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by Alice McDermott
In this National Book Award winner, friends remember a charismatic pal who’s recently died of alcoholism.
SEA OF POPPIES
by Amitav Ghosh
Adventures of a vibrant mix of characters on a ship carrying opium across the Bay of Bengal in the 1830s. Transporting.
by Patricia Weitz
A late-blooming coed (last name: Bloom) navigates the agony and ecstasy of campus life in Weitz’s sharply observed debut.