The Worst Thing I've Done: A Novel

By Ursula Hegi

Neighbors on account that earliest adolescence, Annie, Jake, and Mason have a unique bond. while Annie's mom and dad die at the related evening that she and Mason get married, the 3 acquaintances choose to bring up Annie's child sister, Opal, jointly. yet their bonds of intimacy, already entangled, develop into dangerously shut, at the line. One fateful evening, the 3 acquaintances goad each other into crossing that line with stunning outcomes.

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A Meaningful Life

By L. J. Davis

L.J. Davis's 1971 novel, A significant Life, is a blistering black comedy in regards to the American quest for redemption via genuine property and a gritty photo of latest York urban in cave in. simply out of faculty, Lowell Lake, the Western-born hero of Davis's novel, heads to ny, the place he plans to make it sizeable as a author. as a substitute he reveals a role as a technical editor, at which he toils away whereas ardour leaks out of his marriage to a pleasant Jewish lady. Then Lowell discovers a stunning crumbling mansion in a crime-ridden part of Brooklyn, and opposed to all recommendation, let alone his wife's will, sinks his each penny into deciding to buy it. He quits his activity, strikes in, and spends day and evening on demolition and development. ultimately he has a challenge: he will dig up the misplaced heritage of his residence; he'll restoration it to its previous grandeur. he'll make strong on every thing that's long past flawed together with his existence, and he'll even homicide to do it.

From the alternate Paperback edition.

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Rimbaud: Visions and Habitations

By Edward Ahearn

Edward Ahearn is Professor Emeritus. Ph.D. Yale college. Comparative Literature; nineteenth and twentieth century French literature and poetry; literary concept; literature and the town. His courses contain: Rimbaud, Visions and Habitations (1983); Marx and sleek Fiction (1989); Visionary Fictions (1996); city Confrontations in Literature and Social technology, 1848-2001 (2010).

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The Fever: A Novel

By Megan Abbott

"THE FEVER holds actual to its identify: it really is darkish, tense, surprisingly attractive and completely unshakeable" -- Gillian Flynn.

In this impossible-to-put-down "panic assault of a novel,"* a small-town highschool turns into the breeding floor for a mysterious sickness.

Deenie Nash is a diligent scholar with a close-knit relations; her brother Eli is a hockey megastar and her father is a well-liked instructor. but if Deenie's ally is struck by way of a terrifying, unexplained seizure in school, the Nashes' seeming balance dissolves into chaos. As rumors of a unsafe outbreak unfold via college, and hysteria and contagion swell, a sequence of tightly held secrets and techniques emerges, threatening to resolve friendships, households, and the town's fragile feel of defense.

A chilling tale approximately guilt, relatives secrets and techniques, and the deadly energy of wish, THE FEVER is "a potboiler within the truest, most sensible feel" and "a nice novel, complete stop."**

*Jodi Picoult

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Les Misérables

Sensational, dramatic, jam-packed with wealthy pleasure and jam-packed with the sweep and violence of human passions, LES MISERABLES is not just fantastic experience yet a robust social record. the tale of the way the convict Jean-Valjean struggled to flee his prior and reaffirm his humanity, in a global brutalized by means of poverty and lack of know-how, turned the gospel of the negative and the oppressed.

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The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

By Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin

Philip Pullman’s His darkish fabrics trilogy is well known for its secret and magic. What’s the reality at the back of all of it? Is the golden compass really established in technology? How does the sophisticated knife lower via something? may possibly there be a bomb just like the one made with Lyra’s hair? How do the Gallivespians’ lodestone resonators relatively paintings? And, after all, what are the darkish fabrics? Drawing on string concept and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos idea, award-winning technology writers Mary and John Gribbin exhibit the true technological know-how at the back of Philip Pullman’s bestselling delusion trilogy in unique and crystal-clear prose.

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The Farewell Symphony

By Edmund White

Following A Boy's personal Story (now a vintage of yankee fiction) and his richly acclaimed The appealing Room Is Empty, this is the eagerly awaited ultimate quantity of Edmund White's groundbreaking autobiographical trilogy.

Named for the paintings by way of Haydn during which the instrumentalists go away the degree one after one other until eventually just a unmarried violin is still enjoying, this is often the tale of a guy who has outlived such a lot of his pals. Having reached the six-month anniversary of his lover's demise, he embarks on a trip of remembrance that may recount his fight to turn into a author and his discovery of what it skill to be a homosexual guy. His witty, conversational narrative transports us from the Nineteen Sixties to the close to current, from starkly erotic scenes within the again rooms of recent York golf equipment to episodes of rarefied hilarity within the salons of Paris to moments of family members fact within the American Midwest. alongside the way in which, a panoramic number of own connections--and close to misses--slowly builds an knowledge of the transformative energy of real friendship, of affection and loss, culminating in an indelible event with a demise guy. and because the move of reminiscence incorporates us throughout time, area and society, one man's magnificently learned tale grows to surround a whole generation.

