February 2019 Fiction: Literary

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    77 Guillermo Saccomanno, Andrea Labinger
    9781940953892 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 22, 2019
    $22.50 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.84 in | 220 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Open Letter
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      Buenos Aires, 1977. In the darkest days of the Videla dictatorship, Gómez, a gay high-school literature teacher, tries to keep a low profile as one-by-one, his friends and students begin to disappear. When Esteban, one of Gómez’s favorite students, is taken away in a classroom raid, Gómez realizes that no one is safe anymore, and that asking too many questions can have lethal consequences. His life gradually becomes a paranoid, insomniac nightmare that not even his nightly forays into bars and bathhouses in search of anonymous sex can relieve. Things get even more complicated when he takes in two dissidents, putting his life at risk—especially since he’s been having an affair with a homophobic, sadistic cop with ties to the military government. Told mostly in flashbacks thirty years later,77 is rich in descriptive detail, dream sequences, and even elements of the occult, which build into a haunting novel about absence and the clash between morality and survival when living under a dictatorship.
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      Guillermo Saccomanno is the author of numerous novels and story collections, includingEl buen dolor, winner of the Premio Nacional de Literatura, and77 andGesell Dome, both of which won the Dashiell Hammett Prize. (Both available from Open Letter.) He also received Seix Barral's Premio Biblioteca Breve de Novela forEl oficinista and the Rodolfo Walsh Prize for nonfiction forUn maestro. Critics tend to compare his works to those of Balzac, Zola, Dos Passos, and Faulkner.

      Andrea G. Labinger is the translator of more than a dozen works from the Spanish, including books by Ana María Shua, Liliana Heker, Luisa Valenzuela, and Alicia Steimberg, among others.

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      Winner of the 2008 Hammett Award.

      "A choral, savage, and ruthless work, considered to be the great Argentine social novel."—Europa Press

      "77 is a taut historical thriller with noir overtones. . . . As his characters grapple with love, allegiance, and daily life under a dictatorship, every action is a form of resistance."—Foreword Reviews

      "77 sings a dark song of one man’s struggle to stay human when the inhumane lurks on every corner and the day-to-day reality of his world is curdled by the struggle between unchecked power and subversive acts." —Ross Nervig,Southwest Review

      "LikeTwin Peaks reimagined by Roberto Bolaño,Gesell Dome is a teeming microcosm in which voices combine into a rich, engrossing symphony of human depravity."—Publishers Weekly

      "Cynical and funny: a yarn worthy of a place alongside Cortázar and Donoso."—Kirkus Reviews

      "By using a narrator who is not shocked, who does not look away from anything, Saccomanno shines a gruesome, graphic light on what people are willing to ignore so that their comfort remains intact.” —Kim Fay,Los Angeles Review of Books

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    American Genius A Comedy Lynne Tillman, Lucy Ives
    9781593763114 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 22, 2019
    $25.50 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.01 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Soft Skull Press
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      Named a Best Book of the Century byVulture

      "Tillman’s beautifully constructed sentences create their own propulsion, able to take a reader in any direction at any moment . . . the book confirms the ultimate primacy of literary voice, of which this is a rare triumph."—Vulture

      “I won’t always be here, and if I consider that, and regularly remind myself that I only have to be in a particular situation for an hour or two, whether I’m unhappy or not, I can manage it. I’ve been cold and miserable; I’ve been lost; deceived; I’ve been bored silly; drunk; my underpants have been wet from nervous agitation; the skin on my inner thighs has chafed to a fiery red from rubbing against wool; I’ve been robbed; fainted from shock; and I’ve been alarmed beyond words or stricken with fear hearing bitter words flare between friends in freakish eruptions of hatred in bizarre locations, since most sites are not right for confrontation, and when I have no right to speak and no involvement, except self-protection, I have become itchy, my skin a plane of heat, as if a match had been struck against it and my entire body set ablaze. But I was able to withstand it, only because I knew it would end.”

