Quick and beautifully written-- highly recommend! A young Spaniard reads a novel from a rare book library only to discover that someone is trying to destroy the author's other works. A gothic adventure for book lovers. A heartbreaking, soul-wrenching, lovely and poetic book. Sekaran's two protagonists, Soli and Kavya, play tug of war with your heart and it's impossible to divide their stories into black and white.
A politically important novel, because of its portrayal of immigration issues and the people affected by our failing policies, but Sekaran's story is much more than that; it's about love, and the storms we weather to protect it. The novel could be the black comedy I've been waiting for all my life! While employing unique strategies to cope with the recent death of his wife, K.
Through a series of absurd events he becomes the host of a reality TV show in which he confronts people with the truth, with disastrous and hilarious results. Currie walks a tightrope of comedy over a gaping chasm of heartbreak. This is a perfect satire of modern American culture. Lazlo Strange is a war orphan, raised by monks, who became a librarian. Stories are his life, and dreams are his future -- specifically, his dream of the lost city of Weep, which has been unseen and mostly forgotten for years. When a hero of Weep unexpectedly shows up looking for outsiders to bring back to help with the city's unexplained problem, Lazlo jumps at the chance, willing to do whatever it takes to get there and see the mystery for himself.
When he gets there, it's nothing like he expected, and each answer he finds raises more questions. This magical, lyrical book is beautiful and heartbreaking, and you won't want to leave the mythical world of Weep and the characters who power its story. I am eagerly awaiting more from her about Weep and Lazlo. Seventeen year old Gwen's father has disappeared. She refuses to accept that he just abandoned her while on a diplomatic assignment. She uses a "certain set of skills" gained by her father's resources to track him to the underbelly of Europe.
Think Taken , except the bad-ass daughter has to save her father.
Full of action and excitement. In his new novel, The Moon and the Other , set in the near future on the moon, John Kessel again demonstrates his visionary and compassionate eye. Through a lens of gender roles as they play out in the political clash of a matriarchy--The Society of Cousins--and a patriarchy--Persepolis--and in the lives of several of their citizens, Kessel explores human desire, expectation, emotion and alienation.
Pointedly, too, he gives keen insights into how technology and coercion, in one form or another, affect our existence. First published in , and filled with Marjorie Flack's charming illustrations, this Easter classic is worth visiting all year long. Read more on Lemuria's blog. So, the title. Like the knot on the cover. Like the lives of Vincent's family after a sudden, collective change in financial status.
Like their relationship with the relentlessly imperturbable ants that have invaded the family's living quarters. Translated from Kannada a southern Indian language , this novella-length book will grab you from the first pages and hold you until the end. A compelling, engrossing family drama that I would call delightful, but for the ending …. From the publisher: Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband, Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer.
Now, she's enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor's wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel.
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He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says. As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield's thriller. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.
Mary at The Country Bookshop says Tony and Susan is a "truly creepy novel that will have you checking over your shoulder. These stories are often brief, but hard-hitting. Crystalline prose and a deep sense of empathy make this collection special. It is so smart and hold no punches. As one character says, "In fiction, it's never benign. In the Babbitt house bustling like a rabbit hutch, you'll find a cast of characters you simply will not forget: a sleep-eating sister and sleep-swimming mother, a father exploring femininity, a parental parrot, and a daughter named after Elvis Presley.
By attempting to understand herself, Elvis frames her life in beautiful juxtapositions, her then-life with mom and now-life without running deep and parallel. Honest with youth and grief, Elvis looks hard at what makes us human, perfectly mixing whimsy and absurdity. She exists at the intersection of science and wonder, willing to live in the face of death. Rabbit Cake is cause for celebration. From the publisher: Pig is a greedy and selfish pug. He has all the bouncy balls, bones, and chew toys a dog could ever want yet he refuses to share with his poor friend, Trevor.
Little does he know, however, that being greedy has its consquences. Join Pig as he learns to share--the hard way! Young readers will love the irresistibly quirky and funny illustrations that are paired with a relatable lesson of learning to share with others. From the publisher: Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing over an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises.
She meets other visiting writers for dinner. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss. From the publisher: The characters within these fifteen stories are in one way or another staring into the abyss.
While some are awaiting redemption, others are fully complicit in their own undoing. We come upon them in the mountains of West Virginia, in the backyards of rural North Carolina, and at tourist traps along Route 66, where they smolder with hidden desires and struggle to resist the temptations that plague them. An elderly couple witnesses the end-times and is forced to hunt monsters if they hope to survive. A master of Appalachian dialect and colloquial speech, Monks writes prose that is dark, taut, and muscular, but also beguiling and playful.
