The kind that reveal, enlarge, and make living seem worth the trouble. Dorothy Allison.
We Cast a Shadow: A NovelOne World #ad - Like any father, nigel, our narrator just wants the best for his son, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. We cast a shadow fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love. Longlisted for the pen/open book award • longlisted for the pen/faulkner award for fiction “we cast a shadow asks some of the most important questions fiction can ask, and it does so with energetic and acrobatic prose, hilarious wordplay and great heart.
. A complete demelanization will liberate you from the confines of being born in a black body—if you can afford it. An incisive and necessary” roxane gay debut for fans of get out and paul beatty’s The Sellout, about a father’s obsessive quest to protect his son—even if it means turning him white Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize • “Stunning and audacious.
We Cast a Shadow: A Novel #ad - . Maurice carlos ruffin’s work evokes the clear vision of Ralph Ellison, the dizzying menace of Franz Kafka, and the crackling prose of Vladimir Nabokov. The darker nigel becomes, the more frightened his father feels. But how far will he go to protect his son? and will he destroy his family in the process? This electrifying, hallucinatory novel is at once a keen satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story.
A Good Scent from a Strange MountainGrove Press #ad - One of the strongest collections I’ve read in ages. Ann beattie. Deeply affecting . . . This new edition includes two previously uncollected stories—“Missing” and “Salem”—that brilliantly complete the collection’s narrative journey, returning to the jungles of Vietnam to explore the experiences of a former Vietcong soldier and an American MIA.
A good scent from a strange mountain is robert olen Butler’s Pulitzer Prize–winning collection of lyrical and poignant stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its enduring impact on the Vietnamese. A brilliant collection of stories about storytellers whose recited folklore radiates as implicit prayer .
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain #ad - . . Written in a soaring prose, butler’s haunting and powerful stories blend Vietnamese folklore and contemporary American realities, creating a vibrant panorama that is epic in its scope. Winner of the pulitzer prize: “uncannily perceptive stories written by an American from the viewpoint of Vietnamese citizens transplanted to Louisiana” People.
Winter's Bone: A NovelBack Bay Books #ad - The lineage from faulkner to Woodrell runs as deep and true as an Ozark stream in this book. His most profound and haunting yet. Los angeles Times Book Review. Ree dolly's father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date.
But, as an unsettling revelation lurks, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost. Living in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, Ree learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. With two young brothers depending on her, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive.
The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three WeeksScribner #ad - The mercy papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit.
The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. The mundane and spiritual melt together as Romm reveals the sharp truths that lurk around every corner and captures, the awe, with great passion, fear, and fury of a daughter losing her mother. When robin romm's the mother garden was published, the new york times book Review called her "a close-up magician, " saying, "hers is the oldest kind of magic we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay.
The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks #ad - In her searing memoir the mercy papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother's death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss. Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death, offering sympathy as they clamor for attention. Robin romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost.
A Streetcar Named Desire New Directions PaperbookNew Directions #ad - This definitive new edition will also include Williams' essay "The World I Live In, " and a brief chronology of the author's life. The pulitzer prize and drama critics circle award winning play—reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, and Williams' essay "The World I Live In.
It is a very short list of 20th-century american plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared—57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. Streetcar launched the careers of marlon brando, and solidified the position of Tennessee Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, as well as that of Elia Kazan as the greatest American stage director of the '40s and '50s.
A Streetcar Named Desire New Directions Paperbook #ad - Who better than america's elder statesman of the theater, to write as a witness to the lightning that struck American culture in the form of A Streetcar Named Desire? Miller's rich perspective on Williams' singular style of poetic dialogue, Williams' contemporary Arthur Miller, sensitive characters, and dramatic violence makes this a unique and valuable new edition of A Streetcar Named Desire.
. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.
Inventing New Orleans: Writings of Lafcadio HearnUniversity Press of Mississippi #ad - But inventing new orleans: writings of Lafcadio Hearn brings together a selection of Hearn's nonfiction on New Orleans and Louisiana, creating a previously unavailable sampling. In ten years of serving as a correspondent and selling his writing in such periodicals as the New Orleans Daily Item, Times-Democrat, Harper's Weekly, and Scribner's Magazine he crystallized the way Americans view New Orleans and its south Louisiana environs.
Hearn's writings on Japan are famous and have long been available. Denizens of the crescent city and devotees who flock there for escapades and pleasures will recognize these original tales of corruption, of decay and benign frivolity, and of endless partying. S. Lafcadio hearn 1850-1904 prowled the streets of new Orleans from 1877 to 1888 before moving on to a new life and global fame as a chronicler of Japan.
Inventing New Orleans: Writings of Lafcadio Hearn #ad - His many books-on a diverse range of subjects-include la cuisine Creole: A Collection of Culinary Recipes 1885, Gombo Zhebes 1885, Chita 1889, and Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan 1894. With his writing, hearn virtually invented the national image of New Orleans as a kind of alternative reality to the United States as a whole.
. Frederick starr, historical, edits the volume, adding an introduction that places Hearn in a social, a leading authority on New Orleans and Louisiana culture, and literary context. He haunted the french Quarter to cover such events as the death of Marie Laveau. Hearn was sensitive to the unique cultural milieu of New Orleans and Louisiana.
Genesis: A NovelMariner Books #ad - A philosophical inquiry of sorts into a favorite and time-tested conundrum: Can a machine achieve consciousness, and if so, what should its relationship with its creators be?” —The Wall Street Journal. She has studied the stories of the distant twenty-first century very diligently. But anax is about to discover that for all her learning, the history she’s been taught isn’t the whole story.
Genesis: A Novel #ad - In this brilliant and suspenseful novel, Anax’s examination leads us into a future where we are confronted with unresolved questions about technology and humanity, artificial intelligence and the nature of consciousness. A thought-provoking tale of the future set on an isolated island fortress: “The ending is an absolute mind-blower” Booklist.
Anax thinks she knows history. Her grueling all-day examination has just begun, and if she passes, she’ll be admitted into the Academy—the elite governing institution of her utopian society. And the academy isn’t what she believes it to be.
The Namesake: A NovelMariner Books #ad - An engineer by training, ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Named for a russian writer by his indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.
Jhumpa lahiri's interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. In the namesake, the conflicts of assimilation, and, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations.
Here again lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail -- the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase -- that opens whole worlds of emotion. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, comic detours, strewn with conflicting loyalties, and wrenching love affairs.
The Namesake: A Novel #ad - When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. The new york times has praised Lahiri as "a writer of uncommon elegance and poise. The namesake is a fine-tuned, intimate, and deeply felt novel of identity. Her stories are one of the very few debut works -- and only a handful of collections -- to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Caramelo Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - But when she starts telling the Awful Grandmother's life story, seeking clues to how she got to be so awful, grandmother accuses Lala of exaggerating. Struggling to find a voice above the boom of her brothers and to understand her place on this side of the border and that, Lala is a shrewd observer of family life.
Every year, uncles, and lala's six older brothers—packs up three cars and, mothers, in a wild ride, Ceyala “Lala” Reyes' family—aunts, fathers, drive from Chicago to the Little Grandfather and Awful Grandmother's house in Mexico City for the summer. Like the cherished rebozo, caramelo is alive with the vibrations of history, family, that has been passed down through generations of Reyes women, or shawl, and love.
Caramelo Vintage Contemporaries #ad - Soon, a multigenerational family narrative turns into a whirlwind exploration of storytelling, lies, and life. From the winner of the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.