      In the hypnotic, masterfulAmerican Genius, A Comedy, a former historian spending time â??in â??a residential home, mental institute, artist’s colony, or sanitarium, is spinning tales of her life and ruminating on her many and varied preoccupations: chair design, textiles, pet deaths, family trauma, a lost brother, the Manson family, the Zulu alphabet, loneliness, memory, and sensitive skin—and what “sensitivity” means in our culture and society. A new edition of a contemporary classic, with an introduction by novelist Lucy Ives.
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      Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. Her novels areHaunted Houses;Motion Sickness;Cast in Doubt;No Lease on Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award;American Genius, A Comedy; andMen and Apparitions. Her nonfiction books includeThe Velvet Years: Warhol’s Factory 1965–1967, with photographs by Stephen Shore;Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co.; andWhat Would Lynne Tillman Do?, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Her most recent short story collections areSomeday This Will Be Funny andThe Complete Madame Realism. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writing Fellowship. Tillman is Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at The University of Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts’ Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program in New York. She lives in Manhattan with bass player David Hofstra.
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      Praise forAmerican Genius, A Comedy

      “Tillman’s beautifully constructed sentences create their own propulsion, able to take a reader in any direction at any moment. From the opening pages, a singular consciousness emerges, both porous and radically isolated, and by stripping out most other elements, the book confirms the ultimate primacy of literary voice, of which this is a rare triumph.” —Lidija Haas,Vulture, 1 of the 100 Most Important Books of the 2000s . . . So Far

      "If you’re looking for a book to really just get lost in, this re-release of Lynne Tillman’s dense, winding, frantically brilliant novel is a good bet. Notice I didn’t say safe bet, because there’s little that’s safe within these pages. Instead, you’ll find the profane, twisted, knife edge-sharp thoughts of a former historian who is meditating on everything from the concept of sensitivity to the Manson murders. And you’ll receive these thoughts in the inimitable literary stylings of Tillman, who goes places few other writers can even conceive of existing." —Kristin Iversen,NYLON

      "American Genius, A Comedy is a novel of digression. Refusing linear plot for the meandering structure of recollection, the book takes the form of an stream-of-thought monologue delivered by a former American historian residing in a mysterious, clinic-like setting that might be a sanatorium or an artist’s retreat but might also be something more sinister. In slippery paragraphs always on the edge of incoherence, we hear about the narrator’s interest in baths, textiles, underarm waxing, the quirks and habits of most of her co-patients, and the history of slavery. A portrait of excessive interiority." —TANK Magazine

      "If Jane Austen were pulled along a post-modern highway into the 21st century, forced to shed her fixation on marriage being the ultimate happy ending, the resulting novel might read a little like this." ––Ruby Brunton,Cleveland Review of Books"Tillman gives us a mind hilariously on fire with compensatory distractions, bristling with facts that may not help at all . . . The woman’s mind spins, and with it a voice that’s ardent and ironic, knowing and oblivious, repetitive and contradictory . . . What kind of 'comedy' is this? . . . The comedy, surely of a sort of late modernism, familiar from Samuel Beckett and Thomas Bernhard: novelists whose narrators simply can’t be quiet, but find themselves yammering away, the brain always buzzing, dry lips smacking and teeth clacking as their stories and theories and opinions come tumbling out . . .American Genius, A Comedy was timely in 2006, and still feels queasily of our moment." ––Brian Dillon,4Columns

      Praise forAmerican Genius, A Comedy (2006)

      “The narrative voice is manic, neurotic, self-generative, very smart, loopy, deeply vulnerable, closely (obsessively) observant, narcissistic, and eminently contemporary. It is also very funny. Flawed, beautiful, sacred, insane.” —George Saunders

      American Genius is a masterpiece.”—Harry Mathews

      “To read Tillman’s tightly woven novel, which meshes inner and outer realms as well as past and present, is to enter into an intense relationship, a communion with another spirit, perhaps with some sort of genius. An involvement that, like all forms of heightened attention, be it friendship, love, hate, or pursuits intellectual or creative, is demanding and bewitching, harrowing and bemusing, revelatory and transforming.” —Donna Seaman,Bookforum

      “Tillman’s prose builds to poetic brilliance.” —Entertainment Weekly

      “What emerges here is a bold showcase of a novel, a cabinet of curiosity, a proposal for what fiction could be.” —The New York Times Book Review

      “Reading the novel is like entering a room crowded with peculiar portraits, all brilliantly drawn. The book is a consummate work, one that levels Western history with family dynamics, pet deaths, Manson family references, the Zulu alphabet, skin disorders, and the loss of memory that afflicts us both personally and as a nation. Tillman once again proves herself a rare master of both elegant and associative writing, urging us to enter the moment, which is all we have and simultaneouslycannot keep.” —San Francisco Bay Guardian

