At age nineteen, natasha trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.pulitzer prize–winning poet natasha trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother’s life and the way her own life has been shaped by
Danielle evans is widely acclaimed for her blisteringly smart voice and x-ray insights into complex human relationships. with the office of historical corrections, evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters' lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history. she introduces us to black and multiracial characters who are experiencing the universal confusions of lust and love, and getting walloped by grief—all while exploring how history haunts us, personally and collectively. ultimately, she provokes us to think about
The pulitzer prize–winning, bestselling author of the warmth of other suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped america and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.“as we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. the hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. it is about power—which groups have it and which do not.”in this brilliant book, isabel
A new york times notable book (2020)best book of 2020: guardian, financial times, literary hub, and nprdrawing on maggie o'farrell's long-term fascination with the little-known story behind shakespeare's most enigmatic play, hamnet is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child. warwickshire in the 1580s. agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. she settles with her husband in henley street, stratford, and has three children: a daughter, susanna, and then twins, hamnet and judith. the
A deeply personal work about hope and identity in a nation coming apart at the seams, homeland elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of belonging and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque adventure -- at its heart, it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and our ideals have been sacrificed to the
Vincent is a bartender at the hotel caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of vancouver island. on the night she meets jonathan alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby’s glass wall: why don’t you swallow broken glass. high above manhattan, a greater crime is committed: alkaitis is running an international ponzi scheme, moving imaginary sums of money through clients’ accounts. when the financial empire collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. vincent, who had been posing as jonathan’s wife, walks away into the night.
No one wants what no one wants.and how do we even know what we want? how do we know we’re ready to take it?edie is stumbling her way through her twenties — sharing a subpar apartment in bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. she is also haltingly, fitfully giving heat and air to the art that simmers inside her. and then she meets eric, a digital archivist with a family in new jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed
In september 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the cause houses housing project in south brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range.in deacon king kong, mcbride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the african-american and latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the five ends baptist church where sportcoat was deacon, the
The author of the #1 new york times bestseller beautiful ruins delivers another “literary miracle” (npr)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century.the dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. while sixteen-year-old rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his older brother, gig, dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. enter ursula the great, a vaudeville
Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. giovanna, he says, looks more like her aunt vittoria every day. but can it be true? is she really changing? is she turning into her aunt vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is.giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: naples of the heights, which assumes
From the new york times bestselling author of american wife and eligible, a novel that imagines a deeply compelling what-might-have-been: what if hillary rodham hadn’t married bill clinton? in 1971, hillary rodham is a young woman full of promise: life magazine has covered her wellesley commencement speech, she’s attending yale law school, and she’s on the forefront of student activism and the women’s rights movement. and then she meets bill clinton. a handsome, charismatic southerner and fellow law student, bill is already planning his political career. in each other, the
A children’s bible follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion. contemptuous of their parents, the children decide to run away when a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, embarking on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside. lydia millet’s prophetic and heartbreaking story of generational divide offers a haunting vision of what awaits us on the far side of revelation.
A new york times notable book (2020)a time must-read book of 2020a washington post notable fiction (2020)an npr and esquire best book of 2020an electric lit and literary hub favorite book of 2020 sofia, bulgaria, a landlocked city in southern europe, stirs with hope and impending upheaval. soviet buildings crumble, wind scatters sand from the far south, and political protesters flood the streets with song.in this atmosphere of disquiet, an american teacher navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love. as he prepares to leave the place