Trouble: A Novel

By Fay Weldon

Annette Horrocks has each cause to feel free. She lives in a beautiful London apartment together with her dedicated husband, Spicer; her first novel is ready to be released; and after ten years of attempting, she is eventually pregnant. yet Spicer is merciless and far away. He used to push aside psychiatry, but now he spouts New Age astrology and accuses Annette of murdering his internal baby. Worse, Annette's pal Gilda discloses that Spicer is having an affair. Annette thinks she goes mad, and that is now not even the tip of it.

Trouble is fay Weldon's bracing, engaging go back to the vengeful mode of The lifestyles and Loves of a She-Devil—and a reminder that, whereas marriage has been a nightmare throughout the a while, now husbands have psychiatrists to make it worse.

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A Widow for One Year

By John Irving

Ruth Cole is a posh, frequently self-contradictory character--a "difficult" woman.  By no ability is she conventionally "nice," yet she is going to by no means be forgotten.

Ruth's tale is instructed in 3 components, every one targeting a vital time in her life.  When we first meet her--on new york, in the summertime of 1958--Ruth is barely four.

The moment window into Ruth's existence opens within the fall of 1990, while Ruth is an single girl whose own lifestyles isn't really approximately as winning as her literary career.  She distrusts her judgment in males, for strong reason.

A Widow for One Year closes within the autumn of 1995, while Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother.  She's approximately to fall in love for the 1st time.

Richly comedian, in addition to deeply stressful A Widow for One Year is a multilayered love tale of marvelous emotional force.  Both ribald and erotic, it's also an excellent novel concerning the passage of time and the relentlessness of grief.

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A Partial History of Lost Causes: A Novel

By Jennifer DuBois

FINALIST FOR THE PEN/HEMINGWAY PRIZE FOR DEBUT FICTION
 
In Jennifer duBois’s enchanting and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter hyperlinks disparate characters, each one looking for that means opposed to possible insurmountable odds. With unusual belief and wit, duBois explores the facility of reminiscence, the depths of human braveness, and the persistence of love.
 
NAMED by way of THE nationwide publication origin AS A five below 35 writer • WINNER OF THE CALIFORNIA ebook AWARD GOLD MEDAL FOR FIRST FICTION • WINNER OF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA e-book AWARD FOR FICTION • NAMED one of many TEN top BOOKS OF THE yr BY O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
 
“Astonishingly attractive and brainy . . . [a] attractive novel.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“I can’t bear in mind examining one other novel—at least now not recently—that’s either enormously clever and likewise emotionally engaging.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR
 
In St. Petersburg, Russia, global chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov starts off a quixotic quest: He launches a dissident presidential crusade opposed to Vladimir Putin. He is aware he'll now not win—and that he's risking his lifestyles within the process—but a deeper conviction propels him forward.
 
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison struggles for a feeling of goal. Irina is bound she has inherited Huntington’s disease—the similar merciless affliction that ended her father’s existence. while Irina unearths an outdated, photocopied letter her father wrote to the younger Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful selection. Her father requested the chess prodigy a profound question—How does one continue in a misplaced cause?—but by no means got an enough answer. Leaving every thing in the back of, Irina travels to Russia to discover Bezetov and get a solution for her father, and for herself.
 
NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr BY
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Praise for A Partial historical past of misplaced Causes
 
“A exciting debut . . . [Jennifer] DuBois writes with haunting richness and fierce intelligence. . . . filled with bravado, perception, and clarity.”—Elle
 
“DuBois is distinct and unsentimental. . . . She strikes with a magician’s keep watch over among issues of view, continents, histories, and sympathies.”—The New Yorker
 
“A actual page-turner . . . a mental mystery of significant nuance and complexity.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
“Terrific . . . In pressing model, duBois deftly inspires Russia’s political and social metamorphosis over the last thirty years during the prism of this actual and relocating relationship.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Hilarious and heartbreaking and a triumph of the imagination.”—Gary Shteyngart

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The Wall

By Marlen Haushofer

“I can enable myself to put in writing the reality; all of the humans for whom i've got lied all through my lifestyles are dead…” writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall, a rather traditional, unnamed middle-aged girl who awakens to discover she is the final dwelling person. Surmising her solitude is the results of a too profitable army test, she starts off the terrifying paintings of not just survival, yet self-renewal. The Wall is immediately an easy and relocating speak — of potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting fits, of forgetting the flavor of sugar and using one’s identify — and a irritating meditation on twentieth century history.

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A Thousand Pardons: A Novel

By Jonathan Dee

NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr by way of KIRKUS REVIEWS

For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. during this sharply saw story of self-invention and public scandal, Dee increases a trenchant query: what will we actually need once we ask for forgiveness?
 
as soon as a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a brink. Ben, a associate in a prestigious legislations company, has turn into unpredictable at paintings and withdrawn at home—a switch that weighs seriously on his spouse, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in a single afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming flip, and every thing the Armsteads have equipped jointly unravels, speedily and spectacularly.
 
ward off into the operating global, Helen reveals a role in public kin and relocates with Sara from their domestic in upstate long island to an condominium in ny. There, Helen discovers she has an extraordinary reward, critical on this planet of photograph keep an eye on: she will be able to persuade conceited males to confess their blunders, spinning crises into moment possibilities. but redemption is extra simply granted in her specialist lifestyles than in her own one.
 
As she is faced with the most important case of her occupation, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s more and more far-off habit, Helen needs to face the boundaries of responsibility and her personal means for forgiveness.

