Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me

27 January 2020 | By Deirdre Bair | Filed in: literature.

National Book Award winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her fifteen remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art In 1971 Deirdre Bair was a journalist and recently

Pastorale

27 January 2020 | By Stephan Enter | Filed in: literature.

Zomer, jaren tachtig Oscar en Louise, broer en zus, zijn opgegroeid op een vervallen landgoed nabij een dorp dat uit twee delen bestaat een gereformeerd en een Moluks deel, waarvan de leden elkaar met achterdocht bezien Oscar, in zijn voorlaatste schooljaar, kijkt uit naar het moment waarop hij

The Nickel Boys

27 January 2020 | By Colson Whitehead | Filed in: literature.

Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow era Florida.As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words

Can You Feel This?

27 January 2020 | By Julie Orringer | Filed in: literature.

In the chaos of a maternity ward, memories of tragedy and grief come flooding back for an anxious mother to be as she struggles to balance her child s needs with her own healing Rushed into an emergency cesarean section, a woman finds herself in the same hospital where her suicidal mother died She

American Dirt

27 January 2020 | By Jeanine Cummins | Filed in: literature.

Tambi n de este lado hay sue os On this side, too, there are dreams Lydia Quixano P rez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco She runs a bookstore She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco

The Last Romantics

27 January 2020 | By Tara Conklin | Filed in: literature.

The greatest works of poetry are the stories we tell about ourselves When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time It begins in a big yellow

The Hero: The Enduring Myth That Makes Us Human

27 January 2020 | By Lee Child | Filed in: literature.

In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world arguing

The Cockroach

27 January 2020 | By Ian McEwan | Filed in: literature.

That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature Jim Sams has undergone a metamorphosis In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain and it is

Sing, Unburied, Sing

27 January 2020 | By Jesmyn Ward | Filed in: literature.

A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.In Jesmyn Ward s first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty first century America Drawing on Morrison and

The Friend

27 January 2020 | By Sigrid Nunez | Filed in: literature.

A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute

The Weekend

27 January 2020 | By Charlotte Wood | Filed in: literature.

Winner of the 2016 Stella Prize and Prime Minister s Literary Award for Fiction for The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood s The Weekend, in which three friends in their 70s gather for a last weekend at the former holiday home of a mutual friend who has recently died, where they confront betrayals

Anything Is Possible

27 January 2020 | By Elizabeth Strout | Filed in: literature.

Short story collection Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others Here are two sisters one trades self respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred

Middle England (Rotters' Club, #3)

27 January 2020 | By Jonathan Coe | Filed in: literature.

Set in the Midlands and London over the last eight years, Jonathan Coe follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change and disruption in Britain There are the early married years of Sophie and Ian who disagree about the future of Britain and, possibly, the future of