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Binx Bolling is as typical a fellow as can be: 1950s middle-class stock broker who never strays far from home, and is content with his banal lifestyle. However, he is as existentially self-aware as a Dostoevsky's Ivan or Raskolnikov, and struggles to remain connected to reality, despite the listlessness of life and the movie theater threatening to tear him away from himself.
Funny, deep, and surprisingly poignant. Reincarnation Blues gets pretty dark in places, particularly near the end, But is one of the best black comedies since The Hitchhiker's Guide.
It's hot. So hot. And dry. Everything is dying. Gardens, farms, livestock. Tensions are running high in this small Outback town. You can feel it as you read. Then there is a terrible killing and past events are resurrected, dividing the town further. The Dry is a bestselling stand alone mystery in Australia and Europe, set in the Australian draught of the 1980's. If you're not looking forward to cooler weather, this will definitely raise the temperature.
When Aviva’s affair with the congressman she’s interning for is publicized, her life explodes. There’s only one thing to do: disappear and change her name. Told from three points of view, this is a story of strength, politics, growing up, and the standards society has for women at every phase of life. Oh, and it’s FUNNY.
Four children's lives intersect when a bullying prank leads to a heroic rescue operation. Finishing this book is like getting a big hug and believing that everything is going to be alright in the world. Completely satisfying.
Sophie's family moves to an all-white neighborhood in 1965 LA. She manages to make new friends and get ready for her beloved older sister to leave for college, but she's not prepared to be caught up in the Watts riots.
Topnotch, often brilliant police procedural, plus inside Hong Kong pre-, post-, and during Crown Colony handover.
An excellent quick read for the last days of summer. The initial Gatsby feeling gives way to a story featuring compelling, straight shooting women. Surprises await and you'll even like the scoundrels. Great for book groups. Major bonus is the introductory chapters of Towles' splendid new book, A Gentleman In Moscow, tucked in at the end.
A multi-generational family saga, an origin story for a nation, an examination of the complexities of personal identity, and a reckoning with the weight of the past; Makumbi’s debut novel (and smash bestseller in Uganda) of a cursed clan is historical fiction at its best.