      “If I needed to name a book that is maybe the most overlooked important piece of fiction in not only the ’00s, but in the last 50 years, [American Genius, A Comedy] might be the one. I could read this back to back to back for years.” —Blake Butler,HTMLGiant

      “I don’t know if there’s a precedent for this charming, maddening, brilliant, painstaking, and utterly mesmeric book.” —Garth Risk Hallberg,The Millions

      “To unravel the mordant skeins and associative daisy chains ofAmerican Genius is, quite often, to feel oneself gently possessed by the mind and memories of another. Tillman’s work infers that such a transmission is an ideal for fiction—that narrative isn’t just a means of organizing experience, but the stuff of consciousness itself.” —Slate

      “Tillman explores in all its minutiae how true sensitivity is both paralysing and liberating. When the meandering journey of American Genius finally ends, you might find you’ve come farther than you thought possible.” —The Guardian

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    American Spy A Novel Lauren Wilkinson
    9780812998955 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: February 12, 2019
    $36.00 CAD 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.1 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House
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      What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? One woman struggles to choose between her honor and her heart in this enthralling espionage drama that deftly hops between New York and West Africa.

      It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club, and her career has stalled out; she’s overlooked for every high profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic, revolutionary president of Burkina Faso, whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Thomas is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she’s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.

      In the year that follows, Marie will observe Thomas, seduce him, and ultimately, have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.

      Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as “Africa’s Che Guevara”—this debut novel knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you’ve never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.


      Story Locale: 1980s New York, NY and Burkina Faso (West Africa)
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      Lauren Wilkinson grew up in New York City and lives in the Lower East Side. She earned her MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University and has taught writing at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has received writing fellowships from the Center for Fiction and the MacDowell Colony, and her fiction has appeared in Granta.

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      Author Hometown: New York, NY
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      “An expertly written spy thriller . . . that tackles issues of politics, race and gender . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it’s extremely tough to put down. It marks the debut of an immensely talented writer who’s refreshingly unafraid to take risks, and has the skills to make those risks pay off.”—NPR

      “For the novel’s engaging intelligence and serious reckoning with the world’s postwar order, Wilkinson deserves the comparisons to John le Carré she’s already receiving. But in bringing a virtually unheard-from fictional viewpoint to espionage literature, she has reinvigorated the genre.”Time

      “Lauren Wilkinson’s American Spy, inspired by true events, is a thrilling, original read.”Real Simple

      “It might seem hyperbolic to say that this book is riveting and thrilling from the very first page, except that it totally is. . . . It’s a refreshing take on an espionage story—No icy Russian tundra! A black female spy!—that’s sexy and suspenseful in equal measure.”—Samantha Irby, Marie Claire

      “Wilkinson takes readers down a path of danger, seduction and patriotism.”Essence

      “Lauren Wilkinson reminds us of a less-covered side of the Cold War with her debut set in 1986 Africa. FBI agent Marie Mitchell is stationed in Burkina Faso, and when she’s assigned to shadow Thomas Sankara, ‘Africa’s Che Guevara,’ the personal, political and professional collide for her in unforgettable ways.”The Washington Post

      “A complex and powerful work . . . The espionage plot that eventually drives the action is only one component in this ambitious, multifaceted novel.”Shelf Awareness

      “An excellent spy novel that is unlike every other spy novel I’ve read. . . . This is a great read for fans of literary mystery, character driven novels, and historical fiction–especially focusing on history that never gets taught.”Book Riot

      “A gutsy new thriller . . . challenging boundaries is what brave fiction does, and Wilkinson proves confident enough to carry it off.”The New York Times

      American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality.”Entertainment Weekly

      “[In] this genre-defying novel . . . Marie’s journey into the moral and spiritual morass of espionage is inventive . . . Unlike the heroes of John Le Carré’s novels, Marie must also grapple with the cognitive dissonance of serving a country in which she is regarded as a second-class citizen.”Vulture

      “An excitingly sharp debut novel by the talented newcomer Lauren Wilkinson . . . Rest assured that American Spy will not only keep you turning the pages, it will do much more than that. Wilkinson steeps her thriller in a complicated awareness of huge, thorny themes: race, Cold War amorality, the politics of our intelligence services and the ease with which we can become complicit with deeds we actually abhor.”—NPR “Fresh Air”
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    Arturo's Island A Novel Elsa Morante, Ann Goldstein
    9781631493294 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 19, 2019
    $36.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.5 x 1 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Liveright
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      Elsa Morante’s novels are “astonishing for the quality of the writing,…the complexity of the invented world, the wide-ranging view of the human condition” (Elena Ferrante).

