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Par Patrick DeWitt. 2023
Par Elizabeth Hay. 2023
From the Giller Prize-winning author comes a novel, witty and wise, about thwarted ambition, unrealized dreams, the enduring bonds of…female friendship, and love’s capacity to surprise us at any age.In the winter of 2008, as snow falls without interruption, an actor in a Beckett play blanks on her lines. Fleeing the theatre, she beats a retreat into her past and arrives at Snow Road Station, a barely discernible dot on the map of Ontario.The actor is Lulu Blake, in her sixties now, a sexy, seemingly unfooled woman well-versed in taking risks. Out of work, humiliated, she enters the last act of her life wondering what she can make of her diminished self. In Snow Road Station she decides she is through with drama, but drama, it turns out, isn’t through with her. She thinks she wants peace. It turns out she wants more.Looming in the background is that autumn’s global financial meltdown, while in the foreground family and friends animate a round of weddings, sap harvests, love affairs, and personal turmoil. At the centre of it all is the lifelong friendship between Lulu and Nan. As the two women contemplate growing old, they surrender certain hard-held dreams and confront the limits of the choices they’ve made and the messy feelings that kept them apart for decades.
Par Michelle Porter. 2023
National BestsellerFive generations of Métis women argue, dance, struggle, laugh, love, and tell the stories that will sing their family,…and perhaps the land itself, into healing in this brilliantly original debut novel.Carter is a young mother, recently separated. She is curious, angry, and on a quest to find out what the heritage she only learned of in her teens truly means.Allie is trying to make up for the lost years with her first born, and to protect Carter from the hurt she herself suffered from her own mother.Lucie wants the granddaughter she's never met to help her join her ancestors in the Afterlife.Geneviève is determined to conquer her demons before the fire inside burns her up, with the help of the sister she lost but has never been without.And Mamé, in the Afterlife, knows that all their stories began with her; she must find a way to loose herself from the last threads that keep her tethered to the living, just as they must find their own paths forward.This extraordinary novel, told by a chorus of vividly realized, funny, wise, confused, struggling characters—including descendants of the bison that once freely roamed the land—heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in literary fiction.
Par Thomas Wharton. 2023
A groundbreaking, deeply affecting work of environmental literary suspense for fans of Cloud Atlas, The Overstory, and Station Eleven.The northern…mining town of River Meadows is one of three hotspots in the world producing ghost ore, a new source of energy worth twenty-eight times its weight in gold. It's also linked with slippages of time and space that gradually render the area uninhabitable. After the town is evacuated, the whole region is cordoned off, the new no-go zone wryly nicknamed "the Park."Three intertwined stories flow from the disaster of River Meadows. Alex Hewitt and his sister, Amery, were among the first to be shipped out of the contaminated town. Now an accomplished game designer, Alex has moved on, but his sister has not, making increasingly dangerous break-ins to save animals trapped in the toxic wasteland. When at last she fails to return from a trip inside the fence, Alex flies to River Meadows to search for her, enlisting her friend, Michio Amano, a mathematician who needs to transcend the known laws of physics if he and Alex are to succeed.Claire Foley ran away from River Meadows as a teenager and now traffics in endangered wildlife. As Alex and Michio search for Amery, Claire arrives in an island nation under threat of environmental catastrophe to retrieve her greatest prize yet, only to find herself facing a life-altering choice.And, finally, in a future as distant as myth, a flock of birds sets out on a dangerous journey to prevent the extinction of their ancient enemy, humanity. The account they hand down is an Epic of Gilgamesh for our times, illuminating the wisdom of nature and our flawed stewardship of the planet. As sweeping in scope as a world of its own, The Book of Rain is a novel of epic reach, beautifully multi-layered, haunting and profound.
