All Stars 2004

Fiction titles which received three or more starred reviews from major review sources.

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.
  • The Darling
    Author: Banks, Russell
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060197358 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    Raising serious philosophical questions about terrorism, political violence, and the clash of races and cultures, this political/historical thriller is Russell Banks at his best.
    Updated 8.12.04
  • The Inner Circle
    Author: Boyle, T.C.
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 0670033448 Date: 2004
    star Booklist star PW star LJ
    Fresh on the heels of his bestselling Drop City, Boyle's tenth novel features fabulous characters, a rollicking plot, and more sex than pioneering researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey ever dreamed of documenting . . . or almost.
    Updated 7.13.04
  • The Lady and the Unicorn
    Author: Chevalier, Tracy
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525947671 Date: 2004
    star Booklist star Kirkus star PW
    An extraordinary story exquisitely told, Chevalier's The Lady and the Unicorn weaves history and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry that rivals in grace and grandeur the masterpiece that inspired it.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 12.8.03
  • Epicure's Lament
    Author: Christensen, Kate
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0767910303 Date: 2004
    star PW star Kirkus star LJ
    From the author of In the Drink, a compelling novel about a man smoking himself to death. A literary tour de force of bitter humor and gorgeously articulated misanthropy to rival the works of Martin Amis and John Lanchester.
    Suggested Reading: Black Humor | Cooked Books
    Updated 1.15.04
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    Author: Clarke, Susanna
    Publisher: Bloombury $ 29.95 ISBN: 1582344167 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW star LJ
    Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Clarke's magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that it leaves readers longing for more.
    Suggested Reading: Magic & Magicians
    Updated 7.12.04
  • Bad Ground
    Author: Cramer, W. Dale
    Publisher: Bethany $ 12.99 (paper) ISBN: 076422784x
    star PW star Booklist star LJ
    To honor his mother's dying wish, 17-year-old Jeremy seeks out his bitter, estranged uncle. Despite his uncle's protests, he takes a job as a miner where his faith is tested by gritty coworkers, the threat of danger . . . and the possibility of love.
    Updated 6.1.04
  • Dew Breaker
    Author: Danticat, Edwidge
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22 ISBN: 1400041147 Date: 2004
    star LJ star Kirkus star Booklist
    From the acclaimed author of Breath, Eyes, Memory comes a powerful story of a man known as a "dew breaker," a Haitian torturer, whose past crimes lie beneath his new American reality.
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Circus in Winter
    Author: Day, Cathy
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 015101048x
    star Kirkus star LJ star PW
    From 1884 to 1939, the Great Porter Circus made the unlikely choice to winter in an Indiana town called Lima. Day follows a colorful cast of circus people into their everyday lives and brings the greatest show on earth to the page.
    Suggested Reading: Circus Stars
    Updated 5.17.04
  • Celestial Harmonies
    Author: Esterhazy, Peter
    Publisher: Ecco $ 29.95 ISBN: 0060501049 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    A biographical, structurally innovative novel in the grand European literary tradition that spans multiple generations and three centuries of tumultuous Central European history.
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Links
    Author: Farah, Nuruddin
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573222658 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    Jeebleh is returning to Mogadiscio from New York for the first time in 20 years. It is not a nostalgia trip for him--Jeebleh's last residence here was a jail cell. Gripping, provocative, and revelatory, Links is the finest work yet from Nuruddin.
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Confessions of Max Tivoli
    Author: Greer, Andrew Sean
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374128715 Date: 2004
    star PW star LJ star Booklist
    A beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, The Confessions of Max Tivoli reveals the world through the eyes of "monster," a being who confounds the very certainties by which people live and in doing so embodies in extremis what it means to be human.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 2.5.04
  • With
    Author: Harington, Donald
    Publisher: Toby $ 19.95 ISBN: 1592640508 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    The newest novel from the master of Stay More, Harington's mythical village in the Arkansas Ozarks, in which a peaceable kingdom is created in isolation from a most bizarre abduction gone wrong.
    Updated 3.22.04
  • An Unfinished Season
    Author: Just, Ward S.
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618036695 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    The distinguished chronicler of American social history and political culture hauntingly captures the 1950s, a time when even the small-town family could not escape the nationwide suspicion and dread of "the enemy within."