      Once considered the greatest writer of Italy’s postwar generation—and admired by authors as varied as John Banville and Rivka Galchen—Elsa Morante is experiencing a literary renaissance, marked not least by Ann Goldstein’s translation of Arturo’s Island, the novel that brought Morante international fame. Imbued with a spectral grace, as if told through an enchanted looking glass, the novel follows the adolescent Arturo through his days on the isolated Neapolitan island of Procida, where—his mother long deceased, his father often absent, and a dog as his sole companion—he roams the countryside and the beaches or reads in his family’s lonely, dilapidated mansion. This quiet, meandering existence is upended when his father brings home a beautiful sixteen-year-old bride, Nunziatella.

      A novel of longing and thwarted desires, filled with Morante’s “brutal directness and familial torment” (James Wood), Arturo’s Island reemerges in this splendid translation to take its rightful place in the world literary canon.

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      Elsa Morante (1912– 1985) was a prize-winning Italian novelist and poet. Born in Rome, Morante was married to Albert Moravia.

      Ann Goldstein, the editor of The Complete Works of Primo Levi and the award-winning translator of Elena Ferrante’s novels, is a former editor at The New Yorker.
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      The book’s themes — incest, misogyny, narcissism, homosexuality — slide across the pages like lava. Morante delivers epic emotions. Her people don’t talk so much as they exclaim ’with a contemptuous sneer’ or ’a loud, haughty cry of derision.’ They tremble with violent disgusts and savage attitudes. They strike poses of fear, loathing and, in the words of one character, ’aggressive, insolent vehemence.’ They rattle the cutlery and they rattle each other. Arturo’s Island kept calling out to me, however. It had set its brutal hooks…. [Morante’s writing] has the power of malediction. —Dwight Garner, New York Times

      I am pleased that Arturo’s Island is having a second life, as, no doubt, the novel will garner its neglected author the new readers she deserves. A coming-of-age story—often compared to Alain-Fournier’s “Le Grand Meaulnes”—it had struck me, when I first read it at age 18, as a celebration of childhood, an homage to the power of myth and the redemptive goodness of nature and animals. —Lily Tuck, Wall Street Journal

      Ann Goldstein’s deft translation is an exception; it gives a clear sense of Morante’s love of the romantic, while preserving a lightness of tone that prevents the lyrical prose from calcifying.—Madeline Schwartz, New York Review of Books

      This lovely new translation by Goldstein, known for her work on Elena Ferrante and Primo Levi, will hopefully go a long way toward re-establishing Morante’s reputation among English-speaking readers. It’s a magnificent novel, breathtaking in its psychological acuity. Arturo’s maturation—and accompanying disappointments, even betrayals—is deeply painful….But there are moments, too, of striking beauty…. The book is brimful with insight. By turns devastating and otherworldly, Morante’s novel is a classic, and Goldstein’s new translation should return to it the attention it deserves.—Kirkus Reviews [starred review]

      In this translation of Morante’s arresting, febrile tale of abjection and adoration, originally published in 1957, Goldstein captures the blustery voice of an adolescent boy on Procida…. Morante’s style is well-suited to the adolescent narrator who, marooned on an island, experiences particularly intense bouts of enchantment and disillusionment, making for a captivating novel.—Publishers Weekly
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    Caroline's Bikini A Novel Kirsty Gunn
    9780571339327 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 01, 2019
    $34.50 CAD 5.5 x 8.75 x 1.2 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Faber & Faber
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      A gin-fueled love story with one partOne Day mixed with one part Zadie Smith and a splash of Ali Smith.