Par Vincent Brault. 2021
L'action se déroule au coeur de Tokyo, entre une galerie d'art contemporain, le fleuve Sumida et le marché aux poissons…de Tsukiji. Un Montréalais retourne au Japon, où son amoureuse a disparu dans des circonstances tout à fait singulières. Ainsi commence cette histoire d'amour et de deuil, un récit sur la présence des absents. Dans ce roman sensuel et déroutant se croisent une femme aux paupières incandescentes, un peintre serbe, une taxidermiste, des flamants roses et des corbeaux, une renarde et des chats sans queue
Par Ocean Vuong. 2022
Un fils écrit une lettre à sa mère analphabète. Il y évoque la schizophrénie de sa grand-mère traumatisée par les…bombes au Vietnam, les coups violents de sa mère, son homosexualité mais aussi le pouvoir rédempteur de l'écriture. Prix du roman étranger Les Inrockuptibles 2021. Premier roman
Par David Clerson. 2023
Une femme passant ses étés seule dans un chalet en Mauricie reçoit la visite de son fils disparu depuis plus…de dix ans. Jour après jour, il lui raconte sa vie d'errance ainsi que sa vision hallucinée du réel tandis qu'ils marchent vers une tourbière où ils avaient l'habitude d'aller quand il était enfant. Ce court roman dépeint la beauté singulière de la forêt : les champignons, la flore et la sphaigne, dont l'étrangeté fascinante s'accorde aux récits du fils, qui envoûtent en même temps qu'ils expriment une impossibilité à habiter la vie. Et alors que leurs pieds s'enfoncent dans la tourbière se fait surtout ressentir l'amour d'une mère pour son fils, qui revient pour mieux disparaître
Par Amanda Peters. 2023
NATIONAL BESTSELLERA four-year-old girl goes missing from the blueberry fields of Maine, sparking a tragic mystery that remains unsolved for…nearly fifty years July 1962. A Mi’kmaq family from Nova Scotia arrives in Maine to pick blueberries for the summer. Weeks later, four-year-old Ruthie, the family’s youngest child, is seen sitting on her favourite rock at the edge of a field before mysteriously vanishing. Her six-year-old brother, Joe, who was the last person to see Ruthie, is devastated by his sister’s disappearance, and her loss ripples through his life for years to come.In Maine, a young girl named Norma grows up as an only child in an affluent family. Her father is emotionally distant, while her mother is overprotective of Norma, who is often troubled by recurring dreams and visions that seem to be too real to be her imagination. As she grows older, Norma senses there is something her parents aren’t telling her. Unwilling to abandon her intuition, she pursues her family’s secret for decades.A stunning debut novel, The Berry Pickers is a riveting story about the search for truth, the shadow of trauma, and the persistence of love across time.
Par Emma Donoghue. 2023
A heartbreakingly gorgeous novel based on the true story of two girls who fall secretly, deeply and dangerously in love…at boarding school in nineteenth century York, from the bestselling author of Room and The Wonder Drawing on years of investigation and Anne Lister’s five-million-word secret journal, Learned by Heart is the long-buried love story of Eliza Raine, an orphan heiress banished from India to England at age six, and Anne Lister, a brilliant, troublesome tomboy, who meet at the Manor School for Young Ladies in York in 1805 when they are both fourteen.Emotionally intense, psychologically compelling and deeply researched, Learned by Heart is an extraordinary work of fiction by one of the world’s greatest storytellers. Full of passion and heartbreak, the tangled lives of Anne Lister and Eliza Raine form a love story for the ages.
Par Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 2013
Una original historia sobre la inmigración en Estados Unidos desde el punto de vista de una estudiante de literatura nigeriana.…Americanah ha sido galardonada con el National Book Critics Circle Award 2014 y seleccionada por los ciudadanos de Nueva York como el libro ganador de la campaña «One Book, One New York» 2017. Lagos, mediados de los noventa. En el marco de una dictadura militar y en una Nigeria que ofrece poco o ningún futuro, Ifemelu y Obinze, dos adolescentes atípicos, se enamoran apasionadamente. Como gran parte de su generación, saben que antes o después tendrán que dejar el país. Obinze siempre ha soñado con vivir en Estados Unidos, pero es Ifemelu quien consigue el visado para vivir con su tía en Brooklyn y estudiar en la universidad. Mientras Obinze lucha contra la burocracia para reunirse con Ifemelu, ella se encuentra en una América donde nada es como se imaginaba, comenzando por la importancia del color de su piel. Todas sus experiencias, desgracias y aventuras conducen a una única pregunta: ¿acabará convirtiéndose en una «americanah»? Americanah, que recoge el término burlón con que los nigerianos se refieren a los que vuelven de Estados Unidos dándose aires, es una historia de amor a lo largo de tres décadas y tres continentes, la historia de cómo se crea una identidad al margen de los dictados de la sociedad y sus prejuicios. Reseñas:«Confirma el virtuosismo, la empatía sin límites y la punzante agudeza social de Adichie.»Dave Eggers «Hay algunas novelas que cuentan una gran historia y otras que consiguen que cambies la manera que tienes de ver el mundo. Americanah, de Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, consigue las dos cosas.»Elisabeth Day, The Guardian «Americanah es esa cosa rara en la ficción literaria contemporánea: una exuberante historia de amor que también es una crítica social penetrante y divertida [...] Adichie escribe con perspicacia.»Vogue
Par Jean D'Arras. 2012
Jean d’Arras’s splendid prose romance of Melusine, written for Jean de Berry, the brother of King Charles V of France,…is one of the most significant and complex literary works of the later Middle Ages. The author, promising to tell us “how the noble and powerful fortress of Lusignan in Poitou was founded by a fairy,” writes a ceaselessly astonishing account of the origins of the powerful feudal dynasty of the Lusignans in southwestern France, which flourished in western Europe and the Near East during the age of the Crusades. The spellbinding story of the destinies of the fairy Melusine, her mortal husband, and her extraordinary sons blends history, myth, genealogy, folklore, and popular traditions with epic, romance, and Crusade narrative.Preceded by a substantial introduction, this translation, the first in English to be amply annotated, captures the remarkable range of stylistic registers that characterizes this extravagant and captivating work.