Sublimely humorous but elegiac, filled with unsparingly trenchant social statement but infused with knowledge and a deeply felt compassion, The Farewell Symphony is a triumph of mirrored image and expressive beauty. it's also a gorgeous and utterly unique landscape of homosexual existence during the last thirty years--the crowning success of 1 of our best writers.

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Dirt Music: A Novel

By Tim Winton

Winner of The Miles Franklin Literary Award, The Christina Stead Award, WA Premier’s booklet of the 12 months, booklet Data/ABA publication of the yr Award, Goodreading Award-Readers selection e-book of the Year

Set within the dramatic panorama of Western Australia, Dirt Music tells the tale of Luther Fox, a damaged guy who makes his dwelling as an unlawful fisherman—a shamateur. ahead of everybody in his kinfolk used to be killed in a freak rollover, Fox grew melons and counted stars and enjoyed taking part in his guitar. Now, his existence has turn into a “project of forgetting.” now not until eventually he meets Georgie Jutland, the spouse of White Point’s so much filthy rich fisherman, does Fox start to dream back and listen to the dust music—“anything you could play on a verandah or porch,” he tells Georgie, “without electricity.” just like the beat of a barren center, nature isn't silent. formidable and completely calibrated, Dirt Music resonates with suspense, emotion, and undying truths.

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The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk

By Edward St. Aubyn


An Atlantic Magazine top ebook of the Year
A Publishers Weekly most sensible ebook of the Year

"The Melrose Novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, written by way of one of many nice prose stylists in England." ―Alice Sebold, writer of The stunning Bones

For greater than two decades, acclaimed writer Edward St. Aubyn has chronicled the lifetime of Patrick Melrose, portray a unprecedented portrait of the beleaguered and self-loathing global of privilege. This unmarried quantity collects the 1st 4 novels―Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk, a guy Booker finalist―to coincide with the book of At Last, the ultimate installment of this detailed novel cycle.

By turns harrowing and hilarious, those superbly written novels dissect the English top classification as we persist with Patrick Melrose's tale from baby abuse to heroin dependancy and restoration. Never Mind, the 1st novel, unfolds over an afternoon and a night on the family's chateaux within the south of France, the place the sadistic and terrifying determine of David Melrose dominates the lives of his five-year-old son, Patrick, and his wealthy and unsatisfied American mom, Eleanor. From abuse to dependancy, the second one novel, Bad News opens because the twenty-two-year-old Patrick units off to assemble his father's ashes from long island, the place he'll spend a drug-crazed twenty-four hours. And again in England, the 3rd novel, Some Hope, deals a sober and fresh Patrick the opportunity of restoration. The fourth novel, the Booker-shortlisted Mother's Milk, returns to the kinfolk chateau, the place Patrick, now married and a father himself, struggles with baby rearing, adultery, his mother's wish for assisted suicide, and the lack of the kin domestic to a brand new Age foundation.

Edward St. Aubyn deals a window right into a international of utter decadence, amorality, greed, snobbery, and cruelty―welcome to the declining British aristocracy.

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The General of the Dead Army: A Novel

The normal of the useless Army is a relocating and well timed meditation on battle and its outcomes through the winner of the inaugural guy Booker foreign Prize, to be had back in paperback. two decades after international warfare II, an Italian general—armed with maps, measurements, and dental records—is despatched to Albania to recuperate the is still of his country’s fallen infantrymen. A quarrelsome priest joins him, and in rain and sleet they dig up the Albanian countryside—once a battlefield, now a graveyard—checking enamel and puppy tags, assembling a lifeless military in pine-box uniforms. as well as the brutal climate, additionally they conflict the hostility of the Albanians operating for them. this can be an errand of mercy for the overall, however the likelihood to humiliate their one-time conquerors bargains the Albanians a welcome vengeance. scuffling with the hopelessness of his project, the final reveals his routine shadowed via a German normal at the related ugly challenge for his personal state. In a poor crescendo at a marriage, the Italian normal needs to resolution for the crimes of his state and all international locations that experience invaded this land of eagles, trying to break its humans. enchanting and poignant, The normal of the useless Army is an elegy for the youngsters of each state who're despatched overseas to die in battle.

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