Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018
- Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man(Graywolf Press)
- Jennifer Clement, Gun Love(Hogarth / Penguin Random House)
- Lauren Groff, Florida(Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)
- Daniel Gumbiner, The Boatbuilder(McSweeney’s)
- Brandon Hobson, Where the Dead Sit Talking(Soho Press)
- Tayari Jones, An American Marriage(Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing)
- Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers(Viking Books / Penguin Random House)
- Sigrid Nunez, The Friend(Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)
- Tommy Orange, There There(Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House)
- Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People(Atria Books / 37 INK / Simon & Schuster)
- Négar Djavadi, Disoriental
Translated by Tina Kover
- Roque Larraquy, Comemadre
Translated by Heather Cleary
(Coffee House Press)
- Dunya Mikhail, The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq
Translated by Max Weiss and Dunya Mikhail
(New Directions Publishing)
- Perumal Murugan, One Part Woman
Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
(Black Cat / Grove Atlantic)
- Hanne Ørstavik, Love
Translated by Martin Aitken
- Gunnhild Øyehaug, Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life
Translated by Kari Dickson
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)
- Domenico Starnone, Trick
Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Yoko Tawada, The Emissary
Translated by Margaret Mitsutani
(New Directions Publishing)
- Olga Toka
- Translated by Jennifer Croft
(Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)
- Tatyana Tolstaya, Aetherial Worlds
Translated by Anya Migdal
- (Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House)
Monday, September 10, 2018
Friday, August 31, 2018
Publishing date 12.4.2018
On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.
Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless.
Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison, stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson’s housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl’s identity can be known.
What I thought
Diane Setterfield did not disappoint. I am a huge fan of hers. I loved THE THIRTEENTH TALE as I did BELLMAN AND BLACK. In ONCE UPON A RIVER she expands her gifted storytelling even further to our delight.
We find ourselves along the Thames river, the year is 1887, the tale begins along the banks of the river in a tavern named the Swan, where story telling is a traditional, important art.
We will meet with with three little girls, Ann, Alice and Amelia among a wide cast of adults of various backgrounds as applies to any good tale.
Thank you Atria and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advance copy.