BIRDS OF AMERICA
Literate protagonists enliven this sleek, sharply humorous short-story collection.
THE ESSENCE OF THE THING
Madeleine St John
Alternately comic and heartbreaking tale about the breakup of a yuppie British couple.
EVERYTHING AND A KITE
TV star’s shtick — friendly observations about family life — translates smoothly to the printed page.
THE MUSEUM GUARD
Set in late-1930s Halifax, this cerebral novel centers on a straitlaced guard and his beautiful but unbalanced girlfriend.