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  • "Fabrications" is a spritely love story that in its odd way recapitulates Henry James's The Wings of the Dove. A young man and a young woman are in love but don't have the financial resources they know they will need not just to be comfortable but to...


  • If a novel is a work of prose of some length, this is a novel--but different in that it is more like life, which has no plots and does not reward virtue or punish vice, and in which characters appear and then, if the author doesn’t kill them off, r...


  • Fiction. Jewish Studies. A Jewish young man and a gentile girl fall deeply in love in the fifties but he lacks the character (or else has too much) to contemplate intermarriage. This short, vivid novel describes how, over the years, he comes to reali...


  • Fiction. While waiting for results from a prostate exam, a writer turns to the example of Marcel Proust and Dr. Eduoard Brissaud, Proust's model for Dr. duBulbon in The Guermantes Way and the man who first documented Gilles de la Tourette's Syndrome....


  • Historical fiction has long ranked somewhere just above romance novels and mysteries in the great chain of literary respectability, yet as David Slavitt points out in his humorous yet loving send-up of the genre, riches might be found in the most unl...


  • This first-person narrative mines comedic gold in the narrator's psychological escape from a trio of critical family events: a graduation ceremony, a funeral, and a wedding. The narrator, self-aware and yet deeply depressed, spins out characters in a...


  • These two novellas are prose divertimentos, creating intellectual fun in the playful way they juggle themes, characters, plots, and ideas. In “Lorenzo's Book,” the priest who aided the star-crossed lovers in Romeo and Juliet tells the tale the way...


  • A satiric tale of human weakness and spiritual growth concerns John Smith, a failed writer and third-rate professor who steals another professor's place at an artists' colony in Italy and finds himself dealing with pretentious bores and a disappearin...









  • Three elderly women--an actress, a brothel madam, and a woman named Alice--dine at the Savoy and discuss Alice in Wonderland, in this fictional exploration of the lives of Lewis Carroll's three favorite photographic models...





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