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BKLYN BookMatch - Literary fiction focusing on characters and relationships

This list was created by a librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library for a reader. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit Bklyn BookMatch here: www.bklynlibrary.org/bookmatch The titles and authors listed were inspired by a reader who enjoys books by: Ursula Le Guin, Anne Tyler, Alice Munro, Maeve Binchy, Edith Pearlman, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Doris Lessing, Elizabeth Strout and Ann Patchett

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September

Rosamunde Pilcher. |

September by Rosamunde Pilcher A place you will never forget: Rosamunde Pilcher's Scotland ... where the fields flourish with greenery, the bills bloom with purple, and the lochs glitter with the bright blue of the sky. A time you will never forget: September ... when the heather is in full flower, the first chill of autumn cools the air, and the countryside stirs with the hunt, balls, dinner parties, and dance.

At the water's edge

Sara Gruen. |

Set in Loch Ness, right in the middle of WWII, a foolish group of rich Americans arrive in search of the famous monster. Narrator Maddie must make sense of the circumstances that have brought her to this wild locale. Only then can she discover the strength she needs to make her own decisions. Enjoy a delightfully intriguing cast of characters and the engaging style of storytelling that has made Gruen so popular.

Twilight of the superheroes

Deborah Eisenberg. |

Deborah Eisenberg is nearly unmatched in her mastery of the short-story form. Now, in her newest collection, she demonstrates once again her virtuosic abilities in precisely distilled, perfectly shaped studies of human connection and disconnection. From a group of friends whose luck in acquiring a luxurious Manhattan sublet turns to disaster as their balcony becomes a front-row seat to the catastrophe of 9/11; to the Roman holiday of a schoolteacher running away from the news of her ex-husband's life-threatening illness, and her unlikely guide, a titled art scout in desperate revolt against his circumstances and aging; to the too painful love of a brother for his schizophrenic sister, whose tragic life embitters him to the very idea of family, Eisenberg evokes "intense, abundant human lives" in which "everything that happens is out there waiting for you to come to it."

Camilla, or, A picture of youth

Frances Burney ; edited with and introduction and notes by Edward A. Bloom and Lillian D. Bloom. |

First published in 1796, Camilla deals with the matrimonial concerns of a group of young people-Camilla Tyrold and her sisters, the daughters of a country parson, and their cousin Indiana Lynmere-and, in particular, with the love affair between Camilla herself and her eligible suitor, Edgar Mandlebert. The path of true love, however, is strewn with intrigue, contretemps and misunderstanding. An enormously popular eighteenth-century novel, Camilla is touched at many points by the advancing spirit of romanticism. Fanny Burney weaves into her novel strands of light and dark, comic episodes and gothic shudders, and creates a pattern of social and moral dilemmas which emphasize and illuminate the gap between generations.

The cookbook collector

Allegra Goodman. |

While executive Emily questions her choices about her career and a long-distance relationship with a successful man, her environmental activist sister, Jessamine, struggles with her own doubts about her beliefs and love affair.

Troubled waters

Sharon Shinn. |

Zoe Ardelay, chosen to become the king's fifth wife, is a coru prime ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right. But as Zoe unlocks more of the mysteries of her blood--and the secrets of the royal family--she must decide how to use her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal court.

The thirteenth tale

Diane Setterfield. |

When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer, write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales.

The man without a shadow

Joyce Carol Oates. |

A mid-20th-century neuroscientist shares a decades-long relationship with a famous amnesiac, making discoveries about the labyrinthine mysteries of the brain while gradually falling in love with him.

The lake of dreams

Kim Edwards. |

In a tale spanning twenty-five years, a doctor delivers his newborn twins during a snowstorm and, rashly deciding to protect his wife from their baby daughter's affliction with Down Syndrome, turns her over to a nurse, who secretly raises the child.

The men of Brewster Place

Gloria Naylor. |

Explores the lives and fates of seven men, from Basil Michael, who marries a woman he does not love for the sake of her children, to Eugene Turner, torn between his homosexuality and his beloved wife.

The memory keeper's daughter

Kim Edwards. |

In a tale spanning twenty-five years, a doctor delivers his newborn twins during a snowstorm and, rashly deciding to protect his wife from their baby daughter's affliction with Down Syndrome, turns her over to a nurse, who secretly raises the child.