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By Anthony Doerr
Beautifully written and compelling, About Grace is Anthony Doerr’s brilliant debut novel.
Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine, he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family home. The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. The premonitions keep coming. Then, as unstoppable as a vision, he falls in love, at the supermarket (exactly as he has already dreamed), with Sandy. They flee south, landing in Ohio, where their daughter, Grace, is born. And then the visions of Grace’s death begin for Winkler, as their waterside home is inundated. Plagued by horrific images of Grace drowning, when the floods come he cannot face his destiny and flees. He fetches up on a remote Caribbean island, where he works as a handyman, chipping away at his doubts and hopes, never knowing whether Grace survived the flood or met the doom he foretold. After two decades, he musters the strength to find out …
By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
A sharp and funny debut about a wonderfully dysfunctional New York family and the three grown-up siblings fighting to save the family money pot — the ‘nest’ — as their oldest brother threatens to lose it all. Brought together as never before, the Plumb siblings must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths and the significant emotional and financial toll of acknowledging the choices they have made in their own lives.
By Jonas Jonasson
Johanna Kjellander, temporary resident in room eight, is a priest without a vocation and, as of last week, without a parish. But right now she has two things at her disposal: an envelope containing five thousand kronor, and an excellent idea … Featuring one violent killer, two shrewd business brains and many crates of Moldovan red wine, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is an outrageously zany story with as many laughs as Jonasson’s multimillion-copy bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.
IN THE QUIET
by Eliza Henry-Jones
Cate Carlton has recently died, yet she is able to linger on, watching her three young children and her husband as they come to terms with their life without her on their rural horse property. As the months pass and her children grow, they cope in different ways, drawn closer and pulled apart by their shared loss. All Cate can do is watch helplessly, seeing their grief, how much they miss her and how — heartbreakingly — they begin to heal. Gradually unfolding to reveal Cate’s life, her marriage and the unhappy secret she shared with one of her children, In the Quiet is compelling, simple, tender, true, heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure.
By Curtis Sittenfeld
The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City. Liz and Jane are good daughters. They’ve come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.
From the hand of Curtis Sittenfeld, Eligible catapults Pride and Prejudice into our modern world, singing out with hilarity and truth.
THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY
by Caroline Overington
Loren Wynne-Estes appears to have it all: she’s the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who’s landed a handsome husband, a stunning home, a fleet of shiny cars and two beautiful daughters. Then one day a fellow parent taps Loren on the shoulder outside the school gate, hands her a note and suddenly everything’s at stake. Loren’s Facebook-perfect marriage is spectacularly exposed, revealing an underbelly of lies and betrayal. What is uncovered will scandalise a small town, destroy lives and leave a family divided. But who is to be believed and who is to blame? Will the right person be brought to justice or is there one who got away?
A compulsive and startling psychological thriller for fans of Girl on a Train and Gone Girl.
TALKING TO MY COUNTRY
by Stan Grant
A rare and special book that talks to every Australian about their country — what it is, and what it could be — and an extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity.
In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and became ever more heated and ugly, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian, which then went viral, not only in Australia but around the world, being shared over 100,000 times on social media. His was a personal, passionate and powerful response to racism in Australian and the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an Indigenous man.
Talking to My Country is not just about race or Indigenous people but about all of us and our shared identity. Direct, honest and forthright, Stan is talking to us all.
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
by Anthony Doerr
For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes: the miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home; the microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History; the walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris; and a future that draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth. In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways in which people — often against all odds — try to be good to one another.
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize For Fiction.
Posted on July 21, 2016 by Andrea
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