    Updated 6.1.04
  • Broken for You
    Author: Kallos, Stephanie
    Publisher: Grove $ 23 ISBN: 0802117791 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star Booklist star LJ
    Funny, heartbreaking and alive with a potpourri of eccentric and irresistible characters, this fresh and compulsively readable debut novel is about two women in self-imposed exile whose lives intersect, transforming both their worlds.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.16.04
  • Aloft
    Author: Lee, Chang-Rae
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 23.95 ISBN: 1573222631 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    Lee burst on the scene with Native Speaker, which won numerous awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award. Now, with Aloft, Lee has expanded his range and proves himself a master storyteller, able to observe his characters' flaws and weaknesses and, at the same time, celebrate their humanity.
    Updated 3.1.04
  • Bandbox
    Author: Mallon, Thomas
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375421165 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    From the author of Henry and Clara comes a dazzling, hilarious novel that captures the heart and soul of New York in the Jazz Age. Mallon pens a madcap and poignant book that brilliantly portrays the gaudiest American decade of them all.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Music & Fiction
    Updated 12.15.03
  • The Madonna of Excelsior
    Author: Mda, Zakes
    Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374200084 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star LJ star PW
    A new novel by a towering presence in contemporary South African literature. By turns earthy, witty, and tragic, The Madonna of Excelsior is a brilliant depiction of life in South Africa and of the dramatic changes between the 1970s and the present.
    Updated 3.15.04
  • An Evening of Long Goodbyes
    Author: Murray, Paul
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400061164 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    Vastly entertaining and outright hilarious, Paul Murray's debut heralds the arrival of a major new Irish talent. His protagonist is endearing and wildly witty-part P. G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster, with a cantankerous dash of A Confederacy of Dunces' Ignatius J. Reilly thrown in. With its rollicking plot and colorful characters, An Evening of Long Goodbyes is a delightful and erudite comedy of epic proportions.
    Updated 6.30.04
  • Waterborne
    Author: Murkoff, Bruce
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400040388 Date: 2004
    star LJ star PW star Booklist
    A panorama of human desire and enterprise, this debut novel is exceptional for its ambition, generosity, characters and grasp of history.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.5.04
  • Links
    Author: Nuruddin, Farah
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573222658 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    Jeebleh is returning to Mogadiscio from New York for the first time in 20 years. It is not a nostalgia trip for him--Jeebleh's last residence here was a jail cell. Gripping, provocative, and revelatory, Links is the finest work yet from Nuruddin.
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Heir to the Glimmering World
    Author: Ozick, Cynthia
    Publisher: Houghton $ 24 ISBN: 0618470492 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star Booklist star OW
    Ozick pays homage to the most beloved writers of the 19th century--Charles Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot--in a story set on the outskirts of the Bronx in the 1930s.
    Updated 8.9.04
  • The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
    Author: Robinson, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316735027 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    The bestselling status (and subsequent blockbuster film adaptations) of Bridget Jones's Diary and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is proof of the enduring strength of this category. Although the novel is invented, Robinson is a successful Hollywood producer whose credits include Braveheart and Last Orders.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.12.03
  • The Plot Against America
    Author: Roth, Philip
    Publisher: Houghton $ 26 ISBN: 0618509283 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist star LJ
    In this alternate history, Pulitzer Prize-winner Roth considers what it would be like for his Newark family--and for a million such families all over the country--during the menacing years of a Charles Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews would have every reason to expect the worst.
    Updated 9.22.04
  • The Confusion
    Author: Stephenson, Neal
    Publisher: Morrow $ 27.95 ISBN: 0060523867 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW star LJ
    In this profoundly compelling adventure, Stephenson brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters in the late 1600s on the high seas. It is a time of breathtaking genius and discovery for men and women whose exploits define an age known as Baroque.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.5.04

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