Grace Notes: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company - Shortlisted for the booker prize and the whitbread prizeThe luminous novel by one of the finest living Irish writers, which Brian Moore has praised as "in every sense a triumph…moving throughout and ending triumphantly and joyously in its own special music. Grace notes is a compact and altogether masterful portrait of a woman composer and the complex interplay between her life and her art.
With superb artistry and startling intimacy, it brings us into the life of Catherine McKenna—estranged daughter, vexed lover, new mother, and musician making her mark in a male-dominated world. It is a book that the virginia Woolf of A Room of One's Own would instantly understand.
The Idiot Signet ClassicsSignet - A classic by a russian master prince myshkin, the idiot, is an almost comically innocent Christ figure in a land of sinners, one whose faith in beauty contrasts sharply with that of his society's.
Appointment in Samarra: Penguin Classics Deluxe EditionPenguin Classics - But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction. Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, O’Hara’s iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream—and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.
Scott fitzgerald” one of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John O’Hara’s crowning achievement. In december 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. The best-loved book by the writer whom Fran Lebowitz compared to the author of The Great Gatsby, calling him “the real F.
Appointment in Samarra: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition - At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English.
Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe BookEcco - A brilliant new work that returns richard ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner winning Independence Day, and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sportswriter, and The Lay of the Land. In his trio of world-acclaimed novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe.
Ford is here again working with the maturity and brilliance of a writer at the absolute height of his powers. . Through bascombe—protean, wise, funny, longings, sorrows, often inappropriate—we’ve witnessed the aspirations, profane, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century.
Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book - Now, in let me be frank with You, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe and Ford attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment.
The Spectator Bird Penguin ClassicsPenguin Books - A postcard from a friend causes allston to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before, a journey to his mother's birthplace where he'd sought a link with the past. He passes through life as a spectator. From the “dean of western writers” the new york times and the pulitzer prize winning–author of Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety, his National Book Award–winning novel A Penguin Classic Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "just killing time until time gets around to killing me.
His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. The memories of that trip, move through layers of time and meaning, both grotesque and poignant, and reveal that Joe Allston isn't quite spectator enough. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice.
Capital: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company - But each of the street’s residents—a rich banker and his shopaholic wife, Pakistani shop owners, a soccer prodigy from Senegal, a dying old woman and her graffiti-artist son—is receiving a menacing postcard with a simple message: "We Want What You Have. Who is behind this? what do they really want? in capital, fortunes going down, John Lanchester "an elegant and wonderfully witty writer"—New York Times delivers a warm and compassionate novel that captures the anxieties of our time—property values going up, a potential terrorist around every corner—with an unforgettable cast of characters.
A vibrant piece of fiction, pulsating with events and emotions…Seems destined to be read a hundred years from now. Martin rubin, los angeles timeseach house on Pepys Road, has seen its fair share of first steps and last breaths, an ordinary street in London, and plenty of laughter in between.
The Quick and the Dead Vintage ContemporariesVintage - Gloriously funny and wonderfully serious, The Quick and the Dead limns the vagaries of love, the thirst for meaning, and the peculiar paths by which all creatures are led to their destiny. A panorama of contemporary life and an endlessly surprising tour de force: penetrating and magical, ominous and comic, this is the most astonishing book yet in Joy Williams's illustrious career.
With nature thoroughly routed and the ambiguities of existence on full display, life and death continue in directions both invisible and apparent. A father lusts after his handsome gardener even as he's haunted literally by his dead wife; a heartbroken dog runs afoul of an angry neighbor; a young stroke victim drifts westward, his luck running from worse to awful; a sickly musician for whom Alice develops an attraction is drawn instead toward darker imaginings and solutions; and an aging big-game hunter finds spiritual renewal through his infatuation with an eight-year-old--the formidable Emily Bliss Pickless.
A pulitzer prize finalistfrom one of our most heralded writers--joy williams belongs, James Salter has written, Flannery O'Connor, "in the company of Céline, and Margaret Atwood"--her first novel in more than a decade: the life-and-death adventures of three misfit teenagers in the American desert. Alice, and annabel, each a motherless child, Corvus, are an unlikely circle of friends.
The Quick and the Dead Vintage Contemporaries - One filled with convictions, they traverse an air-conditioned landscape eccentric with signs and portents--from the preservation of the living dead in a nursing home to the presentation of the dead as living in a wildlife museum--accompanied by restless, another with loss, the third with a worldly pragmatism, confounded adults.
The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and CivilizationRandom House - . The breathtaking scope and infectious enthusiasm of this book are a tribute to that ideal. The sunday Times U. K. Enthralling. This delightful narrative also chronicles the inventions—writing technologies, the book itself—that have shaped people, the printing press, commerce, and history. We meet murasaki, a lady from eleventh-century Japan who wrote the first novel, The Tale of Genji, and follow the adventures of Miguel de Cervantes as he battles pirates, both seafaring and literary.
. His ideal is ‘world literature, ’ a phrase he borrows from Goethe. Puchner takes us to troy, pergamum, and china, speaks with Nobel laureates Derek Walcott in the Caribbean and Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, and introduces us to the wordsmiths of the oral epic Sunjata in West Africa. We watch goethe discover world literature in Sicily, and follow the rise in influence of The Communist Manifesto.
The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization - . Storytelling is as human as breathing. The new york times book review “Puchner has a keen eye for the ironies of history. Perfect reading for a long chilly night.
Far Afield Vintage ContemporariesVintage - A compulsively readable novel of enormous charm swimming in the cuisine and culture of the Faroe Islands from the author of Girl, Interrupted. Jonathan brand, a graduate student in anthropology, has decided to do his fieldwork in the remote Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. But, despite his harvard training, he can barely understand, let alone "study, " the culture he encounters.
From his struggles with the local cuisine to his affair with the Danish woman the locals want him to marry, Jonathan is both repelled by and drawn into the Faroese way of life. Wry and insightful, satire, Far Afield reveals Susanna Kaysen's gifts of imagination, and compassion.
A Fine Balance Vintage InternationalVintage - As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state. The government has just declared a state of emergency, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.
The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.