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AuthorWilliam Boyd
LanguageEnglish
PublisherVintage
Publication Date1/1/1997
Book DescriptionEct-pitch story of love and redemption" (The New York Times), Boyd's atmospheric new novel confirms his reputation as heir to the grand narrative traditions of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. In 1936 Los angeles, as her long-estranged father tells architect Kay Fischer the story behind her secret parentage, he plunges readers into a tale of grisly murders and an illicit passion that still obsseses him 30 years later. 384 pp. Author tour.~~~~William Boyd is the author of ten novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year, the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and a Richard & Judy selection, and most recently, the bestselling Ordinary Thunderstorms.~~384 N25618308A~~A tale of the past that has become a part of Key West legend with a contemporary story that reflects the pulse of life there today, Hersey weaves in these stories a brilliant human tapestry of the place that means a great deal to him. From the author of A Bell For Adano and Hiroshima comes this final collections of stories.~~~~John Hersey was born in Tientsin, China, in 1914 and lived there until 1925, when his family returned to the United States. He studied at Yale and Cambridge, served for a time as Sinclair Lewis's secretary, and then worked several years as a journalist. Beginning in 1947, he devoted his time mainly to writing fiction. He won the Pulitzer Prize, taught for two decades at Yale, and was president of the Authors League of America and chancellor of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hersey died in 1993.~~240 N25618309A~~~~~~Michael Ondaatje is the author of several novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. Among his many Canadian and international recognitions, his novel The English Patient won the 1992 Man Booker Prize, was adapted into a multi-award winning Oscar movie, and was awarded the Golden Man Booker Prize in 2018; Anil’s Ghost won the Giller Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Prix Médicis; and Warlight was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto.~~256 N25618310A~~~~"Boiling with anger and calm, cruelty and compassion, horror and laugh-out-loud humor, The Amalgamation Polka perfectly captures not only the human experience but also what it means to be an American." -Fort Worth Star-Telegram"Endlessly beguiling by an extravagantly talented novelist. For Wright, America, past and present, is Wonderland, a place of marvels and horrors from which not even the fortunate escape with their heads. " -The New York Times Book Review"Stephen Wright is the most important American novelist you've probably never heard of and The Amalgamation Polka might be the book that, deservedly, makes his as familiar a name as Don DeLillo or Thomas Pynchon." -Austin American-Statesman"Quite simply an astonishing novel, brilliantly executed and beautifully written. Stephen Wright deserves to be famous and feted for it." -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution~~Stephen Wright was educated at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught at Princeton University, Brown University, and The New School. He lives in New York City. The Amalgamation Polka is his fourth novel.~~336 N25618311A~~ntly spooky novel, in which horror, repressed eroticism, and sulfurous social comedy intertwine like the vines in an overgrown English garden, is now a major motion picture, starring Alan Bates, Sting, and Theresa Russell.~~~~Patrick McGrath is the author of several modern gothic novels, including Asylum and Spider, and two collections of stories. He lives in New York, where he is on the writing faculties of the New School and Princeton University.~~192 N25618312A~~Explores the crowded, throbbing life of India in a collection of stories set in Firozsha Baag, a Bombay apartment building characterized by an unexpected sense of community.~~~~Rohinton Mistry was born in 1952 and grew up in Bombay, India, where he also attended university. In 1975 he emigrated to Canada, where he began a course in English and Philosophy at the University of Toronto.He is the author of three novels and one collection of short stories. His debut novel, Such a Long Journey (1991), won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book and the Governor General's Award, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was made into an acclaimed feature film in 1998. His second novel, A Fine Balance (1995), won many prestigious awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the Giller Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. His collection of short stories, Tales from Firozsha Baag, was published in 1987.In 2002 Faber published Mistry's third novel, Family Matters, which was longlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize.~~250 N25618313A~~~~"Ford once again shows why he deserves to be hailed as one of the great American fiction novelists of his generation." -The Washington Post Book World"By now, we have gotten to know Frank Bascombe well enough to take his measure, and to appreciate that, like almost no one else in our recent literature, he is life-size." -The New York Times Book Review"The Lay of the Land . is distinct not only for its singular style but also because of its generosity. Ford shows that life is never easy and never placid. Yet we keep moving forward for that occasional moment of pure understanding." -Chicago Sun-Times~~The author of five novels and two collections of stories, Richard Ford was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day, the first book to win both prizes. In 2001, he received the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction. Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land. He lives in Boothbay, Maine.~~485 N25618314A~~~~"La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao, de Junot Díaz, es una maravillosa y no tan breve opera prima tan desbordante de originalidad que sólo se puede comparar a un híbrido entre Mario Vargas Llosa, Star Trek, David Foster Wallace y Kanye West. Es divertida, lúcida y llena de penetrantes observaciones." -New York Times. "Genial. un relato de la experiencia americana vertiginosamente glorioso e inolvidablemente horrendo. Su relato es un triunfo del estilo y la agudeza. El hecho de que la novela de Díaz, además, esté repleta de ideas, que el brillante discurso de Yunior pueda medirse con los monólogos del Zuckerman, de Roth -en pocas palabras, que haya creado una obra de ficción moderna verdaderamente prodigiosa- convierten a La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao en un ejemplo sumamente raro. Estamos ante un libro en el que se puede ver reflejado un Nuevo Estados Unidos, aunque lo mismo puede ocurrirle a cualquier otra persona." -San Francisco Chronicle. "La prosa de Díaz es rebelde, frenética, seductora. En el paisaje descrito por Díaz, somos todos iguales, víctimas de una historia y un presente que no sólo se desangran juntos sino también se cuecen juntos. A menudo en un caldo de hilaridad. Las más de las veces en medio del sufrimiento." -Esquire~~Junot Díaz es el autor de una colección de relatos Negocios, y sus obras han aparecido en New Yorker, The Paris Review, y la antología de los mejores relatos breves Best American Short Stories. Ha recibido el Premio Pen/ Malamud, el Premio de Ficción del National Books Critics Circle, el Premio Anisfield-Wolf y el Premio Pulitzer de Ficción. Nació en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, creció en Nueva Jersey, y vive entre Nueva York y Boston, donde es editor de ficción de la revista Boston Review y profesor en la universidad MIT.~~347 N25618316A~~For more than twenty-five years, Ann Beattie's short fiction has held a mirror up to America, portraying its awkwardly welded families, its loosely coupled couples, and much-uprooted children with acuity, humor, and compassion. This triumphant collection includes thirty-six of the finest stories of her career including eight new pieces that have not appeared in a book before. Beattie's characters embark on stoned cross-country odysseys with lovers who may leave them before the engine cools. They comfort each other amid the ashes of failed relationships and in hospital waiting rooms. They try to locate themselves in a world where all the old landmarks have been turned into theme parks. Funny and sorrowful, fiercely compressed yet emotionally expansive, Park City is dazzling.~~"There is a kind of magnificence to Ann Beattie's Park City. One feels amazed at the confidence, steadiness and quality of her work." -The New York Times Book Review (front page). "Like a boxed set of Miles Davis CDs . both superb in itself and an essential piece of history. Beattie is one of our era's most vital masters of the short form." -The Washington Post Book World. "Graceful and rewarding." -The Philadelphia Inquirer."Beattie has a facility . that is breathtaking, a fluidity that delights. She is one of the most influential short-fiction writers of her generation." -Newsday~~Born in 1947, Ann Beattie grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., attended college at American University, and went on to do graduate work in English literature at the University of Connecticut. She began writing stories out of frustration with her doctoral work. After rejecting twenty-two submissions, The New Yorker published Beattie's "A Platonic Relationship" in 1974, and Beattie became a regular contributor to the magazine. Her first collection of stories, Distortions, and her first novel, Chilly Scenes of Winter, appeared simultaneously in 1976 and initiated a long-standing critical debate as to whether Beattie's greater strength is in the story or the novel. All critics agree, however, on the uniqueness of her style and her uncanny ability to expose certain truths about contemporary life, particularly as it lived by those of her own generation and social class. She lives in Maine and Key West with her husband, the painter Lincoln Perry.