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Nunez’s extraordinary technique might be summed up in the first line of her mesmerizing novel: “I went to hear a man give a talk,” an unnamed narrator states, aptly introducing a narrative woven of stories, conversations, and ruminations, one in which the listening is no less important than the telling. Nunez’s narrator is expert at both, and her profiles of passing acquaintances—a woman at her gym, her Airbnb host, even her host’s cat—are as vivid and engaging as those of her oldest friends, like her ex, a misanthropic public intellectual obsessed with the climate crisis and her best friend from college, a sharp woman with a dark sense of humor and a daughter estranged nearly from birth. Each story is told—mostly—without judgment, and all are mined for what they suggest about how to live. And how to die, which may or may not be the same question, as Nunez’s protagonist discovers when she agrees to help her college friend end her “battle” with cancer, a partnership that opens new directions in their relationship and leads not only to pathos but to unexpected moments of humor. As with her National Book Award-winning The Friend, there is a lot to think about here, but Nunez couches her deft novel of ideas within a full gamut of emotions.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780593191415
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2020

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 From the front cover to the last page--I loved this book!  Maisy Card’s debut novel is a series of interconnected stories about a family that can trace its oldest ancestor to a slave, Florence, on a sugar plantation in Jamaica.  Florence is hanged for trying to poison her master.  In 2020, some of the descendants have settled in Brooklyn, one even marries a descendent of the old master.  There aren’t ghosts on every page but they do make appearances and the past and the present are clearly connected.  

These Ghosts Are Family: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982117436
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2020

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Full of witty commentary on intimacy and idealism, The Regrets is a singularly strange love story. Thomas is a ghost, deemed “insufficiently dead” after a premature encounter with an angel leaves him temporarily re-manifested in his old neighborhood. Rachel is accustomed to dreaming up ideal romantic partners, only to be disappointed when their real-world counterparts fall short. Around this quirky pair, Bonnaffons constructs a tale full of sharp insights, all doused in a subtle yet biting sense of humor. 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316516167
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 4th, 2020

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