The Ruby in Her Navel
By Barry Unsworth
Set in the Kingdom of Sicily in the 12th century, this spacious novel undergoes magical shifts (Doubleday, $26).
By Erik Larson
A suspense-filled ending makes this new work from the author of "The Devil in the White City" unforgettable (Crown, $25.95).
The Light of Evening
By Edna O'Brien
In musical prose, the author explores the eternal bond between a mother and daughter (Houghton Mifflin, $25).
Selected from books recently reviewed in the Globe.