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Contemporary Literature

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

By Cristina Henriquez

“A triumph of storytelling. Henríquez pulls us into the lives of her characters with such mastery that we dangle directly to them simply as fiercely as they dangle directly to each other and their goals. This passionate, strong novel will stick with you lengthy after you’ve became the ultimate page.” —Ben Fountain, writer of Billy Lynn’s lengthy Halftime Walk

A boy and a lady who fall in love. households whose hopes collide with future. a unprecedented novel that gives a resonant new definition of what it capability to be American.

Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their complete lives in Mexico. someday, their attractive fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a negative harm, person who casts doubt on no matter if she’ll ever be an identical. And so, leaving all they've got at the back of, the Riveras come to the USA with a unmarried dream: that during this state of significant chance and assets, Maribel can get better.

When Mayor Toro, whose kinfolk is from Panama, sees Maribel in a buck Tree shop, it's love before everything sight. It’s additionally the start of a friendship among the Rivera and Toro households, whose net of guilt and love and accountability is at this novel’s core.

Woven into their tales are the testimonials of guys and ladies who've come to the U.S. from far and wide Latin the United States. Their trips and their voices will motivate you, shock you, and holiday your heart.

Suspenseful, wry and instant, wealthy in spirit and humanity, The booklet of Unknown americans is a piece of infrequent strength and originality.

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The Evening of the Holiday by Shirley Hazzard

By Shirley Hazzard

Within the phrases of Time journal, "A close to excellent novel...a small masterpiece" by way of the writer of the nice Fire

Passionate undercurrents sweep out and in of this eloquent novel a few love affair in a summer time geographical region in Italy and its inevitable finish. It occurs in a environment of pastoral attractiveness in the course of a time of celebration--a festival.

Sophie, part English, part Italian, meets Tancredi, an Italian who's separated from his spouse and relations. In telling the tale in their love affair, Shirley Hazzard punctures the placid floor of well mannered Italian society to bare the serious yearnings and unbelievable responses in subtle humans stuck up in feelings they don't continuously comprehend.

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The Implacable Order of Things by José Luís Peixoto

By José Luís Peixoto

In an unnamed Portuguese village, opposed to a backdrop of critical rural poverty, generations of fellows and ladies fight with love, violence, demise, and--perhaps worst of all--the inescapability of fate.

A pair of twins conjoined on the pinky, a 120-year-old clever guy, a shepherd grew to become cuckold by means of a massive, or even the satan himself make up the unforgettably oddball forged of The Implacable Order of Things. As those misplaced souls come jointly and float aside, José Luís Peixoto masterfully unearths the absurd, heartbreaking, and eventually bewitching points of human nature in a literary functionality that heralds the coming of an astoundingly proficient and poetic writer.

From the alternate Paperback edition.

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Der Librettist by Niklas Radström

By Niklas Radström

Mozart und Casanova, Venedig, Wien, London und manhattan - das unglaubliche Leben eines Universalgenies »… Fantasie und Erzählfreude in jeder Zeile ...« göteborgs posten »Mozarts Glanz strahlt auch auf ihn, seinen besten - oder, besser gesagt: seinen einzigen guten - Textdichter.« (Wolfgang Hildesheimer) Niklas Rådströms Roman ist die Geschichte des Mozart-Librettisten Lorenzo Da Ponte, dessen abenteuerliches Leben ein Jahrhundert der Musik- und Kulturgeschichte umspannte. Das Buch ist eine Meditation über Musik, Liebe, Kreativität und darüber, used to be wir aus unserem Leben machen können. Mit »Der Librettist« wird einer der bedeutendsten Schriftsteller Schwedens in Deutschland vorgestellt. Auf seinem Sterbebett erinnert sich Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838). Er ist der Librettist der drei bekanntesten Opern Mozarts (Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni und Così fan tutte), geborener Jude, geweihter katholischer Priester, verheiratet und Vater von mindestens sechs Kindern, Poet, Spieler und Abenteurer, Freund Giacomo Casanovas, Hofdichter in Wien, Theatermann und Buchdrucker in London, Kolonialwarenhändler und Weinbauer in Philadelphia, sowie der erste Professor für Italienisch an der Universität in long island. In vollkommener Logik lässt der Autor Da Pontes Leben rückwärts ablaufen.

