A collection of pitch-perfect stories beautifully told and interwoven in the most surprising ways. The book is an exploration of three characters — a Syrian doctor and his family fleeing the civil war, an Irish lad at the confusing crossroads of adulthood, and a ruthless power broker trying to find some peace with his familial past. Impressive writing by a master of his craft.
Set in 1970s Provence and told from a multitude of perspectives, this tale of romance and revenge is brilliantly plotted and deftly told. I defy anyone to predict where the story is leading. I loved Japrisot’s previous novel A Very Long Engagement, and this one is equally compelling. A fiendishly clever novel of twists and turns. Who knew living in the French countryside could be so complicated?
Kate Reddy is constantly swamped with challenges, which she manages to subdue with her savage wit and quick mind. The action is in Britain but it might as well be Boulder. Her husband a lycra-clad cyclist, either training or attending mindfulness classes. Her kids wildly inappropriate on the internet. Sound familiar? A humorous, honest and thoughtful reflection on middle-age.
An impressive debut novel by a new voice in Native American literature. The book deals with the dilemma of urban Indians in Oakland, California, people who are estranged from their ancestral cultures and heritage, but equally at a loss when dealing with mainstream society. It has one of the best first chapters I’ve read in years, and it builds to a sledge-hammer ending. A must read!
The cantankerous Cathal Flood meets his match with his new caretaker, Maud, a young woman with a quick wit, a sharp intellect, and a tireless curiosity about his past. A charming novel filled with sparkling dialogue and imagination. The reader develops a deep affection for the main characters, misfits all, but loveable nevertheless. And don’t get me started on the ghosts of saints that surround and advise Maud.
Shteyngart’s sendup of the ultra-rich. A hedge fund manager, Barry Cohen is a man of few talents and fewer interests. A delusional schmuck we should hate, but can’t help rooting for. His hedge fund is tanking, his marriage on the rocks, his autistic son a stranger to him. His solution: run off on a misguided odyssey across the country in a Greyhound bus. The misadventures that ensue are devastatingly funny and poignant.
Paul Simon ranks with the Beatles and Dylan in both the craft and depth of his work. Culled from over a 100 hours of interviews with the artist and three years of painstaking research, this is a portrait of an artist fiercely devoted to his music, a perfectionist and an innovator who was, and still is, always pushing himself in new musical directions. This is the definitive biography of one our greatest singer-songwriters.
This feminist retelling of The Iliad concentrates not on the epic battles at Troy but the struggles of the camp women, taken from their homes and families to slave as servants and bedmates to the Greek warriors. Briseis, the captive awarded to Achilles, and taken from him by Agamemnon, narrates the story with unflinching candor. A woman caught between two powerful men, she somehow endures.
This ode to the mustang—American symbol of freedom and independence—begins in prehistory by tracing the horse through its first extinction in the New World, its reintroduction by the Spanish, its escape into the wild, and all the twists of its continuing survival. A story packed with detail, out-sized characters and even-handed analysis. You’ll never think of mustangs in the same way again.
The place: 1947 San Francisco, replete with fog, opium dens, strip joints and working-class taverns. The hero: a bartender with connections to all the wrong people. The dame: a leggy blonde with an attitude. All the makings for a hard-boiled tale of woe. Yet in Moore’s deft hands it becomes a cheeky romp through the genre’s clichés. A fun read that is both a satire and a tribute to a lost art form.