McNally Editions

McNally Editions is a series of paperbacks devoted to hidden gems, and is the publishing arm of McNally Jackson bookstores in New York. McNally Editions believes that often the most enjoyable books lie off the beaten path, waiting to be rediscovered, and that rediscovery is what reading culture is all about. These books are printed on acid free paper, with sewn bindings and sturdy, off-the-shoulder jackets, because McNally Editions believes that good books should last and be shared, and ought to be beautiful too.

Winter Love by Han Suyin

As a college student in London during the bitterly cold winter of 1944, Red falls in love with her married classmate Mara. Their affair unleashes a physical passion, a jealousy, and a sense of self-doubt that sweep all her previous experiences aside and will leave her changed forever. Set against the rubble of the bombed city, in a time of gray austerity and deprivation, Winter Love recalls a life at its most vivid.

They by Kay Dick

Set amid the rolling hills and the sandy shingle beaches of coastal Sussex, this disquieting novel depicts an England in which bland conformity is the terrifying order of the day. Violent gangs roam the country destroying art and culture and brutalizing those who resist the purge. As the menacing "They" creep ever closer, a loosely connected band of dissidents attempt to evade the chilling mobs, but it's only a matter of time until their luck runs out. Kay Dick's They is an uncanny and prescient vision of a world hostile to beauty, emotion, and the individual.

Troy Chimneys by Margaret Kennedy

Troy Chimneys purports to be the private memoirs of Miles Lufton, a minor politician of Regency-era Britain. In them he recounts, with tongue partially in cheek, the battle between the two sides of his personality: the man of sensibility versus the ruthless social climber. But as he charms his way into love and power, the duel threatens to destroy him.

Something To Do With Paying Attention by David Foster Wallace

When David Foster Wallace died in 2008, he left behind a vast unfinished novel—some 1,100 pages of loose chapters, sketches, notes, and fragments—published in 2011 as The Pale King. But the unfinished King did contain a finished novella that Wallace had already considered publishing as a stand-alone volume. It is the story of a young man, a self-described “wastoid,” adrift in the suburban Midwest of the 1970s, whose life is changed forever by an encounter with advanced tax law.

The Murderer by Roy Heath

Quiet, reserved, painfully shy, Galton Flood arrives in the Guyanese township of Linden haunted by the death of his domineering mother. There he meets Gemma Burrowes, a vibrant young woman eager to escape the confines of her father’s boarding house. They marry and make a home in the anonymous sprawl of Georgetown, Galton’s native city, where Gemma starts to realize that there is something very wrong with this match, and with Galton himself.

Daddy's Gone A-Hunting by Penelope Mortimer

Bourgeois housewife Ruth Whiting is “paralysed by triviality,” measuring out her days in coffee mornings, glasses of sherry, and bridge parties—routines that barely disturb the solitude of her existence. Her husband spends his weeknights in town; their daughter, eighteen-year-old Angela, is at Oxford; and their sons are at boarding school. Then Angela accidentally falls pregnant, and Ruth must keep her own past from repeating itself.

Betrayed By Rita Hayworth by Manuel Puig

When it appeared in 1968, Manuel Puig’s debut—a portrait of the artist as a child in small-town Argentina—was hailed as revolutionary. Borrowing from the language of "true romance" and movie magazines, the techniques of American modernism, and Hollywood montage, Puig created an exuberant queer aesthetic while also celebrating the secret lives of women.

Rattlebone by Maxine Clair

Irene Wilson knows that a “no-name invisible something” has settled over her parents’ marriage and suspects her glamorous new teacher is to blame. Irene is not alone in her suspicions. In Rattlebone, a small Black neighborhood of Kansas City in the segregated 1950s, secrets are hard to keep and growing up is a community affair. As Irene is initiated into adult passion and loss, her family story takes its place in a tightly woven tapestry of neighbors whose griefs and joys are as vivid as her own.

An Obedient Father by Akhil Sharma

An Obedient Father introduced one of the most admired voices in contemporary fiction. Set in Delhi in the 1990s, it tells the story of an inept bureaucrat enmired in corruption, and of the daughter who alone knows the true depth of his crimes. Decried in India for its frank treatment of child abuse, the novel was widely praised elsewhere for its compassion, and for a plot that mingled the domestic with the political, tragedy with farce.

The Goodby People by Gavin Lambert

The people who inhabit Gavin Lambert's mordant portrait of Southern California at the end of the 1960s are forever swapping addresses, lovers, and dreams. They live in extraordinary, suffocating wealth; or else flirting with a Mansonesque cult; or else in a fantasy where golden-age actresses make ghostly visitations to comment on their daily life. All that binds them together is their common sense of aimlessness--and the clear, judgment-free eye of a British author trying his best to be a friend to each.

Elbowing The Seducer by Wyatt Harlan (T. Gertler)

New York, the early 1980s. Newman Sykes is a feared book critic, failed novelist, and savage interviewer, with a must-read monthly column and a weekly segment on the local news. His friend and rival Howard Ritchie is a fiction editor whose keen eye and near-lunatic force of will have turned a sleepy quarterly into a star factory. But this seamy boys' club comes to grief when Howard receives a story from one “D. Reeve,” a newcomer, who turns out to be the fresh talent they’ve both been waiting for—and a woman with ambition and appetites as ruthless as their own.

The Oppermanns by Lion Feuchtwanger

In the foment of Weimar-era Berlin, the Oppermann brothers represent tradition and stability. One brother oversees the furniture chain founded by their grandfather, one is an eminent surgeon, one a respected critic. They are rich, cultured, liberal, and public spirited, proud inheritors of the German enlightenment. They have never been able to take Hitler seriously as a threat to themselves, much less to their world. Then the Nazis come to power, and the Oppermanns and their children are faced with the terrible decision of whether to adapt—if they can—flee, or try to fight.