B>b>IN DEVELOPMENT AS A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES From the New York Times bestselling author of Normal People . . ./b> [A] cult-hit . . . [a] sharply realistic comedy of adultery and friendship.--Entertainment Weekly/b>br> br>b>SALLY ROONEY NAMED TO THE 2019 TIME 100 NEXT LIST WINNER OF THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK) YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD ONE OF BUZZFEEDS BEST BOOKS OF THE DECADE ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Vogue, Slate NE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Buzzfeed, Elle/b>br>br>Frances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, they meet a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into her world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older womans sophisticated home and handsome husband, Nick. But however amusing Frances and Nicks flirtation seems at first, it begins to give way to a strange--and then painful--intimacy.br>br>Written with gemlike precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.br>br>b>SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD/b>br>br>Sharp, funny, thought-provoking . . . a really great portrait of two young women as theyre figuring out how to be adults.b>--Celeste Ng, Late Night with Seth Meyers Podcast/b>br>br>The dialogue is superb, as are the insights about communicating in the age of electronic devices. Rooney has a magical ability to write scenes of such verisimilitude that even when little happens theyre suspenseful.b>--Curtis Sittenfeld, The Week/b>br>br>Rooney has the gift of imbuing everyday life with a sense of high stakes . . . a novel of delicious frictions.b>--New York/b>br>br>A writer of rare confidence, with a lucid, exacting style . . . One wonderful aspect of Rooneys consistently wonderful novel is the fierce clarity with which she examines the self-delusion that so often festers alongside presumed self-knowledge. . . . But Rooneys natural power is as a psychological portraitist. She is acute and sophisticated about the workings of innocence; the protagonist of this novel about growing up has no idea just how much of it she has left to do.b>--Alexandra Schwartz,/b> b>The New Yorker/b>br>br>This book. This book. I read it in one day. I hear Im not alone.b>--Sarah Jessica Parker (Instagram)/b>
B>A magnificent generational saga that charts a familys rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes, from one of Canadas most acclaimed novelists/b>br>br>b>Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize A rugged, riveting novel . . . This superb family saga will satisfy fans of Richard Powerss The Overstory.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)/b>br>br>b>There are plenty of visionary moments laced into [Christies] shape-shifting narrative. . . . Greenwood penetrates to the core of things.--The New York Times Book Review/b>br>br> Its 2038 and Jacinda (Jake) Greenwood is a storyteller and a liar, an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich vacationers in one of the worlds last remaining forests. Its 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, sprawled on his back after a workplace fall, calling out from the concrete floor of an empty mansion. Its 1974 and Willow Greenwood is out of jail, free after being locked up for one of her endless series of environmental protests: attempts at atonement for the sins of her fathers once vast and violent timber empire. Its 1934 and Everett Greenwood is alone, as usual, in his maple-syrup camp squat, when he hears the cries of an abandoned infant and gets tangled up in the web of a crime, secrets, and betrayal that will cling to his family for decades.br>br> And throughout, there are trees: a steady, silent pulse thrumming beneath Christies effortless sentences, working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival. A shining, intricate clockwork of a novel, Greenwood is a rain-soaked and sun-dappled story of the bonds and breaking points of money and love, wood, and blood--and the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light.
B>[A] jewel of a debut . . . abundantly satisfying.--Jia Tolentino, The New Yorkerbr> br>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time NPR Kirkus Reviews A witty, intelligent novel of an American woman on the edge, by a brilliant new voice in fiction--the glorious love child of Ottessa Moshfegh and Sally Rooney (Publishers Weekly, starred review)br>/b>br>As an adjunct professor of English in New York City with no hope of finding a permanent position, Dorothy feels like a janitor in the temple who continued to sweep because she had nowhere else to be but who had lost her belief in the essential sanctity of the enterprise. No one but her boyfriend knows that shes just had a miscarriage, not even her therapists--Dorothy has two of them. Nor can she bring herself to tell the other women in her life: her friends, her doctor, her mentor, her mother. The freedom not to be a mother is one of the victories of feminism. So why does she feel like a failure? br>br>Piercingly intelligent and darkly funny, The Life of the Mind is a novel about endings: of youth, of professional aspiration, of possibility, of the illusion that our minds can ever free us from the tyranny of our bodies. And yet Dorothys mind is all she has to make sense of a world largely out of her control, one where disaster looms and is already here, where things happen but there is no plot. There is meaning, however, if Dorothy figures out where to look, and as the weeks pass and the bleeding subsides, she finds it in the most unlikely places, from a Las Vegas poolside to a living room karaoke session. In literature--as Dorothy well knows--stories end. But life, as they say, goes on.