      Included in theGuardian's "Top Ten books about unrequited love"

      "Alright" I said, "I’ll try..." This is how Emily Stuart opens her intricate tale of a classic love affair that becomesCaroline’s Bikini: a swirling cocktail of infatuation, obsession, and imagination. The moment that Emily’s friend Evan Gordonstone - a successful middle-aged financier - meets Caroline Beresford – a glamorous former horsewoman, and now housewife, hostess, and landlady - there is a"PING!" At least, that's how Evan describes it to Emily when he persuades her to record his story: the story of falling into unrequited love, which is as old as Western literature itself. Thus begins a hypnotic series of conversations set against the beguiling backdrop of West London’s bars, fueled in intensity by endless gin and tonics and Q&As. From the depths of mid-winter to July’s hot swelter, Emily's narration of Evan’s passion for Caroline will take him to the brink of his own destruction.

      Written in a voice so playful, so charismatic, and so thoughtfully aware of the responsibilities of fiction it can only be by Kirsty Gunn,Caroline’s Bikini is a swooning portrait of courtly love - in a modern world not celebrated for its restraint and abstraction.Ready. Steady. Go!
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      Kirsty Gunn is an internationally awarded writer who published her first novel with Faber in 1994 and since then eight works of fiction, including short stories, as well as a collection of fragments and meditations, and essays. She is Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee and lives in London and Scotland with her husband and two daughters.
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      New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2013, Winner
      Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year 2007, Winner
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      "A restless innovator ... Trumps even her own past work in its audacity ... Guts and cheek to spare ... Reminded me of James’s serpentine late style as much as it did the prose of Virginia Woolf or Gunn’s compatriot, Katherine Mansfield ...Caroline’s Bikini nods to its Modernist ancestors but never grovels to them ... Gunn’s serious playfulness will make you think again about every convention of fiction we lazily take for granted ... Nothing much may happen. But the feeling — and the writing — overflows."—Boyd Tonkin,Financial Times
      "Gunn’s playful and endearing voice makes it a joy to read. Who knew postmodernism could be this fun?"—Tatler
      "A really superb, very readable novel."—Guardian
      "Remarkable ... demands that readers put themselves into the same headspace as they would before embarking on a novel by, say, William Faulkner, James Joyce or Woolf."—Financial Times

      Gunn has written a blissfully anarchic and inspiring novel about the futility of writing; a delightful paradox in itself."—Literary Review
      "‘[a] bold and brainy enterprise.’"—Observer
      "...when restless innovators such as Ali Smith, Nicola Barker, Sarah Hall, Will Self, Jon McGregor, Deborah Levy, Gwendoline Riley and Eimear McBride set much of the agenda for fiction...Kirsty Gunn belongs in this exemplary few..."—Financial Times
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    Daphne A Novel Will Boast
    9781631495427 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 01, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 5.45 x 8.24 x 0.64 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Liveright
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      In this “elegant meditation on modern-day emotion” (San Francisco Chronicle), best-selling, prize-winning author Will Boast reimagines the myth of Daphne and Apollo.

      Will Boast’s long-anticipated first novel is an “outright marvelous debut [that] breathes fresh vigor into timeless questions of love and risk” (Laura van den Berg). Born with a rare condition in which she suffers degrees of paralysis when faced with intense emotion, Daphne has had few close friends and fewer lovers. Like her mythic namesake, one touch can freeze her. But when Daphne meets shy, charming Ollie, her well-honed defenses falter, and she’s faced with a critical choice: cling to her protective isolation or risk the recklessness of real intimacy. Set against the backdrop of a San Francisco flush with money and pulsing with protest, Daphne is “an amiable exploration of how humans might come to manage their raucous hearts” (NewYorker.com).
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      Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. He won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for his story collection, Power Ballads, and the Rome Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best New American Voices, and elsewhere. He divides his time between Chicago and Brooklyn, New York.
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      An elegant meditation on modern-day emotion…. Boast is interested in the ways we handle the unwieldy welter of emotions that defines human existence (“We’re absolutely pickled in it,” Daphne notes), how we protect ourselves from the pain of others and fail to express our own…. Even the most hard-hearted reader will find Boast’s deep awe of “what it is to feel” catching.—Chelsea Leu, San Francisco Chronicle

