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Last Days of California

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The Last Days of California: A Novel By Mary Miller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871408419
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Published: Liveright - September 2nd, 2014

Jess Metcalf and her evangelist family take a wayward, one-way road trip towards California to the rapture, driving through America's wasteland, eating at fast food places and staying in fleabag motels. Along the route, Jess questions her faith and her actions, while drawing ever closer to her quirky family. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

All the Birds, Singing

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All the Birds, Singing: A Novel By Evie Wyld Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345802507
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2015

This novel held me captive from the first sentence. The protagonist, Jake, is as tough as the lonely life she has chosen, that of a sheepherder on a remote British coast. She battles unseen menace: something is mutilating her sheep, and she is running from a past the horror of which is revealed in flashbacks, in scars running along her spine, in phantom calls to a family back home, in a dramatic escape from a sheep station in the Australian bush, in snatches of memory. Lured by the language and sense of place, with danger lurking everywhere - in one memorable scene a picture slips from behind a headboard to release a nest of huntsman spiders onto the walls - I found this unforgettable novel, peopled with brutal characters struggling within a harsh environment to be a heart-stopping read. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Death of Santini

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The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son By Pat Conroy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385343527
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - December 2nd, 2014

From the author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini comes an emotionally wrenching memoir of the Conroys that delves deeply into the heart of difficult relationships, while examining the bonds and the imperfections of "family." ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

The Room

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The Room: A Novel By Jonas Karlsson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804139984
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Published: Hogarth - February 17th, 2015

Bjorn, a paragon of efficiency, works for a nameless Authority, a position he has earned by virtue of his self-proclaimed potential. Hostility arises among his colleagues when he claims access to an invisible room, a sanctuary of sorts, which he visits throughout the day. This spare often humorous novel is by turns an Orwellian fantasy, an ironic nod to modern bureaucracy and a study in sanity. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories By Hilary Mantel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627792103
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 30th, 2014

In this edgy and complex collection of stories, Mantel is linguistically perfect. From the strained relations of female staff in a Harley Street office, to a vacation with disastrous consequences, to culture shock, to anorexia, these eerie contemporary fables will unnerve you to the core! ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

The Laughing Monsters

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The Laughing Monsters: A Novel By Denis Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374280598
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 4th, 2014

Rogue intelligence officer Roland Nair lands in Freetown, Sierra Leone ostensibly to reunite with his friend Michael Adriko, an African claiming to have served the Ghanian Army, the Kuwaiti Emiri Guard and the Green Berets on a variety of mysterious missions. This post-9/11 tale of intrigue, romance and deception, obscures the truth as both characters are drawn into a tangle of violence and disconnection. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer


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