B>b>If sex is an truth-teller, Eve is waiting to be found out./b>/b>br>br>On an evening when Eve a young, queer woman in Brooklyn is feeling particularly impulsive, she posts some nude photos of herself online.br>;br>This is how Eve meets Olivia, and through Olivia, the charismatic Nathan and its not long before the three begin a relationship that disturbs as much as it delights her.;But to whom is Eve responsible? And to what extent do our desires determine who we are? br>;br>Acts of Service is a provocatively uncompromising debut of sex and sexuality. As incisive as it is exhilarating, its a novel that asks us to face our ideas about desire and power: what we bring to sex, the forces that shape it, and how we find ourselves in intimacy.br>;
How do you grieve an absence? From the award-winning author of A genuine tour de force . . . What seems at first a meditation on family trauma unfolds through the urgency of an amnesiac puzzle-thriller, then a violently compelling love story.--Jonathan Lethem, author of ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022--
B>b>The much-anticipated debut novel;from the;author of;300 Arguments: a shattering account;of growing up and out of the suffocating constraints of small-town America./b>/b>br>br>For Ruthie, the frozen, snow-padded town of Waitsfield, Massachusetts, is all she has ever known. But this is no picturesque New England. Once "home of the bean and the cod, where Lowells speak only to Cabots, and Cabots speak only to God," by the tail-end of the twentieth century it is an unforgiving place, awash with secrets.br>;br> Very Cold People;tells Ruthie''s story, through her eyes: from the shame handed down through her;immigrant forebears and indomitable mother, to the violences endured by her high school friends, each suffering a fate worse than the last. For Ruthie, Waitsfield is a place to be survived--and a girl like her would be lucky to get out alive.br> ;br> Part social commentary and part Gothic horror,;Very Cold People;is an ungilded portrait of girlhood at the crossroads of history and social class. In her eagerly anticipated debut novel, Sarah Manguso has produced a masterwork on how very cold places make for very cold people, and a pitiless look at an all-American whiteness.
B>The epic tale of a brilliant woman who must reinvent herself to survive, moving from Mussolini''s Italy to 1940s Los Angeles--a timeless story of love, deceit, and sacrifice from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena/b>br>br>b>ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022--BookPage/b>br>br>Like many before her, Maria Lagana has come to Hollywood to outrun her past. Born in Rome, where every Sunday her father took her to the cinema instead of church, Maria immigrates with her mother to Los Angeles after a childhood transgression leads to her fathers arrest.br>br>Fifteen years later, on the eve of Americas entry into World War II, Maria is an associate producer at Mercury Pictures, trying to keep her personal and professional lives from falling apart. Her mother wont speak to her. Her boss, a man of many toupees, has been summoned to Washington by congressional investigators. Her boyfriend, a virtuoso Chinese American actor, cant escape the studios narrow typecasting. And the studio itself, Marias only home in exile, teeters on the verge of bankruptcy.br>br>Over the coming months, as the bright lights go dark across Los Angeles, Mercury Pictures becomes a nexus of European émigrés: modernist poets trying their luck as B-movie screenwriters, once-celebrated architects becoming scale-model miniaturists, and refugee actors finding work playing the very villains they fled. While the world descends into war, Maria rises through a maze of conflicting politics, divided loyalties, and jockeying ambitions. But when the arrival of a stranger from her fathers past threatens Marias carefully constructed facade, she must finally confront her fathers fate--and her own.br>br>Written with intelligence, wit, and an exhilarating sense of possibility, Mercury Pictures Presents spans many moods and tones, from the heartbreaking to the ecstatic. It is a love letter to lifes bit players, a panorama of an era that casts a long shadow over our own, and a tour de force by a novelist whose work The Washington Post calls a flash in the heavens that makes you look up and believe in miracles.
