Mary also reads.

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ISBN: 9780679775430
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1998

This book starts out pretty simply, with a man looking for his wife's missing cat. Then the man's wife goes missing. As his search continues, he meets one fascinating character after another, and gets dragged into the surreal netherworld of Tokyo. It's a page-turning mystery story that's also a beautifully written surreal novel. If you're looking for a fresh read, this is it.

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By David Markson, Steven Moore (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781564782113
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - May 1st, 1988

This book grabs your attention from the first page. The novel is told from the perspective of a woman who is either the last creature on earth or just insane. She repeats tidbits from the lives of historical figures (painters, composers, etc.) but changes the details every time, and jumbles them up with her own life story. By the end of book, you can piece together the truth about what happened to this woman, which makes for a beautiful, satisfying conclusion.

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ISBN: 9780375703768
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 7th, 2000

The is one of the craziest and best books I've ever read. It's about a manuscript found by a tattoo artist that was written by a blind man about a documentary that never existed about a house that's bigger on the inside than on the outside. Much bigger, it turns out. A lot of the suspense hinges on basic stuff like the fear of the dark, but you'll be surprised how potent that imagery can be in the right hands.

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ISBN: 9780061875731
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 3rd, 2012

David Vann is a fantastic, underappreciated novelist.  His writing is gorgeous, and his stories are dark and fascinating.  This novel is a study of a marriage gone horribly awry, set in the unforgiving, rural Alaskan landscape. Not a book for the feint of heart, but so very worth it.