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Hardback Fiction from the 2013 Summer Newsletter

<a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2013-summer-newsletter"><img src="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/2013SummerNewsletterCov... align="right" width="100" height="129" hspace="5"></a>These recommendations were published in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2013-summer-newsletter">2013 Summer Newsletter</a>.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

I read this book in one sitting overnight because the thought of putting it down seemed absolutely impossible, and I couldn’t rest until I knew how it ended. Hosseini’s latest work is touching, painful, and exquisitely beautiful. It is about an Afghani family scattered across the globe, the lives they touch, and the bonds between them that last forever. Each chapter is a masterpiece in itself. Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, writes with the certainty and delicacy of one who understands the pain every human suffers, but who still remembers that our lives are filled with beauty. I cannot recommend And the Mountains Echoed highly enough. Don’t miss our event with Hosseini on June 2nd.
Reviewed by: 
Katie
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$28.95
ISBN: 9781594631764
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - May 21st, 2013

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

This is a beautifully written story of 15-year-old Thea, who is sent to a riding camp/finishing school after a horrific family scandal. Sheltered from the outside world, Thea learns that the camp has complex social rules and that she must try to adjust to them. A coming-of-age story, something of a love story, as well as a commentary on what can happen when parents try to protect their children from outside influences.
Reviewed by: 
Clytia
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781594486401
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - June 26th, 2013

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

I read this novel not in a plain brown wrapper exactly, but in a pale blue one. I had no idea what it was about, but had a great deal of faith in the talent of the author. I have no idea what kind of packaging will give you clues about the contents, dear reader, but what I hope for you is that you are able to read it in similar conditions. It is a beautiful story, told by Rosemary, its youthful protagonist. It’s a story about a family. I almost said, a special family, but on reflection, I take that back. Ultimately, it is special in its own way, as all families are. I loved it. Don’t miss our event with Fowler on May 29th.
Reviewed by: 
Seana
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780399162091
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Marian Wood Books/Putnam - May 30th, 2013

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

I cannot say enough about this debut novel, which takes place in Chechnya, after its decade-long war with Russia. The snowy landscape is scarred by bombs, and countless people have “disappeared” at the hands of soldiers and rebels. Inside this bleak setting are an orphaned 8-year-old girl, Havaa; Akhmed, Havaa’s neighbor, who takes her in; and Sonya, a surgeon who reluctantly takes the pair into hiding at one of the region’s last functioning hospitals. This is a beautifully told tale that shines with eloquence and maturity. For fans of The Tiger’s Wife or Birdsong.
Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls (The Glass Castle) certainly must have pulled from her own unconventional background to so convincingly bring the two intrepid stars of this new novel to life. It is 1970, and 12-year-old Bean and 15-year-old Liz have been left by their artistic, whimsical mother, Charlotte, in a desert town in California. They end up making their way “home” to the Virginia town they were born in but have not seen since. Their Uncle Tinsley and the small Southern town that greet them seem suspended in time, but truly everything is on the edge of social change, with the Vietnam War and racial integration barely at bay. Both Bean and Liz have to grow and shift in their loyalty to themselves and one another, and must make heart-breaking decisions to try to carve a road between their past and future.
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S.M.C.
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781451661507
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Scribner - June 11th, 2013

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