Fiction

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Read It Forward features some of the finest fiction around, from international bestsellers to hot debuts. For readers who love contemporary, voice-driven, character-rich books.

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Enter for Your Chance to Win The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe

Now that’s a title.

A charmingly exuberant comic debut from an exciting new literary voice, this “quirky, hilarious, elegantly written farce” (The Daily Telegraph) is the globetrotting story of a trickster from rural India and his adventure of a lifetime.

When the fakir—a professional con artist—arrives in Paris, he has just one goal: to get to Ikea. Armed with only a counterfeit hundred-euro note in the pocket of his silk trousers, he is confident that he has all he needs to thrive.

But his plan goes horribly awry when he hides inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer—the first in a series of accidents that will send him on a whirlwind tour across Europe.

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Start Reading If I Fall, If I Die

The boy stepped Outside, and he did not die.

“He was not riddled with arrows, his hair did not spring into flame, and his breath did not crush his lungs like spent grocery bags. His eyeballs did not sizzle in their sockets, and his heart’s pistons did not seize. No barbarian lopped his head into a blood-soggy wicker basket, and no glinting ninja stars were zinged into his throat.

Actually, incredibly: nothing happened—no immolation, no blood-bath, no spontaneous asphyxiation, no tide of shivery terror crashing upon the shore of his heart—not even a trace of his mother’s Black Lagoon in his breath.”

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Women’s Fiction Giveaway: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959.

The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets.

Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of her work, Anne Tyler’s latest novel tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity.

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Literary Fiction Giveaway: If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

A heartfelt and wondrous debut about family, fear, and skateboarding, that Karen Russell calls “A bruiser of a tale . . . a death-defying coming-of-age story.”

Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and loving, full of art, experiments, and music—but confined to their small house.

But Will’s thirst for adventure can’t be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside.

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Hello from the Gillespies Is Perfect for Your Book Club

Would you ever tell the truth – the real, honest-to-goodness truth – in your annual holiday letter?

For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth …

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Without Angela, the family would fall apart.

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Start Reading J, Finalist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize

Does knowing that a book won a literary award make you more likely to read it? Why or why not? Share in the comments!

The winner of the 2014 Man Booker prize will be unveiled tonight (October 14, 2014) in a ceremony in Guildhall, London. We’re thrilled to share an excerpt from one of the finalists: J by Howard Jacobson.

J is a dystopia that invites comparison with George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.” –Sunday Times

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International Praise for Bonita Avenue

Be among the first to learn about a literary sensation that’s sweeping Europe!

Bonita Avenue will be available in the U.S. in January 2015, and we’re thrilled to share it with you now. Critics are hailing Peter Buwalda as “The Dutch answer to Jonathan Franzen.”

A riveting portrait of a family in crisis and the ways that even the smallest twists of fate can forever change our lives, Bonita Avenue is an incendiary, unpredictable debut of relationships torn asunder by lies, and minds destroyed by madness.

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An Unexpected Fairy Tale: Start Reading The Witch

A brilliant new collection of stories that put a modern twist on classic fairy tales from New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson.

The downtrodden prevail, appearances deceive, and humility and virtue triumph in The Witch, as lost children try to find their way home, adults cursed by past unspeakable acts are fated to experience their own horror in the present, and true love—or is it enchantment?—conquers all. Start reading now and discover a fairy tale like none you’ve ever read before.