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ISBN: 9780875656410
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Published: Texas Christian University Press - October 10th, 2016

PLUM CREEK is a historical novel set in nineteenth-century Texas. It is a coming-of-age story involving Billy McCulloch, a fifteen-year-old boy who accompanies a former Texas Ranger, a black man, and two of his uncles on a quest to rescue a fourteen-year-old girl. The girl was captured by a band of renegades led by a half-breed Comanche killer after they slaughtered the rest of her family in a raid on their home in rural Central Texas.

The pursuit of the renegades is set against a backdrop of post-Civil War Texas, just beginning to recover from the devastation of war and Reconstruction.The character of the former Texas Ranger is loosely based on John Coffee Hays, known as Jack Hays, who was called Devil Yack by many Mexican and Native American people because of the fame he won fighting in the Mexican War and, before and after, fighting the Comanches.

As Billy and the older men ride, Texas is emerging into a new age around them. A new social structure is taking hold, the old ways of life are dying, and the future is uncertain.


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ISBN: 9781631492181
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - January 10th, 2017

Claustrophobic and lonesome, acerbic and magnetic, the women in ALWAYS HAPPY HOUR seek understanding in the most unlikely places: a dilapidated foster home where love is a liability, a trailer park laden with history of bad decisions, and the empty corners of a dream home bought after a bitter divorce. Miller evokes the particular gritty comfort found in bad habits as hope turns to dust, and proves yet again her essential role in American fiction.


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ISBN: 9781604891805
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Published: Livingston Press (AL) - September 20th, 2016

J.A. Davis - CRISIS: BLUE & Heidi Barnes - THE BELLMAN

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ISBN: 9781942600848
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - November 15th, 2016

North Korea continues to taunt the United States by detonating nuclear weapons and launching long-range missiles across the Pacific. This threat is suddenly overshadowed by the destruction of the US fleet as it sails through the Straits of Hormuz and into the Persian Gulf. As the crisis escalates, little attention is paid to several blue, bloated, and grossly disfigured Asian sailors who wash ashore in Galveston, Texas. Meanwhile, the North Korean cargo ship, Il-sung, is able to slip into Whiskey Bay, Louisiana, unnoticed, where she offloads her cargo: highly radioactive weapons of mass destruction.

As more Asian sailors become deathly ill from the many weeks spent at sea in close proximity to their lethal cargo, they are transferred to a small hospital in Carencrow, Louisiana, for treatment. Dr. Rex Bent, an emergency room physician, immediately becomes suspicious and notifies the proper authorities. With their coup de grace in jeopardy the extremists realize that Dr. Bentand his wife and confidante, Sharonmust be eliminated without raising suspicion. Pursued and hounded like traitors who had betrayed their country, the Bents are in a race against time, determined to discover the significance of Crisis: Blue.

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ISBN: 9781945572036
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - September 20th, 2016

All young men want to run away and join the circus. For Stanley Douglas, a naive but determined young man, the closest he could find is The Maycliff.

When Stanley takes the first real job in his life as a bellman at an historic mansion turned luxury inn on the majestic coast of Maine, he has no idea what he's in for. The Maycliff attracts eccentric guests of all types, from brash Texan lotharios to African dictators with suitcases full of cash. But the guests can t compare to the staff. The Cook is a prima donna, the manager is a prissy militant, the maids are brassy pranksters, the bartender's a drunk, and someone's got their fingers in the till. The only bright spot may be Mindy, the pretty waitress who misses Stanley's attempts at impressing her but always seems to find a way to bear witness to his bumbling gaffs.

Trying his best to keep order in chaos, Stanley finds that joy and loss, humor and tragedy, friendship and betrayal are all part of the joband life. Most important, though, is the discovery that everything is going to be all right even if everything is going very, very wrong.

With wit, humor and a sense of nostalgia, THE BELLMAN brings readers back to a day of classic American storytelling, with colorful characters, a picturesque backdrop, and a story that inspires and delights.

Elliott Ackerman - DARK AT THE CROSSING

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ISBN: 9781101947371
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 24th, 2017

From the author of the acclaimed GREEN ON BLUE, a timely new novel of stunning humanity and tension: a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border with Syria.

Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime. But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir's wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris's choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness? Told with compassion and a deft hand, DARK AT THE CROSSING is an exploration of loss, of second chances, and of why we choose to believe–a trenchantly observed novel of raw urgency and power.

Bae Suah and Deborah Smith - A GREATER MUSIC

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By Su-A Pae, Deborah Smith (Translator)
ISBN: 9781940953465
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Published: Open Letter Books - October 11th, 2016

Near the beginning of A GREATER MUSIC, the narrator, a young Korean writer, falls into an icy river in the Berlin suburbs, where she's been housesitting for her on-off boyfriend Joachim. This sets into motion a series of memories that move between the hazily defined present and the period three years ago when she first lived in Berlin. Throughout, the narrator's relationship with Joachim, a rough-and-ready metalworker, is contrasted with her friendship with a woman called M, an ultra-refined music-loving German teacher who was once her lover.

A novel of memories and wandering, A GREATER MUSIC blends riffs on music, language, and literature with a gut-punch of an emotional ending, establishing Bae Suah as one of the most exciting novelists working today.

Bae Suah, one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors, has published more than a dozen works and won several prestigious awards. She has also translated several books from the German, including works by W. G. Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck. Her first book to appear in English, NOWHERE TO BE FOUND, was longlisted for a PEN Translation Prize.

Deborah Smith's literary translations from the Korean include two novels by Han Kang (THE VEGETARIAN and HUMAN ACTS), and two by Bae Suah, (A GREATER MUSIC and RECITATION).

Allegra Hyde - OF THIS NEW WORLD

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ISBN: 9781609384432
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Published: University of Iowa Press - October 2016

OF THIS NEW WORLD offers a menagerie of utopias: real, imagined, and lost. Starting with the Garden of Eden and ending in a Mars colony, the stories wrestle with conflicts of idealism and practicality, communal ambition and individual kink. Stories jump between genres from historical fiction to science fiction, realism to fabulism but all ask that fundamental human question: is paradise really so impossible?

Over the course of twelve stories, Hyde writes with a mix of lyricism, humor, and masterful detail. A group of environmental missionaries seeks to start an ideal eco-society on an island in The Bahamas, only to unwittingly tyrannize the local inhabitants. The neglected daughter of a floundering hippie commune must adjust to conventional life with her un-groovy grandmother. Haunted by her years at a collegiate idyll, a young woman eulogizes a friendship. After indenturing his only son to the Shakers, an antebellum vegan turns to Louisa May Alcott's famous family for help. And in the final story, a former drug addict chases a second chance at life in a government-sponsored space population program. An unmissable debut, the collection charts the worlds born in our dreams and bred in hope.

Paulette Jiles - NEWS OF THE WORLD

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ISBN: 9780062409201
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 4th, 2016

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act civilized. Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become in the eyes of the law a kidnapper himself. Exquisitely rendered and morally complex, NEWS OF THE WORLD is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

Kelly Luce - PULL ME UNDER

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ISBN: 9780374238582
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 1st, 2016

A searing debut novel from one of the most imaginative minds in fiction

Kelly Luce's PULL ME UNDER tells the story of Rio Silvestri, who, when she was twelve years old, fatally stabbed a school bully. Rio, born Chizuru Akitani, is the Japanese American daughter of the revered violinist Hiro Akitani--a Living National Treasure in Japan and a man Rio hasn't spoken to since she left her home country for the United States (and a new identity) after her violent crime. Her father's death, along with a mysterious package that arrives on her doorstep in Boulder, Colorado, spurs her to return to Japan for the first time in twenty years. There she is forced to confront her past in ways she never imagined, pushing herself, her relationships with her husband and daughter, and her own sense of who she is to the brink.

The novel's illuminating and palpably atmospheric descriptions of Japan and its culture, as well its elegantly dynamic structure, call to mind both Ruth Ozeki's A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING and David Guterson's SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS. PULL ME UNDER is gripping, psychologically complex fiction--at the heart of which is an affecting exploration of home, self-acceptance, and the limits of forgiveness.