Feb. 20/27, 1998

A Pound of Flesh Art Linson (Grove, first published in 1993) Reasonably dishy Hollywood war stories from the producer of The Untouchables.

A Quiet Life Kenzaburo Oe (Grove, 1996) The 1994 Nobel Prize winner’s latest novel describes a middle-class family disrupted by a father’s depression. Filled with lovely, subdued epiphanies.

Snow in August Pete Hamill (Warner Vision, 1997) Brooklyn, 1947: An 11-year-old Irish Catholic boy befriends a Czech rabbi in a fable full of snap and humor.