 01, 2014)

When the novel Brave New World first appeared in 1932, its shocking analysis of a scientific dictatorship seemed a projection into the remote future. Here, in one of the most important and fascinating books...


Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley Harper Perennial (July 01, 2014)

Now more than ever: Aldous Huxley's enduring "masterpiece ... one of the most prophetic dystopian works of the 20th century" (Wall Street Journal) must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving...


American Woman

by Susan Choi Harper Perennial (July 08, 2014)

“Susan Choi…proves herself a natural—a writer whose intelligence and historical awareness effortlessly serve a breathtaking narrative ability. I couldn’t put American Woman down, and wanted when I finished...


The Unspeakable

by Charles L. Calia Harper Perennial (July 08, 2014)

The Unspeakable tells the story of two men, both priests, whose strange and divergent paths collide. Peter Whitmore, an administrator for the Diocese of St. Paul, is asked to investigate and ultimately discredit...


The Way Inn

by Will Wiles Harper Perennial (September 16, 2014)

Up in the Air meets Inception in this smart, innovative, genre-synthesizing novel from the acclaimed author of Care of Wooden Floors—hailed as “Fawlty Towers crossed with Freud,” by the Daily Telegraph...


This is the Water

by Yannick Murphy Harper Perennial (July 29, 2014)

From Yannick Murphy, award-winning author of The Call, comes a fast-paced story of murder, adultery, parenthood, and romance, involving a girls’ swim team, their morally flawed parents, and a killer who swims...


The Eighth Day

National Book Award for Fiction 1968

by Thornton Wilder Harper Perennial (February 25, 2014)

Thornton Wilder’s renowned 1967 National Book Award–winning novel features a foreword by John Updike and an afterword by Tappan Wilder, who draws on such unique sources as Wilder’s unpublished letters,...


Green Girl

by Kate Zambreno Harper Perennial (June 24, 2014)

With the fierce emotional and intellectual power of such classics as Jean Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, and Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star, Kate Zambreno's novel Green...


All That Is Solid Melts into Air

by Darragh McKeon Harper Perennial (May 19, 2014)

All That Is Solid Melts into Air is a gripping end-of-empire novel, charting the collapse of the Soviet Union through the focalpoint of the Chernobyl disaster. Part historical epic, part love story, it recalls...


Thank You for the Music

by Jane McCafferty Harper Perennial (October 08, 2013)

In 14 original stories, Jane McCafferty illuminates modern life weaving her love of music throughout the lives and stories of her characters. From two middle-aged strangers who meet in an empty baseball stadium...


Adore

by Doris Lessing Harper Perennial (September 17, 2013)

Two friends, two sons, two shocking and intense love affairs . . .

Roz and Lil have been best friends since childhood. But their bond stretches beyond familiar bounds when these middle-aged mothers fall in love...


Hood

by Emma Donoghue Harper Perennial (August 13, 2013)

A tale of grief and lust, frustration and hilarity, death and family

Penelope O’Grady and Cara Wall are risking disaster when, like teenagers in any intolerant time and place—here, a Dublin convent school...


The Last Anniversary

by Liane Moriarty Harper Perennial (April 20, 2010)

From Liane Moriarty, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty, comes an unforgettable novel defined by her signature sharp wit, page-turning storyline, and lovable...


So Big

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1925

by Edna Ferber Harper Perennial (July 30, 2013)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"A masterpiece. . . . It has the completeness, [the] finality, that grips and exalts and convinces." — Literary Review

Widely regarded as the master work of celebrated author and...


Imajica

by Clive Barker Harper Perennial (March 17, 2009)

From master storyteller Clive Barker comes an epic tale of myth, magic, and forbidden passion—complete with new illustrations and a new Appendix.

Imajica is an epic beyond compare: vast in conception, obsessively...


Coincidence

by J. W. Ironmonger Harper Perennial (February 18, 2014)

What determines the course of our lives? Chance . . . or destiny?

On Midsummer's Day, 1982, three-year-old Azalea Ives is found alone at a seaside fairground.

One year later, her mother's body washes up on a beach—her...


The Orphans of Race Point

by Patry Francis Harper Perennial (May 06, 2014)

Set on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a suspenseful page-turning saga of love, murder, and the true meaning of faith from the author of the acclaimed The Liar’s Diary.

Set in the close-knit Portuguese community of...


Three Hundred Million

by Blake Butler Harper Perennial (October 14, 2014)

An unforgettable novel of an American suburb devastated by a fiendish madman—the most ambitious and important work yet by “the 21st century answer to William Burroughs” (Publishers Weekly).

Blake Butler’s...


Saratoga Trunk

by Edna Ferber Harper Perennial (July 30, 2013)

The basis for the classic film starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, Saratoga Trunk is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber's enthralling saga of love, greed, and power set in New Orleans and Saratoga...


Giant

by Edna Ferber Harper Perennial (July 30, 2013)

The basis for the classic film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson, Giant is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber's sweeping generational tale of power, love, cattle barons, and oil...


Alas, Babylon

by Pat Frank Harper Perennial (June 04, 2013)

"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed...


The Golden Notebook

by Doris Lessing Harper Perennial (May 14, 2013)

Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. In a red one she records her political...


Grass Is Singing

by Doris Lessing Harper Perennial (May 07, 2013)

Set in South Africa under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is both a riveting chronicle of human disintegration and a beautifully understated social critique. Mary Turner is a self-confident, independent...