AUTORENPORTRÄT Niklas Radström, geboren 1953, hat seit seinem Debüt 1975 ein vielfältiges schriftstellerisches Werk vorgelegt - Gedichtsammlungen, Romane, Essays und Drehbücher für movie und Theater. 1992 bekam er den Augustpreis, den renommiertesten schwedischen Literaturpreis für seinen Roman »Medan tiden tänker på annat«. Rådström ist Mitglied der »Gemeinschaft der Neun«, einer schwedischen Akademie für Literatur.

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The Secret wish List by Preeti Shenoy

By Preeti Shenoy

Does real love particularly exist or is it only a cliché? Can a unmarried kiss particularly swap your lifestyles? At 16, Diksha like all lady her age, reveals her lifestyles revolving round tuition, boys and unending hours of enjoyable together with her ally. yet in the future, all that changes.What starts off as an blameless overwhelm explodes into whatever some distance past her control.Eighteen years later, she reveals herself on the crossroads of existence. instructed via a twist of occasions, a want record is born. yet can a want record support her piece again her existence jointly? Will she succumb to the tangled mess of an extramarital courting? once more, Preeti Shenoy brings a unprecedented tale that tugs on the heartstrings, with perception and knowledge, as she explores the fragile concerns of the heart.The mystery want record is a charming, engrossing,racy story approximately following your middle, chasing your desires and the which means of friendship.

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Half in Love: Stories by Maile Meloy

By Maile Meloy

Lean and regulated of their narration, plentiful and relocating of their results, Maile Meloy's tales introduce a notable expertise. so much are set within the glossy American West, made brilliant and unforeseen in Meloy's unsentimental imaginative and prescient; others take us to Paris, wartime London, and Greece, with an analogous extraordinary ability and instinct.

In "Four Lean Hounds, ca. 1976," face a sophisticated grief whilst one of many 4 dies. In "Ranch Girl," the college-bound daughter of a ranch foreman needs to pick out which grownup global she desires to occupy. In "A Stakes Horse," a lady confronts probability and loss on the racetrack and at domestic. And in "Aqua Boulevard" -- winner of the 2001 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction -- an aged Parisian confronts his mortality. Meloy's command of her characters' voices is breathtaking; their fears and needs are deftly illuminated. shrewdpermanent, stunning, and evocative, Meloy's brilliantly saw tales totally interact the brain and center.

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Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine by Diane Williams

By Diane Williams

One among Elle's "Must-Read Titles on your booklet Club." selected by way of The thousands and Flavorwire as one of many most-anticipated books of 2016.

The very brief tales of Diane Williams were aptly known as “folk stories that hammer like a nail gun," and those forty new ones are sharper than ever. they're unsettling, definite, usually revelatory, and ordinarily downright funny.

Not a unmarried second here's what it's possible you'll anticipate. whereas there's massive excitement to be present in Williams's spot-on observations approximately how we behave in our maximum and lowest moments, the center of the drama beats within the language of yank brief fiction's grand grasp, whose originality, precision, and gear deliver the commonly used into startling and enchanted reduction.

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Prada, Party und Prosecco by Jenny Colgan

By Jenny Colgan

Prada, social gathering und Prosecco! Muss Sophie erst alles verlieren, um die große Liebe zu finden?

Sophie Chesterton liebt den Luxus, und bewaffnet mit Papas Kreditkarte kann sie sich ungestört um die drei wichtigsten Dinge im Leben kümmern: Prada, celebration und Prosecco. Sophie ist hübsch, sie kennt die richtigen Leute, geht zu den richtigen occasions und trägt die richtigen Klamotten – kurz: Alles scheint perfekt. Bis das Schicksal zuschlägt und ein einziger grauenvoller Abend ihr Leben komplett durcheinanderwirbelt. Plötzlich wird der Traum von Villa und Versace zum Albtraum aus Schmuddel-WG und Putzkittel. Doch vielleicht ist am Ende alles nur halb so schlimm. Und was once zählt wirklich: Geld oder Liebe?

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