THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES by Tom Wolfe. From the foibles of criminal justice in the Bronx to the follies on Wall Street, New York City and its movers and shakers are done to a crisp by the leading social satirist of his generation.
THE CHILD IN TIME by Ian McEwan. This story about a girl kidnaped from a supermarket checkout bridges the gap between private anguish and public policy in contemporary England. A masterly work by one of Britain's finest young writers.
THE COUNTERLIFE by Philip Roth. In a metaphysical thriller, Nathan Zuckerman, the author's durable doppelganger, once again...