      Boast seems to have captured today’s cultural zeitgeist…Watching Ollie and Daphne fall in love is both sweet and fraught…[Daphne’s] plight is universal; risk losing control over one’s own life by embracing human intimacy, or remain in the safe isolation of a hermetically sealed existence.—Natalie Serber, New York Times Book Review

      Boast’s novel is an amiable exploration of how humans might come to manage their raucous hearts.—NewYorker.com

      [An] engaging debut…[Daphne] appeals not only to the heart but also to the head. —The Guardian

      In his stunning first novel, Boast turns the myth of Daphne and Apollo into a modern love story about social anxiety and physical debilitation…Sharply observant, both of the limits of human longing and of the fear of feeling trapped inside one’s body, Boast’s understated tale is at once tragic and enchanting.—Booklist, Starred Review

      Psychology and myth twist into each other in this debut novel about vulnerability and fear…. Boast’s story is rooted in myth. But it’s his perceptive take on the risks of emotion that the reader will remember.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      Supple…. Boast precisely depicts Daphne’s emotional states, with brief, sensorily rich passages when she is on the brink of overload…. The novel offers a striking metaphor for the ways emotion is experienced in the body.—Publishers Weekly

      Will Boast has written a novel that exquisitely marries ancient mythology and au courant medicine to tell our favorite tale, the love story, with insights both age-old and brand-spanking new. It’s a fine, fine ride.—Antonya Nelson, author of Bound and Funny Once

      Richly meditative and quietly suspenseful, Daphne breathes fresh vigor into timeless questions about love and risk—the unknowable cost of fully opening one’s heart to another. Will Boast writes beautifully about life’s daily moral gambles, and Daphne is an outright marvelous debut. —Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me
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    Days by Moonlight Andre Alexis 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction; 2015 Giller Prize Canada
    9781552453797 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 19, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.42 x 8.3 x 0.79 in | 165 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Almost a year to the date of his parents' death, botanist Alfred Homer, ever hopeful and constantly surprised, is invited on a road trip by his parents' friend Professor Morgan Bruno. Professor Bruno wants company as he tries to unearth the story of the mysterious and perhaps dead poet John Skennen. But Days by Moonlight is also a journey through an underworld that looks like southern Ontario, a journey taken during the "hour of the wolf," that time of day when the sun is setting and the traveller can't tell the difference between dog and wolf, a time when the world and the imagination won't stay in their own lanes. Alfred and the Professor encounter towns where Black residents speak only in sign language during the day and towns that hold Indigenous Parades; it is a land of house burnings, werewolves, witches, and plants with unusual properties. The novel is a darkly comic portrait of two beings: Alfred Homer and the Southern Ontario he loves. And it asks that perpetual question: how do we know the things we know are real and what is real anyway?
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      André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. In 2017, he was awarded the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for fiction. His novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include The Hidden Keys, Pastoral (nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize), Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play .
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    Death Is Hard Work A Novel Khaled Khalifa, Leri Price
    9780374135737 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 12, 2019 Print Run: 15000
    $32.50 CAD 5.72 x 8.56 x 0.86 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      A dogged, absurd quest through the nightmare of the Syrian civil war

      Khaled Khalifa’s Death Is Hard Work is the new novel from the greatest chronicler of Syria’s ongoing and catastrophic civil war: a tale of three ordinary people facing down the stuff of nightmares armed with little more than simple determination.

      Abdel Latif, an old man from the Aleppo region, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus. His final wish, conveyed to his youngest son, Bolbol, is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of Anabiya. Though Abdel was hardly an ideal father, and though Bolbol is estranged from his siblings, this conscientious son persuades his older brother Hussein and his sister Fatima to accompany him and the body to Anabiya, which is—after all—only a two-hour drive from Damascus.

      There’s only one problem: Their country is a war zone.

      With the landscape of their childhood now a labyrinth of competing armies whose actions are at once arbitrary and lethal, the siblings’ decision to set aside their differences and honor their father’s request quickly balloons from a minor commitment into an epic and life-threatening quest. Syria, however, is no longer a place for heroes, and the decisions the family must make along the way—as they find themselves captured and recaptured, interrogated, imprisoned, and bombed—will proveto have enormous consequences for all of them.

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      Khaled Khalifawas born in 1964 in a village close to Aleppo, Syria. He has written numerous screenplays and is the author of several novels, includingIn Praise of Hatred, which was short-listed for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, andNo Knives in the Kitchens of This City, which won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2013. He lives in Damascus, a city he has refused to abandon despite the danger posed by the ongoing Syrian civil war.

      Leri Price is the translator of Khaled Khalifa’sIn Praise of HatredandNo Knives in the Kitchens of This City, as well as literature from Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.

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      "[A]brilliant, blackly absurdist road-trip novel, a restaging ofAs I Lay Dying in the thick of the world’s most brutal civil war." —Sam Sacks,The Wall Street Journal

      "Astonishing. . . The journey recalls Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, the long last ride of Addie Bundren; like Faulkner too, Khalifa employs a shifting array of voices and reflections, moving from perspective to perspective, present to past and back again. The effect is a persistent deepening, as stories are introduced and then revisited, details added through the play of memory . . . The power of the novel . . . is that it unfolds within a human context, which pushes against and resists the prevailing social one. What other option do we have?"David Ulin,Los Angeles Times

      "Refusing to look away from its characters' challenges, the novel is clear-eyed in its presentation of living in a war zone. Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature,Syrian author Khalifa reaches readers with a style that is straightforward, true, and profound." —Emily Dziuban,Booklist (starred review)

      "Khalifa’s novel compellingly tackles the strain of responsibility felt by a man in war-torn Syria . . .serves as a reminder of the devastation of war and the power of integrity." —Publishers Weekly

      "Insistent,memorable portrait of the small indignities and large horrors of the civil war in Syria . . . Suggestive at times of a modernDecameronand a skillfully constructed epic that packs a tremendous amount of hard-won knowledge into its pages." —Kirkus(starred review)

      "If literature is a momentary stay against confusion, then Khalifa’s novels are ardent stays against destruction and decay—andDeath Is Hard Work continues this tradition." —Nick Ripatrazone,The Millions

      "Death is Hard Work moves in a way similar to the war it chronicles—mercilessly over the bones of its victims . . . The result is something at the intersection of Faulkner and Kafka, a modern-day As I Lay Dying passed through the lens of maddening bureaucracy, hypocrisy and slaughter." —Omar El Akkad,BookPage

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    Deep River Night A Novel Patrick Lane Canada
    9780771048197 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 12, 2019
    $21.00 CAD 5.2 x 7.99 x 0.94 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 24 McClelland & Stewart
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      From bestselling author Patrick Lane: In the style of Cormac McCarthy, Russell Banks, and Annie Proulx, Deep River Night is set over the course of forty-eight hours in a remote sawmill community, where violence, complicity, and inaction run deep.

      World War II vet Art Kenning is the alcoholic first-aid man in an isolated sawmill village in the interior of B.C., where he dreads the sound of the five whistles that summon him to the mill floor whenever a worker is hurt. Traumatized by an incident in Holland, when he stood by while members of his unit committed a horrific act, he loses himself in drink, and in memories of the love affair he had with a woman in wartime Paris. But the sad comfort of his self-imposed detachment is shattered when one of the most powerful men at the mill arrives at his door late one evening to ask for his help. What unfolds over the course of that night and following day will force Art to confront acts of evil, both in the present and the past, as well as the tragic consequences of his own inaction.

      Alternating with Art’s story are the stories of Joel, a teenaged runaway who owes his life to Art; Wang Po, the mill’s cook and a survivor of the Rape of Nanjing; Alice, a young Indigenous girl sold from a residential school; and Cliff, a Metis man with a hidden past. These lives, and more, intertwine to reveal a complex, morally ambiguous community where the undercurrents of violence and complicity are never far from the surface.

      Writing with exquisite precision and emotional force, Patrick Lane gives us a novel whose darkness is fractured by moments of light. Deep River Night is a riveting story about the burden of bearing witness to a terrible crime.


      Publication History: McClelland & Stewart, HC (02/2018)
      Bio
      PATRICK LANE’s first novel, Red Dog, Red Dog, was a finalist for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for the Giller Prize. Lane is one of Canada’s pre-eminent poets, and his distinguished career spans fifty years and twenty-five volumes of poetry. His memoir, There Is a Season, won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the inaugural British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-fiction, and was also a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Non-Fiction. He has been a writer in residence and teacher at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and the University of Toronto in Ontario. Patrick Lane lives near Victoria, B.C., with his wife, the poet Lorna Crozier.