#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER A serial killer in a small Swedish town commits his first murder the same night the prime minister is assassinated in this haunting, cinematic novel about the legacy of violence and a community''s collective guilt by one of Scandinavia''s most celebrated young crime writers. In February 1986, the Halland police receive a call from a man who claims to have attacked his first victim.
B>b>NOW AN EMMY-NOMINATED HULU ORIGINAL SERIES /b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, a master of the literary page-turner (J. Courtney Sullivan)./b>br> br>b>ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE--Entertainment Weeklybr>/b>br>b>TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR--People, Slate, The New York Public Library, Harvard Crimsonbr>/b>br>b>AND BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR--The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Vox, The Paris Review, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country/b> br>br>Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation--awkward but electrifying--something life changing begins.br>br>A year later, theyre both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.br>br>Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they cant.br> b> /b>br> b>Praise for Normal People/b>br> br> [A] novel that demands to be read compulsively, in one sitting.b>--The Washington Postbr>/b>br> Arguably the buzziest novel of the season, Sally Rooneys elegant sophomore effort . . . is a worthy successor to Conversations with Friends. Here, again, she unflinchingly explores class dynamics and young love with wit and nuance.b>--The Wall Street Journal/b>br>br> [Rooney] has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism. . . . [She writes] some of the best dialogue Ive read.b>--The New Yorker/b>
Elegant, brutal, and profound -- this magnificent debut captures the grit and glory of modern Hawai'i with breathtaking force and accuracy. In a stunning collection that announces the arrival of an incredible talent, Kristiana Kahakauwila travels the islands of Hawai'i, making the fabled place her own. Exploring the deep tensions between local and tourist, tradition and expectation, façade and authentic self, This Is Paradise provides an unforgettable portrait of life as its truly being lived on Maui, Oahu, Kaua'i and the Big Island. In the gut-punch of Wanle, a beautiful and tough young woman wants nothing more than to follow in her fathers footsteps as a legendary cockfighter. With striking versatility, the title story employs a chorus of voices--the women of Waikiki--to tell the tale of a young tourist drawn to the darker side of the citys nightlife. The Old Paniolo Way limns the difficult nature of legacy and inheritance when a patriarch tries to settle the affairs of his farm before his death. Exquisitely written and bursting with sharply observed detail, Kahakauwilas stories remind us of the powerful desire to belong, to put down roots, and to have a place to call home.
B>SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE A young man journeys into Sri Lankas war-torn north in this searing novel of longing, loss, and the legacy of war from the author of The Story of a Brief Marriage./b> br> br>b>A novel of tragic power and uncommon beauty.--Anthony Marra/b> br>b>One of the most individual minds of their generation/b>.b>--Financial Times/b>br>br>b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR/b>br>br>A Passage North begins with a message from out of the blue: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmothers caretaker, Rani, has died under unexpected circumstances--found at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an impassioned yet aloof activist Krishnan fell in love with years before while living in Delhi, stirring old memories and desires from a world he left behind. br> br>As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for Ranis funeral, so begins an astonishing passage into the innermost reaches of a country. At once a powerful meditation on absence and longing, as well as an unsparing account of the legacy of Sri Lankas thirty-year civil war, this procession to a pyre at the end of the earth lays bare the imprints of an islands past, the unattainable distances between who we are and what we seek.br> br>Written with precision and grace, Anuk Arudpragasams masterful novel is an attempt to come to terms with life in the wake of devastation, and a poignant memorial for those lost and those still living.
Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafkaesque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms. Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works--a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his co-workers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn's bizarre behavior eventually leads his co-workers to try and have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room. Debut author Jonas Karlsson doesn't leave a word out of place in this brilliant, bizarre, delightful take on how far we will go--in a world ruled by conformity--to live an individual and examined life.
LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION Bold, virtuosic, addictive, erotic there is nothing like The Pisces . I have no idea how Broder does it, but I loved every dark and sublime page of it. --Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika's home is a gorgeous glass cube on Venice Beach, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety -- not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound's easy affection. Everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer while sitting alone on the beach rocks one night. But when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship, and Lucys understanding of what love should look like, take a very unexpected turn. A masterful blend of vivid realism and giddy fantasy, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, THE PISCES is a story about falling in obsessive love with a merman: a figure of Sirenic fantasy whose very existence pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, lust, and meaning in the one life we have.
