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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).

Thunderstruck
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).

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