Par Karina Sainz Borgo. 2021
Depois de Cai a noite em Caracas - romance que catapultou Karina Sainz Borgo para um lugar cimeiro da literatura…contemporânea -, O terceiro país confirma uma escritora em pleno domínio da arte narrativa e da imaginação. Traduzida em mais de 20 países e comparada a Jorge Luis Borges e a J.M. Coetzee, Karina Sainz Borgo é um dos maiores fenómenos da atual literatura em língua espanhola. "Cheguei a Mezquite à procura de Visitación Salazar, a mulher que sepultou os meus filhos e me ensinou a enterrar os dos outros." Angustias Romero e o marido fogem da peste, a caminho das montanhas e da ansiada segurança no país vizinho; levam, atados às costas, os dois filhos ainda bebés. À sua volta, apenas miséria, calor e poeira. Os gémeos não sobrevivem à viagem, e Angustias é abandonada pelo marido. Na fronteira, Angustias chega ao Terceiro País, um cemitério ilegal vigiado pela mítica Visitación Salazar. Contra a oposição dos barões da droga e da violência, a coveira garante aos sem-terra um último lugar de descanso. É aqui que Angustias encontra finalmente lugar para os filhos. Determinada a ficar sempre perto deles, junta-se a Visitación na sua luta, num lugar onde a lei é ditada por quem empunha as armas, e o tempo é marcado pelas festas e os misteriosos brinquedos que alguém deixa na campadas duas crianças. O perigo e a violência ameaçam implodir a qualquer momento, esbatendo os limites entre a vida e a morte. N'O terceiro país, história poderosa de fuga e esperança, Karina Sainz Borgo mistura com mestria o mistério e a realidade, a tragédia clássica e a narrativa contemporânea, confirmando a sua pertença à vibrante nova geração literária latino-americana. "Uma escritora que domina a linguagem de modo a extrair sensações que cheiram a podre e provocam náuseas; e que movimenta as personagens quase em câmara lenta, apesar do ritmo acelerado da história e da luta corpo a corpo nos diálogos talhados a golpe de faca. Não há aqui introspeções psicológicas, nem concessões líricas, nem realismos mágicos - ainda que haja uma poeira onírica a cobrir cada página." La Vanguardia "Uma história de compaixão emocionante e dura, que coloca Sainz Borgo entre os poucos escritores que vão a caminho de ocupar um lugar de relevo no romance atual." El Cultural "Karina Sainz Borgo revela aqui a sua condição de leitora de clássicos universais: Sófocles, Juan Rulfo e García Márquez reverberam em O terceiro país com a mesma intensidade que Faulkner." ABC "Sainz Borgo arranca as palavras das vísceras mais secretas. O seu discurso é frontal. Não procura cúmplices e não tem medo do conflito. […] O terceiro país é uma epopeia de resistência e lealdade entre duas mulheres, num ambiente carregado de violência, guerrilha, narcotráfico e cemitérios clandestinos." El Mundo "Karina Sainz Borgo tem o talento necessário para evitar a fantasia, o exotismo e a especulação […] sem renunciar a uma linguagem mestiça, natural e bem orquestrada, que cria um mundo só seu." Babelia
Par Tom Rachman. 2023
From the author of the international bestseller The Imperfectionists, the story of a chameleonic writer, and the indelible characters in…her orbit, in a novel about love, the power of art and what we leave behind.Dora Frenhofer, a once successful but now aging and embittered novelist, knows her mind is going. She is determined, however, to finish her final book, and reverse her fortunes, before time runs out. Alone in her London home during the pandemic, she creates, and is in turn created by, the fascinating real characters from her own life.Like a twenty-first-century Scheherazade, Dora spins stories to ward off her end. From New Delhi to New York, Copenhagen to Los Angeles, Australia to Syria to Paris, Dora's chapters trot the globe, inhabiting the perspectives of her missing brother, her estranged daughter, her erstwhile lover, and her last remaining friend, among others in her orbit. As her own life comes into ever sharper focus, so do the signal events that have made her who she is, leaving us in Dora's thrall until, with an unforeseen twist, she snaps the final piece of the puzzle into place.The Imposters is Tom Rachman at his inimitable best. With his trademark style--at once "deliciously ironic and deeply affectionate" (The Washington Post)--he has delivered a novel whose formal ingenuity and flamboyant technique are matched only by its humanity and generosity.
