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Benjamin Rybeck - THE SADNESS

$16.00
ISBN: 9781939419705
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Published: Unnamed Press - June 14th, 2016

Broke and homeless at 30, Kelly Enright flees Arizona. Returning to her hometown of Portland, ME, her only plan is to track down her estranged but well-off father. But her twin brother, Max, is living in their deceased mother's home, and if anyone's more screwed up than Kelly, it's disheveled, misanthropic Max.

Max has just one obsession: film. In particular, his own unfinished project from a decade earlier, which he believes is a masterpiece in the making. He dreams of completing it, but there's a major problem: Evelyn, his actress and muse, has recently disappeared. After seeing her name in the credits of a famous cult film shot in their hometown, Max thinks Evelyn's disappearance has something to do with the film, and an upcoming festival devoted to it.

Kelly's arrival upsets Max's plans for finding Evelyn. Enter Penelope Hayward, the film's star and Kelly's high school best friend. Now a major Hollywood star, Penelope arrives in Portland as the festival's guest of honor. As Max's search for his lost leading lady becomes increasingly, absurdly self-destructive, Kelly must help her brother, who has never recovered from their mother's death.


Anton DiSclafani - THE AFTER PARTY

$26.00
ISBN: 9781594633164
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2016

From the nationally bestselling author of THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all.

Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man who sees her seems to want her; every woman just wants to be her. But this is a highly ordered world of garden clubs and debutante balls. The money may flow as freely as the oil, but the freedom and power all belong to the men. What happens when a woman of indecorous appetites and desires like Joan wants more? What does it do to her best friend?

Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But as Joan's radical behavior escalates, Cece's perspective shifts forcing one provocative choice to appear the only one there is.

A thrilling glimpse into the sphere of the rich and beautiful at a memorable moment in history, THE AFTER PARTY unfurls a story of friendship as obsessive, euphoric, consuming, and complicated as any romance.


Gulf Coast presents Matvei Yankelevich & Rosa Alcalá

Poets and translators both, Matvei Yankelevich, co-founder of Brooklyn’s Ugly Duckling Presse, and Rosa Alcalá, faculty at University of Texas-El Paso, will read from their new books: Black Square Editions recently released Matvei’s Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt, and Rosa’s M(y)Other Tongue is forthcoming from Futurepoem. In addition, the reading will feature Matvei’s and Rosa’s work as translators, which includes Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms and Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña.

J. Bradford Hipps - THE ADVENTURIST

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ISBN: 9781250062239
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 26th, 2016

In the anonymous office park of a modern software company, whip-smart software engineer Henry Hurt is a man in the middle: of life, of career, of self-assessment. Mired in his corporate responsibilities, Henry's deathless office existence is torpedoed by losing his mother.

Overcome by "the pall," Henry seeks escape in a quest for love and purpose occasioned by a crisis in his company's fortunes. Dodging an Iago-like rival, he finds love with a colleague in his department, endangers his bond with his family, and finally confronts the single urgent question of his life.

THE ADVENTURIST is about relationships: Henry has complicated ones with his sister, Gretchen, who has stayed at home with their father; his lover Jane, a sleek and efficient mirror image of Henry; and a tantalizing potential girlfriend, Madison, the ultimate free spirit. But his relationship to his corporate and familial responsibilities may change his fortunes even more than the women in his life.


Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - BEFORE WE VISIT THE GODDESS

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ISBN: 9781476792002
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 19th, 2016

A beautiful, powerful new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of SISTER OF MY HEART and THE MISTRESS OF SPICES about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another a masterful, brilliant tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love.

The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but her family's situation means college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single, unforgiveable misstep. Years later, Sabitri's own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother's choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she d imagined. As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak, and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel.

In her latest novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, and the different kinds of love that bind us across generations. BEFORE WE VISIT THE GODDESS captures the gorgeous complexity of these multi-generational and transcontinental bonds, sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas an extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of voices.


L. S. Berthelsen - THE HALING AND THE SCOTTISH TEMPLARS

$33.99
ISBN: 9781483439891
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Published: Lulu Publishing Services - November 5th, 2015

Andrew Malan Milward - I WAS A REVOLUTIONARY

$24.99
ISBN: 9780062377319
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Published: Harper - August 18th, 2015

Grounded in place, spanning the Civil War to the present day, the stories in I WAS A REVOLUTIONARY capture the roil of history through the eyes of an unforgettable cast of characters: the visionaries and dreamers, the radical farmers and socialist journalists, the quack doctors and protesters who haunt the past and present landscape of the American heartland.

In these stories, each set in the author's home state of Kansas, Andrew Malan Milward traces how we live amid the inconvenient ghosts of history. "The Burning of Lawrence" vibrates with the raw terror of a town pillaged by pro-Confederate raiders. "O Death" recalls the harrowing, desperate journey of the exodusters African-American migrants who came to Kansas to escape oppression in the South. And, in the collection's haunting title piece, a professor of Kansas history surveys his decades-long slide from radicalism to complacency, a shift that parallels the landscape around him.

Using his own home state as a prism through which to view both a nation's history and our own universal battles as individuals, Milward has created a fresh and complex new palimpsest of the American experience.


M.O. Walsh - MY SUNSHINE AWAY

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ISBN: 9780425278109
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 5th, 2016

MY SUNSHINE AWAY unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson free spirit, track star, and belle of the block experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.

In MY SUNSHINE AWAY, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.


Ann Packer - THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE

Ann Packer will be joined in conversation by Amber Dermont.

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ISBN: 9781476710464
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 5th, 2016

From New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Ann Packer, a tour de force family drama (Elle) that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.

Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of his future family, Bill buys the property and proposes to Penny Greenway, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life appeals to him. In less than a decade they have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, overwhelmed and undersatisfied, chafing at the conventions confining her.

Years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence sets off a struggle over the family's future. One by one, they tell their stories, which reveal Packer's great compassion for her characters, with their ancient injuries, their blundering desires. The way she tangles their perspectives perfectly, painfully captures the tumult of selves within a family (MORE Magazine).

Reviewers have praised Ann Packer's brilliant ear for character (The New York Times Book Review) and her naturalist's vigilance for detail, so that her characters seem observed rather than invented (The New Yorker). Her talents are on dazzling display in THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE, an absorbing novel that celebrates family even as it catalogs its damages (People, Book of the Week). This is a superb storyteller (San Francisco Chronicle), Ann Packer's most deeply affecting book yet, tragic and utterly engrossing (O, The Oprah Magazine).


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