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Anna was living a normal life. She was ambitious and worked hard; she had just bought an apartment; she was falling in love. But then she started to develop worrying symptoms: her face felt like it was burning whenever she was in front of the computer. Soon this progressed to an intolerance of fluorescent light, then of sunlight itself. The reaction soon spread to her entire body. Now, when her symptoms are at their worst, she must spend months on end in a blacked-out room.

Emily Witt is single and in her thirties. She has slept with most of her male friends. Most of her male friends have slept with most of h...

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves," and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial…

"Haymaker" by Adam Schuitema (Northern Illinois University Press/Switchgrass Books): A witty and and politically charged novel, "Haymaker" is the story of an isolated Michigan town that becomes the flash point for some of the principal ideological debates of our day. It is a story about the failure of best intentions and the personal freedom of individuals to do good or to harm.

A richly mythic, colour-saturated tale of mothers and daughters from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Swimming Home

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