Robin robertson's fluid verse pans with filmic immediacy across the postwar urban scene—and into the heart of an unforgettable character—in this highly original work of art. The dream had gone sour but—as those dark, classic movies made clear—the country needed outsiders to study and to dramatize its new anxieties.
The Long Take: A noir narrative #ad - Finalist for the 2018 man booker prize****winner of the walter scott prize for historical fiction, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it, brutalized by war, and the Roehampton Poetry Prize**From the award-winning British author—a poet's noir narrative that tells the story of a D-Day veteran in postwar America: a good man, yet resolved to find kindness again, the Goldsmiths Prize for Innovative Fiction, in the world and in himself.
Walker is a d-day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can't return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair.
Everything Under: A NovelGraywolf Press #ad - Shortlisted for the 2018 man booker prizean eerie, watery reimagining of the Oedipus myth set on the canals of Oxford, from the author of FenThe dictionary doesn’t contain every word. To find her, gretel will have to recover buried memories of her final, fateful winter on the canals. Everything under—a debut novel whose surreal, watery landscape will resonate with fans of Fen—is a daring, moving story that will leave you unsettled and unstrung.
Gretel, a lexicographer by trade, knows this better than most. And now that she’s searching for her mother, she’ll have to face it. In this electrifying reinterpretation of a classical myth, Daisy Johnson explores questions of fate and free will, gender fluidity, and fractured family relationships. A runaway boy had found community and shelter with them, and all three were haunted by their past and stalked by an ominous creature lurking in the canal: the bonak.
Everything Under: A Novel #ad - Everything and nothing at once, the bonak was Gretel’s name for the thing she feared most. She grew up on a houseboat with her mother, wandering the canals of Oxford and speaking a private language of their own invention. Her mother disappeared when gretel was a teen, and Gretel has tried to move on, abandoning her to foster care, spending her days updating dictionary entries.
One phone call from her mother is all it takes for the past to come rushing back.
Milkman: A NovelGraywolf Press #ad - Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique. The guardianin an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes “interesting, ” the last thing she ever wanted to be. Winner of the man Booker Prize“Everything about this novel rings true.
. She reads while walking, for one. Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day.
Milkman: A Novel #ad - And she has been taking French night classes downtown. Despite middle sister’s attempts to avoid him—and to keep her mother from finding out about her maybe-boyfriend—rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers.
Sailing the Forest: Selected PoemsPicador #ad - Robertson's lyrical, dark and often ravishingly beautiful verse has seen him win almost every major poetry award; readers on both sides of the Atlantic have delighted in his preternaturally accurate ear and eye, brooding, and his utterly distinctive way with everything from the love poem to the macabre narrative.
Sailing the forest, robin robertson's selected Poems, is the definitive guide to one of the most important poetic voices to have emerged from the UK in the last twenty-five years. This book is both an ideal introduction to a necessary poet, and a fine summary of the great range and depth of Robertson's work to date.
The Mars Room: A NovelScribner #ad - It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined and “affirms Rachel Kushner as one of our best novelists” Entertainment Weekly. Time’s #1 fiction title of the year • new york times notable book of 2018 finalist for the man booker prize and the national book critics circle award longlisted for the andrew carnegie medal an instant new york times bestseller from two-time national book award finalist Rachel Kushner, compassionate, and a lot of punches, horrible, no sugar toppings, none of them pulled”—and from Stephen King—“The Mars Room is the real deal, finely rendered, empathic, jarring, The Mars Room earned tweets from Margaret Atwood—“gritty, funny.
It’s 2003 and romy hall, is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, named after a German actress, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: her young son, Jackson, and the San Francisco of her youth.
The Mars Room: A Novel #ad - Stunning and unsentimental, the mars room is “wholly authentic…profound…luminous” The Wall Street Journal, cover review—a spectacularly compelling, “one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart” The New York Times Book Review, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America.
. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, portrayed with great humor and precision.
