Overview

Best Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Six Novels includes works by some of the finest novelists of today.  

Almost
by Elizabeth Benedict chronicles the attempt of writer Sophy Chase to come to terms with the death of her almost ex-husband -- who may have committed suicide on the New England resort island where she left him just months before.

Those Who Save Us ...
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Overview

Best Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Six Novels includes works by some of the finest novelists of today.  

Almost
by Elizabeth Benedict chronicles the attempt of writer Sophy Chase to come to terms with the death of her almost ex-husband -- who may have committed suicide on the New England resort island where she left him just months before.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum follows Trudy, a professor of German history, as she investigates her mother's past and the truth surrounding her life in Germany during WWII. Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.

The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss is a heartwarming, greatly satisfying story of a young woman with the rare talent of “gentling” wild horses and the unexpected and profound connections between people and animals. 

The Last Chinese Chef
by Nicole Mones takes readers inside the hidden world of elite cuisine in modern China through the story of an American food writer in Beijing. When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husband’s estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life.

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell is a gothic, intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth that will haunt you long past its final page.

The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett tells the story of a secretive magician's death that sets in motion his partner's journey of self-discovery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547661520
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/22/2010
  • Series: Best American Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 298,690
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jenna Blum
JENNA BLUM is the New York Times bestselling author of The Stormchasers. Jenna is of German and Jewish descent and spent four years working for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, interviewing Holocaust survivors. She teaches fiction for Grub Street Writers. Please visit Jenna at jennablum.com, on Facebook and on Twitter: @jenna_blum.

MAGGIE O'FARRELL is the author of four previous novels, including the acclaimed The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, which was a B&N Recommends Pick, and After You’d Gone. Born in Northern Ireland in 1972, O'Farrell grew up in Wales and Scotland. She has two children.

Molly Gloss is the best-selling author The Hearts of Horses, The Jump-Off Creek, winner of both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Oregon Book Award, The Dazzle of Day, winner of the PEN Center West Fiction Prize, and Wild Life, winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Award.

Nicole Mones is the prizewinning author of three previous novels, The Last Chinese Chef, Lost in Translation, and A Cup of Light, which are published in more than twenty-five countries.

Elizabeth Benedict is the author of Almost, which was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year, a Newsweek Best Fiction Book of the Year, and a Best Book of the Year by National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. She is also the author of three other novels, as well as The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers. She lives in New York City.

ANN PATCHETT is the author of six novels, including Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. She has written for the Atlantic, Gourmet, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, the Washington Post, and others.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Almost

Those Who Save Us

The Hearts of Horses

The Last Chinese Chef

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

The Magician’s Assistant

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Find new authors

    If you are a true lover of reading, you'll know what I mean when I say it's lovely to find a new prolific new author that one enjoys! I bought this with just that in mind--reading something entirely new and different, and I was not disappointed. What a treat to find six excellent novelists under the same cover. I knew I would enjoy Patchett, having already read State of Wonder, Truth and Beauty, and Bel Canto. However, I was delighted to find the author of Almost, The Last Chinese Chef and the others were just as enjoyable as Patchett. I am a little sad that, in terms of theme, the authors bore so much resemblance to each other. The books are all about loss in different forms. Perhaps that was purposeful on the editor's part, but it, as I said, saddened me that Americans don't seem to have happier things to write about----but I know true Literature, for some reason, is rarely the venue of happiness, and these authors definitely belong in the Literature section of fiction. (Caps for Lit are all mine.)

    Still, I enjoyed the exposure to fresh authors I can enjoy, and that is always a delight. Purchasing this amthology was certainly the right thing to do and very much "worth it".

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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