Par Boo Trundle. 2023
This irreverent debut delivers a headlong human comedy of trauma and triumph, narrated by the concealed inner selves of a…woman on the brink: Katherine, a lost creative soul and suburban mother of two, who has struggled into her forties with the urge to self-harm."Tracks the scattered parts of one woman as she fractures and finds herself over the course of her lifetime. A wholly original and unforgettable debut." —Julia Phillips, best-selling author of Disappearing EarthKatherine, an attentive mother to her teenagers, comfortably married to her strapping provider of a husband, longs to overcome her dark thoughts and intermittent fears of sexual intimacy.This brisk, mesmerizing version of her life is told in alternating short chapters by Truitt, Star, and Smooshed Bug—her inner children, each with their particular strategy for coping with Katherine&’s past at the hands of a hopeless mother and a terrifying, seductive father. Several of her female ancestors, Confederate widows and their daughters, who&’ve imposed a legacy of racism and damage on her bloodline, also join the telling.The assembled ghosts and contenders for Katherine&’s ear are gathered in a rusting WWII submarine off the coast of Virginia Beach where the truth of her life is, quite literally, submerged. Will they surface with it? Will they protect her from it, or deliver it to her? This unforgettable chorus of charming selves, battling over Katherine&’s wellbeing, is unified by their hope for her future, as they collaborate to shape a personal narrative like no other we&’ve experienced in fiction.
Par Caroline O'Donoghue. 2023
A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE YEAR • A brilliantly funny novel about friends, lovers, Ireland in chaos, and a…young woman desperately trying to manage all three"If you&’ve ever been unsure what to do with your degree in English; if you&’ve ever wondered when the rug-buying part of your life will start...if you&’ve ever loved the wrong person, or the right person at the wrong time…In short, if you&’ve ever been young, you will love The Rachel Incident like I did.&” —Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times best-selling author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and TomorrowRachel is a student working at a bookstore when she meets James, and it&’s love at first sight. Effervescent and insistently heterosexual, James soon invites Rachel to be his roommate and the two begin a friendship that changes the course of both their lives forever. Together, they run riot through the streets of Cork city, trying to maintain a bohemian existence while the threat of the financial crash looms before them.When Rachel falls in love with her married professor, Dr. Fred Byrne, James helps her devise a reading at their local bookstore, with the goal that she might seduce him afterwards. But Fred has other desires. So begins a series of secrets and compromises that intertwine the fates of James, Rachel, Fred, and Fred&’s glamorous, well-connected, bourgeois wife. Aching with unrequited love, shot through with delicious, sparkling humor, The Rachel Incident is a triumph.
Par Victoria Kielland. 2021
"This fascinating, off-kilter novel about a female serial killer is an unexpectedly thrilling read.&”—Karl Ove Knausgård, author of My Struggle…and The Morning Star"Kielland&’s dense, lyrical novel offers both insight and opacity . . . Despite the subject matter, this novel is not your typical thriller. The language, in Searls&’ translation, is dense, poetic, and deeply figurative." —Kirkus ReviewsBased on the true story of Norwegian maid turned Midwestern farmwife Belle Gunness, the first female serial killer in American history. My Men is a fictional account of one broken woman's descent into inescapable madness.Among thousands of other Norwegian immigrants seeking freedom, Brynhild Størset emigrated to the American Upper Midwest in the late nineteenth century, changing her name and her life. As Bella, later Belle Gunness, she came in search of not only fortune and true faith but, most of all, love.From Victoria Kielland, a rising star of Norwegian literature, comes My Men, a literary reimagining of the harrowing true story of Belle Gunness, who slowly but irreversibly turned to senseless murder for release from her pain, becoming America&’s first known female serial killer. In pursuit of her American Dream, Kielland&’s Belle grows increasingly alienated, ruthless, and perversely compelling.Raw, visceral, and altogether hypnotic, My Men is a brutal yet radically empathetic glimpse into the world of a woman consumed by desire.
