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New & Recommended Fiction from the 2015 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Winter Newsletter.

 

Tales of Accidental Genius by Simon Van Booy

How do I talk about Simon Van Booy’s short stories? They feel like well-loved coins that I refuse to remove from my pockets, talismans that provide comfort even when I’m not actually reading them. I’ve been thinking about these stories everywhere I go—in traffic, at work, waiting to cross the street, even sometimes when I’m reading someone else’s book. For me it’s not just the immediate, hypnotic lyricism of his work that makes these stories so special, but the way they linger.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9780062408976
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 10th, 2015

Sweet Caress by William Boyd

A famous and treasured writer in Britain but still a relatively unknown in America, Boyd writes intelligent, big-screen novels that stay with you like memories of a great friend. This one tells the story of Amory Clay, a photographer who gets her start covering fascist riots in 1930s London and then goes on to cover World War II and Vietnam. A daughter, mother, lover, and devoted friend, Clay’s life is both representative of her time and truly extraordinary.  —Rico

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ISBN: 9781632863324
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 15th, 2015

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Ever a master of historical fiction, Geraldine Brooks delves into the life of King David, as seen through the eyes of those closest to him: his jealous brother, his weary mother, his bitter wife, and his loyal prophet, Natan. David asks Natan to document his life, not through glorification, but “to be known as a man.” I was enraptured by the beautiful writing, inspired by the strong female characters, thrilled by the battles, and empowered by the ending.  —Sara

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ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann

This collection of shorter fiction from Colum McCann (who won the National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin) is made up of a novella and three short stories. McCann’s talent is as evident in his shorter writing as it is in his novels and the reader gains a surprisingly deep understanding of and empathy for each of McCann’s characters. Whether a judge who feels particularly nostalgic on what turns out to be a monumental day, or a mother whose gift to her son unleashes a tragedy, McCann’s characters make us think about the upending themes of chance, compassion, and fate. This is a terrific read from one of our best contemporary authors.  —S.M.C

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ISBN: 9780812996722
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Published: Random House - October 13th, 2015

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Okparanta’s first short story collection, Happiness, Like Water, is a perfect example of the power of prose. Her stories shook me in places I thought myself durable beyond doubt. This new work centers around a young Nigerian woman unfortunately blossoming under the chaos of civil war; a fateful friendship with another displaced girl transforms into love, which must be hidden at all costs. If Udala Trees is written with the same clarity that has become Okparanta’s signature, a Lambda Award nomination will surely be hers.  --Louise

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

Gaitskill has the phenomenal capacity to present characters as flawed and broken yet all the more compelling and lovable for their deficiencies. This is the story of Velvet—an inner-city kid of Dominican heritage—and Ginger, a well-off recovering addict/artist who is trying to connect with life through part-time involvement in Velvet’s life. The relationship between these two damaged women is mirrored in Velvet’s bond to a rescued horse, and the novel is heartbreaking and honest in relating their struggles.  --Nici

100 Years of the Best American Short Stories by Lorrie Moore

With contributors such as Sherman Alexie, Mary Gaitskill and Junot Diaz, as well as standards like Hemingway, Faulkner and Carver, there’s much to love in this collection of short stories from the past 100 years. Edited by master of the form Lorrie Moore and with an eye towards the way story has both evolved through the years and reflected on them, this anthology of forty stories provides a fresh and diverse way to look at the American landscape in letters.  --Melinda

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ISBN: 9780547485850
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Published: Mariner Books - October 6th, 2015

Mexico20 by DBC Pierre & Cristina Rivera

Of all the anthologies that continually grace our shelves, this is one I’m most excited about. Here are 20 young Mexican voices, all under age 40, who are accepting the mantle of a long tradition of literature and melding it into something of their own. Immersed in modern day Mexico and the Mexican experience, these pieces showcase a new generation of writers who transcend borders and break open the way story can be told.  --Melinda

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By Various, Dbc Pierre (Foreword by), Christina Rivera Garza (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781782271345
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Published: Pushkin Press - October 13th, 2015

The Golden Age by Jane Smiley

“With Golden Age, Smiley grandly concludes her Last Hundred Years trilogy, a multigenerational saga about an Iowa farm family. In each novel (including Some Luck and Early Warning), Smiley has subtly yet pointedly linked forces political, technological, financial, and social to personal lives, tracing in the most organic, unobtrusive, yet clarifying manner the enormous changes that have taken place over the last century. Readers will be reading, and rereading, Smiley’s Last Hundred Years far into the next.”  --Booklist, starred review

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