Staff Pick

Frozen cryogenically at the time of Stalin's purges and awakened in 1999 to the ministrations of a German psychiatrist in a Saint Petersburg hospital, Innokenty Platonov soars across the 20th century as something of a Russian "Forrest Gump." Which is to say that The Aviator is a tongue-in-cheek historical romp and sadder than anything, a devastatingly poignant reflection on the individual and his time.  A career medievalist at Petersburg's esteemed Pushkin House, Vodolazkin is also the author of Laurus (winner of the 2013 Russian Big Book Award)another historically complex, transcendentally fine piece of fiction, also brightly translated by Liza Hayden.  

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781786074843
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Published: ONEWorld Publications - May 14th, 2019

Staff Pick

The brilliance of Russell’s fiction starts in her sentences and carries through her mind-bending plots. As the title suggests, these stories are colorful and wide-ranging: “the revelatory pain called wonder” is “a purple welt rising” in the mind. The boldest move of this constantly surprising writer is to create characters that are neither quite dead nor exactly alive. Miners buried in an avalanche mesmerize two women with their liquor, dancing, and gold eyes. A fifteen-year old learns the complexities of love by falling for a woman preserved in a bog for two millennia. These pieces expand notions of connection and isolation, putting existence itself in a new perspective—much as climate change is doing. “The Bad Graft” dramatizes the shared plight of all earthly creatures, following the intertwined fates of a woman and the spirit of the Joshua tree that embeds itself in her psyche. In “The Gondoliers” four sisters who live in the toxic waters of New Florida navigate by listening to the echoes of the drowned Old Florida, responding to the “vibrations” that link past to future and sustain the present. “The Tornado Auction” follows the sorry fate of an old-school tornado rancher who can’t transition to farming wind, though his compulsion harms his children. And in the multi-layered “Black Corfu,” Russell chronicles the life of a “posthumous surgeon” who renders the recently dead unfit to walk again. Though set in 1620, this story is very much of the 21st century as it traces a wildfire of unfounded rumor that ruins a man’s life. In addition to everything else—her language, compassion, and storytelling brio—Russell is a superb allegorist, and these eight tales don’t just entertain, they illuminate again and again.

Orange World and Other Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525656135
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

Staff Pick

“We once gave Nikolai a life of flesh and blood; and I’m doing it over again, this time by words,” writes the narrator of Yiyun Li’s latest novel. Her son commits suicide and, in an act of grief, the narrator constructs a world where the two of them can converse again: in the realm of the novel. Li, writing the book months after her own son’s suicide, seemingly breaks barriers between life and death so that mother and son can talk for the last time. A deeply moving account of an unexpected loss and the grieving that follows. 

 

 

 

 

Where Reasons End: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781984817372
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Published: Random House - February 5th, 2019

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