Set in virginia during the civil war and a century beyond, this novel by the award-winning author of The Yellow Birds explores the brutal legacy of violence and exploitation in American society. A masterpiece. And two people enslaved at beauvais plantation, overcome impossible odds to be together, Nurse and Rawls, only to find that the promise of coming freedom may not be something they will live to see.
Seamlessly interwoven is the story of george Seldom, a man orphaned by the storm of the Civil War, looking back from the 1950s on the void where his childhood ought to have been. As we then watch lottie grapple with life's disappointments and joys in the 1980's, now in her own middle-age, harrowing realism, and poetic precision that made tHE YELLOW BIRDS one of the most celebrated novels of the past decade, the questions remain: How do we live in a world built on the suffering of others? And can love exist in a place where for 400 years violence has been the strongest form of intimacy?Written with the same emotional intensity, A SHOUT IN THE RUINS cements Powers' place in the forefront of American letters and demands that we reckon with the moral weight of our troubling history.
A Shout in the Ruins #ad - . Watching the government destroy his neighborhood to build a stretch of interstate highway through Richmond, he travels south in an attempt to recover his true origins. A grievously wounded confederate veteran loses his grip on a world he no longer understands, and his daughter finds herself married to Levallois, an arrangement that feels little better than imprisonment.
The Yellow Birds: A NovelBack Bay Books #ad - With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic. Finalist for the national book award, the Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq"The war tried to kill us in the spring.
So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. Back Bay Books. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, physical fatigue, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger.
The Yellow Birds: A Novel #ad - In al tafar, iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.
Warlight: A novelKnopf #ad - National best sellerfrom the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.
In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after world war ii, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth.
They suspect he might be a criminal, all of whom seem, determined now to protect, in some way, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, and educate in rather unusual ways Rachel and Nathaniel.
Warlight: A novel #ad - But are they really what and who they claim to be? and what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, explaining nothing, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.
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Tin Man: A NovelG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - From internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms, and the little moments that make up the life of one man. My favorite book of the year was Tin Man. Sparsely written and achingly beautiful. The most powerful take on love, loss and vulnerability I've read in years.
A cup of jothis is almost a love story. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more. But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: what happened in the years between? With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.
Tin Man: A Novel #ad - Back Bay Books. But it's not as simple as that. Ellis and michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends, teaching themselves how to swim, and for a long time it is just the two of them, discovering poetry, cycling the streets of Oxford, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers.
There There: A novelKnopf #ad - One of the 10 best books of the year—the new york times book reviewwinner of the center for fiction first novel prizeone of the best books of the year: the washington post, the oprah magazine, time, the boston globe, the dallas morning news, o, kirkus reviews new york times best-seller tommy orange’s “groundbreaking, Entertainment Weekly, California, Buzzfeed, GQ, Urban Indians living in Oakland, BookPage, propulsive” People Magazine story of twelve unforgettable characters, Publishers Weekly, NPR, extraordinary” The New York Times There There is the “brilliant, San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal, who converge and collide on one fateful day.
Devastating” the washington post at the same time as it is fierce, thoroughly modern, funny, suspenseful, and impossible to put down. Opal viola victoria bear shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time.
There There: A novel #ad - There there is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. White-hot. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” Entertainment Weekly. As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some joyful, some fearful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything.
This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.
The Winter SoldierLittle, Brown and Company #ad - And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal, makeshift medicine. Back Bay Books. He seems beyond rescue, patient, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, and nurse forever. From the gilded ballrooms of imperial vienna to the frozen forests of the eastern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, of the mistakes we make, The Winter Soldier is the story of war and medicine, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of family, and the precious opportunities to atone.
The Winter Soldier #ad - A washington post best book of 2018a san francisco chronicle Best Book of 2018An NPR Great Read of 2018National Bestseller"The Winter Soldier brims with improbable narrative pleasures. These pages crackle with excitement. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings.
A spectacular success. Anthony marra, new york Times Book Review"A dream of a novel.
Washington Black: A novelKnopf #ad - But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, finally, and, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. From the blistering cane fields of the caribbean to the frozen far north, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, What is true freedom? Back Bay Books.
Soon wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. What brings christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self.
Washington Black: A novel #ad - Top ten book of the year: new york times, minneapolis star-tribune, the andrew carnegie medal for excellence, slate• one of the best books of the year: boston globe, time, entertainment weekly, washington post, npr, the economist, bustle• winner of the scotiabank giller prize• finalist for the man bOOKER PRIZE, THE ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE"Enthralling" --Boston Globe "Extraordinary" --Seattle Times "A rip-roaring tale" --Washington PostA dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.
George washington black, " an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, or "Wash, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, explorer, inventor, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, and abolitionist.
Waiting for Eden: A novelKnopf #ad - But on christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden's re-ordered consciousness comes flickering alive. Back Bay Books. Is eden the same man he once was: a husband, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, a friend, a father-to-be? What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.
Waiting for Eden: A novel #ad - As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage--and about his life before he went to war--come to the surface. His wife mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. From the national book award finalist, a breathtakingly spare and shattering new novel that traces the intersection of three star-crossed lives.
Eden malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn't make it back home--and who narrates the novel. He has never even met their young daughter.
Varina: A NovelEcco #ad - Sooner or later, which side were you on?in his powerful new novel, charles frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, history asks, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil WarHer marriage prospects limited, with whom she expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner.
Varina: A Novel #ad - Davis instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history—culpable regardless of her intentions. The confederacy falling, now fugitives with “bounties on their heads, her marriage in tatters, and the country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond and travel south on their own, an entire nation in pursuit.
Intimate in its detailed observations of one woman’s tragic life and epic in its scope and power, Varina is a novel of an American war and its aftermath. Ultimately, the book is a portrait of a woman who comes to realize that complicity carries consequences. Back Bay Books.
Presidio: A NovelAtria Books #ad - The story is told partly through troy’s journal, people looking for fast money, in which he chronicles his encounters with con artists, and roadside philosophers, down-and-outers, human connection, or a home long since vanished. Kennedy rises to the challenge and succeeds so well that Larry McMurtry and James Lee Burke have offered their praise.
Lee child, the new york times book review set in the 1970s in the vast and arid landscape of the Texas panhandle, this darkly comic and stunningly mature literary debut tells the story of a car thief and his brother who set out to recover some stolen money and inadvertently kidnap a Mennonite girl who has her own reasons for being on the run.
Presidio: A Novel #ad - Troy falconer returns home after years of working as a solitary car thief to help his younger brother, search for his wife, Harlan, who has run away with the little money he had. With a page-turning plot about a kidnapped child, gorgeously written scenes that probe the soul of the American West, Presidio packs a powerful punch of anomie, and an austere landscape as real as any character, dark humor, pathos, and suspense.
When they steal a station wagon for the journey, the brothers accidentally kidnap Martha Zacharias, a Mennonite girl asleep in the back of the car. A fluent, mordant, authentic, propulsive narrative wonderfully lit from within by an intriguing main character. The texas of the novel.
Transcription: A NovelLittle, Brown and Company #ad - It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. Sent to an obscure department of mi5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying.
Transcription: A Novel #ad - A dramatic story of wwii espionage, by the #1 bestselling author of Life After LifeIn 1940, and loyalty, betrayal, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Back Bay Books. Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy.
A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever.