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Thérèse Raquin (Penguin Classics)
240 pages; Penguin
Adultery, murder and 19th-century Paris—what could be more addictive? The title of this classic has been changed to In Secret for the cinematic version being released this February—and the plot simplified. Pick up the novel for the more complex, but wildly readable story, not to mention the masterful prose of Zola, who can make you feel as if you're standing in a filthy sewer or an elegant boulevard in the blink of a sentence.
— Leigh Newman