B>From the bestselling author of A Ladder to the Sky--a darkly funny novel that races like a beating heart (People)--comes a new novel that plays out across all of human history: a story as precise as it is unlimited.br>/b>br>This story starts with a family. For now, it is a father and a mother with two sons, one with his fathers violence in his blood, one with his mothers artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will determine their fate. It is a beginning.br>br>Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years. They will meet again and again at different times and in different places. From Palestine at the dawn of the first millennium and journeying across fifty countries to a life among the stars in the third, the world will change around them, but their destinies remain the same. It must play out as foretold.br>br>From the award-winning author of The Hearts Invisible Furies comes A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom, an epic tale of humanity. The story of all of us, stretching across two millennia. Imaginative, unique, heartbreaking, this is John Boyne at his most creative and compelling.
A heartfelt and wondrous debut about family, fear, and skateboarding, that Karen Russell calls "A bruiser of a tale . . . a death-defying coming-of-age story." Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who panics at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and fun- loving--full of art, science experiments, and music--and all confined to their small house. But Wills thirst for adventure cant be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside. At his new school he meets Jonah, an artsy loner who introduces Will to the high-flying freedoms of skateboarding. Together, they search for a missing local boy, help a bedraggled vagabond, and evade a dangerous bootlegger. The adventure is more than Will ever expected, pulling him far from the confines of his closed-off world and into the throes of early adulthood, and all the risks that everyday life offers. In buoyant, kinetic prose, Michael Christie has written an emotionally resonant and keenly observed novel about mothers and sons, fears and uncertainties, and the lengths well go for those we love.
I tore through the saga of the Thatch family in two nights.
In this haunting novel, journalist and novelist Lawrence Osborne explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of Moroccan Muslims and Western visitors who converge on a luxurious desert villa for a decadent weekend-long party. David and Jo Henniger, a doctor and a children's book author, in search of an escape from their less than happy lives in London, accept an invitation to attend a bacchanal at their old friends' home, deep in the Moroccan desert. But as a groggy David navigates the dark desert roads, two young men spring from the roadside, the car swerves...and one boy is left dead. When David and Jo arrive at the party, the Moroccan staff, already disgusted by the rich, hedonistic foreigners in their midst, soon learn of David's unforgiveable act. Then the boy's irate Berber father appears, and events begin to spin beyond anyone's control. With spare, evocative prose, searing eroticism, and a gift for the unexpected, Osborne memorably portrays the privileged guests wrestling with their secrets amid the remoteness and beauty of the desert landscape. He gradually reveals the jolting backstory of the young man who was killed and leaves Davids fate in the balance as the novel builds to a shattering conclusion. Now with Extra Libris material, including a Q&A and bonus content
B>b>A novelist discovers the dark side of Hollywood and reckons with ambition, corruption, and connectedness in the age of environmental collapse and ecological awakening--a darkly unsettling near-future novel for readers of Don DeLillo and Ottessa Moshfegh/b>br>b>br>ONE OF SUMMERS BEST BOOKS: The Wall Street Journal Time Vulture Parade LitHub/b>br> br>b>A darkly satirical reflection of ecological reality.--Timebr>Magnificent and stunning.--Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation and Hummingbird Salamanderbr>Wildly entertaining and beautifully written.--LitHub/b>br>/b>br>East Coast novelist Patrick Hamlin has come to Hollywood with simple goals in mind: overseeing the production of a film adaptation of one of his books, preventing starlet Cassidy Carter''s disruptive behavior from derailing said production, and turning this last-ditch effort at career resuscitation into the sort of success that will dazzle his wife and daughter back home. But California is not as he imagined: Drought, wildfire, and corporate corruption are omnipresent, and the company behind a mysterious new brand of synthetic water seems to be at the root of it all. Patrick partners with Cassidy--after having been her reluctant chauffeur for weeks--and the two of them investigate the sun-scorched city''s darker crevices, where they discover that catastrophe resembles order until the last possible second.br>br>In this often-witty and all-too-timely story, Alexandra Kleeman grapples with the corruption of our environment in the age of alternative facts. Something New Under the Sun is a meticulous and deeply felt accounting of our very human anxieties, liabilities, dependencies, and, ultimately, responsibility to truth.
