Stillwater college in Virginia, 1966. Eventually the long lost siblings will meet, setting off a series of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale worthy of Shakespeare. The two are mismatched from the start—she’s a lesbian, he’s gay—but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind.
Worried that lee will have her committed for her erratic behavior, Peggy goes underground, adopting an African American persona for her and her daughter. As peggy and lee’s children grow up, nor that she is “white, they must contend with diverse emotional issues: Byrdie deals with his father’s compulsive honesty; while Karen struggles with her mother’s lies—she knows neither her real age, ” nor that she has any other family.
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They squat in a house in an African-American settlement, eventually moving to a housing project where no one questions their true racial identities.
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How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from LifeHenry Holt and Co. #ad - It's a totally shameless and dynamic exploration into the way we live now, which breathes fresh wisdom into the eternal questions: What is the sincerest way to love? What kind of person should you be? Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times "Funny.
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The WallcreeperDorothy, a publishing project #ad - You might not want to believe this, but her sentences and stories are so strong and convincing that you’ll have no choice. Jonathan Franzen. The novel is about a bird-loving American couple that moves to Europe and becomes, basically, eco-terrorists. And there are some jokes in here that a young Don DeLillo would kill to have written.
Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know. This is strange, fidelity, europe, and interesting, but in between is some writing about marriage, love, and saving the earth that is as funny and as grown-up as anything I’ve read in years.
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American Innovations: StoriesFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Just as wallace stevens's "anecdote of the jar" responds to john keats's "ode on a grecian urn, " Galchen's "The Lost Order" covertly recapitulates James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, " while "The Region of Unlikeness" is a smoky and playful mirror to Jorge Luis Borges's "The Aleph. The title story, "american Innovations, " revisits Nikolai Gogol's "The Nose.
By turns realistic, fantastical, and lyrical, witty, these marvelously uneasy stories are deeply emotional and written in exuberant, pitch-perfect prose. In a third, the petty details of a property transaction illuminate the complicated pains and loves of a family. A brilliant new collection of short stories from the "conspicuously talented" time rivka galchenwinner of the danuta gleed literary award a new york times book review notable bookchosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times In one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka's Galchen's American Innovations, a young woman's furniture walks out on her.
American Innovations: Stories #ad - In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her. The tales in this groundbreaking collection are secretly in conversation with canonical stories, reimagined from the perspective of female characters. Whether exploring the tensions in a mother-daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel, Galchen is a writer like none other today.
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Nicotine: A NovelEcco #ad - The residents of nicotine house defenders of smokers’ rights possess the type of passion and fervor Penny feels she’s desperately lacking, and she soon moves into a nearby residence, and the other squatter houses in the neighborhood provide a sense of community Penny’s never felt before, becoming enmeshed in the political fervor and commitment of her fellow squatters.
As the baker family’s lives begin to converge around the fate of the Nicotine House, Penny grows ever bolder and more desperate to protect it-and its residents-until a fateful night when a reckless confrontation between her old family and her new one changes everything. And she’s never felt particularly close to her much-older half-brothers from Norm’s previous marriage-one wickedly charming and obscenely rich but mostly just wicked, one a photographer on a distant tropical island.
But all that changes when her father dies, and Penny inherits his childhood home in New Jersey. Her mother, amalia, norm, was a member of an amazonian tribe called the Kogi; her much older father, long ago attained cult-like deity status among a certain group of aging hippies while operating a ‘healing center’ in New Jersey.
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One of huffington post’s 20 fall 2016 books you’ll need for your bookshelffeatured in new york magazine’s fall 2016 previewan entertainment weekly fall 2016 must-readfeatured in lithub’s 2016 Bookseller’s Fall PreviewFeatured in The Guardian‘s Fall 2016 Books Preview: The Best American WritingFrom the “wonderfully talented” Dwight Garner, dazzling in its energy and ambition: a story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, New York Times author of Mislaid and The Wallcreeper comes a fierce and audaciously funny new novel, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian father’s childhood home.
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Asymmetry: A NovelSimon & Schuster #ad - Lisa halliday’s novel will captivate any reader with while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself. By contrast, “madness” is narrated by amar, an iraqi-american man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow.
