Fiction

French Exit: A Novel by Patrick deWitt - Book Review

Staff Pick Logo
French Exit: A Novel Cover Image
$20.79
ISBN: 9780062846921
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2018

Meet the dysfunctional Price family: New York socialite Frances, her adult son Malcolm and their cat Little Frank. Plagued by scandal and debt the trio cut their losses and slip away to find refuge in Paris. Filled with quirky characters and laden with dark humor, French Exit is feast of wit and human foibles. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Donner


Katerina by James Frey - Book Review

Staff Pick Logo
Katerina Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982101442
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 11th, 2018

A prequel to the controversial Million Little Pieces, this book is Frey's love letter to Henry Miller. After selling enough drugs to live in Paris for a year and escape "the creaking machinery of humanity," he spends his time in a drug-induced fog drinking, sleeping around, and writing. At this story's heart is a tragic love story borne from reckless behavior and youthful ambitions. ~ Reviewed by Whitney Kaaz


Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III - Book Review

Staff Pick Logo
Gone So Long Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393244106
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

In his new novel, Dubus reveals character as expertly as I've ever seen it done. The three main characters--Susan, a writer and professor in her forties, her grandmother, a tough, hard-to-love antiques dealer in her eighties, and Susan's father, whom she hasn't seen since she was three years old--are linked by an unspeakable crime committed forty years ago. Through each of their stories, Dubus explores themes of love and anger, forgiveness and condemnation and perhaps most of all the capacity to love and be loved. This is a slow burn of a novel that gripped me from start to finish. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh - Book Review

Staff Pick Logo
My Year of Rest and Relaxation Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525522119
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

Moshfegh brilliantly humourizes an extremely rich and equally lost narrator who would rather sleep for an entire year than deal with the real world. A melodramatic novel in almost every sense of the word, and yet, it was impossible to put down. I greatly commend the author for creating one of the most enjoyable unlikable characters I have ever experienced! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler - Book Review

Staff Pick Logo
A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250095473
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - October 16th, 2018

I listened to the audiobook and came away inclined to reply in conversations using the haughty tone and proscribed vocabulary of turn-of-the century, upper-crust socialites. It was a convincing reading with a wide variety of well-developed characters. The story itself is based on the life of Alva Smith Vanderbilt. While it is historical fiction, the reality of the lives of the 1% of that time is like fantasy. The many extravagant mansions (5), the elaborate gowns, the frequent, first class junkets abroad, the numbers of household staff, the strict requirements of a certain social level...all hardly of the earth the bulk of us know! The realities of their extremely privileged lives had costs but it was all a marvel to read about. I couldn't help thinking of today's 1%. Alva is presented as a complicated figure, both fearful of her family's lost fortune and her future; bold, assertive, while slave to and rebellious against, the rules of propriety. A well written, absorbing look at a distant time and stratum of social life. ~ Reviewed by Heather Bellanca


Crudo by Olivia Laing - Book Review

Staff Pick Logo
Crudo Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780393652727
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 11th, 2018

Kathy is reeling in the summer of 2017. Impending marriage: worrisome. Travel between Italy, Britain, and the U.S.: irksome. Donald Trump: evil. The overall state of the world: irredeemable. The future: apocalyptic. Her nerves: shattered. Her personality: unstable. Her prospects: what happens when summer ends? ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Fiction
Northshire Manchester Store

Northshire Manchester
4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255
ph. 802.362.2200
ph. (toll free) 800.437.3700
Sun-Thu 10am-7pm Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Directions to Manchester

Northshire Saratoga Store

Northshire Saratoga
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
ph. 518.682.4200
ph. (toll free) 855.339.5990
Sun-Thu 10am-7pm Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Directions to Saratoga Springs