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There are six articles in the first part of the fiction double issue for December 25, 2006 and January 1, 2007:

COMMENT
"His Way" by Steve Coll: President Bush wants to find the next steps in Iraq his own way.

TALK OF THE TOWN
"Checking It Twice" by Lizzie Widdecombe: Toy store giant FAO Schwarz establishes new rules for holiday shopping.

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"The Gift Right Out" by James Surowiecki: The dead weight cost of giving bad presents.

PERSONAL HISTORY
"The Past Conditional" by Julian Barnes: What Mother would have wanted.

FICTION
"Demolition" by Louise Erdrich: A man's relationship with a woman, a cemetery, and a demolition project.< p>THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Best and Brightest" by David Denby: Bill Condon's movie adaptation of Dreamgirls and Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie in The Good Shepherd.

After you've listened to the first part of The New Yorker's Winter Fiction double issue, be sure to listen to more from featured authors Julian Barnes and Louise Erdrich.

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