Monsters in Appalachia is a powerful work of fiction. Damita at The Country Bookshop says, "I loved this collection. If you like Hillbilly Elegy , you will enjoy this. George Saunders is too good for this world. His first novel spans just one night, and is one of the best explorations of love and death I have ever read.
In a graveyard, the night Willie Lincoln is interred, we enter the bardo: a world between life and afterlife. As Lincoln mourns the death of his son, a chorus of voices share their own lives, deaths, griefs, and hopes. Like Lincoln, the novel is tender and humane, and delivers a message we all need to hear over and over again: to be as good as we can to each other.
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The book is full of discussable material for book clubs. It could not be more relevant for our times. It is a book that everyone should read. From the publisher: Welcome, welcome to Caraval, Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Mary from The Country Bookshop says, "A magnificent mix of mystery, romance, and magic. It had my emotions all over the place. Behind Her Eyes took me totally by surprise. From the beginning I knew it was the story of a very disturbed person, but which one was the sick one? I knew something happened in the past that was driving two of the main characters, and I thought I was discovering the truth about the past - but, boy, was I wrong. A very dark and eerie psychological thriller of love and obsession that you will not be able to put down until you discover the truth.
The trilogy also features appearances from characters in the previously stand-alone and unrelated thriller Dead Sleep from Penn lives and breathes Natchez like its sins and successes are wholly his burden to bear. Read more about Mississippi Blood at Lemuria Book's blog. From the publisher: When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she's fresh out of high school, pregnant with her art teacher's baby, and totally on her own. Izzy knows she can be a good mother but without any money or relatives to help, she's left searching.
Grind, an awkwardly charming child psychologist, has spent his life studying family, even after tragedy struck his own. Now, with the help of an eccentric billionaire, he has the chance to create a "perfect little world" called The Infinite Family Project--to study what would happen when ten children are raised collectively, without knowing who their biological parents are.
Damita at The Country Bookshop says, "In the Infinite Family Project, ten babies are raised collectively with shared parents --doomed from the start! This is a compelling book with so much food for thought. An assured second effort from Guinn, a former Ole Miss professor.
Canby is a disgraced lawman brought back to the city as the lead investigator but quickly realizes how much is stacked against him. The cast of characters, taut plotting, and depiction of the period make for a great read. Now we have her first novel, set in Tennessee during WWI and following the story of two charming Irishmen, a rebellious heiress, and a tempestuous black mare named the Midnight Cool. Peelle is an excellent storyteller.
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I will say that this is sharp Southern fiction at its finest, and I encourage you not to miss it. Catalogue: Southern US Fiction. ISBN: First printing thus. Light rubbing to the upper edge of the jacket. Persephone's Books Professional seller. Later prt.. Clark, Jr..
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Abacus Bookshop Professional seller. Size: 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Wide-ranging collection several of the most important of the works of Thomas Wolfe, both fiction and nonfiction, in overall Good, structurally sound condition. Navy blue covers with red, blue, and gilt labels with gilt lettering affixed to front and spine. Light bruising at tips, bumping to spine. Light half-toning at pages where once likely lay a newspaper clipping. Navy covers with gilt lettering stamped to front and spine. Illustrated dust cover in fair condition with edge-wear, several small closed tears, chipping at spine.
Slight bumping to spine head and foot. Illustrated endpapers, being a facsimile couple of pages of Wolfe's notes. Navy covers with red, blue, and gilt labels with gilt lettering affixed to front and spine. Minor edgewear including ding to top and bottom of front, bumping at spine head and foot. Ragged illustrated dust jacket with detached back flap tucked into back cover.
Decorated paper covers over boards, black cloth-backed. Gilt lettering stamped to front and spine. Light bumping to spine bottom. Illustrated dust jacket in overall Good condition with some sunning to spine, closed tear at front and back top edge and near spine head. Edited, and with an Introduction by Elizabeth Nowell.
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Originally published as a series of articles in "The Saturday Review of Literature" in December Sturdy, attractive, tightly bound, internally clean hardcover copy. Light toning throughout, especially at endpapers, with light foxing thereto. Text block clean and unaffected. Black covers show minor wear to edge and front including slight discoloration, creasing to and bumping at spine.
Gilt lettering to spine. Navy blue covers with green, blue, and gilt labels with gilt lettering affixed to front and spine. Minor edge wear including light creasing at top front tip, bumping at spine. Aswell, August Sturdy hardcover volume with tight binding, light half-toning. Minor edge wear including light bruising at tips, bumping at spine. Overall, a good, solid, sturdy collection of important titles that look nice on the shelf and that have additional value.
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