The first section, “folly, ” tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda.
A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, “Folly” also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age. A stunning debut from a rising literary star, a novel of ideas, and a politically engaged work of metafiction” The New York Times Book Review, Asymmetry is “a transgressive roman a clef, and a “masterpiece” in the original sense of the word” The Atlantic.
Asymmetry: A Novel #ad - A time and new york times top 10 book of the year * new york times notable book and times critic’s top book of 2018 named one of the best books of 2018 by * elle * bustle * kirkus reviews * lit hub* npr * o, the oprah magazine * Shelf Awareness The bestselling and critically acclaimed debut novel by Lisa Halliday, “a brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war” by The Wall Street Journal, hailed as “extraordinary” by The New York Times, and “a literary phenomenon” by The New Yorker.
Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, talent, wealth, power, geography, fame, and justice.
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NW: A NovelPenguin Books #ad - NW: A Novel #ad - In private houses and public parks, as beautiful as it is brutal, at work and at play, these Londoners inhabit a complicated place, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end. One of the new york times book review's 10 best books of 2012 set in northwest london, Zadie Smith’s brilliant tragicomic novel follows four locals—Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan—as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood.
Depicting the modern urban zone—familiar to city-dwellers everywhere—NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.
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Dept. of Speculation Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - They were young and giddy, sure of themselves and of their love for each other. Then they got married, had a child and navigated the familiar calamities of family life—a colicky baby, a faltering relationship, stalled ambitions. When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, the wife tries to retrace the steps that have led them to this place, invoking everything from Kafka to the Stoics to doomed Russian cosmonauts as she analyzes what is lost and what remains.
In language that shimmers with rage and longing and wit, Offill has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story—a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page. From the acclaimed author of last things comes a slim, trust, faith, knowledge, stunning portrait of a marriage--a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all.
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The Flamethrowers: A NovelScribner #ad - Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, Reno is a fiercely memorable observer, superbly realized by Rachel Kushner. Reno is submitted to a sentimental education of sorts—by dreamers, and raconteurs in New York and by radicals in Italy, poseurs, where she goes with her lover to meet his estranged and formidable family.
National book award finalist * named one of the ten best books by the new york times book review * new york magazine’s #1 book of the year * best book of 2013 by: the wall street journal; vogue; o, the oprah Magazine; Los Angeles Times; The San Francisco Chronicle; The New Yorker; Time; Flavorwire; Salon; Slate; The Daily Beast“Superb…Scintillatingly alive…A pure explosion of now.
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The Mars Room: A NovelScribner #ad - As james wood said in the new yorker, all of them particular, her fiction “succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them brilliantly alive. ”. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson.
Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushner’s work. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.
New york times bestseller • time’s #1 fiction title of the year • new york times notable book of 2018 finalist for the man booker prize and longlisted for the andrew carnegie medal “gritty, finely rendered, and a lot of punches, empathetic, no sugary toppings, none of them pulled. Margaret atwood via twitter “A page turner…one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart.
The Mars Room: A Novel #ad - The new york times book review cover review “Brilliant and devastating…a heartbreaking, true, and nearly flawless novel. Npr “with her richly textured third novel, Kushner certifies her place as one of the great American novelists of the twenty-first century. Entertainment weekly from twice national book award–nominated rachel kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called “the best, New York magazine, most interesting book of the year” Kathryn Schulz, comes a spectacularly compelling, most brazen, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America.
It’s 2003 and romy hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley.
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Homesick for Another World: StoriesPenguin Books #ad - Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for another world is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition.
There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, while also being delightful, something almost dangerous, and even laugh-out-loud funny. A new york times book review notable book of 2017an electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time"I can’t recall the last time I laughed this hard at a book.
Homesick for Another World: Stories #ad - And the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. But as many critics noted, Moshfegh is particularly held in awe for her short stories. Homesick for another world is the rare case where an author's short story collection is if anything more anticipated than her novel. The needle hits the vein before we even feel the prick.
The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. We're in the hands of an author with a big mind, a big heart, blazing chops, and a political acuity that is needle-sharp. And for good reason.
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