Par Thao Thai. 2023
A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick"A riveting mother-daughter tale." — Elle“A celebration of life in all its forms and a…joy to read.” — Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The ExilesA sweeping, evocative debut novel following three generations of Vietnamese American women reeling from the death of their matriarch, revealing the family’s inherited burdens, buried secrets, and unlikely love stories. When Ann Tran gets the call that her fiercely beloved grandmother, Minh, has passed away, her life is already at a crossroads. In the years since she’s last seen Minh, Ann has built a seemingly perfect life—a beautiful lake house, a charming professor boyfriend, and invites to elegant parties that bubble over with champagne and good taste—but it all crumbles with one positive pregnancy test. With both her relationship and carefully planned future now in question, Ann returns home to Florida to face her estranged mother, Huơng.Back in Florida, Huơng is simultaneously mourning her mother and resenting her for having the relationship with Ann that she never did. Then Ann and Huơng learn that Minh has left them both the Banyan House, the crumbling old manor that was Ann’s childhood home, in all its strange, Gothic glory. Under the same roof for the first time in years, mother and daughter must face the simmering questions of their past and their uncertain futures, while trying to rebuild their relationship without the one person who’s always held them together.Running parallel to this is Minh’s story, as she goes from a lovestruck teenager living in the shadow of the Vietnam War to a determined young mother immigrating to America in search of a better life for her children. And when Ann makes a shocking discovery in the Banyan House’s attic, long-buried secrets come to light as it becomes clear how decisions Minh made in her youth affected the rest of her life—and beyond.Spanning decades and continents, from 1960s Vietnam to the wild swamplands of the Florida coast, Banyan Moon is a stunning and deeply moving story of mothers and daughters, the things we inherit, and the lives we choose to make out of that inheritance.
Par Tom Rachman. 2023
From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Imperfectionists, the story of a chameleonic writer desperate to finish her…final book, and the indelible characters from her own life who intrude on those efforts with increasingly unpredictable results. Dora Frenhofer, a once successful but now aging and embittered novelist, knows her mind is going. She is determined, however, to finish her final book, and reverse her fortunes, before time runs out. Alone in her London home during the pandemic, she creates, and is in turn created by, the fascinating real characters from her own life. Like a twenty-first-century Scheherazade, Dora spins stories to ward off her end. From New Delhi to New York, Copenhagen to Los Angeles, Australia to Syria to Paris, Dora&’s chapters trot the globe, inhabiting the perspectives of her missing brother, her estranged daughter, her erstwhile lover, and her last remaining friend, among others in her orbit. As her own life comes into ever sharper focus, so do the signal events that have made her who she is, leaving us in Dora&’s thrall until, with an unforeseen twist, she snaps the final piece of the puzzle into place.The Imposters is Tom Rachman at his inimitable best. With his trademark style—at once &“deliciously ironic and deeply affectionate&” (The Washington Post)—he has delivered a novel whose formal ingenuity and flamboyant technique are matched only by its humanity and generosity. &“When a Tom Rachman novel lands in the bookstores, I stop living and breathing to devour it. It&’s hard to think of anyone who has a better grasp on the world we live in (and I mean, like, the entire planet) and can write about it with such entertainment and panache.&” —Gary Shteyngart
Par Virginia Woolf. 2023
Virginia Woolf&’s classic modernist novel, To the Lighthouse, draws from her own life and experiences.Hailed as one of the greatest…works of modernist fiction, Virginia Woolf&’s semi-autobiographical novel about the Ramsay family explores the themes of perspective, interpersonal relationships, and the complexity of human experience. Woolf&’s use of shifting points of view in the narrative highlights how each person sees and experiences events in their own way. As conflict and grief impact the Ramsays throughout their time on Scotland&’s Isle of Skye, the reader is pulled into Woolf&’s own life.
Par Daniel Guebel. 2018
A breathtaking short novel about the complicated feelings of hate and pity in familial love by an acknowledged Latin American…master.A brilliant and dark tour de force, Jewish Son presents the delicate archeology of the stubbornness of a boy who demands his parents&’ attention. It is a brutal confession of the lies necessary to win a space of approval in a troubled family, a treatise on the excesses of love and the paradoxical lack of affection that is never enough, an accomplished narration of childhood from the point of view of the adult gaze, and a rewriting of Kafka&’s Letter to His Father.As his father&’s imminent death becomes an ever more concrete reality with surgeries, caregivers, sedatives and his mother grows obsessed with visits to the rabbi and amasses saint cards and Buddhist prayers, the narrator evokes the remnants of the rejection that pervaded his childhood.Without yielding to the idealization of youth or to the delight in pain before physical decay and death, Guebel dissects, beautifully although with discomfort, his very early conversion to the dream of literature as an act of reparation.