B>SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE The lauded Argentine author of What We Lost in the Fire returns with enthralling stories conjured from literary sorcery (O: The Oprah Magazine),/b> b>in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and Jorge Luis Borges./b>br>br>b>KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY OPRAH DAILY AND KIRKUS REVIEWS Mariana Enriquezs stories are smoky, carnal, and dazzling.--Lauren Groff, author of Matrix and Fates and Furies/b>br>br>Mariana Enriquez has been critically lauded for her unconventional and sociopolitical stories of the macabre. Populated by unruly teenagers, crooked witches, homeless ghosts, and hungry women, they walk the uneasy line between urban realism and horror. The stories in her new collection are as terrifying as they are socially conscious, and press into being the unspoken--fetish, illness, the female body, the darkness of human history--with bracing urgency. A woman is sexually obsessed with the human heart; a lost, rotting baby crawls out of a backyard and into a bedroom; a pair of teenage girls cant let go of their idol; an entire neighborhood is cursed to death when it fails to respond correctly to a moral dilemma.br> br>Written against the backdrop of contemporary Argentina, and with a resounding tenderness toward those in pain, in fear, and in limbo, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed is Mariana Enriquez at her most sophisticated, and most chilling.
B>A reimagining of one of Shakespeare''s most well-read tragedies, by the contemporary, critically acclaimed master of domestic drama/b>br>br>Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global media corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he hands over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, but as relations sour he starts to doubt the wisdom of past decisions.br> br> Now imprisoned in Meadowmeade, an upscale sanatorium in rural England, with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape. As he flees into the hills, his family is hot on his heels. But who will find him first, his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate?br> br> Edward St Aubyn is renowned for his masterwork, the five Melrose novels, which dissect with savage and beautiful precision the agonies of family life. His take on King Lear, Shakespeares most devastating family story, is an excoriating novel for and of our times an examination of power, money and the value of forgiveness.
B>A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as "the mythic journey of our era" (Sandra Cisneros)/b>br>br>Trip. My parents started using that word about a year ago--one day, youll take a trip to be with us. Like an adventure. br> br>Javiers adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers. Traveling alone except for a group of strangers and a "coyote" hired to lead them to safety, Javiers trip is supposed to last two short weeks.br>br>At nine years old, all Javier can imagine is rushing into his parents arms, snuggling in bed between them, living under the same roof again. He does not see the perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions that await him; nor can he know that those two weeks will expand into two life-altering months alongside a group of strangers who will come to encircle him like an unexpected family.br>br>A memoir as gripping as it is moving, Solito not only provides an immediate and intimate account of a treacherous and near-impossible journey, but also the miraculous kindness and love delivered at the most unexpected moments. Solito is Javiers story, but its also the story of millions of others who had no choice but to leave home.
Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review Publisher's Weekly Buzzfeed Entertainment Weekly Time Wall Street Journal Bustle Elle The Economist Slate The Huffington Post The St. Louis Dispatch Electric Literature Featured in the New York Times selection of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century" A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams--invasive images of blood and brutality--torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. Its a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice thats become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself. Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one womans struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.
A haunting story of love and survival that introduces an unforgettable literary heroine. Ladydi Garcia Martínez is fierce, funny and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have left to seek opportunities elsewhere. Here in the shadow of the drug war, bodies turn up on the outskirts of the village to be taken back to the earth by scorpions and snakes. School is held sporadically, when a volunteer can be coerced away from the big city for a semester. In Guerrero the drug lords are kings, and mothers disguise their daughters as sons, or when that fails they make them ugly cropping their hair, blackening their teeth- anything to protect them from the rapacious grasp of the cartels. And when the black SUVs roll through town, Ladydi and her friends burrow into holes in their backyards like animals, tucked safely out of sight. While her mother waits in vain for her husbands return, Ladydi and her friends dream of a future that holds more promise than mere survival, finding humor, solidarity and fun in the face of so much tragedy. When Ladydi is offered work as a nanny for a wealthy family in Acapulco, she seizes the chance, and finds her first taste of love with a young caretaker there. But when a local murder tied to the cartel implicates a friend, Ladydis future takes a dark turn. Despite the odds against her, this spirited heroines resilience and resolve bring hope to otherwise heartbreaking conditions. An illuminating and affecting portrait of women in rural Mexico, and a stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of an unjust war, Prayers for the Stolen is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination.