I Am Forbidden
By Anouk Markovits (Anchor, $20)
A family is torn apart by belief and longing in this novel about an insular sect of Hasidic Jews.
By Modris Eksteins (Vintage, $22)
A Toronto academic genius uses Vincent van Gogh as a lens for his survey of Western culture and politics in the 20th century.
The Red House
By Mark Haddon (Anchor, $20)
The British novelist weaves together the stories of eight different people forced into close quarters.