Collected Stories

by Carol Shields Harper Perennial (April 16, 2013)

“Shields writes with an almost painfully attuned ear for the nuances of language and the way they attach to feelings and probe the most delicate layers of human consciousness. . . . She reminds us again why...


Chocolates for Breakfast

by Pamela Moore Harper Perennial (June 25, 2013)

Precocious and shocking when first published in 1956, Chocolates for Breakfast is a candid coming-of-age story of a young girl’s sudden awakening to love and desire written by 18-year-old Pamela Moore.

 

Disaffected,...


Point Doom

by Dan Fante Harper Perennial (May 28, 2013)

From Dan Fante, the son of novelist John Fante, comes a gritty detective novel featuring JD Fiorella, an ex-private investigator who's bent on avenging his friend's murder.

Failed private investigator JD Fiorella...


The Slippage

by Ben Greenman Harper Perennial (April 23, 2013)

The Slippage is a wry, wistful tale of marriage, lust, and disconnection from Ben Greenman, the critically acclaimed author of What He’s Poised to Do.

William Day must confront some uncomfortable truths about...


Like Trees, Walking

by Ravi Howard Harper Perennial (March 05, 2013)

Based on the true story of a modern-day lynching in America, Ravi Howard's widely acclaimed debut novel exposes one of the most tragic chapters in the history of the American South.

On the morning of March 21,...


Interviewing Matisse, or The Woman Who Died Standing Up

by Lily Tuck Harper Perennial (February 26, 2013)

Lily, Molly, and Inez are women of a certain age, of a certain bearing, of a certain class. Late one dire night, Molly telephones from Connecticut to catch Lily up with the news: Inez's corpse -- near-naked...


The Average American Marriage

by Chad Kultgen Harper Perennial (February 12, 2013)

The Average American Marriage, the long-awaited sequel to Chad Kultgen’s much debated, always controversial The Average American Male, is a matter-of-fact foray into the male mind and sexual fantasy.

Now married...


The Genius and the Goddess

by Aldous Huxley & Huxley trusts and heirs Harper Perennial (February 05, 2013)

Thirty years ago, ecstasy and torment took hold of John Rivers, shocking him out of “half-baked imbecility into something more nearly resembling the human form.” He had an affair with the wife of his mentor,...


The Dog Fighter

by Marc Bojanowski Harper Perennial (January 29, 2013)

The anonymous narrator of this remarkable debut novel is a young drifter in search of his future. The son of a passionate beauty and gentle doctor, he roams the border between the United States and Mexico, eventually...


The Beautiful Indifference

Portico Prize for Fiction 2012

by Sarah Hall Harper Perennial (January 29, 2013)

Winner of the Portico Prize

Winner of the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize

Short-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

Sarah Hall has been hailed as "one of the most significant and...


The Tell

by Hester Kaplan Harper Perennial (January 08, 2013)

An elegant and haunting novel of love and family, The Tell demands that we reconsider our notions of marriage—duty, compromise, betrayal, and the choice to stand by or leave the ones we love.

Mira and Owen's...


The River Road

by Karen Osborn Harper Perennial (November 20, 2012)

David and Michael Sanderson are brothers, inseparable since childhood from each other and from their neighbor Kay Richards, a complicated young woman involved in a passionate and obsessive love affair with David....


Lucky Bunny

by Jill Dawson Harper Perennial (October 30, 2012)

"Pacy and atmospheric…wickedly good."

Marie Claire (UK)

"Dawson's heroine is so fresh and spirited that she carries the day."

Sunday Times (London)

Having already made waves in the United Kingdom, Lucky...


Maybe the Saddest Thing

by Marcus Wicker Harper Perennial (October 23, 2012)

Winner of the 2011 National Poetry Series Prize as selected by D.A. Powell, Marcus Wicker's Maybe the Saddest Thing is a sterling collection of contemporary American poems by an exciting new and emerging voice....


Cash Out

by Greg Bardsley Harper Perennial (October 16, 2012)

Cash Out is one of those novels that begs for more adjectives: relentless, madcap, polished, lean, vivid, warped, original, horrifying and hilarious in equal measure.”

—Marcus Sakey, author of The Two...


Boonville

by Robert Mailer Anderson Harper Perennial (September 25, 2012)

Surrounded by misfits, rednecks, and counterculture burnouts, John Gibson—the reluctant heir of an alcoholic grandmother—and Sarah McKay—a commune-reared "hippie-by-association"—search for self and community...


Small Silent Things

by Robin Page Harper Perennial (September 03, 2019)

A lyrical, haunting debut that explores the power of parenthood, identity, lust, and the legacy of trauma, as the lives of two neighbors are upended by ghosts from their past lives.

When the news of her mother’s...


Mary Ventura and The Ninth Kingdom

by Sylvia Plath Harper Perennial (January 22, 2019)

Never before published, this newly discovered story by literary legend Sylvia Plath stands on its own and is remarkable for its symbolic, allegorical approach to a young woman’s rebellion against convention...


The Churchgoer

by Patrick Coleman Harper Perennial (July 30, 2019)

A LitHub Most Anticipated Book of Summer

A haunting debut literary noir about a former pastor’s search to find a missing woman in the toxic, contradictory underbelly of southern California.

“He was finished...


Old Baggage

by Lissa Evans Harper Perennial (April 16, 2019)

#1 UK Bestseller

“A thoughtful, funny, companionable novel…executed with verve.”—London Times

The author of the acclaimed Crooked Heart returns with a comic, charming, and surprisingly timely portrait...