~~477 N25618317A~~With irony and compassion, the author of Less Than Zero chronicles the sexual affairs-heterosexual, homosexual, and orgiastic-of a group of students at a self-consciously bohemian New England college. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.~~"Inspired. A wonderfully comic novel." -Gore Vidal. "Ellis is, first and last, a moralist. Under cover of his laconic voice, every word in his novels springs from grieving outrage at our spiritual condition." -Los Angeles Times Book Review. "Serves to establish Mr. Ellis's reputation further as one of the primary inside sources in upper-middle-class America's continuing investigation of what has happened to its children." -The New York Times Book Review~~Bret Easton Ellis is the author of several novels, including Imperial Bedrooms, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, Glamorama and Lunar Park, and a collection of stories, The Informers. Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho and The Informers have all been made into films. His first work of non-fiction, White, was published in 2019. He is the host of the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast available on Patreon. He lives in Los Angeles.~~283 N25618318A~~One of the sinuous and subtly crafted stories in Tobias Wolff's new collection-his first in eleven years-begins with a man biting a dog. The fact that Wolff is reversing familiar expectations is only half the point. The other half is that Wolff makes the reversal seem inevitable: the dog has attacked his protagonist's young daughter. And everywhere in The Night in Question, we are reminded that truth is deceptive, volatile, and often the last thing we want to know. A young reporter writes an obituary only to be fired when its subject walks into his office, very much alive. A soldier in Vietnam goads his lieutenant into sending him on increasingly dangerous missions. An impecunious mother and son go window-shopping for a domesticity that is forever beyond their grasp. Seamless, ironic, dizzying in their emotional aptness, these fifteen stories deliver small, exquisite shocks that leave us feeling invigorated and intensely alive.~~~~Tobias Wolff has written about his life in the acclaimed This Boy's Life and in In Pharoah's Army. Born in Alabama, he was raised in Salt Lake City and in the mountains above Seattle. He briefly attended prep school in Pennsylvania, then joined the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He thereafter took degrees at Oxford and Stanford. Since 1980 he has taught literature and writing at Syracuse University.~~224 N25618319A~~~~~~Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, was a lifelong Londoner. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988. She is the author of twenty-seven books, including the Booker Prize-winning novel Hotel Du Lac. She died in 2016.~~192 N25618320A~~~~"A magical fable . nonstop fun."-The Washington Post. "A fantastic adventure tale."-New York Post. "Riddles, puns and other wordplay enliven the writing. The charm and cleverness of this buoyant fantasy will draw you into its Magical World."-Minneapolis Star Tribune~~Sir Salman Rushdie is the author of many novels including Grimus, Midnight's Children, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury and Shalimar the Clown. He has also published works of non-fiction including The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, The Wizard of Oz and, as co-editor, The Vintage Book of Short Stories.~~218 N25618321A~~Malik Solanka, historian of ideas and world-famous dollmaker, steps out of his life one day, abandons his family in London without a word of explanation, and flees for New York. There's a fury within him, and he fears he has become dangerous to those he loves. He arrives in New York at a time of unprecedented plenty, in the highest hour of America's wealth and power, seeking to "erase" himself. But fury is all around him. Fury is a work of explosive energy, at once a pitiless and pitch-black comedy, a profoundly disturbing inquiry into the darkest side of human nature, and a love story of mesmerizing force. It is also an astonishing portrait of New York. Not since the Bombay of "Midnight's Children have a time and place been so intensely and accurately captured in a novel.
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