A Novel

Alice Hoffman

Scribner, $27

The lives of four women intersect during the siege of Masada by the Roman army.

An Ermine in Czernopol

A Novel

Gregor Von Rezzori, introduction by Daniel Kehlmann

New York Review Books, $16.95 paper

The tragicomic story of a military officer, at the end of World War I, who refuses to accept both his wife's infidelity and the waning of his beloved Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Every Third Thought

A Novel in Five Seasons

John Barth

Counterpoint, $24

After falling and hurting himself in the autumn of the year, 77-year-old George I. Newett experiences visions connected to seasons and moments in his life.

Forever Rumpole

The Best of the Rumpole Stories

John Mortimer

Viking, $30

A selection of adventures featuring everyone's favorite, cigar-chewing London barrister, Horace Rumpole.

The Forgotten Waltz