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The Trade Division publishes an extensive list of award-winning titles, from literary fiction to mysteries, in both hardcover and paperback, including the prestigious Mariner Books paperback line. Among the adult brands are the popular J.R.R. Tolkien books and The Best American series®. Best-selling authors include Philip Roth, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Safran Foer, Anchee Min, Paul Theroux, Cynthia Ozick, and Tim O'Brien. Backlist classics include The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers and My Ántonia by Willa Cather. Browse our site for more fiction highlights in Bestsellers, Coming Soon, and Recent Catalogs. And don't miss our extensive resources for reading groups, including guides and newsletters.

The Zigzag Way

The Zigzag Way
by Anita Desai

The Zigzag Way explores cultural fault lines in an evocative story of expatriates and travellers adrift in a foreign land.

"Long before Jhumpa Lahiri . . . long before Monica Ali . . . another novelist was offering us exquisitely detailed portraits of bodies in transit [and] classes in the art of sly and sensuous fiction . . . Anita Desai was a global, migrant writer before such a thing was fashionable . . . In The Zigzag Way, she stakes out new ground and so yields discoveries about places not found on any map." — Time


by Steven Heighton

Afterlands is the harrowing, brilliantly written tale of a small society of castaways who struggle with the harsh arctic and with one other.

"Heighton brilliantly riffs off (and presents snippets of) the diary and memoir of the real-life Lt. George Tyson . . . this novel's scale, its delight in detail and its psychological insight make it an exceptionally satisfying adventure." — Publishers Weekly


by Cheryl Strayed

A remarkably assured and compassionate debut: large questions of love and loss play out on the intimate scale of a family in small-town Minnesota dealing with the unexpected death of their young mother.

"Strayed delivers a heartbreaking anatomy of one family's grief . . . Beautifully written and authentic in its portrayal of the unexpected fallout a family death can engender." — People, 3 1/2 out of 4 stars

Good Women

Good Women
by Jane Stevenson

A wicked look at good girls gone bad, from the acclaimed author of Several Deceptions.

"Sly, crafty women get what they want in Jane Stevenson's three clever novellas." — Boston Globe

"Pick up a copy to feed your inner nasty." — Daily Candy

For more general-interest fiction titles, browse in our recent catalogs:

Houghton Mifflin Fall 2007 General Interest Books Print Catalog

Houghton Mifflin Spring 2007 General Interest Books Print Catalog

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