Valeria Luiselli - FACES IN THE CROWD & Tiphanie Yanique - LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
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2421 Bissonnet St
77005-1451 Houston
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An evening with two wonderful emerging authors and their revelatory works of fiction. With FACES INTHE CROWD, Luiselli delivers a novel about the writing process itself; with LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING, Yanique submerges the reader in an epic family story that crosses the historical with the magical. Both novels investigate the ways in which the ghosts of the past blur with the demands of the present, written in prose so beautiful it nearly shimmers.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781566893541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - May 13th, 2014

"An extraordinary new literary talent."
--The Daily Telegraph

In Mexico City, a young mother is writing a novel of her days as a translator living in New York. In Harlem, a translator is desperate to publish the works of Gilberto Owen, an obscure Mexican poet. And in Philadelphia, Gilberto Owen recalls his friendship with Lorca, and the young woman he saw in the windows of passing trains. Valeria Luiselli's debut signals the arrival of a major international writer and an unexpected and necessary voice in contemporary fiction.

"In part a portrait of the artist as a young woman, this deceptively modest-seeming, astonishingly inventive novel creates an extraordinary intimacy, a sensibility so alive it quietly takes over all your senses, quivering through your nerve endings, opening your eyes and heart. Youth, from unruly student years to early motherhood and a loving marriage--and then, in the book's second half, wilder and something else altogether, the fearless, half-mad imagination of youth, I might as well call it--has rarely been so freshly, charmingly, and unforgettably portrayed. Valeria Luiselli is a masterful, entirely original writer."--Francisco Goldman


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$27.95
ISBN: 9781594488337
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - July 10th, 2014


A major debut from an award-winning writer—an epic family saga set against the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands.

In the early 1900s, the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule, and an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea. Orphaned by the shipwreck are two sisters and their half brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.

Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING is a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Uniquely imagined, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, and the author’s own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evoke an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs, LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING is a gorgeous, vibrant debut by an exciting, prizewinning young writer.