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    My Brilliant Friend By Elena Ferrante translated by Ann Goldstein (Europa, $17.00)

    The pseudonymous Italian novelist has made a dazzling career out of four phantasmagoric, disorienting novels about people undone by routine adversity.

    The Garden of Evening Mists By Tan Twan Eng (Weinstein, $15.99)


    Tan Twan Eng’s sumptuous second novel imagines the story of survivors of an attack on British Malaya and a Japanese POW camp.

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    The Man Who Saved the Union By H.W. Brands (Doubleday, $35.00)

    H.W. Brands seals the new image of Ulysses S. Grant as smart, strategic, methodical, visionary, and tolerant.