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Don't let the sheer bulk of this six-volume autobiographical novel keep you from enjoying one of the best voices in fiction today. The first book is a rewarding, accessible, and largely self-contained work that's easy to devour. Knausgaard creates an internal world that feels truly expansive in its beauty, pain, and humor. He has an extraordinary eye for the quotidian details of life that so often get glazed over in fiction. This skill, combined with a carefully digressive narrative style, allows him to create an epic from the personal.

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By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374534141
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 28th, 2013

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One of the best debuts of the year, Real Life is a novel of startling emotional intelligence and clarity. It centers on Wallace, a gay black grad student surrounded by white peers in a Midwestern biochemistry program. Over the course of a long weekend, the shy and suspicious Wallace is forced to confront the simmering tensions beneath his personal and professional relationships. Taylor uncovers wounds that are wrought by casual prejudice and deeper trauma with the same level of care. Real Life excels at capturing the volatile intersection of race, class, and sexuality through the eyes of a deeply compelling protagonist.

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ISBN: 9780525538882
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 18th, 2020

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The hallowed halls of Yale University hide a dark underbelly. The secret societies are more than just boys’ clubs for the rich and privileged, hosting occult practices and ancient magic that outsiders can’t fathom. So sinister are their origins that the Ninth House was created to monitor their behaviors and keep hidden bizarre and ethereal rituals. Alex Stern, a high school dropout with a full ride to the university to manage the elite members with a unique, unspeakable talent. Perhaps in over her head, Alex discovers that there’s more to these groups then hazing and parties.

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ISBN: 9781250313072
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2019