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The Lowland

The Lowland By Jhumpa Lahiri Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307265746
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 24th, 2013

A gorgeous novel that explores the complexities between two brothers growing up in Calcutta in the 1960's, entwined yet utterly different - the one a revolutionary, the other a scientist. An intricate examination of family after tragedy: the ramifications of grief, guilt, honor and resolution that reverberate throughout subsequent generations. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Train Dreams

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Train Dreams: A Novella By Denis Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250007650
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Published: Picador - May 22nd, 2012

A meditative novella that explores the classic American myth through the life of an Idahoan Panhandle railroad laborer. A spare, often magical mix of history and Native American tall tales depicting the life of a solitary man both at one with and lost in the landscape of the fading American West. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

A Marker to Measure Drift

A Marker to Measure Drift By Alexander Maksik Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307962577
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - July 30th, 2013

Shattering, gorgeous, each sentence a dagger to the heart, this is the story of a young Liberian female refugee, Jacqueline, who has come to a Greek island, whose shaky memories are suffused with profound loss and shadowy images: holding the feet of her beloved sister, an orange cat, the Rolex watch on her father’s wrist, the clink of ice mixed with gin and lime in her mother’s glass, ghost boys with machetes. The novel explores profound themes, both political and existential: Where does one find the courage to survive something horrific beyond description? How is it possible to negotiate incipient madness? Is there a context in which to describe barbarism? Can the tiniest connection with another human being, the merest act kindness lead one out of despair? Can a life that has been traumatized, pared down to the most elemental of human requirements - safety, shelter, food - find hope? ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Southern Cross the Dog

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Southern Cross the Dog By Bill Cheng Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062225023
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Published: Ecco - February 4th, 2014

Part homage to bluesmen like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters and reminiscent of O'Connor and Faulkner, this debut novel is set against the great flood of 1927 in Jim Crow-era Mississippi. It follows the lives of Robert Lee Chatham, a man who carries the "devil" in a pouch around his neck, and Eli Cutter, who has made his own devilish pact. From the devastating flood waters, through bug and varmint infested swamplands, into the raucous Hotel Beau-Miel, encounters with the Klan, vicious fur traders, and scoundrels, this an odyssey you won't be able to put down. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer


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