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November 1916

The Red Wheel #2

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn & H. T. Willetts Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 19, 2014)

The month of November 1916 in Russia was outwardly unmarked by seismic events, but beneath the surface, society seethed fiercely. In Petrograd, luxury-store windows are still brightly lit; the Duma debates the...


August 1914

The Red Wheel #1

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn & H. T. Willetts Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 19, 2014)

In his monumental narrative of the outbreak of the First World War and the ill-fated Russian offensive into East Prussia, Solzhenitsyn has written what Nina Krushcheva, in The Nation, calls "a dramatically new...


In the Wolf's Mouth

by Adam Foulds Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 03, 2014)

A new novel by the author Julian Barnes called "one of the best British writers to emerge in the last decade"

Set in North Africa and Sicily at the end of World War II, In the Wolf's Mouth follows the Allies'...


Hild

by Nicola Griffith Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 2013)

A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Hild

In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion...


The Volcano Lover

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2013)

Set in 18th century Naples, based on the lives of Sir William Hamilton, his celebrated wife Emma, and Lord Nelson, and peopled with many of the great figures of the day, this unconventional, bestselling historical...


The Secret of Santa Vittoria

by Robert Crichton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 20, 2013)

In the last days of World War II, German forces are sent to occupy the Italian hill town, Santa Vittoria, and claim its great treasure: one million bottles of the Santa Vittoria wine that is its lifeblood. The...


The Camerons

by Robert Crichton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 20, 2013)

On her 16th birthday, Maggie Drum sets out from the grimy streets of her Scottish coalmining town to find a man of pride, independence and spirit fit enough to be her husband. She finds her man in Gillon Cameron,...


The Art of Joy

by Goliarda Sapienza, Anne Milano Appel & Angelo Pellegrino Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 30, 2013)

The tumultuous twentieth century, told through the life of a single extraordinary woman

Rejected by a series of publishers, abandoned in a chest for twenty years, Goliarda Sapienza's masterpiece, The Art of...


The Whispering Muse

by Sjon & Victoria Cribb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 30, 2013)

Already celebrated far beyond his native Iceland, the novels of Sjón arrive on waves of praise from writers, critics, and readers worldwide. Sjón has won countless international awards and earned ringing comparisons...


From the Mouth of the Whale

by Sjon & Victoria Cribb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 30, 2013)

From the Mouth of the Whale is an Icelandic saga for the modern age. The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty, and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn's horn, poor folk...


The Blue Fox

by Sjon & Victoria Cribb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 30, 2013)

Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter, an elusive, enigmatic fox leads a hunter on a transformative quest. At the edge of the hunter's territory, a naturalist struggles to build a life for his...


Jacob's Folly

by Rebecca Miller Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 05, 2013)

A luminous novel-funny and moving in equal measure-that shines with the author's unique talents

Jacob's Folly is a rollicking, ingenious, saucy book, brimful of sparkling, unexpected characters, that takes on...


The Right-Hand Shore

by Christopher Tilghman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

A masterful novel that confronts the dilemmas of race, family, and forbidden love in the wake of America's Civil War

Fifteen years after the publication of his acclaimed novel Mason's Retreat, Christopher Tilghman...


HHhH

by Laurent Binet & Sam Taylor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich", or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich". The most dangerous man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the "Butcher of Prague." He was feared by all and loathed...


Signals of Distress

by Jim Crace Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 01, 2005)

Signals of Distress tells the story of an American emigration vessel grounded off the coast of England in the 1830's. While the Belle of Wilmington waits to be refloated, the isolated community of Wherrytown...


Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman

by Friedrich Christian Delius & Jamie Bulloch Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 31, 2012)

In Rome one January afternoon in 1943, a young German woman is on her way to listen to a Bach concert at the Lutheran church. The war is for her little more than a daydream, until she realizes that her husband...


A Black Englishman

by Carolyn Slaughter Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 15, 2005)

India, 1920: exotic, glamorous, and violent, as the country begins to resist England's colonial grip. In the midst of this turmoil, Isabel, a young British military wife, begins a passionate liaison with Sam,...


The Way to Paradise

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Natasha Wimmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2011)

A New York Times Notable Book

Flora Tristán, the illegitimate child of a wealthy Peruvian father and French mother, grows up in poverty and journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. On her return in 1844,...


The Druggist of Auschwitz

by Dieter Schlesak & John Hargraves Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2011)

Dieter Schlesak's haunting novel The Druggist of Auschwitz—beautifully translated from the German by John Hargraves—is a frighteningly vivid portrayal of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of criminal...


Ghost Light

by Joseph O'Connor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 01, 2011)

1907 Edwardian Dublin, a city of whispers and rumors. At the Abbey Theatre W. B. Yeats is working with the talented John Synge, his resident playwright. It is here that Synge, the author of The Playboy of the...


The True Memoirs of Little K

by Adrienne Sharp Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 26, 2010)

Exiled in Paris, tiny, one-hundred-year-old Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs before all that she believes to be true is forgotten. A lifetime ago, she was the vain, ambitious, impossibly...


The Religion

by Tim Willocks Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 29, 2008)

This is what we dream of: to be so swept away, so poleaxed by a book that the breath is sucked right out of us. Brace yourselves.

May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad...


The Long Song

Walter Scott Prize 2011

by Andrea Levy Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 27, 2010)

THE AUTHOR OF SMALL ISLAND TELLS THE STORY OF THE LAST TURBULENT YEARS OF SLAVERY AND THE EARLY YEARS OF FREEDOM IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY JAMAICA

Small Island introduced Andrea Levy to America and was acclaimed...


Kangaroo

by Yuz Iosif Aleshkovsky & Tamara Glenny Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 1986)

One morning in 1949, Fan Fanych, alias Etcetera, is summoned from his Moscow apartment to KGB headquarters, where he is informed that he will be charged with a crime more heinous than any mere man could ever...


The Removes

by Tatjana Soli Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 12, 2018)

As the first wave of pioneers travel westward to settle the American frontier, two women discover their inner strength when their lives are irrevocably changed by the hardship of the wild west in The Removes...


Woman of the Ashes

by Mia Couto & David Brookshaw Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 10, 2018)

The first in a trilogy about the last emperor of southern Mozambique by one of Africa’s most important writers

Southern Mozambique, 1894. Sergeant Germano de Melo is posted to the village of Nkokolani to oversee...


Theory of Shadows

by Paolo Maurensig & Anne Milano Appel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 16, 2018)

The strange circumstances surrounding the death of the world chess champion and alleged Nazi collaborator Alexander Alekhine, as investigated by a literary grand master

On the morning of March 24, 1946, the world...


To Die in Spring

by Ralf Rothmann Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 29, 2017)

The lunacy of the final months of World War II, as experienced by a young German soldier

Distant, silent, often drunk, Walter Urban is a difficult man to have as a father. But his son—the narrator of this slim,...


Like a Fading Shadow

by Antonio Munoz Molina & Camilo A. Ramirez Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 18, 2017)

A hypnotic novel intertwining the author’s past with James Earl Ray’s attempt to escape after shooting Martin Luther King Jr.

The year is 1968 and James Earl Ray has just shot Martin Luther King Jr. For two...


Isadora

by Amelia Gray Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 23, 2017)

Using the scaffolding of Isadora Duncan’s life and the stuff of her spirit, Amelia Gray delivers an incredibly imaginative portrait of the artist

In 1913, the restless world sat on the brink of unimaginable...


Heretics

by Leonardo Padura & Anna Kushner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 14, 2017)

"Padura’s Heretics spans and defies literary categories . . . ingenious." —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

A sweeping novel of art theft, anti-Semitism, contemporary Cuba, and crime from a renowned Cuban author,...


Vita

by Melania G. Mazzucco & Virginia Jewiss Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 15, 2005)

In April 1903, the steamship Republic spills more than two thousand immigrants onto Ellis Island. Among them are Diamante, age twelve, and Vita, nine, sent by their poor families in southern Italy to make their...


Moonstone

by Sjon & Victoria Cribb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 02, 2016)

The mind-bending miniature historical epic is Sjón's specialty, and Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was is no exception. But it is also Sjón's most realistic, accessible, and heartfelt work yet. It is the story...


The Chosen Ones

by Steve Sem-Sandberg & Anna Paterson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 02, 2016)

The Am Spiegelgrund clinic, in glittering Vienna, masqueraded as a well-intentioned reform school for wayward boys and girls and a home for chronically ill children. The reality, however, was very different:...


Winnie and Wolf

by A. N. Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 05, 2015)

Winnie and Wolf is the story of the remarkable relationship between Winifred Wagner and Adolf Hitler that took place during the years between the two world wars, as seen through the eyes of the secretary at...


Missy

by Chris Hannan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 10, 2008)

Missy is laudanum, or liquid opium. Missy is Dol McQueen, a nineteen-year-old "flash-girl" traveling the arduous wagon trail from San Francisco to the boomtowns of the Sierra Nevada. Her purpose: to fleece the...


By Gaslight

by Steven Price Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 04, 2016)

A literary tour de force of a detective's ceaseless hunt for an elusive criminal

By Gaslight is a deeply atmospheric, haunting novel about the unending quest that has shaped a man’s life.

William Pinkerton...


The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

by Dominic Smith Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 05, 2016)

“Written in prose so clear that we absorb its images as if by mind meld, “The Last Painting” is gorgeous storytelling: wry, playful, and utterly alive, with an almost tactile awareness of the emotional...


Landfalls

by Naomi J. Williams Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 04, 2015)

The gripping story of a dramatic eighteenth-century voyage of discovery from Naomi J. Williams

In her wildly inventive debut novel, Naomi J. Williams reimagines the historical La Pérouse expedition, a voyage...


Death and Mr. Pickwick

by Stephen Jarvis Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 23, 2015)

Death and Mr. Pickwick is a vast, richly imagined, Dickensian work about the rough-and-tumble world that produced an author who defined an age. Like Charles Dickens did in his immortal novels, Stephen Jarvis...


The Death's Head Chess Club

by John Donoghue Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 12, 2015)

A novel of the improbable friendship that arises between a Nazi officer and a Jewish chessplayer in Auschwitz

SS Obersturmfuhrer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz from the Russian front wounded and fit only...


The Anchoress

by Robyn Cadwallader Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 12, 2015)

England, 1255. What could drive a girl on the cusp of womanhood to lock herself away from the world forever?

Sarah is just seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress, a holy woman shut away in a cell that...


The Season of Migration

by Nellie Hermann Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 06, 2015)

The lyrically told story of one of the world's greatest artists finding his true calling

Though Vincent van Gogh is one of the most popular painters of all time, we know very little about a ten-month period...