July 15, 2012 5:00 AM

Watermark Books: New & recommended

"The Absolutist" by John Boyne (Other Press, $16.95) Disowned by his family, 21-year-old Tristan Sandler enlists in the English army, hoping to prove himself. Instead, with Will, he finds an unlikely friendship that will not only bring Tristan happiness, but also confusion and unbearable pain. From the author of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" comes a tragic yet beautiful story of passion, jealousy and heroism; one that is sure to become a modern classic.

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