Four novels, four styles: classic narration, avant garde, magic realism, and family drama. In Shame and the Captives by Thomas Keneally, Japanese POWs resolve to take drastic action to wipe away their shame. In The First Bad Man by Miiranda July has penned a spectacular debut about a neurotic middle-aged woman whose life is interrupted by a young, irresponsible house guest. In The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, a couple embarks on lonely pilgrimage in Arthurian Britain. And in Mightier than the Sword, Jeffrey Archer continues his Clifton chronicles.