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The big conceit of Hiro Arikawa's Traveling Cat Chronicles is that the book is narrated in halves - a third-person account of the protagonist, Satoru, and a first-person narrative from the point of view of his faithful cat, Nana, as they drive across Japan in search of a temporary home for Nana, for reasons that are not entirely clear. It's a premise that feels almost too-cute-by-half at first, gradually growing on you as the book progresses - up until the beautiful and tragic third act, when the rug is pulled out from under the reader and the narrative seems all the more poignant. This is a book to be curled up with in the coziest possible reading space, with, if you're lucky enough, a purring feline by your side.

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By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780451491336
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Published: Berkley - October 23rd, 2018

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This beguiling story of a flood, a plague, a mysterious beast, and a pilgrimage could be a video game, a half-repressed memory, or a version of Revelation. Davis keeps all possibilities open as we follow a group of siblings trekking across the Savage Domain, each, as in Chaucer, telling his or her tale. The plot has the spare richness of a fable charting the fall from innocence through a dark time when “spite and harshness blazed up everywhere.” But it’s Davis’s uncanny and beautiful language that gives the real shivers, making you look twice with statements such as “like most humans she had a single heart” and ”when you arrive at the edge of the world you stop remembering things like how you got there.”

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781555978297
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

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 In 1916 Louis C Tiffany held a peacock feast where children dressed as miniature chefs served silver platters of roasted peacock decorated with their own plumage.  The repercussions of this vulgar extravaganza carry across generations, in the lives of Tiffany's daughter Dorothy and more importantly, in the family of Tiffany's head gardener - his daughter Prudence,( who is 101 at the beginning of the novel) her brother Randall and his family.  The story takes us from the Guided Age in New York to Anna Freud’s consultation room, to a hippie commune in California and even to Paris. This is a beautifully written, intelligent novel  with a range and complexity that is almost impossible to summarize.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374230548
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - February 5th, 2019

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