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Francine Prose


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Francine Prose is the author of fourteen books of fiction, including, most recently, A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her works of nonfiction include the national bestseller The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, among them Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, Prose was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.

Genres: General Fiction, Historical
 
Francine Prose recommends
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The Lovers (2010)
Vendela Vida
"The lovers is a spare and haunting meditation on how travel can bring us full circle back to the place from which we should have started. I read it over two days and dreamed about it the second night."
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Comedy in a Minor Key (2010)
Hans Keilson
"The Death of the Adversary and Comedy in a Minor Key are masterpieces and Hans Keilson is a genius... Read these books and join me in adding him to the list, which each of us must compose on our own, of the world's greatest writers."
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Gold Boy, Emerald Girl (2010)
Yiyun Li
"[Resonates] with emotion... Gold Boy, Emerald Girl is an example of the treasure an artist can fashion from the raw materials of ordinary existence."
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City Beasts (2015)
Mark Kurlansky
"Mark Kurlansky's fiction provides the same pleasures we have come to expect from his nonfiction. It's beautifully written, observant, and acutely intelligent."
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A Spool of Blue Thread (2015)
Anne Tyler
"Anne Tyler's novels are invitations to spend time in the houses of the Baltimore neighborhood that she has built--house by house, block by block, word by word--over her long and bright career."
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I'm Glad About You (2016)
Theresa Rebeck
"Rebeck's smart, funny, deeply sympathetic and astringently observant novel gets everything right."
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The Night Ocean (2017)
Paul La Farge
"The Night Ocean had me from the first sentence. This immensely original, elegantly written and continually surprising novel casts a spell that keeps us enthralled until the book's brilliant conclusion."
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Gypsy Moth Summer (2017)
Julia Fierro
"In her hugely engaging novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, Julia Fierro brings a light touch to bear on the most important subjects: social class, race, family, generational conflict, anger and forgiveness. It is a sterling example of how fiction can entertain us and at the same time inspire us to think about the things we urgently need to consider, now more than ever."
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The Fourth Child (2021)
Jessica Winter
"Jessica Winter's The Fourth Child is a brave, complex novel about a mother and her two daughters—and a morally astute exploration of the rewards, limits, and unexpected costs of faith and compassion."
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Savage Tongues (2021)
Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi
"Savage Tongues touches all the bases—identity, sex, power, youth and age, the present and the past—and knocks it out of the park. Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is our woke Marguerite Duras."

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