      Author Residence: Victoria, B.C.
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      “Patrick Lane is one of the finest writers I know.”—David Adams Richards, author of Principles to Live By

      “Patrick Lane offers us a wise, profound meditation on loss, longing, and the struggle for redemption…. Deep River Night is a wonder.”—Guy Vanderhaeghe, author of Daddy Lenin and Other Stories

      “A mourning book, elegiac, bloody, all fire and ashes, but taking great care for what gentleness may be left in the world.”—Marina Endicott, author of Close to Hugh

      “Ablaze with a savage compassion…. A gorgeous, furious achievement, a work of art of the highest order.”—Steven Price, author of By Gaslight

      “A heavy novel to be sure, but in its best moments—including a final scene so perfectly executed it feels like a magic trick—it provides a weightless, ecstatic sense of lift.”—Quill & Quire

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    Gods of Howl Mountain A Novel Taylor Brown
    9781250311580 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 19, 2019 Print Run: 15000
    $22.50 CAD 5.79 x 8.19 x 0.83 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Picador
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      A Southern Independent Booksellers Assocation Bestseller!

      “A fresh, authentic, and eloquent new voice in American fiction.” - Robert Morgan,New York Times bestselling author of Gap Creek

      InGods of Howl Mountain,award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina.

      Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted '40 Ford coupe. Between deliveries to roadhouses, brothels, and private clients, he lives with his formidable grandmother, evades federal agents, and stokes the wrath of a rival runner.

      In the mill town at the foot of the mountains - a hotbed of violence, moonshine, and the burgeoning sport of stock-car racing - Rory is bewitched by the mysterious daughter of a snake-handling preacher. His grandmother, Maybelline “Granny May” Docherty, opposes this match for her own reasons, believing that "some things are best left buried." A folk healer whose powers are rumored to rival those of a wood witch, she concocts potions and cures for the people of the mountains while harboring an explosive secret about Rory’s mother - the truth behind her long confinement in a mental hospital, during which time she has not spoken one word. When Rory's life is threatened, Granny must decide whether to reveal what she knows...or protect her only grandson from the past.

      With gritty and atmospheric prose, Taylor Brown brings to life a perilous mountain and the family who rules it.

      Bio
      TAYLOR BROWN grew up on the Georgia coast. He has lived in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of western North Carolina. His fiction has appeared in more than twenty publications, he is the recipient of the Montana Prize in Fiction, and was a finalist in both the Machigonne Fiction Contest and the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. He is the author ofFallen Land (2016) andThe River of Kings (2017);Gods of Howl Mountain is his third novel. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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      "It’s the characters, so wonderfully vibrant and alive in their all-too-human variety—scared, tightly wound, angry, damaged, yet resourceful and resilient, some honorable, some not—that demonstrate Brown’s prodigious talent. Brown has quickly established himself in the top echelon of Southern writers, and his latest will please readers of Wiley Cash and Ron Rash." -Booklist,starred review

      “In his third novel (afterThe River of Kings), critically acclaimed novelist Brown gazes unflinchingly at the Howl Mountain community of 1950s North Carolina…Not to be missed, this bold, dark, gritty novel is another coup for Brown, whose lyrical descriptions of the landscape only add to the captivating story of indomitable but isolated folks bound by folklore, tradition, and a hardscrabble life.” -Library Journal, starred review

      "Powerful...explosive...Brown's lyrical prose invokes a verdant landscape whose rich past is woven into its roots and people; their dependence on the land and respect for its great mysteries are palpable. This tale of loyalty and retribution will linger with readers." -Publishers Weekly

      "The writing is strong and evocative, yielding a vivid picture whether he’s describing a forest or a car chase, and there’s plenty of action and intrigue. Pick up a copy ofGods of Howl Mountain and hold on. You’re in for a ride you won’t soon forget." -Greensboro Triad

      Praise forThe River of Kings:

      “A literary achievement: a complex, character-driven story that's powerful in concept and execution.” --Kirkus,starred review

      “Drawing comparisons to James Dickey’s Deliverance and Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, Brown’s impressive second novel is an intense, solidly written story of family loyalty, Southern traditions, and haunting historic landscapes." —Library Journal, starred review

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