The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli The Lotus Eaters
By Tatjana Soli
400 pages; St. Martin's

In this novel of war, an American photographer and her Vietnamese friend come to terms with their romantic past as Saigon falls.
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The First Thing and the Last by Allan G. Johnson The First Thing and the Last
By Allan G. Johnson
408 pages; Plain View

A fictional tale of a wife who finally kills the man who abused her, and of the woman who helps her deal.

The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni The House of Tomorrow
By Peter Bognanni
354 pages; Amy Einhorn

A young man lives with his grandmother in a geodesic dome in Iowa. No surprise: He's a total oddball. Yes, surprise: His life makes for a sweet novel.

Backing into Forward by Jules Feiffer Backing into Forward
By Jules Feiffer
464 pages; Nan A. Talese/Doubleday

The loopy, octogenarian cartoonist tells his own story, this time in words. Well, mostly.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano The Solitude of Prime Numbers
By Paolo Giordano
288 pages; Pamela Dorman/Viking

Two misfits meet and miraculously connect in this debut novel, a prizewinning best-seller in the author's native Italy.
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