Washington Black: A novelVintage #ad - Over the course of their travels, what brings Wash and Christopher together will tear them apart, propelling Wash ever farther across the globe in search of his true self. One of the ten best books of the year new york times book reviewone of the best books of the yearthe boston globe ● the washington post ● time ● entertainment weekly ● san francisco chronicle ● financial times ● Minneapolis Star Tribune ● NPR ● The Economist ● Bustle ● The Dallas Morning News ● Slate ● Kirkus ReviewsOne of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of the YearEleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother.
Spanning the caribbean to the frozen far north, Washington Black is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, London to Morocco, and of a world destroyed and made whole again. To his surprise, inventor, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, and abolitionist.
Washington Black: A novel #ad - But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee together. Soon wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, separated by an impossible divide, and where two people, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, can begin to see each other as human.
Love Is Blind: A novelVintage #ad - When he is hired as the personal piano tuner for a brilliant pianist, Brodie Moncur suddenly finds himself swept up into a life of luxury that he could never have imagined. But while accompanying his new employer on tours from Paris to St. A tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavor and the illusions it can create; of the possibilities that life offers and the cruel speed with which they can be snatched away, Love Is Blind is a dazzling work of historical fiction that unfolds across fin de siècle Europe.
Though seemingly doomed from the start, Brodie’s passion for Lika only grows as their lives become increasingly more intertwined, and, more secretive, finally, more dangerous. Petersburg, worldly, brodie falls madly in love with the Russian soprano Lika Blum: beautiful, seductive—and forbidden.
SwitheringPicador #ad - From disarmingly direct poems about the end of childhood to erotically charged lyrics about the ends of desire, Robertson's powerful third collection is stalked and haunted by both senses. Swithering has just won the Forward Prize for Best Collection and is also shortlisted for this year’s T. S. Hard-edged, effortlessly various, pitch-perfect, Swithering is a book of brave and black romance, locating its voice in that space where great change is an ever-present possibility.
Eliot Prize. Winner of the 2006 forward prize in scots, the verb 'swither' has two meanings: to be doubtful, to waver, to be in two minds; and to appear in shifting forms - indeterminate and volatile.
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange WorldBloomsbury Publishing #ad - Her heart has stopped beating but her brain is still active-for 10 minutes 38 seconds. This is a dark, violent world, light, but Leila is tough and open to beauty, and the essential bonds of friendship. As her epic journey to the afterlife comes to an end, it is her chosen family who brings her story to a buoyant and breathtaking conclusion.
. In the pulsating moments after she has been murdered and left in a dumpster outside Istanbul, Tequila Leila enters a state of heightened awareness. In tequila leila's death, the secrets and wonders of modern Istanbul come to life, painted vividly by the captivating tales of how Leila came to know and be loved by her friends.
Escaping to istanbul, leila makes her way into the sordid industry of sex trafficking, finding a home in the city's historic Street of Brothels. Shortlisted for the 2019 booker prize named a best book of the year by Bookpage, and The EconomistA moving novel on the power of friendship in our darkest times, NPR, Washington Post, from internationally renowned writer and speaker Elif Shafak.
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World #ad - While the turkish sun rises and her friends sleep soundly nearby, she remembers her life-and the lives of others, outcasts like her. Tequila leila's memories bring us back to her childhood in the provinces, a highly oppressive milieu with religion and traditions, shaped by a polygamous family with two mothers and an increasingly authoritarian father.
An Orchestra of MinoritiesLittle, Brown and Company #ad - When her family objects to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a college in Cyprus. It is more than a superb and tragic novel; it's a historical treasure. Boston globe set on the outskirts of umuahia, an orchestra of Minorities tells the story of Chinonso, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, a young poultry farmer whose soul is ignited when he sees a woman attempting to jump from a highway bridge.
Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his prized chickens into the water below to express the severity of such a fall. But ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. A heartbreaking story about a nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma.
An Orchestra of Minorities #ad - Bonded by this night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. Penniless, chinonso gets further away from his dream, and furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, homeless, from Ndali and the farm he called home. Written in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination.
The woman, ndali, is stopped her in her tracks. But when he arrives he discovers there is no place at the school for him, and that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements.