Holiday book gift guide: Fiction
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Holiday book gift guide: Fiction

Holiday book gift guide: Fiction
Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Knopf, $26.95

While carving her path as a writer in the U.S., an outspoken Nigerian immigrant grapples with culture clash and long-distance love. (Knopf)
Holiday book gift guide: Fiction
At Night We Walk in Circles

Daniel Alarcón
Riverhead, $27.95

In an unnamed Latin American country, an idealistic young actor joins a radical theater troupe for a touring production of an incendiary political play. (Riverhead Books)
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The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton
Little, Brown, $27

Twelve townsmen gather in secret to unravel a series of strange events involving a missing notable, a suicidal prostitute and a dead drunk in this Man Booker Prize winner.

 (Little, Brown)
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Duplex

Kathryn Davis
Graywolf Press, $24

A young couple meet and come of age in a seemingly ordinary suburb inhabited by sorcerers, robots, aquanauts and other fantastical beings. (Graywolf Press)
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The Circle

Dave Eggers
McSweeneys/Knopf, $27.95

A 24-year-old woman gets a dream job with a popular Internet company that collects and parses individuals’ data and may have more troubling ambitions.  (Alfred A. Knopf / McSweeney’s)
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Bridget Jones
Mad About the Boy


Helen Fielding
Knopf, $26.95

Now 50, widowed and raising two children, Fielding’s titular heroine finds herself battling insecurity and looking for love in the digital age.  (Alfred A. Knopf)
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Havisham

Ronald Frame
Picador, $26

This prequel imagines the origin of Miss Havisham, the jilted, embittered bride of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” (Picador)
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Local Souls

Allan Gurganus
Liveright, $25.95

A trio of linked novellas set in Falls, N.C., about the familial dramas of a teenage girl, a begrudging mother and a local doctor.  (Liveright)
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The Residue Years

Mitchell Jackson
Bloomsbury, $26

Fresh out of rehab, a mother in Portland, Ore., tries to stay straight while her eldest son begins selling crack to support his family. (Bloomsbury)
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Dissident Gardens

Jonathan Lethem
Doubleday, $27.95

This multigenerational saga tells the story of a fractured family of American leftists, from the Communist Party of the 1930s to the Occupy movement. (Doubleday)
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Who Asked You?

Terry McMillan
Viking, $ 27.95

Already in dire straits, a middle-aged Los Angeles woman finds herself raising her wayward daughter’s two sons. (Viking)
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A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki
Viking, $28.95

A transplanted American novelist in British Columbia puzzles over how and why a Japanese schoolgirl’s diary washed up on her shore.  (Viking)
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Half the Kingdom

Lore Segal
Melville House, $23.95

In this black comedy, the retired director of an apocalyptic think tank is drawn into the case of a mysterious Alzheimer’s epidemic.  (Melville House)
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The Woman Who Lost her Soul

Bob Shacochis
Atlantic Monthly, $28

After serving on the Haitian truth commission, a humanitarian lawyer is tapped to investigate the murder of a troubled woman from his past. (Atlantic Monthly Press)
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The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion
Simon & Schuster, $24

Unlucky in love and unaware he has Asperger’s syndrome, a genetics professor develops a scientific survey to find a suitable mate. (Simon & Schuster)
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Death of the Black-Haired Girl

Robert Stone
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25

The sudden death of a beautiful, brilliant student romantically entangled with her married professor reverberates through an elite Connecticut college. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
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The Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan
Ecco, $29.99

A courtesan in Shanghai, born to an American madam, grapples with family secrets, broken promises and her own identity. (Ecco)
Holiday book gift guide: Fiction
The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt
Little, Brown, $30

When a boy’s mother is killed in an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, his life becomes inextricably linked to a Dutch painting. (Little, Brown and Company)
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The Interestings

Meg Wolitzer
Riverhead, $27.95

The lives of a group of friends who met as teens at a summer art camp in 1974 crisscross, diverge and reconnect over the years. (Riverhead Books)
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