Blueprints for Building Better Girls
Simon & Schuster, $24
The eight stories in this collection connect in unexpected ways and explore how contemporary women live.
The Cat's Table
Alfred A. Knopf, $26
A young boy's sea voyage from Sri Lanka to England in the early 1950s centers on the company he dines with, far from the captain's table.
Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes
The latest in his Albany cycle, Kennedy's novel follows a young man to pre-revolutionary Cuba in the late 1950s.
The Deleted World: Poems
Versions by Robin Robertson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $13, paper
A collection of poems, many of which have never been published in the U.S., from the writer who was awarded this year's Nobel Prize for literature.