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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

My Year of Rest and Relaxation
  • Author(s): Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2000

From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman’s efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists...

The Metropolis Case

The Metropolis Case
  • Author(s): Matthew Gallaway
  • Location(s): Paris, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Contemporary, 1860s

From the smoky music halls of 1860s Paris to the tumbling skyscrapers of twenty-first-century New York, a sweeping tale of passion, music, and the human heart’s yearning for connection. Martin is a forty-year-old lawyer who, despite his success, feels...

Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill
  • Author(s): Cecily von Ziegesar
  • Location(s): Cobble Hill
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In the eclectic Brooklyn neighbourhood of Cobble Hill, the lives of four married couples and their children are about to flip from complicated to combustible… Mandy is so underwhelmed by motherhood that she’s faking a debilitating disease to get...

My Salinger Year

My Salinger Year
  • Author(s): Joanna Rakoff
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1990s

Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny: a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of the last great figures of...

On Green Dolphin Street

On Green Dolphin Street
  • Author(s): Sebastian Faulks
  • Location(s): Washington DC, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1960s

The bestselling author of “Birdsong” and “Charlotte Gray” delivers an enthralling, vibrantly evocative novel set in America in 1960, when the country stood poised between the paranoia of the Cold War and the ebullience of the New Frontier. Faulks’...

The Singer’s Gun

The Singer’s Gun
  • Author(s): Emily St. John Mandel
  • Location(s): Ischia, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents deal in stolen goods and his first career is a partnership venture with his cousin Aria selling forged passports and social security cards to illegal aliens. Anton longs for...

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
  • Author(s): Steven Millhauser
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fantasy, Fiction
  • Era(s): late 19th - early 20th centuries

Martin Dressler is a turn-of-the-century New York City entrepreneur who begins in his father’s cigar store but dreams of a bigger empire. That dream shapes into a series of large hotels. At first, Dressler seems the archetypal American success...

Perfect Tunes

Perfect Tunes
  • Author(s): Emily Gould
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2000s

The perfect song. The biggest dream. The love of her life. It’s the early days of the new millennium, and Laura has arrived in New York City’s East Village in the hopes of recording her first album. A songwriter...

Perfectly Impossible

Perfectly Impossible
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Topp
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In this witty debut novel, Elizabeth Topp crafts a story that ventures behind the fanciful facade of Park Avenue and into the life of one lovable type A assistant. Anna’s job is simple: prevent the unexpected from happening and...

The Orchard

The Orchard
  • Author(s): David Hopen
  • Location(s): Miami, Brooklyn
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A commanding debut and a poignant coming-of-age story about a devout Jewish high school student whose plunge into the secularized world threatens everything he knows of himself Ari Eden’s life has always been governed by strict rules. In ultra-Orthodox...

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