At both Condalmo and Strange Horizons , this particular Auster experiment has been deemed less successful. It starts with three unlikely roommates at Harvard in the s and goes on to trace how the diverging outcomes of their lives came to be. The book is named for a Roma or Gypsy woman in Slovakia who we follow from her harrowing childhood during World War II to her becoming something of local literary celebrity.
Through it all, however, she is unable to escape what her heritage signifies in her Communist bloc country. In their shallowness, she finds a kind of profundity. This new book scored a blurb from Edward P. Alarcon, like the best storytellers, reveals to us that the world we have secreted in our hearts spins in a bigger universe with other hearts just as good and just as bad as our own.
Also in February, a new book will arrive from Nuruddin Farah , quite likely the best known Somali novelist and the winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in Knots is about Cambara, a Somalian woman who has emigrated to Canada, where a crisis sends her on a journey back to Somalia. Farah is known for his strong female protagonists and this book appears to be no exception. Vollmann has a new book coming out in March called Poor People , a rather slim tome, weighing in it at just pages.
This is the book that Vollmann mentioned when Ed and Scott saw him read back in spring He says he asks everyone why they think they are poor, and the answers greatly vary. Most of the Mexicans he spoke to told him it was because the rich stole from them. Delirium was originally written in and follows the life of a struggling literature professor who must investigate what has caused his wife to go insane.
Heyday is set in the midth century and it follows an immigrant, recently arrived on bustling American shores, who falls in with a group heading west, lured by the California Gold Rush. The Savage Detectives , originally published in by the late Roberto Bolano , will arrive in April. The book has already appeared in other languages, which is how Francois of Tabula Rasa came to read it. In turn coming-of-age story, roman noir, literary quest, this is a real tour de force, reminiscent of Julio Cortazar and Jack Kerouac while remaining deeply original.
Bolano passed away in Sounds interesting, no? But Chabon put the brakes on the project when he decided it was moving along too fast.
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Yet another big name author with a new book out this year is Haruki Murakami , whose book After Dark hits shelves in May. The book was originally published in Japan in , and has already been translated into some other languages, including Dutch. In keeping with the title, the novel tracks a number of nocturnal characters who dwell in Tokyo and have the sorts of encounters that tend to occur in the wee hours of the morning.
Still, I join Scott Esposito in hoping that Murakami breaks new ground with this new book.
Also in May: the arrival of Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje. Not much available on this one yet, save a stray synopsis or two. Susanna Moore , best known for her novel In the Cut , has a new book coming out in May. This new book is a historical novel about the Old West photographer Edward Curtis. A number of the columns are from his time in Philadelphia, which should be of particular interest for me, since the city is now my home.
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George has cared for the sheep, reading them a plethora of books every night. The daily exposure to literature has made them far savvier about the workings of the human mind than your average sheep. Led by Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill and possibly the world , they set out to find George's killer. The A-team of investigators includes Othello, the "bad-boy" black ram; Mopple the Whale, a merino who eats a lot and remembers everything; and Zora, a pensive black-faced ewe with a weakness for abysses.
Joined by other members of the richly talented flock, they engage in nightlong discussions about the crime and wild metaphysical speculations, and they embark on reconnaissance missions into the village, where they encounter some likely suspects. There's Ham, the terrifying butcher; Rebecca, a village newcomer with a secret and a scheme; Gabriel, the shady shepherd of a very odd flock; and Father Will, a sinister priest.
Along the way, the sheep confront their own all-too-human struggles with guilt, misdeeds, and unrequited love. Two bewitching fantasies by J. For people who both love and hate cats comes the tale of Alec Charlesworth, a librarian who finds himself suddenly alone: he's lost his job, his beloved wife has just died.
Overcome by grief, he searches for clues about her disappearance in a file of interviews between a man called "Wiggy" and a cat, Roger. Who speaks to him.
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It takes a while for Alec to realize he's not gone mad from grief, that the cat is actually speaking to Wiggy They do think they're smarter than humans, for one thing. And, well, it seems they are! What's more, they do have nine lives.
Or at least this one does - Roger's older than Methuselah, and his unblinking stare comes from the fact that he's seen it all. And he's got a tale to tell, a tale of shocking local history and dark forces that may link not only the death of Alec's wife, but also several other local deaths. But will the cat help Alec, or is he one of the dark forces?
When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail's doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle's minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite.
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The minions are used to tall, demanding evil sorceresses with razor-sharp cheekbones. But the castle desperately needs a master or else the Board of Magic will decommission it, leaving all the minions without the home they love. So when Molly assures them she is quite wicked indeed So wicked! Unfortunately, it turns out that Molly has quite a few secrets, including the biggest one of all: that she isn't who she says she is. In Breakfast of Champions, one of Kurt Vonnegut's most beloved characters, the aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth.
What follows is murderously funny satire, as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Rob, a professional debunker, is watching yet another performance by a supposed psychic. But as she calls forth the spirit entity known as Isus, another voice suddenly interrupts. And this one is so unexpected and so real, even the hardened skeptic finds he can't help but believe. Read the full story for free at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. A Night in the Lonesome October.
Snuff is a watchdog, and together with his master they walk the streets of Soho at night looking for evil. Halloween is a particulary busy time for them, as well as for Greymalk the cat, Nightwind the owl and for all the other animals, as they accompany their various masters about their business. Triumff - Her Majesty's Hero. Sir Rupert Triumff. Pratchett goes swashbuckling in the hotly anticipated original fiction debut of the multi-million selling Warhammer star.
Triumff is a ribald historical fantasy set in a warped clockwork-powered version of our present day! To ever-loyal Kirby Winter, multimillionaire Uncle Omar left nothing -- nothing but a gold watch and a sealed letter to be opened in one year. But Kirby is destined to inherit the magical power to freeze time in its tracks. Power like that promises unlimited wealth, wealth that can't buy love, but does make a down payment on a lot of deadly trouble.
In a universe without time, can Kirby stay one step ahead? For someone who's immortal, Never Dead Ned manages to die with alarming frequency--he just has the annoying habit of rising from the grave. But this soldier might be better dead than face his latest assignment. Ogre Company is the legion's dumping ground--a motley, undisciplined group of monsters whose leaders tend to die under somewhat questionable circumstances. That's where Ned's rather unique talents come in.
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