Praise for A Thousand Pardons
 
A Thousand Pardons is that infrequent factor: a real literary mystery. Eerily suspenseful and jam-packed with dramatic occasion, it additionally bargains a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective eager for authenticity in those overmediated times.”—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of A stopover at from the Goon Squad

“Hugely stress-free . . . Dee is a quick, cinematic author. . . . A Thousand Pardons moves speedy. It’s a trifling two hundred or so pages, and it packs loads of turns of destiny inside of there.”The Boston Globe
 
“Dee’s presents are frequently astonishing and his fabric meticulously formed. . . . [He] articulates advanced emotional dynamics with precision and insight.”—The manhattan instances publication Review
 
“Some tales commence with a bang. and a few commence with a roaring fireball of fact. Jonathan Dee’s most up-to-date novel belongs within the latter camp.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“Dee bounds gracefully between Helen’s, Ben’s, and Sara’s issues of view as they struggle to reassemble their lives. Their tales consider sincere, and the prose is beautiful.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“A web page turner . . . What a triumph.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Graceful prose and any such sharp realizing of human weak point that you’ll wince as you laugh.”—People
 
“Propulsively readable.”—The Millions
 
“Dee keeps to set up himself as an ironic observer of latest habit. . . . The plot is lively. . . . yet so much compelling is the acuteness of the details.”—The Atlantic

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The Island of Second Sight

By Albert Vigoleis Thelen

Available for the 1st time in English, The Island of moment Sight is a masterpiece of global literature, first released in Germany in 1953 and hailed via Thomas Mann as "one of the best books of the 20 th century."

Set on Mallorca within the Nineteen Thirties within the years best as much as international conflict II, it's the fictionalized account of the time spent there via author--writing as Vigoleis, his alter-ego--and his spouse, Beatrice, lured to the island by way of Beatrice’s death brother, who, because it seems now not death in any respect yet broke and ensnared by means of the neighborhood prostitute.

Pursued by way of either the Nazis and Spanish Francoists, Vigoleis and Beatrice embark on a chain of the main unpredictable and surreal adventures that allows you to live on. Low on cash, the couple seeks defend in a brothel for the army, serves as travel courses to teams of German travelers, and befriends such literary figures Robert Graves and Harry Kessler, in addition to the local people of smugglers, aristocrats, and exiled German Jews. Vigoleis together with his inventor hat on even creates a self-inflating brassiere. Then the Spanish Civil warfare erupts, proposing new demanding situations to their get away plan. all through, Vigoleis is an irresistibly enticing narrator; via turns a laugh, erudite, naughty, and consistently totally entertaining.

Drawing comparisons to Don Quixote and the fellow with no features, The Island of moment Sight is a singular of miraculous and singular richness of language and objective; the tale is picaresque, the voice ironic, the element usually hilarious, but it's a paintings of profound seriousness, with an anti-war, anti-fascist, humanistic angle at its middle. With a mode starting from the philosophical to the gruesome, the colloquial to the arcane, The Island of moment Sight is a literary journey de strength.

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Puta madre

By Patrick Besson

En l’espace de quatre jours, fuyant l. a. femme avec qui il s’est pacsé, Maximilien, qui a le malheur de se prénommer comme d’infortuné Habsbourg proclamé empereur du Mexique par Napoléon III et qui se healthy fusiller par les autochtones en 1864, se réfugie à Cancun.

Le trop-plein de margaritas et stimulants locaux pallie le jet-lag et le manque de sommeil que lui valent quatre kin sexuelles plus ou moins torrides avec quatre partenaires différentes, un viol par le parrain de l’endroit, enfin son implication involontaire dans le double meurtre de son ex-compagne et d’un fameux metteur en scène hollywoodien.

Avec son sens de l’efficacité narrative, ses dialogues justes, l’art consommé de confectionner un piège dans lequel le lecteur se trouve inextricablement pris avec les personnages, Patrick Besson les immerge dans le seul exotisme qui vaille ici : celui de l. a. mort en maraude le lengthy des plages à los angeles blancheur de coke et parmi certaines des plus belles femmes du monde.

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The Big Reap (The Collector)

By Chris F. Holm

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Who Collects the creditors?

Sam Thornton has had many run-ins together with his celestial masters, yet he’s continuously been convinced of his personal activities. besides the fact that, while he’s tasked with dispatching the legendary Brethren – a bunch of former creditors who've put off their ties to Hell – is he nonetheless engaged on the part of correct?

File less than: city Fantasy [ Soul answer | mystery Origins | Flaming Torches | Double Dealing ]

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The Art of French Kissing

By Kristin Harmel

How do you assert, 'So many males, so little time,' in French?

Well, Emma Sullivan can continually determine that out later. the purpose is -- she's in Paris! which might be nice, other than that she's caught doing public family for one of many preferred -- and craziest -- rock stars on this planet. Making issues worse is Gabriel Francoeur, the attractive and obdurate reporter who refuses to think her while she tells him that her buyer was once simply enjoying cross Fish in that resort room with all these scantily-clad girls....

But Emma will regularly have Paris. the town of sunshine, of romance, of haute couture and of unfathomable sorts of cheese. If a lady cannot reinvent herself the following, there is no wish! it is time to depart the outdated Emma Sullivan at the back of and turn into a person brave, fascinating, winning. the kind of woman who, while confronted with a reporter who will not cease asking questions, is familiar with simply what to do. finally, they do not name it French kissing for nothing!

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