White Cat, Black Dog by Kelly Link

Staff Pick

Fans of Angela Carter and Helen Oyeyemi will love this collection of modern folk tale retellings featuring a conniving but seductive talking cat, a whimsically harrowing quest to retrieve the Prince of the Underworld, and a mysterious house-sitting gig for an exacting homeowner. With each story Link complicates, expands, and cherishes the original tale, bringing her signature zany wit along the way. In one story inspired by the Brothers Grimm's The Musicians of Bremen, the narrator wonders if the story is comedy or tragedy. Like all the best storytellers, Link employs both masterfully.

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By Kelly Link, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593449950
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Published: Random House - March 28th, 2023

Offshore, by Penelope Fitzgerald

Staff Pick

Penelope Fitzgerald drew from her own experience of inhabiting a crumbling (and slowly sinking) houseboat on the Thames to tell the story of a group of misfits in the early 1960s who choose to live along the Chelsea Embankment. Fitzgerald packs a more nuanced and intricate examination of her characters' lives into a couple hundred pages than others have done with three times the length, and Offshore remains the shortest novel ever to win the Booker Prize.

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ISBN: 9780544361515
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 14th, 2014

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark

Staff Pick

Muriel Spark's masterpiece centers on the insular world of a conservative 1930s Scottish girls' school, and the free-spirited teacher who shakes it to its core. But Miss Jean Brodie is not a blandly inspirational teacher archetype; she is complicated, messy, and sometimes a bit frightening. The novel is, as Brodie would put it, "the crème de la crème."

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ISBN: 9780061711299
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 6th, 2018