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Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution (Great Discoveries)
by Madison Smartt Bell
“Fresh . . . solid . . . full of suspense and intrigue.”— Publishers Weekly Antoine Lavoisier reinvented chemistry, overthrowing the long-established principles of alchemy and inventing an entirely new terminology, one still in use by chemists. Madison Smartt Bell’s enthralling narrative reads like a race to the finish line...
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Boy With a Coin (Kindle Single)
by Madison Smartt Bell
Charlie Chapo is the Haitian nickname of an American traveler who’s tried to adopt Haitian culture as his own. At dawn on January 12, 2010, he walks into the hills above Port-au-Prince as an earthquake lays waste to the city below. A pilgrimage of sorts, his journey that day takes him into, through and out of himself, toward another...
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The Washington Square Ensemble (Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series)
by Madison Smartt Bell
Madison Smartt Bell’s debut novel: a story of drifters, outcasts, junkies, and dealers surviving in the heart of 1980s New York City Over one busy weekend, small-time heroin dealer Johnny B. Goode and his alliance of fellow pushers work their trade amidst students, businessmen, and assorted sewer rats while avoiding the law. Narrated...
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Master of the Crossroads
by Madison Smartt Bell
Continuing his epic trilogy of the Haitian slave uprising, Madison Smartt Bell’s Master of the Crossroads delivers a stunning portrayal of Toussaint Louverture,  former slave, military genius and liberator of Haiti, and his struggle against the great European powers to free his people in the only successful slave revolution in...
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All Souls' Rising
by Madison Smartt Bell
"A serious historical novel that reads like a dream." -- The Washington Post Book World "One of the most spohisticated fictional treatments of the enduring themes of class, color, and freedom." -- San Francisco Chronicle NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FINALIST  This first installment of the epic Haitian...
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Straight Cut (Hard Case Crime Book 21)
by Madison Smartt Bell
A film editor takes a job in Italy only to find that half of the gig is cutting film, while the other half is moving uncut dope Freelance film editor Tracy Bateman has hit a string of bad luck. His country home is crumbling, his marriage is floundering, and his beloved dog just died. But things begin looking up for Tracy when a film...
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Devil's Dream: A Novel About Nathan Bedford Forrest
by Madison Smartt Bell
A powerful new novel about Nathan Bedford Forrest, the most reviled, celebrated, and legendary of Civil War generals. With the same eloquence, dramatic energy, and grasp of history that marked his award-winning fictional trilogy of the Haitian Revolution, Madison Smartt Bell now turns his gaze to America’s Civil War. We see Forrest on...
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Soldier's Joy (Contemporary American Fiction)
by Madison Smartt Bell
Two Southern soldiers, recently back from Vietnam, struggle to resume their lives amid dangerous and deep-rooted prejudice Thomas Laidlaw returns home from Vietnam with nothing much in mind but to tend his acreage, live apart, and get lost in the roots music he grew up with. Laidlaw’s childhood friend Rodney Redmon is doubly burdened:...
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Barking Man: And Other Stories (Contemporary American Fiction)
by Madison Smartt Bell
Ten tales of misfits in big cities and lonely backwaters, striving to free themselves from traps of their own making In each of Bell’s ten stories, characters struggle through trying times, captives of their own bad decisions or plain bad luck. In “Black and Tan,” a farmer’s fortitude after the tragic death of his family leads...
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The Stone that the Builder Refused: A Novel of Haiti
by Madison Smartt Bell
The Stone that the Builder Refused is the final volume of Madison Smartt Bell’s masterful trilogy about the Haitian Revolution–the first successful slave revolution in history–which begins with All Souls' Rising (a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award) and continues with Master of the Crossroads.  ...
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The Color of Night (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Madison Smartt Bell
Mae, a blackjack dealer in a Las Vegas casino, spends her free time wandering the desert with a rifle, or sitting in her trailer obsessively watching replays of an old lover escaping the wreckage of 9/11. What she sees in those images is different from what the rest of us would see. She revels in the pure anarchy, thrills at the...
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Toussaint Louverture
by Madison Smartt Bell
At the end of the 1700s, French Saint Domingue was the richest and most brutal colony in the Western Hemisphere. A mere twelve years later, however, Haitian rebels had defeated the Spanish, British, and French and declared independence after the first—and only—successful slave revolt in history. Much of the success of the revolution...
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Charm City: A Walk Through Baltimore (Crown Journeys)
by Madison Smartt Bell
With a writer’s keen eye, a longtime resident’s familiarity, and his own sly wit, acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell leads us on a walk through his adopted hometown of Baltimore, a city where crab cakes, Edgar Allan Poe, hair extensions, and John Waters movies somehow coexist. From its founding before the Revolutionary War to its...
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Waiting for the End of the World (Contemporary American Fiction)
by Madison Smartt Bell
A photographer descends into New York City’s chaotic and brutal underground in this sweeping story of the Big Apple at its seediest It’s 1982, and Clarence Dmitri Larkin is working as a photographer at Bellevue hospital in Manhattan. The job offers a painfully clear perspective on a city sick with madness, fraught with crime, and...
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Save Me, Joe Louis (Contemporary American Fiction)
by Madison Smartt Bell
One fateful decision pushes a soldier from a life of stifling order to a life of freedom as doomed as it is thrilling Macrae, a nice kid from a small town in Tennessee, joins the army only because the boys he grew up with enlisted before him. But when military life doesn’t suit the young dreamer, he goes AWOL, and his wanderlust leads...
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Doctor Sleep (An Evergreen book)
by Madison Smartt Bell
Madison Smartt Bell is one of the most versatile and gifted authors of his generation, a literary stylist with few peers. Doctor Sleep, one of his best novels, is a taut and satisfying psychological thriller planned to be released as a major motion picture under the title Hypnotic. Adrian Strother is a hypnotherapist who, paradoxically...
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Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form
by Madison Smartt Bell
With clarity, verve, and the sure instincts of a good teacher, Madison Smartt Bell offers a roll-up-your-sleeves approach to writing in this much-needed book. Focusing on the big picture as well as the crucial details, Bell examines twelve stories by both established writers (including Peter Taylor, Mary Gaitskill, and Carolyn Chute)...
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Behind the Moon
by Madison Smartt Bell
When Julie skips school and sets off with her best friend and some local boys for a camping trip in the desert, she finds herself the target of unwanted, drug-fueled sexual attention. Running away in fear, she takes a dangerous fall down the shaft of a vast underground cave, and it takes two days for her to be rescued. Lying unconscious...
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The Year of Silence (Contemporary American Fiction)
by Madison Smartt Bell
Bell’s stunning, multifaceted novel examines the ways in which a young woman’s suicide inspires those around her to fight for survival in New York CityMarian’s drug overdose shocked her friends, who all thought of her life as nearly perfect. It wasn’t until later that they realized how the pressures of addiction and her own...
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Zero db: And Other Stories (Abacus Books)
by Madison Smartt Bell
Madison Smartt Bell’s celebrated debut story collection about the daily struggles of life in America The characters in this captivating collection of stories are linked by imprisonment in desperate circumstances and the currents of history that carry them along. Praised for its clarity of voice and vision, Zero db and Other...
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